It’s safe to say that the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown has left many of us questioning if our careers are right for us. While others, having been furloughed or made redundant, simply don’t have much choice.
It’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed and confused at all the potential opportunities out there, however more people than ever before are embracing this opportunity to start their very own business from the comfort of their own homes.
There are many benefits to starting your own business; you can set your own hours, you’re in complete control of all aspects of your venture, there are very low overheads and it’s incredibly rewarding. Home business popularity is rising, and thanks to modern technology, it’s never been easier to connect with potential clients and get your business out there.
From building your very own media library of images and videos to creating and monitoring your very own website, handling your social media and marketing strategies – check out this free social media calendar to get yourself started – all this can be achieved with just a few clicks and a little determination.
So, what kind of businesses are people starting from home? Read on to find out.
Sell homemade products
Many of us have hobbies that could be incredibly lucrative. Whether that’s sewing, crochet, even paintings and sculptures – whatever you like to create, you can utilise your skills to increase your income and become your own boss. Enamel pins, clothing lines, candles, even jewellery – you could host your very own website and have people make online purchases, advertise entirely on social media and sell products locally, or even on sites such as Etsy.
The beauty of selling homemade products is that you don’t necessarily have to store lots of stock, you can make creations on demand, giving you more flexibility and control of your overheads.
Offer wholly online services
Tapping into today’s digitised world means good things for your bank balance. Working from home within the online services industry means that you have lots of flexibility and you might not need a constant flow of clients to keep your bottom line healthy. Just one or two clients could be all you need.
If you’re creative, then consider moving your skills online and creating your very own business from home. Freelance writing, graphic design, virtual assistance, bookkeeping and even data entry roles are good places to start.
A content creator
Do you already have a sizeable online audience? Maybe you’re a parent, blogging about your daily struggles or you’re a car enthusiast and regularly upload videos of yourself reviewing vehicles for your followers. If you’re a content creator, you could potentially monetise your success. Turning your blog into a business means building on your following and reaching out to brands and companies that are relevant to your ethos.
You could sell the advertising space on your blog pages, review products for fees in your online uploads or even sell your own products to your followers.
If you could start a business from home, what would it be?