Start building your business in 2018
Here is a list of over 100 earning opportunities or businesses you can start at home. These can be started with just a little training and small capital investment, time and effort but these have potential of producing high income.
Most of these businesses could be conducted at home using your spare time which is in between household chores, during weekends or at your leisure. These ideas may already be your hobby.
While these ideas are suggestions and is intended to stimulate you imagination, only you could make a sound decision for yourself based on your own experiences, qualifications, interests and the current market in your community. As you examine the potential of possibilities from this list, take a critical look around your community or area to help you start or prepare for a successful business operation. Find the right combination of your own experiences, interests as well as the interests of your market. In the online world, this is called “niche”. You may use keyword and niche research tools or programs. These suggestions are mostly traditional in nature yet online marketers, both seasoned marketers and newbies could get ideas what to promote in the online world. These could all be advertised in facebook, social media and in your own websites. Find the business you can start in 2018 or the best affiliate programs you can promote.
List of earning opportunities you can start at home.
ADULT DAY CARE CENTER. Operate a center to look after elderly. Offer refreshments, games and activities and assistance.
ADVERTISING PRINTER. Print and design catalogs and samples for customers and supply them with custom imprinted pens, calendars, matches, bags, etc. You may also arrange the design or campaign.
AFRICAN VIOLETS PROPAGATION. Specialize in the propagation and care of this popular indoor plant. Nurture, hybridize and sell when in full bloom. Sell accessories and supplies for gardening.
ALTERATIONS. Replace buttons, let out cuffs, shorten sleeves, turn collars repair tears for clothing stores, laundries and cleaners who don’t already offer this service.
AQUARIUM SNAILS. Raise red ram’s horn snails for home and commercial fish tanks. Sell to pet shops and aquarium dealers.
ARTIFICAL PLANTS. Make your specialty artificial flowers and plants. Sell a selection of arrangements, baskets and special occasion creations; take custom orders. You can make origami and sell them to your customers.
BABY CLOTHES. Specialize in bargain-priced new and hand-me-down infant clothing and supplies. Offer an alteration service; take in trades to refurbish and resell to flea markets.
BABY FOOD. Specialize in mixing, processing, packaging and selling homemade natural baby foods. Licensing and insurance required, dedicated work area is strongly recommended.
BABY SITTING. Go to client’s home by appointment and stay with the children for hourly fee. Charge extra for two or more, doing housework or for taking the kids out.
BABY PICTURES. With still or video camera, arrange with the hospital staff to photograph newborns (with parents, nurses, visitors). Sell the video or photos or print sets to proud parents.
BANQUET DECORATING. Take full charge of banquet room preparation: theme decoration, seating arrangements, centerpieces.
BASKET WEAVING. Design, make and sell a variety of your basket creations: plain and decorated (or with arrangements). Sell various fibers, plans and instruction kits.
BATIK CREATION. Learn this ancient process: dip fabric in wax, crinkle, scratch or melt design into the wax, then dip in dye. Clean, stretch and dry for a valuable decoration.
BEAN SPROUTS. Grow fresh bean sprouts on a rotating basis: have new crop every week or as needed to supply client restaurants, vegetable markets and retail customers. Or have some for yourself and for your family regularly.
BEAUTY AIDS. Sell general or specialized beauty (or ethnic) supplies in your home salon or by appointment. Represent established lines and/or sell you own brand.
BLOGGING. Blogging is the most common yet has a very high potential to earn you passive income. You may incorporate different affiliate marketing programs online in your blogs. There are lots of training available to start a blogging website.
BONSAI PLANTS. Grow or buy and arrange into attractive pots or arrangements. Retail from your home, through ads, or wholesale to flower shops, greenhouses and nurseries.
BOOK REVIEW. If qualified, read current books for publishers or agents. Write reviews to be quoted in book promotions or media reviews; work towards your own column. See your potential grow as a book or product reviewer.
BOOK or E-BOOK SALES . Sell general subject or specialized books wholesale or retail. You can also be a reseller of e-books.
BOOKKEEPING SERVICE. Provide a bookkeeping services to businessmen in your area. Expand to more complex systems and computers like using new accounting and auditing softwares.
BREAD SPECIALITIES. Bake and sell unusual varieties of home made breads: low calorie, ethnic, etc. Take orders for loaves fresh from your kitchen, deliver to stores or bakeshops.
BRIDGE LESSONS. Give Bridge lessons in your home when you are qualified. Charge by the lesson, or course. Hold tournaments, award prizes, publicize students.
BROMELIADS and DRIFT WOODS. Specialize in culture of these beautiful pineapple relatives with their hauntingly beautiful blooms. Sell growing bromeliads on driftwood.
