So you want to work from home, but how will you do it? Let me count the ways ……
The one that is right for you will depend on whether you need a fixed income, a second income or some pocket money.
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In no specific order, options include:
Selling to friends People lead very busy lives, but there has been a change in trend and people who earn money often miss the things that money cannot always buy. Home made local goods and simple home made food are great niches to fill. If you can cook, there is a demand for locally made jams, chutney and cakes. There is good money to be made producing cakes as well. Once demand is established, this business could grow into a viable farm stall opportunity. That would not technically be a home business, but supplying a stall would. If working with food do check any by laws. Check the local paper for placing free classified adverts.
Supplying or running a stall – A natural progression from selling to friends. Look for a niche in the market, and cash in on the gap for locally produced, good quality items.
Online Auctions – This is the online version of the market stall. eBay is one of the most popular sites to use, but they do charge to list an item, and they take a portion of the selling price. Make sure you understand exactly how it works. Postage can cost more than you think, so scales are important for working out the price. Packaging material can also become costly. Keep notes, as income over a certain can be taxable. There is the option to list collection items only which is good if you are marketing to local buyers. There is also an option to ship to a local Argos store and have the buyer collect from there. Check and recheck the wording of your listing and make sure you understand the protection provided to your buyers by regulations that cover distance selling. The site itself is very informative and a wise seller would take time to read and take this information on board.
Facebook or social Media – One of my neighbours has a bid/buy page on Facebook that she uses to sell her unwanted items, and allows her friends to do the same. The number of people who join the group gets bigger weekly. This is really the online version of selling to friends, and could certainly grow over time.
Sewing – Recycling and re-using is on trend. People are always needing clothes altered, hemmed, and zips fitted. If you are nifty with a needle, place a advert and get the Singer out of mothballs.
Call Centre Work – There has been an increase in the amount of call centre work that can be done from home. Virtual Call Centres recruit employees, some offer work to agents who have their own Limited Company. The hourly rate is not high, but if you have a computer, the internet, and some quiet space for a home office then this could work for you. The businesses who employ are normally outsourced companies doing work for some of the most well known brands in the UK. Some organisations recruit their own staff.
Writing – Fancy yourself as an author, but unsure where to start? I am exploring iWriter.com and will let you know when I have an opinion. At first glance it looks like a simple, clean way either to make some money writing articles for other people, or to save time having other people write articles for you.
Websites – I have started looking into making money from a website, and after sifting through all the hype, I will update you further on this and let you know when I make my first income. For now, I will say that it can be done, but it will take time to build into a regular income and might be best started as a hobby. There are pitfalls to be avoided, and there are many scams out there that promise riches but want your cash.
Selling photographs – Photographers have made money selling their photographs off and online. There is a market for selling pictures online, and there are many reputable sites that will host and display your pictures and pay you whenever someone buys one of your pictures for a project. Bloggers are just one group of people who source graphics on the internet. Other parties include advertising agencies and authors. The market is broad but there is competition. Hosting sites charge a fee, and photographers often aim to build up into selling from their own website.