Kinds Of Things Can You Do
In A Home-Based Business?
You can do anything you want to
do. A home-based business may be your only source of income, or
it can be a part-time supplement to other income. Most of the
examples in this article are operated in the United States, but
many of these ideas will work in other cultures with little or
no adaptation. Wherever you are, start a home-based business now
for your continued well-being.
Everyone should have more than
one way to make money. Young entrepreneurs ought to begin one or
more home-based operations during high school or college. Young
people often don’t realize the many pitfalls inherent in life.
Everyone should begin a sideline business as soon as they see
the value, even if they are middle-aged.
Upon taking her first job, the
young employee probably enjoys getting out in the crowds and
rush hour traffic. There is an element of excitement to every
day. Soon she realizes, however, that time is being wasted.
Wouldn’t it be a lot more fun to play golf or fish rather than
waiting in traffic?
Getting to your office in your
bare feet in about 10 seconds is one of the greatest benefits to
the home-based entrepreneur lifestyle. You have time to do what
you want whenever you wish.
The financial rewards can be
great, too, but often these take time to build. That’s why you
should begin as early as you can. There are no get-rich-quick
secrets. Start a business doing something you like; if it’s
something you are passionate about, that’s even better. A
willingness to learn and perseverance are the necessary
ingredients for success.
Almost from birth we are taught
to work for somebody else. Get a job with a good company, work
hard, be loyal, move up the employment ranks, and retire with a
Early in the Industrial
Revolution that may have worked, but it has been many years
since this has had any validity at all. All companies are not
like Enron, but far too many will go out of business or
terminate employees when the bottom-line profits begin to
There’s still another reason to
begin your home-based business as soon as you can. Fortune
magazine, in the March 17, 2003, edition, quotes a major
accounting firm as admonishing baby-boomers counting on a great
retirement package from their employers: "Don't take for granted
what you have today."
Companies are beginning to change
their pension plans and renege on promises made to workers years
ago. Workers getting near retirement will likely see the money
they expected for retirement cut in half. Certain benefits, like
early retirement buyouts, may be eliminated altogether. This is
A sideline home-based business
can be your safety net. It may also provide extra retirement
income. By the time you retire from your regular work, your home
business may be almost running itself, so you don’t have to work
very hard to bring in extra income.
Family, friends, and
acquaintances will often tell the aspiring entrepreneur he can’t
possibly succeed on his own. They will say it’s impossible to
get along without a “real job,” whatever THAT is.
This is why Napoleon Hill says
you need a small group of people who think like you do to act as
advisors. Every entrepreneur who wants to be successful should
establish such a group.
These People Did It!
Notice the variety in these
profiles of some currently operating home-based businesses
throughout the U.S.:
- Natural Impulse,
www.naturalimpulse.com/aboutus.html, specializes in hand-made
soaps and fragrances. A lady electrical engineer started this
business in 1997. She began to get a stomach ache on the way
to work every day and decided to work for herself. She and her
husband, Phillip, sell their products at craft fairs and on
the Internet. Their business is in Alabama.
- Sharon Marzonie operates Cyan
Rift, www.cyanrift.com/about_me.htm, from her home in Arizona.
She makes exquisite one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry. If you have
a personal request, she will try to fill it for you. Her
materials come from the finest international sources. This
business began in 2000.
- From his home in Arizona’s
White Mountain country, Karl Larson produces hand made fly
fishing nets with beautiful bent wooden handles. His company
is Networks, www.networksaz.com/, and he will also make you a
custom wooden fly rod holder.
- Rustic Accents,
www.rusticaccents.com/, is a home business in Tucson, AZ.
Their specialties are Western, Southwestern, Wildlife, and
Rodeo home decor items. They use rustic metals and
hand-coiled, aged, barbed wire in their products.
- Military and historic
reenactment leather goods are made by Border States
Leatherworks, www.borderstates.com/. This Arkansas home
business counts Fort Myer, Arlington National Cemetery, and
other historic sites among its clients. They will produce
custom leather items to your specifications.
- Since 1998, Paula Johnson has
made and sold cloth dolls and doll-related patterns from her
home in the Ozark Mountains. Paula’s Crow Mountain Doll House,
www.paulasdollhouse.net/, sells worldwide. She will even teach
you how to make dolls!
- Recycled cards, ribbon, game
boards, and other reject stuff go to make Patty O’Rourke’s
collage products. Papor Products, www.papor.com/, is Patty’s
- From a mountaintop near
Flatwoods, WV, Clifford Gateless makes beautiful wooden desks
and tables. His company is Elk Cabinets, www.handmadedesks.com/.
If you want to see a really beautiful computer desk, click
- From Rhode Island comes
Operated by Michelle, a Veterinary Technician, this pet bakery
will bake each order as it is received; you can’t get any
fresher than this. You may also specify particular dietary
needs for your dog or cat.
- Believe it or not, Impressive
Inscriptions, www.impressiveinscriptions.com/, is operated by
Rosemarie and Rose Marie! It is really two separate home-based
businesses in New Jersey. Impressive Inscriptions produces
personalized bookmarks and custom prayer cards. See their
“Ideas and Uses” page for an unbelievable number of ways to
- Majid, Inc., www.majidbags.com/main.htm,
operates from Nags Head, NC. Their products include various
handbags and travel bags. These items are unique because they
are made from old woven fabric collected throughout the Middle
East. Most were made and used by native nomadic people from
these areas. You might consider them as recycled Persian or
Consider these other
- Astrology. Are you interested
in the influence of the moon and stars on human life? Maybe
you should start an astrology business. You can find many
online resources to teach you about this at
- Event Planning may be a
business for you. If you have creative skills, enjoy
organizing, and meeting deadlines, try it. You will be
involved with a lot of interesting people and learn about many
industries and businesses. www.newworkplace.com/eventplanner.html
will point you to information about this opportunity.
- As a Freelance Photographer
www.newworkplace.com/freephotog.html, you can work for a
variety of clients. You can photograph weddings, wildlife,
corporate, or industrial settings, and take stock photographs
- If you have research and
communication skills, you may consider being a Private
Investigator. You need some legal knowledge, which you can
find online at www.newworkplace.com/pi.html.
- Another business requiring
investigative ability and problem solving is Skip Tracing
www.newworkplace.com/skiptracer.html. In this business you
will help families, creditors, and others who are trying to
- If you are creative, have
problem-solving ability, and like details, try being a Wedding
Consultant. This site shows you how: www.newworkplace.com/wedconsult.html.
By studying these examples, you
should get one or two ideas that interest you. Investigate
several of them thoroughly.
In today’s economic climate, no
one should be without some income they can control. A home-based
business is the best way to do this. Start one as soon as you
If you already are a home-based
entrepreneur you, may want to consider adding a complementary
business. Perhaps this report will help you find just the right
Allen, Robert. “Multiple Streams
of Income.” www.nightingale.com, 1-800-323-5552—This set of six
CDs (79.95) or audiotapes (69.95) from Nightingale Conant makes
the case for needing more than one stream of income and offers
detailed information on ways to accomplish this.
© Yank Elliott. All rights reserved worldwide.
Article by Yank Elliott, IAHBE staff writer.
Yank is a home-based entrepreneur and freelance business writer
in Belhaven, North Carolina, USA. His Website is
www.furriwhalesworld.com. Contact Yank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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