CACTUS CULTURE. Propagate, grow, groom and arrange native and exotic cacti for retail and wholesale market. Prepare little information booklets for each species. You may buy seeds from your local nursery store or buy online from ebay or amazon.
CAKE DECORATING. Take orders to bake and decorate special occasion cakes. Offer to decorate bakery cakes and pastries.
CALLIGRAPHY. Easily learned by artistic person: work through ads and stationary stores. Print fancy menus, show cards, place cards, invitations, announcements, etc.
CAN ART. Make and sell pincushion chairs and other unique, decorative items from tin cans and bits of cloth. Draw your design and sell kits with instructions.
CANDLE MAKING. Turn a hobby into a profitable business. Design your own line, offer custom styling, scents and special effects. Between orders, make standard items. Make your signature candle scent and advertise this as often as you could.
CANDY MAKING. Specialize in one or more types of candies that you can make in your kitchen. Package with you brand and wholesale to stores or sell through ads. You can consign goods to your favorite nearby store.
CANNING SERVICE. Preserve customer’s home grown (or purchased) garden products with your canning operation. Use your recipes or theirs, apply personalized labels. A bigger investment is needed in the operation of canning service due to purchase of new machines and human resource to operate canning service.
CARPET CLEANING. With steam shampoo equipment, clean and renew residential and commercial carpets. Contact rental agencies, apartments and condos for wholesale jobs. You may offer bulk service and opt to hire cleaners to operate in a bigger scale.
CATERING SERVICE. Prepare old fashioned, gourmet or special occasion meals forclients to pick up. Use insulated canisters to keep the food hot. You may post ads from occasion to occasion through the decorations themselves by putting your contact details in the event halls items like flower vases, table napkins, etc.
CERAMICS. Learn to fashion, color, fire and arrange ceramics both singles and in arrangements. Display them for sale; teach the art in your ceramic shop. Make ceramic pieces to retail, wholesale and display in your “school”. Hold classes, sell kits and supplies.
CHEESE MAKING. Make your own brand of unusual or gourmet cheeses from your cow or goat milk. Sell from your place, on a route to area stores. Make your signature cut for your own brand.
CHILD PICK-UP SERVICE. Pick up and deliver client’s kids after school, theater, games. Pick-up, deliver to parties, charge extra to stay with them until mom returns.
CHILDREN’S TOWN HISTORY. Write and illustrate a booklet about your town just for kids. Sell copies to doctors, dentist offices, stores, hospitals and nursery schools.
CHILDREN’S BOOKS. Publish children’s books with their name appearing in print throughout the book. Set up booth in malls for holidays or special occasions.
CHILDREN’S ROOM DECORATOR. Specialize in decorating nursery and children’s rooms.
Offer varied package motifs. Work with or through suppliers for a commission.
CHILDREN’S CLOTHING. Specialize in new and outgrown children’s clothing and accessories. Offer alteration or clothing repair services.
CHINA and GLASS DEALER. Collect antique and interesting china and glass products. Swap or buy at auctions, private and public sales then sell them at a higher price.
COSMETIC ART/MAKE-UP . Make up women and actors for formal or entertainment situations.
Sell your line of make-up supplies.
CLOTH LABELS. Make and sell small orders of fabric labels for small businesses and home crafters on your embroider machine. Offer lower prices for repeated orders.
COMMUNITY COOK BOOK. Publish a theme or organizational oriented recipe collection
with entries from each family member or department. Sell them at book shops or to your neighbors
COMPANION SERVICE. Accompany lonely, ailing or elderly people who are alone temporarily, guide and accompany them on shopping trips, to and from the doctor, on short tours or when traveling longer
COOKBOOK PUBLISHING. Publish a cookbook of your own favorite recipes. Promote and sell through ads and stores like amazon or kindle store.
COOKING LESSONS. Give gourmet, ethnic, regional cooking, canning, baking lessons in your specialty menu from your kitchen. You may also set an appointment in your student’s kitchen.
COOKING SERVICE. Prepare complete meals at home, from your traditional or
customized menu to be delivered and served hot, or picked up.
CURTAIN LAUNDRY. Wash, stretch and pleat curtains in your home laundry. Be sure to learn fabric requirements and have insurance. Offer installation and sell liners.
CUSTOM HANDICRAFTS. Use your talents to embroider, sew or crochet products for customers with limited time or talent. Make extra good sellers between custom orders.
CUSTOM CLOTHING DESIGNS. Paint, block print or transfer unique or custom designs on clothing for smocks, aprons or fabrics to be used for clothing, curtains or even upholstery.
