If you want to work part-time at home to supplement your income or ease yourself into working again, then this page has some inspiration for you.
Although we have posted the top business ideas below you should undertake your own research especially any work from home opportunity that you may come across to check the viability of any advertising you may see.
Researching the Market Before You Decide
Below are some of the best opportunities available to start right away. Be aware many opportunities are not at first what they seem, especially for online or internet-based businesses.
There Are No Quick Wins
There are no quick and sure-fire ways of earning an instant income online and all businesses, no matter how small they are, require hours of hard work. Even if you were to write a blog you need to spend hours researching your material and spend time writing.
Most New Ideas Are Concepts Repackaged From Existing Winners
There aren't many new business ideas on the market that haven't previously existed in one form or another. Most new programmes are existing businesses that have been given a fancy name or simply targeted towards a new audience, such as ideas for women or kids. Many are low-cost and are well suited for a part-time income but are not that unique or unusual in their nature.
Be Patient And Focus On One Idea at a Time
Additionally you may be frustrated and see others that may have riches and believe you could be like them. Or perhaps you've started several "opportunities" before but didn't get an instant return and put it to one side and then look for something else.
At the end of the day, you'll need to work at whatever you decided to do. Not many people set up a new business on day one and get thousands of pounds profits within a week. We all have to start somewhere, but slow steps are better than a scatter-gun approach. A well-known marketing guru used to say "Just make £1 online, and the rest will follow". That's great advice because once you've learned how to make that first £1 you'll be able to do it again and again until you can make £10, £100, and then £1,000.
Five Part-Time Businesses You Could Start Today
Below are five ideas for low-risk business ventures you can start and run in the comfort of your own home.
Writing a Blog
If you want to earn a small income online from home then what better way than to share your personal experiences with others. The internet is full of information. Unfortunately, many articles and especially blogs don't have experts writing them and you may find the information isn't accurate.
If you're a professional, for example, a Police Officer, Nurse or Prison Officer, you can write about the job, how to apply and what qualifications are required. There's so much you can write about that you'll quickly develop an essential resource for those wanting to know more. You'll earn money by posting adverts on your website, writing a book about "how to become a...." or selling other peoples' products; the list is endless. If writing about your job is of interest, then read our guide to starting a blog that shows you the software required the technical know-how to put it altogether.
Completing Online Surveys
There are numerous adverts you'll see saying you can complete surveys for companies, and they'll pay for your views and input. There are many legitimate companies offering this service where you can earn a modest income, but many ask for an advanced payment to see their offerings.
You shouldn't need to pay any money in advance to complete surveys online, and some of the claims made are not true, so do your research first. For the legitimate sites, you can earn a modest income and complete the surveys online at home.
Writing Articles for Others
If you don't want to write for yourself (i.e., develop your own blog as mentioned above) then you could write for others. The internet is still developing as the information superhighway. Other website owners require well researched and developed articles to compliment their existing material.
Many publishers look to developing nations such as India as they will only charge perhaps $5-$10 per article, but the quality is poor. You'll probably only get paid perhaps £20 for a 400 word article. If this is not your area of expertise, you'll need to spend time researching the subject and then writing about it. A well-written article may take at least one hour of your time, but it's something you can undertake at your computer by yourself.
Be a Virtual Assistant
Many small business owners outsource their telephone answering services and administration tasks to others. If you have an internet connection with email, you could offer to assist other business owners from your home with these day to day tasks. Again you would be expected to earn only the minimum wage but if you're self-motivated and organised, then this could be the right opportunity for you.
Outsourced Telephone Sales
Many companies have their employees at home taking and making calls on behalf of others in the form of telephone sales. Here you'll be given a list of people to call and offer them products, services or qualifying their interest. Although households have cold calling numbers barred, the majority of the population do not.
You'll likely be making calls to other people who are at home looking after the kids. Although they may not want your call, you should be a natural salesperson. There are strict rules governing telephone sales in the UK that you must adhere to.
If you're good on the telephone, are able to follow a script, are good at selling, don't mind people hanging up the phone and perhaps being abusive to you, then this could be for you. You'll likely get paid only on successful sales rather than a fixed wage, but at least you can still work from home.