Earning Income From Home

More and more people are looking for new inventive ways of earning money from home. With the rising costs of petrol, electricity, groceries, and the normal everyday incidentals spiralling out of control, we need to improve our incomes. I have compiled a list of several ideas on how to start your own home business, and I have listed many of the essentials things you need to get started. This will give you an idea of what it will cost to start up one of these if you want to start any of them.

Start a Silk Screen Printing Business

This is an interesting and creative type of business. If you have lots of imagination, you can do anything with it. Depending on your interests, you can print t-shirts, hats, banners, stubby holders, sashes, and ribbons for different social and sporting clubs or hotels. On the other hand, you could try another idea by creating computer printed signs to go on car and business doors and windows.

Need to Know

When your work requires drawings and graphics then it would help to have an artistic touch. Although with modern technology, you can do anything on the computer these days with different software. Artwork must be original; you cannot copy any other person’s artwork. First you make a screen by placing a pattern or film on a frame covered with silk. A rubber scraper forces the paint through the screen onto the object or article underneath the screen creating the print. The article is then left to dry.

You can make your own or buy pre-made screens, obtain paints and supplies from wholesalers, bargaining for the best price. In addition, you will need a clean room with plenty of space to allow for drying your work. Charge each client for setting up their own screen, then for the t-shirt or product and an extra amount for each article printed. If you have a bad print, that will cost you money as you cannot sell it, unless sold at a reduced amount as damaged stock.

Print T-shirts

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This book will help guide you through the step by step process for starting your own screen printing business in printing T-shirts.

Computer Tuition and Repairs

Computer Tuition

If you have used a computer for years and know how to use the many programs on it then you could help tutor less fortunate people with your knowledge. Start by tutoring on a one to one base. As you improve and gain more confidence, then take up teaching at schools or colleges.

Need to Know

You can teach them in their home on their computer or they can come to your office. Always supply a clear printout of instructions of the day's lessons for them to follow before they leave.

Tip - Always sit your client in front of the computer and explain how to do specific things. That way they will be more likely to remember how to do it themselves. Never show them and expect them to understand what you did without doing it themselves. Everyone works at different speeds and levels - do not expect everyone to learn too much in one lesson. Some people will prefer for the husband and wife to learn at the same time – if one forgets something, the other will remember. This is a personal preference.

Repairing Computers & Laptops

Computer Repairs and Advice

If you have good experience and knowledge with computers, have built, and repaired your own then start by fixing your friends computers and gain more experience. When you are more confident, learn how to remove a virus and format computers then reload programs for people.
Tip - Never ever charge people for something that you have not fixed properly. Bad repairs will gain you bad recommendations. Keep this in mind.

Secretarial Service

Typing of minutes, resumes, reports, assignments, laser printing, newsletters, transcripts, word processing or bookkeeping services.

You Will Need

You will require a room in your home to use for an office, with a reliable computer and printer and facilities for email and banking systems.

Babysitting Home Business

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This is something most girls or women can do during the day or night and on weekends. Most young girls start babysitting in high school for the family and friends. To obtain more work, put a notice in the local shopping notice board. You will be surprised at the number of people needing a babysitter.

Need to Know

Make sure you have organized safe transport to and from the home, prior to taking on the jobs. Always let someone else know where you are at any given time. Take a mobile phone with you in case of emergencies and for your own security.

House Cleaning Home Business

There are so many working families, where the people would really appreciate coming home to a nice clean home at the end of a hard day. I used to love coming home to a freshly cleaned home with a vase of flowers on the dining room table; somehow, it made the day more bearable. To start this, either place a small advert in your local newspaper or put a notice up in your local shopping center.

You could clean the normal homes, or you collaborate with someone else and contact the local building companies to clean the brand new homes after the builders have finished. This is harder to do than the normal house cleaning jobs, though. You could incorporate this by cleaning offices and office buildings as well. This would work for a husband and wife team too.

Need to Know

You need your own transport. Ask the homeowner if they cover you in the case of an accident in their home. If you are working for builders, find out if they have workers compensation. New home cleaning requires you to supply all your own cleaning equipment.
Insurance is important for when you accidentally drop a crystal vase or something similar.

Combine House Cleaning and Babysitting Home Business

You can work as a manager or working manager with this one. You advertise and find all work and the workers, and then organize the jobs for each person. This is something that you can manage from home while working a part-time job yourself and earning an extra income from home.

Need to Know

You do all the advertising for both the housecleaning and babysitting clientele. Then you need to run an advert to employ your staff. The clientele pay the workers themselves. You re-organize the costing for the jobs and your workers pay you a commission for obtaining their work.

The downside to this is that you will need to have workers compensation in case of accidents or if your worker damages any clients prized possessions. You also need to factor in the cost of advertising, and phone calls into each job before quoting on them. Keep in mind that if a worker is sick you will have to fill in for them. That is what turned me off doing this as I do not like babysitting.

Backpack Vacuum

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This is the ideal commercial vacuum for cleaning homes or commercial offices for any home business. It also leaves your hands free to dust or move things out of the way.

Creative Card Invitation Home Business

This is a great way to highlight your creativity. Design and make beautiful Wedding invitation and place cards or thank you cards. In fact, you can make any kind of birthday and celebration party invitation or gift cards.

You Will Need

You will need a variety of sample cards, to display exactly what you have to offer. These will help the client choose the best ideas or style and wording layouts, plus assorted stationery with different patterns and colors they can order. A reliable computer and printer, capable of producing professionally printed work are most important.

This should give you an idea of what you will need to buy and organize before starting up one of these home businesses.

Creative Gift Basket Home Business

Anyone can run this from an office in your home. It involves creating baskets full of a variety of products for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, thank you and appreciation. In fact, you can make beautiful baskets for any occasion and with sweets, flowers, wine, or a mixture of everything depending on what the client requires.

You Will Need

A flair for creativity and a supply of baskets, ribbons, cards, with access to purchasing groceries, chocolates, and other all other products. Compiling these will not need a lot of room in your home, with access to a computer and printer for the cards unless you make hand printed fancy cards.

Gift Basket Designs

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Learn creative ways to design and decorate gift baskets for all occasions and get your home business started.

Pet Home Business Ideas

This can involve a variety of small home business ideas, most of which you can run from your own home.

Pet Walking and Minding for Holidays

You will need 

Be responsible and good with dogs. Fit in with the holiday seasons. You can combine this with garden watering and the caring and feeding of any other pets.

Pet Grooming and Nail Clipping, Dog Washing

You can combine these with husband and wife team or select one only.

You Will Need

Be a reliable person and good with handling dogs. If you choose dog washing this will involve buying a trailer set up for bathing the dogs and a vehicle to tow it. A mobile phone is important to organize appointments and bookings


Any one of these ideas would make a profitable home business if organized and run professionally from home.

If you want to be successful, learn the basics and do your research before starting.  This will save you making costly mistakes.