CUSTOM KNITTING. Take orders for hand-knitted sweaters, stockings and gloves. Make more fast sellers between orders and attach your labels or contact details to all products.
CUSTOM TAILORING. Offer the luxury of hand-made clothing like shirts, skirts, coats, uniforms and suits. Make a good service to your customers and add an alteration service to your business.
CUT FLOWER BUSINESS. Grow and supply freshly cut flowers to markets and florists in your area. Offer a variety of seasonal or specialize in one or more greenhouse shades grown from different varieties.
DANCING SCHOOL. Instruct others in your dance specialty in group or individual classes. Be sure to showcase students and encourage them and publicize your business.
DECORATIVE PATCHES. Design patches, quilt names and sew-on decals for sweatshirts, garden shirts and sportswear. Design and sell completed garments and do-it-yourself kits.
DIRECTORY PUBLISHING. Make a directory and publish local information booklets or maps where to shop, eat, fish or visit. Booklets can be given away or sold for profit.
DONUT MAKING. Make and sell a variety of donuts at home or in public view at fairs, flea markets and public events. Offer special recipe in tasty toppings, bargain boxes or special sale for an occasion – examples are, heart-shaped donuts during valentine’s day, etc.
DRAPERY CLEANING. Offer in-home or in-office, or pick-up service to renew and re-pleat curtain fabrics. Offer re-lining and expand to do upholstery, walls and rugs.
DRY CLEANING. Offer a dry cleaning service in your area for clothes, drapes, etc. Send items to processing plant until you are ready to do the cleaning yourself.
ELEPHANT GARLIC. Specialize in growing and marketing this remarkable, delicious giant garlic for gourmet restaurants and stores. Sell fresh, dried and frozen. You can buy seeds from your local nursery shop or from online shops.
ERRAND SERVICE. Perform errands for individuals and businesses go to the corner store or across the country. Deliver or pick up messages, packages and important papers. Remember to always promote your business/service by leaving the a call card.
ESCORT SERVICE. Supply legitimate escorts for official and business functions. Advertise for on-call escorts. Interview and select only qualified escorts and have your entire services bonded.
ETHNIC ARTIFACTS. Buy or create and market one category of products. (Examples are, Indian, Black heritage, German, Asian).
EXERCISE FOR SENIORS. Conduct daily passive aerobic classes and sessions for different categories of senior citizens in your place.
EXOTIC DISHES. Package and sell a special recipe. Make some frozen or fresh dishes in wholesale or in retail packages. You may rent a booth at fairs to publicize it.
EXOTIC VEGETABLES. Grow high value plants like chives, watercress, capers, oregano etc. Use a small greenhouse to produce big profits. Deliver fresh to restaurants and stores. You may also advertise your place for them to visit and pick-up the sold plants.
EXOTIC PLANTS. Raise and sell especially valuable plants, such as four leaf clovers, rare mosses or delicate begonias. Advertise and display often at fairs and shows. Make tags to be attached in the plants as an additional promotion for your business.
FOWER ARRANGEMENTS. Arrange flowers for parties, banquets, office functions, from general decor to head table centerpieces or any special occasion. Make up displays to sell through stores.
FLOWER DRYING. Raise or buy dryable flowers and shrubs for retail and wholesale customers. Make one or more kinds of packets. Sell kits with complete instructions.
FOLK ART GALLERY. Specialize in folk art gallery. Become an expert in one or more areas. Buy, sell or take consignments.
FORMULAS. Make a research or read e-books or books for marketable formulas of soap, shampoo, hair tonic, cleaners. Bottle or package them under your own label or brand and market them locally.
FREEZE DRY FLOWERS. With your equipment freeze dry and preserve wedding bouquets, corsages, centerpieces. Add this service to florist or nursery business for extra income.
GALLOPING GOURMET. Go to people’s homes by appointment and cook them a gourmet meal. Furnish or provide helpers, utensils, condiments, place settings service, if desired to earn extra profit.
GARAGE CLEANING. Make a contract to clean out garages, sheds and attics for individuals or rental agents.
GARAGE SALE SERVICE. Set up, promote and manage garage sales for inexperienced or reluctant clients. Help in inventory listing, help in price tagging and offer help during the sale day for a percentage of the proceeds.
GARAGE SALES. Buy under priced items at auctions and other garage sales. You may opt to arrange a joint garage sale with your neighbor and sell them at different venues.
GENEALOGY. Trace and document family archives. Provide records and related artifacts to descendants. Charge by amount of research involved and documents produced.
