Stay-at-home parents and homebodies have struggled with work for many years, due to one problem: leaving home every day. Let’s face it, if we could all work from the comfort of home, most of us would choose to do so. Although there are not many jobs that offer remote work, there is always the opportunity to start a business of your own and run it out of your house. If this sounds like your kind of solution, here are a few options you can consider.
Do you have a skill many people study, such as music or art? Do you also love teaching people of all ages? Giving lessons out of your home is a great way to earn income, with little overhead. Simply take out an ad in the local paper or on social media and ask your friends and family to spread awareness. You can also ask to have a flyer posted in places the public frequents, such as supermarkets or college campuses. Just keep in mind that your students may not always listen to you, and parents can be a handful. However, if you market yourself well and set a fair rate, you should be able to attract plenty of clients.
Become a Life Coach
If you consistently manage your life well and achieve your goals, you may be a great candidate to become a life coach. You will have to attain a certificate from an accredited life coaching program, but once you do, you will be well on your way to starting a coaching business. As a life coach, you will need to be comfortable listening to others and giving them a plan to help their individual struggles. There are times where you may toe the line of many other careers, such as therapist and financial adviser, so you will also have to manage expectations from your clients. One of the best parts of becoming a life coach is the ability to help clients around the world right at home. Online life coaching is taking off, and if you market yourself well and gain some great testimonials, you should be able to maintain a strong client base.
Run A Bakery
Some people have a knack for baking cupcakes and pies, or crafting decorations with delicate icing. If you are the designated cake-maker for all of your family’s special events, you should consider running a bakery out of your home. People will pay a large amount of money for specialty desserts that not only look nice, but taste nice, too. This kind of career is often feast-or-famine, meaning it is great for supplemental income, but also provides plenty of time off. Those willing to work more than 40 hours during peak wedding season can make a great income, while those who prefer taking smaller orders year-round will stay busy, but not usually full-time busy. Just a quick note: most municipalities have strict health code laws in place that may prevent someone from operating this kind of business from their home, or may require a separate area for prep and storage than their kitchen. Make sure to read up on this code before going public.
Starting a business from your home is exciting and rewarding, but should be thoroughly looked into. Most people will need business licenses to operate in any capacity, and some may face a large fine and the closing of their business if they run out of their home. Make sure to look at local, state, and federal laws surrounding business operations, and follow them strictly. If you do so, chances are, you will be able to run a successful business right from the comfort of your home.