Working for somebody else will never make you rich.
And who doesn’t want to work in your own business, working hard to provide your family with the benefits of your blood, sweat and tears. If you don’t know where to start, start here! We give you 62 ideas on small businesses to start from home. All can be scaled up as much or as little as you wish.
Find a line of clothing you really love and start your own small online boutique. Purchase fashion from places like Etsy or even look at having clothing custom-made overseas in the styles you love. You can also sell your fashion through Etsy, eBay or start your own Shopify store!
If you want to design and manufacture your own line of clothing, you can start smaller. Have a look at this Free List of Fashion Wholesalers and Manufacturers which might help you on your way! You probably should prepare a start-up cash of at least $1,000 to purchase stock in advance.
Also, check out this article on ‘A Beginners Guide to Launching Your Own Clothing Label’.
Someone that has done it: Check out Jane Wu who started Showpo from her garage in 2010. She has now built an empire that is envy-worthy.
2. Home Laundry Business
More women than ever before are working huge hours. Why not start a laundry business. This involves picking up dirty washing, washing, ironing and folding clothing and returning it – in a quick turnaround. You can advertise locally on Facebook or local noticeboards. You’ll need a good washing machine, iron, mobile phone and transportation.
What you can expect to be paid: From $30/hour
Real Life Examples: The Laundry Lady is a mobile laundry service in Sydney, The Gold Coast and in Brisbane. They offer pickup and delivery (will pick it up from your work and even the boot of your car) and will deliver it all laundered and ironed the next day.
3. Cake Decorating Business
If your family and friends are always begging you to make that delectable chocolate cake with that amazing icing for their special occasions, why not look at providing your skills to the wider public. Whether it is cupcakes for a school birthday, or wedding cakes and everything in between – showcase your work on your Facebook Page and start charging for your services.
What you can expect to be paid: From $80 per cake
Someone that has done it successfully: Jessie & Co is Gympie based cake decorating business. Jessie made this amazing ‘Shades of Lavender Cake’ and offers wedding cakes, baby shower cakes and decadent cupcakes for every occasion!
A beautifully decorated cake from Jessie & Co:
4. Catering Business
Catering is a great business to have if you love to cook for a party or get-together. But there are strict requirements that do need to be met if you want to do this commercially. Start-up costs can be tough if you are providing food on a commercial basis. Trending at the moment are gourmet dinner parties for small parties. You’ll need access to commercial kitchen, cookware and transportation.
The Australian Institute of Food Safety has all the information you will require.
Potential Clients: Small Business Owners, Local Government, Tafe Colleges and Universities
In a catering business, there are also small niches such as:
Custom Grazing Boards Deli Platters Bento Catering Corporate Catering
5. Cake Baking Small Business
If you aren’t into decorating cakes but can cook like a demon in the cake department, or you make the most amazing Mars Bar Cheesecake the world has ever seen, make your wares and sell them to local bakeries and cafes who are always looking for delectable sweets to serve with coffee! What you’ll need is access to commercial kitchen, transportation and basic baking tools.
Provided you use a commercial kitchen and check with your local Council and list the ingredients on supply, there is no formal qualifications required.
Potential Clients: Delis, Cafes, Cake Decorators, Caterers.
6. Makeup Artist
If you are creative and have a knack for making your models look incredible, or have a bit of a thing for stage makeup, perhaps consider advertising your services for makeup artistry. Whether it is a classic style for Spring Racing, something sinister for Halloween or a full bridal look, take loads of pictures of your work and place it up on your Facebook Page and Instagram. To get a bit more practise under your belt, approach your local theatre groups.
What you can expect to earn: From $80 per look on onwards depending on the quality of makeup and experience.
What will I need: You will need to provide all the makeup (good quality), brushes and transport.
Potential Clients: High School girls for their school formals, hairdressers
7. Hair Upstylist
Do people admire your daily hairstyle? Can you braid like a demon? Do people stop you on the street to ask you who did your hair? Then perhaps you should do ‘Upstyles’. Perfect for school balls, weddings or formal occasions, many people would love to pay to have the services done in their own home! You’ll need to invest on your own hair styling equipment and learn lots of hairstyles and techniques!
