In recent years, small home-based businesses became vastly popular. Looking for an alternative to the traditional nine-to-five work model, thousands of people are moving their careers under their roofs. While some of those business ideas require skilled labor and financing, most of them are within the reach of everyone willing to learn something new and work hard.
Selling Used Books
Garage sales are great for finding books of all sorts. When you see a used book for sale, look it up on Bookscouter.com to see what buyers are paying and offer half of that. There are big margins to be made in textbooks, but online buyers are also interested in many other book types and are willing to pay for shipping if you print the label.
Social Media Management
Social media presence is a big marketing strategy nowadays. In short, companies need to tweet on Twitter and post on Facebook and Instagram in order to raise awareness of their companies and promote their products. If you are already experienced in using social networks, there are many online tutorials that focus more on advertising and analytics. Once you become a social media consultant, start with raising awareness of your services.
Day one begins with you visiting potential event locations with which you plan to work. Work closely with the marketing manager to learn what is available at each location. By setting up a database you’ll be able to sort different venues by their amenities and features, like the number or seats, rental chairs available, audio-visual equipment on the site, etc. Once you meet with a client, inquire about the key parameters of the event and run the features through your database to find the perfect venue for the occasion.
If you have a talent for writing captivating stories, you won’t find it hard to write copy that get people excited about purchasing a product. There are online courses, as well as classes at community colleges and universities that can teach you how to write brochures, catalogues, advertisements and, most importantly, marketing copy for the web.
Selling Homemade Soaps
With a raised environmental consciousness, people are now more interested in homemade products made with natural materials. Homemade soaps require very little materials and tools and only some basic knowledge. Soaps are made by mixing different kinds of oils with lye and scents. As you cannot compete with multi-billion dollar chemical industries and their mass-produced soaps, you need to make your product unique. Experimenting with scents and developing creative ways of marketing and packaging will make your soaps interesting. As for selling your product, a rented booth at a flea market is a good start.
There are many professions from vendors to floor operatives within the security field that call themselves security consultants. However, there are security consultants who are paid on a project basis to help companies protect their personnel and property. Their field of work includes both securing real estate and tangible equipment as well as client lists and proprietary technology. Technical security consultants need knowledge about products such as the HID reader – a standard for physical access control, as well as how to apply them most effectively.
This business can act alone or as a natural extension to, for example, grocery delivery. All you need as an initial investment is a car. The tasks you might receive range from checking on someone’s pet while they are on holiday to supplying them with fresh groceries if they are on their way back. Using a platform like TaskRabbit eliminates the need for marketing.
These are only a few of many home-based business ideas that don’t require big funding. A successful entrepreneur once said that he became rich not because he invented an ingenious product, but because he understood what the market needed.