GHOSTWRITER. Write articles, letters, reports, speeches and other papers for busy executives and those with little talent in this area. Provide signed agreement to clients.
GLASS ETCHING. Custom-etch glassware for individuals, and to order for retail stores. Make company logo, family crest, art designs or scenery.
HANDBAGS. Specialize in ladies handbags. Make them in your factory or buy some items for retail or wholesale. Make sure to buy a wide variety of sizes, styles, colors and prices.
HANGING PLANTS. Specialize in hanging plants of all sizes and descriptions. Display them when in peak condition or in flowering stages. Offer in various types of attractive pots, holders and hangers.
HEALTH FOODS. Use only natural fertilizers and pesticides in your garden to produce higher priced organically grown products them sell them as organically grown health products.
WORD PROCESSING. Produce editable drafts and finished professional letters, manuscripts and documents for students, lawyers, writers and businesses. Allow them to edit prior to final printing.
HERB HOUSE. Grow, process and sell herbs that grow well in your area or make a greenhouse especially for herbs. Package the products separately and in blends.
HERB PLANTS. Provide live, healthy potted herbs such as basil, chives, borage, oregano for a really fresh seasoning to gourmet restaurants. Exchange for new plants with your neighbors as needed.
HERBAL SEASONINGS. Develop, package and market your own blends of seasonings for local, hopefully wider distribution. Arrange for attention-getting packaging to expedite sales.
HERBAL AND SPICE TEA. Blend and sell different blends of herbal teas. Include leaflets with history and folklore in each package. Use uniquely decorated containers.
HOBBY NEWSLETTER. Originate a newsletter or directory for and about hobbyists and their crafts. Build readership by fostering participation, exchanging ideas, listing fairs and supply sources.
HOBBY KITS. Sell do-it-yourself hobby kits in your field of expertise. Include step-by-step guidance and pictures to help beginners learn the craft.
HOLIDAY, SPECIAL EVENT BASKETS. Prepare holiday and special event baskets of fruit, flowers, and goodies. Sell them to shops in wholesale or consign to gift stores. Remember to place tags to advertise custom retail work.
HOME-CANNED GOODS. Take orders or sell home canned goods from your garden. Offer ethnic, regional, or dietary low-salt or sugarless diets as well as regular recipes.
HOME-SMOKED MEATS. With your smoker, recipes and wood selection, smoke and sell your sausage, hams, ribs and chicken. Offer hot smoked meats & sandwiches for holidays and banquets.
HOME STUDY COURSES. Sell/rent new/used home study courses. Buy new courses on sale (when available), buy courses back from students. Sell locally to students.
HOMEMAKER’S HELPER. Provide temporary relief or assistance for sick or elderly and charge by the hour.
HOSPITAL GROOMING. Assist patients with nail, hair, skin care in hospitals and nursing homes. License may not be needed to provide an appreciated service on a route.
HOUSE CLEANING. Offer one-time or periodic house cleaning services. Clean items like rugs, drawers, cabinets, stoves, windows. You may offer to was the floors, defrost refrigerators, etc. You may offer to these on a scheduled basis if the house is big or if the tasks require more time.
IMPRINTED CLOTHING. Print or have items printed like names, designs, slogans on T-shirts, hats, uniforms by heat transfer, screen or sublimation for schools, companies, or tourists.
INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS. Make recordings of yourself or others teaching and demonstrating their crafts and specialties.
INVISIBLE MENDING/WEAVING. Repair snags, tears, burns in fine clothing and fabrics. Advertise locally work with cleaners and clothing stores in your area.
JEWELRY SALES. Sell inexpensive to fine jewelry to friends, through party plans, direct from advertisements, or wholesale to local stores. Compare prices of suppliers constantly.
JEWELRY BOXES. Make fine jewelry boxes such as lined, lacquered, inlaid, shell covered gift boxes and sell them to gift stores and retail sales. Add music works for extra profits.
JEWELRY CREATIONS. Use your talent and ingenuity to mass produce or individually create exquisite jewelry – from virtually anything from diamonds to sliced bamboo.
JEWELRY BUYING. Buy old, worn out or outdated jewelry for salvage. Actually, rejuvenated old jewelry is quite valuable. Sell for profit. Some buyers are collectors of antiques and you may find buying and selling jewelries an enjoyable and profitable hobby.
JUNK JEWELRY ART. Buy old jewelry and create designs on framed velvet backgrounds. Glue on beads, drill holes for lights. Wire and light for a spectacular display.
KITCHEN SPECIALTIES. Whip up and sell your mouth-watering or prize-winning recipes. Sell to local restaurants or advertise with big posters at the fair booth. Sell hot, canned or frozen.