What you can expect to be paid: From $60 for a simple hairstyle. More for weddings and special occasions.
Where to advertise: Consider ‘renting a chair’ at a local hairdresser during school formal and wedding season. Otherwise print out flyers for local noticeboards, start your own Facebook Page and advertise your services on local Buy Swap and Sell pages.
8. Web Content Writer
Many websites are always on the lookout for new writers to supply content on various topics. If you are a confident writer, are careful with your spelling and grammar and can write under a deadline – why not look at this type of freelance work?
What you can expect to be paid: From $20 – $150 per article
9. Transcription Services
If you can type quickly and efficiently, why not be a freelance Transcriptionist. Work would involve listening to a tape (pre-recorded) and typing out the content word for word. You’ need a computer and internet connection. You should also be detail-oriented, organized and can type lots of words in a minute.
What you can expect to be paid: Medical Transcription can start from $50/hour
10. Write and Sell Ebooks
If you are an expert on a particular topic, why not write a ‘Go to Guide’ on your topic, and turn it into an Ebook. The great thing about Ebooks is that once the work has been done, that’s it! You submit it to websites for sale and watch the commissions come in. You’ll need to invest in a computer, internet connection and a good editing software.
What you can expect to be paid: A basic Ebook about 30 pages can sell from $1 and go up as high as $300 depending on how niche your topic is!
Got an idea but don’t know how to get it to market?
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11. Resume Writing Business
If you are diligent with spelling and grammar, can type and have a good internet connection, why not do professional resume writing and cover letters. There are always people that don’t know how to put together a professional looking resume together. Advertise your services on local Facebook Pages and Noticeboards. There are literally thousands of beautiful resume templates online that are free to use to give you a few ideas. If you already have a computer, internet connection and a printer at home then you’re already set!
What you can expect to be paid: From $300 per resume and cover letter.
12. Sell Images to Stock Image Websites
You don’t need to be a professional photographer to make money selling your photographs. Many stock image sites are always looking for day to day photographs of people doing ‘normal people things’. There are hundreds of these sites such as iStock Photo, Shutterstock and Bigstock. Once uploaded, this is a passive income type of online job.
What you can expect to be paid: From $2.50 per download per image. If your image goes viral – you could earn thousands of dollars from a single image.
13. Gardening Business
If you are a real green thumb and love nothing more than turning a boring garden into something special, why not do it for a living! Offer services from weeding gardens right through to garden design and implementation. Even weeding is needed by people whom are time poor!
How to Market Your Business: Send a price list of services to local Real Estate agents and Plant Nurseries. Advertise in your local Facebook Gardening Groups and post notices up at your local store.
14. Family History Researcher
There are amazing websites around now that help you trace your family tree back as far as it will go. They even have access to birth certificates, wedding certificates and details of where your ancestors lived. Many people are interested in genealogy but simply don’t have the time (or patience) to do it, so why not put your researching skills to work and become a Family History Researching for other people!
How much can you expect to earn: From $20 per hour
How to start: Approach your local Family History Society to get a bit of know-how under your belt, and advertise locally.
15. Sales Representative for MLM Company
Look, I’m not a great fan of MLM companies but some people swear by them. That’s all I’ll say about that now…
Some MLM companies include: Doterra, Herbalife, Tupperware, Lorraine Lea Linen, Younique, Rogan & Fields, Arbonne, Intimo
Now defunct MLM companies: Your Inspiration at Home
16. Online or Home Visit Tutor
If you were a wizz at maths or an ace in English, and you are good with kids then tutoring is a terrific idea. You can work the hours that suit you and you are making a difference in the life of a child. There are even online tutoring companies around now so you can work at home! Experience in teaching is definitely a plus. The number two things you’ll absolutely need is passion for teaching kids and the patience of a saint.
