Depending on your experience and current skill set, there are several viable options available for starting a home business. Keep in mind, not everyone can immediately start out as a web designer or graphic designer, but there are online courses available to teach you the skills you need. Don’t let your current situation determine where you will be later on. Bettering yourself through education and training is the best way to achieve your goals. If you want to start a Virtual Assistant business but you aren’t sure if you have the skills yet, then research what VAs typically do and then find courses to learn those skills.
There are other home businesses that you can start without needing a ton of experience, however. Want to blog for a living? Then find an online course on blogging as a business and get started. Affiliate marketing is another idea that doesn’t require a lot of experience. You can also learn what you need to know about affiliate marketing from online courses. Some of the information may even be free online. Just do your research and be wary of scams or “get rich quick” websites that promise the world but deliver very little.
Home Businesses You Can Start
Here are some common home businesses that people start. None require a huge investment, and like I mentioned above, a lot of the information needed to learn how is available online.
Web Designer – If you know about design, and understand the popularly used software today like self-hosted WordPress then you can earn a lucrative income designing websites for local and distant business owners.
Graphic Designer – If you’re good at making book covers, website banners, and other types of graphics like logos you can make a very good income. Many designers charge by project and others charge hourly.
Virtual Assistant – You can specialize depending on your skills and earn a larger hourly rate. Many specialties VAs such as speaker’s assistants, author’s assistants and so forth earn from 45 to 100 an hour. You can hire a team to help, or charge by package to up your income. You can learn more about earning as a VA from VaNetworking.com.
Public Speaker – You have probably heard how much some famous people get paid for public speaking so don’t expect to make 30K per event like some of these people do, but you can make a very lucrative income speaking if you have a sought out topic and a particular target audience that is in need of speakers. You can learn more about public speaking from Tom Antion.
Author – Today it’s easier than ever to become a published author. You can publish eBooks easily on Kindle format, self-publish using Create Space, and even find a traditional situation with a publisher if you want to. Find a genre that is popular and get a book done, then worry later how you’ll publish it. You can learn a lot more about writing for money with various groups like WriterHelpWanted.com.
Affiliate Marketer – Being an affiliate marketer means you promote other people’s products or services for a percentage of sales. You’ll use various methods from email lists, to websites to promote the products that you choose for your audience.
YouTube Star – Believe it or not, a lot of people make great money as vloggers on YouTube. The trick is to pick a popular niche that you know a lot about or are willing to learn about as you go, and start creating daily vlogs. Keep them short and simple, promote through Facebook Ads and Twitter and before you know it you’ll be earning a living.
Blogger – Being a blogger is a lot like being a YouTube star except that it can take a little longer to become super popular and harder to earn money but people do it all the time. Find a lucrative niche, create an awesome website, and market using social media. Make money with an advertising network, affiliate sales, and your own products and / or services.
Note: Making a living from a home business takes work and persistence. No one gets rich over night. The ideas presented here are suggestions. No income guarantees are promised. Like anything worth doing in life, you get out of it what you put in. Use sound judgement before starting any home business or before buying any home or online business program.