In life, you can never fully be aware of what you’re capable of unless you try. There are certain skills and talents you might possess, but rarely think of as money-making ideas. You have had them all your life and they have become a normal thing; you don’t even cherish them that much.
Because of this normalcy, you have disregarded the fact that not everyone has these skills and that you could make a living out of teaching or sharing your skills and talents with the world.
In this article, I share with you five viable business ideas that you can easily establish in the comfort of your home.
1. Hair styling
There are many people whose hands are gifted with this skill but don’t even know it. Joan, an old friend of mine, used to come to school with a unique style in her beautiful natural Afro. I wondered how she used to afford the salon on a weekly basis. I stood in awe when she later told me she did her own hair. When the other girls in my class found out, they started going to her for help with their hair whenever they were going out.
At first, she did it for free but the exercise became overwhelming and she started charging for her services. She now makes good money from styling hair.
If your hands are as gifted as Joan’s, don’t wait any longer, start your hair styling business today. You don’t have to worry about customers. With this business, your first customers are the people in your house.
Start with your family members and friends. The beauty in this is that your friends will keep referring their friends to you and soon you’ll be on your way to setting up an entire place for the business. So style that hair away!
This business idea is perfect for writers. If you scribble down beautiful words frequently, think of starting a blog.
A blog is an online platform where you can write anything that pops up in your head, if that’s what you want. But, if yo want to turn your passion for writing into a business, then you must be sure about the content you plan to upload. You need to package it to be attractive to the reader.
The secret about blogging is you must share content that is searchable, educational, intriguing or useful to the reader. If the reader can’t get any knowledge, enjoyment, tips or the feeling of happiness from your content then they might never come back to your blog. So you have to make sure that what you write contains at least one of the above components.
So how do you make money from blogging?
After writing and publishing content for a few weeks or months, the time varies, you will realize that your site traffic figures have increased. In simple terms, site traffic refers to the number of people that visit your website everyday. When you discover that you have many people opening your website on a daily basis, the you can connect your Google Adsense account and start earning from ads that are displayed on your blog.
Another way you can earn money from a blog is through affiliate marketing. This is where brands pay you to write about or showcase their products to the hundreds of people visiting your website every day.
This is another skill possessed by many people. Good news is, you can create your own baking recipe to differ from any other around the world, and you can never run out of things to bake. Tired of muffins and cookies? There is still several baking recipes you can try. There’re dozens of new foods to bake you can try, for example; Blondies, Waffles, Cinnamon rolls, Sticky buns, Doughnuts, Brownies, Pies, Rice Krispies, Lemon loafs, Tarts, Fudge cakes and so many more.
You might ask, who will I bake for? Where will I get the equipment? Well, just like any business, you start small. Begin with what you have. Bake something you have never really tried and let your friends taste. Here I suggest friends because they are more likely to give you an honest opinion than your family members who might give sugarcoated opinions.
You might not bake various products but you can choose one and make it a specialty. What I’m saying is you can do something regular, but in your own unequalled way. The best example I can give you here is how Kentucky Fried Chicken turned your normal chicken into an unmatched chicken recipe that is loved by millions of people all over the world.
Once you have decided on which baked product to specialize in, establish how many pieces you can start with and announce on to your friends through social media. Yes, that’s how businesses start, you start with the people around you and later expand your wings.
Craft refers to an activity involving skill in making things by hand. There are several ways in which you can get crafty. Luckily, you can use a wide range of material to make crafts.
The most popular types of craft include:
Paper-crafts (collage, papier-mâché, origami paper folding etc)
Woodcrafts (wood-carving, wood-turning, cabinet making, and furniture making)
Textiles (crocheting, knitting, weaving, lace-making, embroidery, to mention but a few.)
Jewelry (Includes processes like engraving and enameling)
Pottery and Glass Crafts (ceramics, Glass-bead making, mosaic art, glass blowing etc.)
In truth, you might not be crafty in all the above types but there are some easy and fascinating crafts you can make from paper and threads. If you don’t have the skill already, but feel like this is something that you could give your time, with a hope of making some money out of it, then go for it.
I advise searching “Easy Do It Yourself(DIY) crafts” on YouTube and practice the skills taught in those videos. Of course, perfection comes with practice and hard work. If you’re committed, you’ll be able to make some crafts that can be used for house decoration and earn for your hard work in no time.
Believe it or not, YouTube is a business, and one of the easiest money making ventures to start in the 21st Century. Provides you have a phone/computer and a stable internet connection, YouTube can work for you.
YouTube is an online video-sharing platform headquartered in San Bruno, California. It is used b billions of people around the world, to be exact, 2 billion.
Making money from YouTube is as easy as uploading videos everyday. There is only one challenge, which might not be much of a hurdle if your content is very good. To start earning, you need a minimum of 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch hours. This means that a lot of creativity needs to be invested in the videos you create so that they attract many people who will subscribe and share your content.
When you get monetized, this is what happens. YouTube gives you the authority to run short video adverts before your video starts. For every click made on the ad, you earn money.
Therefore, the more clicks, the more money.
You might wonder what videos to upload. Don’t fret, your video doesn’t have to be so professional. It can be as simple as a video of you and your friends trying out trending challenges on the Internet.
You can do vlogs, which are videos that basically cover your life. A vlog is like your own reality Tv show. You can also do music covers, dance videos and tutorials, comedy, real-time coverage of events, news, cooking videos and very many other ideas. The Internet is your friend, so use those search engines to find out the best niche you can specialize in.
I hope these ideas help you get your home business started.