17. Home Cook
If you adore cooking and don’t mind spending time in the kitchen, why not offer your services for busy families that don’t have time to cook a delicious dinner at night. Either provide pre-prepared foods or even cook at your client’s house and serve dinner straight to the table!
How much can you expect to earn?
From $10 per serving.
18. House Cleaner
House Cleaning is a service everyone will appreciate! If your home is always spick and span and shiny, then perhaps offer your services as a cleaner for others. You can either work as a contractor for another cleaner, or even start your own from scratch. You will need insurance and transportation. Some house cleaners also bring their own cleaning tools and chemicals.
Who has done it well: MS Property Services started as one girl working hard to provide enough money to support her young son. Now she is preferred and recommended cleaner for real estate agencies in Brisbane!
19. Christmas Decorator
If you have an eye for decorating and adore the Christmas period, why not advertise your services as a Christmas Decorator. Put up the Christmas Tree, add the fairy lights and ensure the Christmas Decorations look amazing! Many businesses don’t have the time or patience to do it themselves, or even look at approaching your local shopping centre. Advertise your services at the local Christmas shop in your area. Drop in your prices to local shops and put your services up on local noticeboards and Facebook Pages.
What you can expect to earn: From $150 per home decoration
20. Homemade Beauty Products
Organic and vegan makeup and skincare products are in high-demand. If you have a recipe for a magical clay mask or a moisturising cream that changes lives, consider making small batches and selling it to others who will appreciate your hand-made products. Many small operators making their own beauty products start out selling their range on Etsy.
Since labeling requirements for cosmetics can be quite tricky, you’ll need to learn more about it before starting your business. Find out more from the ACCC.
How to do it?
Just a hint, many laboratories now will make a generic (but high quality) product that you can brand to your own liking. Check out Stay at Home Mum’s Ebook for more information!
21. Buy, Swap and Sell Trading
This is a good way to make money at any age!! Buy and sell items that you are interested in, make a profit for every sale! To start, subscribe to all your local Facebook Pages that buy, swap and sell. Keep an eye on newspaper listings and noticeboards selling items that are a great deal. Get to know your local antiques and second-hand dealers.
Items you can make money on: Cars, Boats, Mowers
Where to Find Items?
22. Grow and Sell Plants for Resale
If you are a budding (see the pun!) gardener, why not grow seedlings and look at selling them at your local market or online. All you will need are some pots, good quality soil, fertilizeriliser and patience! Succulents are huge at the moment and they are really easy to grow – so why not cash in on the phase!
Where to sell them:
Local markets, local corner shops, offer a mail-out version too (many post them in the mail because they are so hardy!).
23. Design Invitations and Sell Online
Are you a pro at designing invitations for birthdays, events and other important occasions? Many people are looking for their invitations to be designed and printed by pros. Invitation designing and printing will require creative skills as well as graphic editing skills. If you have these two then you can definitely start with that! If you already have a computer or laptop and a printer at home then you can cater for small jobs at first then upgrade as you grow more clients. Advertise your work on your personal pages or create an instagram account solely for work.
Types of Invitations:
Don’t just think weddings and birthdays, think BIG! On Etsy you can buy custom invitation packs, or even downloadable designs for invitations.
24. Packing Services
What you will be selling here is labour and time. When you’re planning a packing service business, you will be offering a quick and no hassle experience for customers who are moving and have no time to do it themselves. This is perfect for people who are organised and have enough manpower to help out with the business. To thrive in this kind of business you will need to meet some real estate people who can recommend you to get the job done. You’ll need transportation, manpower, boxes, containers and other packing materials.
25. Product Reviewer
Try out a product and write a review about it! Some brands would like to know about what consumers think. The feedback will help them improve their product. While some companies send free products for you to review, some just offer a discount when you buy it. Some companies also offer incentives. Here’s a thorough guide on how to be a product reviewer as well as a list of websites that look for product reviewers. You’ll need a pone/laptop/desktop computer and a stable internet connection.
