In a previous article, we highlighted ten stay at home jobs you can venture into – from photography, to basket making and hair styling. kindly read up and catch up with more jobs you can run from home.
As a consultant, you need to be an expert in a field so you can market yourself as an advisory to others who want to work in that area. Perhaps you managed several large warehouses in your career with a drugstore company, you did all the marketing for many years for a large shoe manufacturer or you set up a chain of beauty supply shops or take-out restaurants. You can use this experience to help others do similar things without making the same mistakes that you made along the way.
- Electronics Repair
There are a lot of home appliances that go bad on a daily basis, from fridges, to microwave, TV and even personal computers, if you pick one and learn how to repair it so well you can earn good money doing that from the comfort of your home. You may also want to encourage people to give you their old electronics so you can use them for parts. Or even sell fairly used electronics.
- Event Planning
Event planning in urban cities can be very lucrative as individuals and companies hold events every other day. One of the first things you need to do is visit every potential event location that you plan to work with. Start a database that will allow you to sort venues by varying features. Wedding may be the most occurring event but the most hectic to plan. Offer your customers an a-la-carte menu of services, from helping pick flowers, the wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses to picking the venue and hiring the caterer. Before you open your business, shop at all the wedding shops, and even pretend you are a bride-to-be and see what kinds of services the wedding gown shop provides and how they treat potential customers. You need to know every detail of the business to give the accurate impression that you are the go-to person for anyone planning a wedding.
Do you want to simply do book-keeping for a small business? A more involved level of accounting would be to actually work up balance sheets, income statements, and other financial reports on a monthly, quarterly, and/or annual basis, depending on the needs of the business. Other specializations can include tax accounting, a huge area of potential work. Many company/business owners don’t mind keeping their own day-to-day book-keeping records but would rather get professional help with their taxes. Create a flier outlining your services after you have streamlined them.
- Business Plan Service
Offer a good business plan, including market research, the business plan narrative and the financial statements. Plan your fee around the main one that the client will want and offer the others as add-on services. You can give clients an electronic file and allow them to take it from there, or you can keep the business plan on file and offer the service of tweaking it whenever necessary. Have business plan samples to show clients–and make sure to include your own.
6. Personal Concierge
This business is for someone who is supremely efficient and has the ability to make things happen. People who hire you will expect things when they want them and you need to be able to come through with not only what they want, but with a personal touch and a smile on your face. The most likely clients for a personal concierge service are top executives who find themselves at the office by 7 a.m. and are there most nights until 9 p.m., leaving them very little time to do all those things that often need to be done during those very hours.
7. Financial Planner
To start, you should go through the certification process so that you can label yourself a CFP (Certified Financial Planner). Your certificate shows that you have expertise and credibility, and this differentiation will help people choose you as their financial planner.
- Home Decor
The home inspection field is one where you will need to do constant updating of your education and knowledge. New products are constantly coming out on the market–if you only know about decks made of wood, you will not know how to inspect and assess the new materials on the market, such as composites that are made to look like real wood. Also keep apprised of all safety updates of materials and issues with things like off-gassing, carbon monoxide production, and other chemical precautions.
- Jewelry Making
There are many different ways of getting into the jewelry business and many different types of materials with which you can work. Working with metal will probably require the most in the way of specific tools. You need to be able to heat the metal to manipulate it, and you need metalworking tools to cut and engrave it. You can also make accessories from glass, feathers, wood, plastic, beads, to name just a few.
10. Household Organizer
You can choose either to do the organizing work or to come in to a home and consult on the things the homeowner could do to better organize. Have a portfolio of different organizational scenarios in different rooms in the home and talk with the homeowner about the style he or she likes. Create checklists and questionnaires to understand how the family uses the home. Are the kids wildly busy with after-school activities? Or are they usually home after school and want access to their toys? Do they share rooms? All of these things will help you tailor an organizing plan and become the family hero.