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Feb
09

Believe It Or Not, These Offline Businesses Can Be Run From Home!

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If you’re looking for a business to run from home, you might think that your options are limited. Specifically, you are probably considering some version of an e-commerce company or rather any business that can be run by offering a product or service online. You might be pleased to hear that actually there is an abundance of possibilities for home run companies where online services and products don’t even enter the equation.

You probably haven’t thought of most of these because people, in general, seem so obsessed with the idea that e-commerce is a money-making machine. While that is a possibility, it is certainly not your only way to make a fortune or at the very least, a solid income working from home.

So, what possibilities should you consider aside from the typical online home run company?

 

A Lesson In Education

If you were an academic achiever in school or you even excelled in higher education, you might consider starting a business as a private tutor. A lot of parents these days want their children to have extra tuition to that which they receive at school. They want to make sure that their kids get the best grades because they know, as you probably do, that without the right grades their children will not be able to obtain a decent career on the market. This has left a massive gap in demand that anyone who has the skill to be a teacher, can fill.

There are many benefits to this type of business model. First, you will be able to work however many hours and as often as you would like. Second, you can within reason decide how much you want to charge for your services. Third, you’ll be able to choose who you provide these services too. If you don’t want to cater to parents with little tots, you don’t need to because there is almost definitely students in college also looking for tutoring and academic guidance. You can provide this if you have that level of skill and knowledge.

It’s not even that difficult to become a tutor. First, think about marketing and make sure that you get the word out about your little private company. If you are handy online, your best tool will be social media profiles. With social media profiles, you’ll be able to quickly let keen customers know about the service that you are providing and get their attention.

If you don’t have a great level of knowledge or a huge following on social media, then you may just want to put up a flyer on your town billboard. You might not get the same reach but you will gain some attention and if you provide a good service word will certainly spread.

Do bear in mind that it is not necessary to get a qualification to be a tutor. Although it will certainly benefit you because your service will be more attractive to both students and parents. A professional qualification shows that you have both the knowledge and skill to help them succeed in whatever subject you are teaching. While perhaps most common for previous teachers, it’s true to say that anyone with a knack for teaching can be a tutor.

 

Bakery

You might think that to run a bakery you will need an entire business property. But it depends on what you’re baking, on what utilities you have and the size of your kitchen. A modest kitchen could provide you with more than enough space and all the appliances you will need to run a successful home bakery. All it takes is the right schedule, a commitment to quality and a complete focus on baking enough goods to reach a substantial profit. It’s important that you do treat this like a business rather than a hobby which will undoubtedly be your first instinct.

When you’re setting up your baking company, make sure that you are balancing your costs effectively. This includes the energy it takes to bake the goods, the ingredients that you need to buy and of course, deliveries.

Getting the word out about a business like this is likely going to be the same as creating a buzz around your tutor business. You can either do it online, through social media and blogs or you can opt to instead run an offline marketing campaign with flyers, perhaps posted through the doors of homes in the local area. If you really want to create a great first impression that you can rely on for future profits, you might want to think about offering your services voluntarily. For example, you can bake goods for a charity cause or at something like a school event. This will help get the word out about your products and will allow you to build up a solid customer base.

If you really want to make profits, you need to ensure that you have a USP built into your business model. This will be a specific baked good that they cannot buy anywhere else. Or, an exciting secret recipe and a spin on an old favourite.

 

Counseling

If you are hoping to use your new business to help people, you can think about setting up as a private counselor. Counselors are like lawyers, they can either work as part of a large company, or they can operate independently and this means it’s another business that you can run from home.

Being a counselor does require a certain level of skill and knowledge. However, with online masters in counseling programs, you can get the knowledge you need and learn the necessary skills in your spare time. You won’t even have to pay a big fee for a college course. Once you have a qualification like this, you will be free to represent and market yourself as an independent counselor. You can choose whether you have specialities such as family counseling or whether you would like to deal with specific problems such as confidence issues.

To become a counselor, you need to make sure that you are a good communicator and able to interact with individuals on a level where they feel comfortable and secure. This is often not as easy as it sounds. But, with the right course, you can get the training necessary to be effective.  As a solopreneur like this, you will be delivering a specialized service and as such can expect to gain substantial levels of profit.

You might be wondering why you would choose to run businesses like this or engage in freelance operations such as these over an e-commerce company or an online business. The whole point, or at least one of the benefits of running a business from home is that you can cut costs, keeping a business affordable and easy to run without assistance. However, people who do set up online businesses or e-commerce companies tend to find that the costs quickly build up with services that they need to pay for such as marketing, legal and accounting.

With the businesses that we have mentioned, you can avoid issues like this completely. Instead, you will be able to run a simple company model where you are your own employer and employee. This means that you’ll be able to keep all the profits, work whatever hours you want and the only real issue that you’ll have to worry about is tax.

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