26. Data Entry
There are a lot of data entry jobs and it is one of the most convenient options for SAHMs. You’ll almost always find one that has a negotiable time of work which you can fit in during your free time. Now, data entry jobs vary from one company to another. But basically, it is all about organising spreadsheets and document related work. For better understanding, a data entry clerk is someone who inputs and maintains information. You will need extreme focus and high attention to detail.
You also need to be reliable and organised as you are in charge of making sure all information is accurate and up to date.
27. Wedding Organiser
Being a wedding organiser is no easy job, but if you have a passion for organising weddings then this is definitely a great gig which can ultimately lead to a bigger business. Who knows! If you’re new to the industry, you need to do lots of homework. You also need to familiarise the latest trends in the wedding industry. Basically, being a wedding organiser means you’ll have to make sure the Groom and Bride isn’t stressed and the wedding day is perfect.
28. Film Online Videos
Starting a Youtube channel is easier nowadays, but the trick is in maintaining the channel and getting enough subscribers to create income out of it. Watch lots of youtube videos and do some research to prepare yourself. If you can get a minimum of 4000 views on Youtube per month, you can monetize your channel – plus you can get sponsorship and product reviewing etc! You’ll need wit, charm and lots of fresh ideas.
How much can you expect to make?
From $200 per 60-second video.
29. Start an Organic Skin Care Line
Starting an organic skin care line won’t create instant income for you. It’s going to take you a bit of time to reap the fruits of your investment. However, interest in organic skincare is increasing and people are digging natural products.Do research and watch tutorials. Study skincare recipes and take advantage of the free information from the internet. Etsy is a great place to sell your new line of homemade skincare. There are also lots of places to go to get ‘White Label’ skincare. That is, you get a laboratory that makes a great line of skincare – and brand it yourself! We have loads of information in our new Ebook: ‘How to Find, Source and Buy Products Online’.
30. Do Some Driving for Uber
Being an Uber driver means you can choose your own hours. Great for mums! The more you drive, the more money you make. And you’ll need to start is a car and an Uber account.
31. Design and Sell Forms
Do you have a knack for creating simple and straightforward forms? You can definitely make money out of that! Create online forms and sample contracts that can be customised and sell it online. You’ll need a website to put your forms up on sale and some online tools to create and design forms.
I know myself that I have bought the work of designers with an eye to details for my own business!
Where to sell forms:
Etsy Ebay Approach small businesses
32. Make Wedding Favours
Start a wedding favours business while at home! If you are someone who loves to do craft especially wedding giveaways, then you can definitely start a wedding Bomboniere business. What’s great about this is you can start small. Your first customers can be your close family and friends. Make sure to take photos of giveaways you create and upload it to your social media.
Soon questions will pour and you’ll attract interest. Make sure you give discounts for large orders!
33. Create Succulent Gifts to Sell
Let’s be honest here. Not everyone can raise a plant. Bahaha! But if you have a talent for that then succulents are great for a business idea! They’re really trendy and can be given as a gift for any occasion.
34. Start Your Own Line of Macrame Gifts or Designs
Are you great at creating Macrame gifts? Post it online and sell it! Pinterest has a lot of ideas for patterns that are trendy. Sell your products on Etsy and see the money come in!
35. Frame Christmas Music as Gifts
Now this one is a seasonal type of business, but with lots of expenses during the holidays you’ll need more cash! This business idea is really easy to start and requires small investment so it’s totally doable. You can also ask your teens to help out with this business and make it a family affair.
36. Design Your Own Line of Plates
Are you into calligraphy or are you someone who loves to draw? Designing your own line of plates can be a great business idea for you!
37. Import Kids Clothing for Your Own Cute Kids Line
Order name-brand kid’s apparels from online suppliers and create your own clothing line. Create a marketing strategy and promote your clothing line on your social media. You can also create a website to post your products!
38. Sew Your Own Vintage Style Baby Rompers
Sew vintage style baby rompers and sell it to friends and family. Offer styles and design and do it on a per order basis. It’s important to have passion and deep interest in sewing and clothes to prosper in this business idea.
