5 Small Home Business Ideas For Lifestyle Freelancers
October 1, 2014
If you don’t want to work in an office anymore and you want explore being a freelancer, what you need are some small home business ideas to help you become a solopreneur and set up your own lifestyle business. But what if you don’t want to work from the beach and aren’t really interested in becoming a digital nomad? What else is there that allows you to work from home and yet fit your life around your earning potential, rather than the other way around?
Life can be complicated. We have kids, pets, hobbies, responsibilities and other influences, which all lead to us staying in our day jobs because we simply can not figure out how we can work from home and still pay the bills. Yes, this is indeed a conundrum! Many entrepreneur stories talk about how they just needed an idea and a solution, and most importantly to take action to make their transition into the freelance market.
I would consider myself to be an entrepreneur, solopreneur, freelancer, or whatever you want to call it, but I’m no different to anyone else. I have ideas just the same as everyone. However, while most people have a cup of tea and a piece of cake and forget about their ideas, I will take action on mine – even if they fail. That’s the one key difference that makes me an entrepreneur. That’s the ONLY difference!
So if you have the commitments of a family and a busy life, and yet you have ambitions to become a mumpreneur or dadpreneur and start a lifestyle business, this is where you can make a start by building a home based business. You won’t need a remote office, but you will need grit and determination and a desire to make it work. But it can still be a bit overwhelming to know what to do next as there are so many choices out there and sometimes it’s difficult to see the wood for the trees. So let me make it a bit easier for you by giving you some real and achievable small home business ideas.
So where do you start?
Firstly, think about the kind of person you are and what you want out of this. After all, if you are going to make a new start you need to get your lifestyle design priorities in order. There’s no point in making the same mistakes again, so you need to look at your work-life balance and what you feel is important to you, so you get it right from the beginning. Everything else can fit around that.
So what’s next?
Then you need to look at your skills, what you already own, what you love to do, the assets you have and the direction you want to go in to make it easier to find your way. As a start, here are 5 suggestions for you to consider.
For The Outdoor Lover
If you can’t bear the idea of being locked inside an office and love to be outdoors, you should investigate ways you can translate that into a small home business idea. One new idea is to take advantage of the new glamping (luxury camping) trend that’s taking the outdoor market by storm, and setting up your own glamping product or service. This is particularly achievable if you already own land, or know of some you can rent. Using this business model it has been proven you can make up to £15,000 / $25,000 for every half an acre of land. Offering glamping products require less land, but more skills and can be very lucrative indeed as this is a luxury market, as long as you do your market research well.
For The Animal Lover
We are a nation of animal lovers, and this is something to focus on if you are too. A recent trend shows how the owners of animals are prepared to spend a little bit extra to make sure their beloved pooch or feline are kept in luxury when they have to travel. This is why dog and cat hotels are becoming so popular. Other options are purebred dog breeders, groomers, dog walkers, trainers and accessory designs for our furry friends.
For The Home Bird
For those who love to be with all the comforts of home then offering a professional home sitting service could be right up your street. Ok, this isn’t really a business in your own home, but it’s a home nevertheless, and house sitting for a living can give you the opportunity to explore other ways to be a digital entrepreneur at the same time. The key is being trustworthy and dependable with outstanding references, and making sure you leave no trace for the homeowners when you depart.
For The Office Addict
If you still want your freelance freedom but can’t bear the thought of not using your office skills to start your own business, try becoming a virtual office assistant. In this digital age we don’t have to be based in a company to work for it. We can offer our stills on a freelance basis and do it from anywhere in the world, as long as it’s on the clients worldwide time clock. Services such as People Per Hour, oDesk or Elance make it easy for us all to find and keep clients no matter where we choose to work from, so we can stay in the office on our own terms.
For The Party Goer
If you are a party lover then you could consider turning that into a home based business. Event planning is a growing industry, especially now we are coming out of a declining economy and moving into a bull market. As people have more disposable income they want to take the pain out of having to organise their own events, and simply enjoy them instead. So from parties, festivals, weddings and gradations, to funerals and business events with a difference, this could become one of the best small home business ideas just for you.
What do you think? Do you have any small home business ideas to share?
Hi, thank you for this post I agree with you that if you are going to make a new start you need to get your lifestyle design priorities in order. There’s no point in making the same mistakes again, so you need to look at your work-life balance and what you feel is important to you, so you get it right from the beginning. very useful information