They say that employment has gone up, which is great. But not everyone is working the same hours that they used to. In fact, many people are working extras jobs in order to fill that gap in their pay packet. A lot of stay at home parents now have the flexibility and the desire to be able to work from home! And we’re not talking time-sensitive takeaway deliveries or being a late night taxi driver! Nope – there’s no tapping the no food or drink sign in your cab while your passenger spills their kebab everywhere: whether it’s working remotely or running your own business, there’s never been more businesses that are run from the comfort of home.
So what businesses might be right for you and your lifestyle? Here is a list of a few ideas to give you a little inspiration.
If you enjoy baking and have an artistic touch, making and decorating cakes can be a really satisfying way of earning extra money
Homemade biscuits and confectionery can be a great seller. Bake and package them well, and try reselling through a local gift shop. People in your social network may buy batches for special occasions.
If you can spare a few evenings and know any parents desperate to get out, there are few simpler ways to make a few extra pounds!
There’s great potential to earn extra money from looking after kids, but you’ll need to adore children (not just your own), have boundless energy and patience and in many cases must satisfy Ofsted criteria.
This is very much a social business activity so be prepared to spend lots of time meeting and talking to people. You’ll be selling mainly by networking and often through parties in other people’s homes, so an outgoing manner and immaculate personal presentation skills are essential.
Making greetings cards
If you’re the kind of person who loves making things, why not try your hand at cards? Ask a local shopkeeper what kind sells best and follow their advice, working to a distinctive style of your own. Then try selling to family, friends and local businesses. Be mindful of material costs and time taken though, as wastage can be expensive in such a low-value product.
If you can play a musical (especially orchestral) instrument to a high enough standard, know a few choice solo pieces and look presentable, spread the word locally – weddings and other formal functions can be a lucrative source of performance income.
You’ll need a website or blog to showcase your work, but if you’re confident that your photography is good enough, there’s no reason why you can’t do wedding/function work professionally. Do your homework though – you’ll need to take charge of arranging people into groups and know all the classic poses expected of the occasion.
A great way to get out and about and if you love animals then that will make this job the easiest job you’ve ever worked!