39. Design Wedding Non-Floral Bouquets
There aren’t many options for non-floral wedding bouquets right now so designing and selling is a really great idea. This is also most likely a per order basis based business or you can create some and then post online! These day wedding bouquets are made from everything from latex, to newspaper!
Marketing Your Business: Sell them on Ebay, Etsy and in local florist shops.
40. Locate and Sell Vintage Clothing
Do you get excited and high when you score some vintage clothing at the thrift shop? If you are great at this, why not consider it as a business! Find what is in demand and sell them at a profit!
41. Design Funny T-shirts
Design funny shirts and get them printed as a t-shirt line of your own! You can use FB, IG or a website to sell your clothes online. There are many memes you can find online that you can use for your shirts. Funny ones or relatable ones sell the most!
42. Kid’s Party Entertainment
Do you love children? Do kids love you? If you have passion for entertainment, performing and children then that’s a great combination for someone to start a Kid’s Party Entertainment business. With this business you are in charge of the fun in a kid’s party. You can do magic, clowning, storytelling and the like. You’ll need to invest in transportation, music, party props, face paint makeup and other necessary equipment.
43. Make and Sell Nappy Cakes
A nappy cake business is a great idea for a business because it is easy to start and it’s totally okay to do at home. You need to have a creative streak for this one and lots of patience!
44. Sell Products on Consignment
Sell goods on consignment! Order goods from a dealer or consignor and sell it on your FB page or store. Usually, you get a percentage for each product sold. One great thing about this business is that you have the right to return goods that doesn’t get sold.
45. Home Daycare Provider
Do you have a passion for children? Then you might want to start a home daycare provider. With a home daycare business you can watch over your kids will making money as well. The most important requirement to start a home daycare business is a license to be a home daycare provider and a designated space at home. You home should have a designated area that is safe, clean and conducive for kids to learn and play.
For further details on how to start a home daycare business, check out familydaycare.com.au.
46. Swimming Instructor
Becoming a swimming instructor can be a great side gig in the summer. Kids love to be in the water in the hot summer months so most of them will ask their mums to learn swimming! It’s important for you to have experience and certificates prior becoming a swimming instructor. Having your own swimming pool at home is more convenient for you, too! To start, you’ll need a private swimming pool, professional certification and years of experience as a swimming coach.
47. Buy and Flip Small Websites
Buying and flipping websites can be a great way to generate income. If you’re new to this business, it is basically buying a non-performing website, improving it to attract buyers and then selling it. The hard part is in how you’ll improve the website. If you succeed in making the website into a high-performing one, then there’s a high chance of it getting sold. It is a low-capital business that anyone with interest and knowledge can start doing. Basically, you’ll have to have knowledge in web design and a basic understanding about the industry. You’ll also need to invest in a computer and internet connection.
48. Make and Sell Gift Baskets
Gift baskets are great gift ideas because it can be customised to be what the receiver likes and you can adjust it to whatever budget. If you’re into creating gift baskets for your family and friends, then you can definitely consider this as a small business. You’ll need to have creative and entrepreneurial skills as well as basic marketing.
49. Property Manager
To be a property manager, you must have a background in real estate. Your job is to manage residential properties in behalf of the owners and interact with tenants. You will also need to schedule the inspection and maintenance of the properties you are trying to sell. Keeping track of tenant or lease information is also one of your responsibilities as well as following up on rent. Being a property manager can also be time consuming, but, it’s great for Stay At Home Mums because you can schedule a time that works for you and you can definitely do it while the kids are at school.
50. Upstyling Vintage Furniture
Are you into upcycling old furniture? If you have interest in interior designing and upstyling furniture, then you can definitely make money out of it! Upcycling is a skill and practising can definitely make you better. Start with simple and basic styles. If you’re confident in doing the basics, then you can learn more of those complicated techniques.
51. Create a Subscription Box Business
I definitely looove subscription boxes and I think it’s a great business idea. Just put together a unique selection of goods that you think will be well loved by your target market and have beautiful packaging, you’re gonna be a hit. Read more about how to start your own subscription business here!
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