Guest Author - Deborah Crawford
Are you looking for easy work at home business ideas? Here are five businesses you can start right now that are pretty easy and quick to get up and running, depending on your skills, comfort level and desire!
eBay Consignment Shops are booming! Everyone has things they want to get rid of and yet many people do not have time or inclination to do their own eBaying. By charging to do this for people, you provide a valuable service and can make a nice profit, too. Good target markets for this type of business include busy professionals and older adults. You could also specialize in a certain type of goods. For example, you could build an eBay store selling vintage purses. To find the purses, you could buy them at thrift stores and post notices in the gathering places of people who own vintage purses (churches, community centers, etc.). For more information on how to start an eBay re-selling business, read my article eBay Trading Assistant.
Mystery Shopping is something many who work at home do to supplement our income, to get out of the house, or to get free stuff. There are mystery shopping gigs available for almost anyone anywhere. You can choose which jobs to take, so scheduling is always up to you, as are they different types of jobs. You can only do grocery store shops if you want to, or you can do a wide variety. Warning: There are scammers and con artists who charge fees for belonging to their programs or getting "insider" information. DO NOT PAY THEM! You can sign up with enough mystery shopping companies for free to keep you busy. Read the article: Mystery Shopping Basics for details and information on how to get started.
Virtual Assistants are becoming more and more popular. Professionals in many fields rely on VA's to run their virtual offices while they do what they do best, whether it be entertain, close big deals or just complete projects in their own home (which may be thousands of miles away!) Virtual assistants must be as professional as any, but can enjoy the perks that come with working from home. If this sounds like a great option for you, read Work from Home as a Virtual Assistant to get started.
Gift Basket Businesses are fun and can be quite lucrative. It's also a job the whole family can get involved in, which makes it an great work at home option. No specialized knowledge is needed, but savvy business skills and great marketing are necessary. Read Gift Basket Business Start Up Guide for the details on making baskets and making money.
A Resume Writing Business is another easy-to-start option. Most people need resumes and need to update them more frequently. And, most of them do a poor job of writing them. But, it's easy to learn how to do it correctly and with pizzazz! You can charge from $25 for a very basic one-page entry-level resume to $200 and up for professionals, because a great resume can help a person land a new job paying thousands more. This is another great work-at-home option. You can email, phone and fax everything. These days, electronic resumes are almost always all that anyone needs, too. Read Start a Resume Writing Business for details and how-to's.
There you have it--five easy and exciting possibilities. Is one of these your ticket to working from home? You can explore other ideas here, too. Just browse the articles in the Business Ideas section. Good Luck!