By Kimi Clark
Many people these days want to start a business from home but aren't exactly sure what to do. Maybe you've thought about it, but you don't think you have the startup fees required to make your dream a reality.
That's the good thing about service-based businesses. They are typically cheaper and easier to start than, say, a retail business where you have to source inventory.
Service businesses allow you to harness your creativity and come up with something unique! There are the familiar options like babysitting, pet sitting, or house sitting, but there are so many alternatives!
Anything you can do for someone and get paid for can be a service business. The sky's the limit.
Consider these unique service businesses that you can start from home.
If you've ever been on Pinterest, you've likely seen examples of this. Someone takes a shabby, old bed frame and makes it into an awesome outdoor bench or takes a beat-up dresser and restores it beautifully. I know a woman who used to do this, and she made a significant profit. Plus, she absolutely loved doing it.
The part you have to figure out here is where to sell your wares. You might consider local Facebook groups or Craigslist, and possibly your own website (although you likely won't be shipping goods, it would be more for locals to find you). But you'd probably have better luck (and be able to sell your stuff for more) if you get into a local boutique or Farmer's Market.
I love having fresh vegetables in the summer, but I hate all the work that a garden requires. I'd be more than happy to pay someone to plant and weed my garden. Then I get to enjoy the fresh food without all the work!
Sure, you can always go and buy your produce at the store or even your local Farmer's Market. But there's something about being able to walk outside your house and pick it yourself that appeals to people. You could have several clients and get work all summer long. Just remember: This is a great summer business, but it won't pay bills all year round. It would be good for college students or people looking for a side income. On the plus side, it's something you could do every summer!
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There are many seniors out there who live alone and don't get much interaction throughout the day. Often they don't drive and could use help with cleaning and meal preparation. Some just even want to talk to someone.
You could be that someone. Provide necessities like rides to the grocery store or doctor appointments, and provide social interaction by helping them join a club, take a class, or even just go out to eat and chat over lunch.
If you're good at taking photographs, you could start your own unconventional photography business. This isn't your run-of-the-mill photography. Get hired to help capture memories from birthdays to retirement parties and more. Read more about services you can offer here.
Handwrite birth announcements, baby shower, birthday party, and wedding invitations. Sure, there are a ton of options out there today, but nothing gives an announcement a personal touch like a handwritten card or note. Plus, calligraphy is simply beautiful and is truly an art form. If you're skilled at this, you could make some serious cash! Set up a website and personalize projects online or create a line of fill-in invitations and note cards and get them into a local boutique. If you can create and decorate your own cards, even better!
Need even more ideas? Check out 6 Home Businesses You Can Start With No Money.
Starting a service business from home is an opportunity to do something you love every day. What type of business would you like to try? Let us know in the comments!
Kimi Clark is a career stay at home mom turned writer and blogger for hire with a passion for business. She specializes in posts about writing, blogging and entrepreneurship, as well as all things parenting and motherhood. Owner & Founder of The Mom Shopping Network, you’ll find her there writing, hosting giveaways, and supporting moms in both their business and motherhood journey. She’s also a devoted wife and mother of four who loves the beach and her early morning coffee.