MAIL ORDER SALES. Find the right product, showcase it, advertise it, and sell it by mail (ad and/or mailing lists).
MAIL ORDER BOOKS or EBOOKS. Sell books by mail (most suppliers will drop-ship). Always offer follow-up products and check several sources before signing up with any one.
MANICURE SERVICE. Provide nail care service in or from your salon. Check needs in hospitals, nursing homes, even office and factory workers on break.
MINERALS AND GEMS. Where petrified wood, meteorites, jade, or other potential gem minerals are available, gather and process them. Sell finished jewelry and stones.
MINIATURE GARDENS. Create various sizes of garden-like displays of live plants for hospital sick rooms, boxes for balconies, rooftop planters, offices and residences.
MULTI-LEVEL SELLING. Work with reputable company (e.g. Amway, Watkins) to make money from sales of merchandise – both your own sales and those by others that you sponsor into the program.
MUSHROOM CULTURE. Grow and sell cultured mushrooms. Fill standing gourmet restaurant and store orders, advertise for retail sales. You can, freeze or dry leftovers and stems. Nowadays, you can make chips out of mushrooms. Pack and distribute them to local shops.
NAIL POLISH MANUFACTURING. Buy red lacquer in bulk and bottles in bulk. Mix in various colors, bottle and sell. Add your own nail polish remover. You may also sell nail care kits to your customers.
NARRATING. Use your speaking ability to narrate private or commercial movies, videos, demos and advertisements.
NATIVE PLANTS. Become an expert on plants native to your locale. Grow, propagate and improve plants through variegation. Raise the value of your plants and seeds by enclosing an informative brochure in each pack.
PRODUCT BROKER. Buy a quantity of a product wholesale preferably at a close-out price and advertise it as a one-time special locally. Sell leftovers at close-outs.
PRODUCT REPACKAGING. Buy bulk products (nails, beans, vinegar) by the ton or barrel. Re-package into neatly labeled packets, pints, boxes and sell for much more.
READING TO PATIENTS. Visit hospitals, nursing homes or individual homes and read stories, novels to patients. If time is limited, read a chapter a week.
RECIPE SALES. Perfect your favorite recipes. Promote and sell them individually, in small sets, or collections. Sell something that will make the recipe look great.
REPORT WRITING. Write information or “how-to” articles on subjects in which you are well versed. Sell to technical publications or advertise and sell reports.
RESIDENTIAL POSTCARDS. Take pictures of well-kept homes and make profit through making post cards. Sell the postcards to your nearest book shops.
SCREEN PRINTING. Set up a silk screen apparatus in your shop to print anything from a small badge to a large order of real estate signs, even fabrics and labels.
SEED PACKETS. Collect, sort, label and sell packets of selected wildflowers or plants native to your area. Include instructions, history and folklore on each package. You may buy seeds from Amazon and repack them for sale.
SEED DEALER. Buy bulk seeds from suppliers or farmers. Repackage into small packets and blends. Add instructions and package along with folklore information. Sell in wholesale to local markets.
SEWING CLASSES. When qualified, hold sewing classes in your home. Offer full courses as well as special “how-to” seminars for specific techniques. Sell material and supplies to students.
SHOPPING SERVICE. Do grocery shopping for clients. Get their list, buy and deliver. Use your shopping, pricing experience and volume buying to get best values.
SNAIL RAISING. Raise and sell fresh “escargot” (edible) snails for gourmet restaurants. Preserve, package and sell leftovers to local stores or a food broker.
SOAP MAKING. Learn as a hobby or adjunct to candle making. Create andsell various shapes, colors, fragrances. Mold prepared solutions or make your soap from scratch. You can make in batches.
SPECIALTY MERCHANDISE. Sell a line of merchandise from your catalogs and samples to retail stores, individuals, and sub-sales efforts like parties or group discounts.
STENCILING FABRICS. Design your own stencils for interesting fabric designs. Apply to clothing and fabrics for sale. Sell stencils, fabric kits paints, dyes and supplies.
SURPLUS PRODUCE. Buy peaches, tomatoes, etc., when in season and price is low. Preserve them (freeze, can, dry) to sell when the price goes up later in the season or in winter.
TAMALES AND TACOS. Take orders for tamales, tacos or other specialties in your kitchen for customer or pick-up or delivery to restaurants.
TERRARIUMS. Start and nurture plants in bottles and plastic containers that require little if any watering. Grow plants to peak of attractiveness and sell, container and all.
TUTORING. Provide assistance by appointment or scheduled classes to students or anyone in need of a tutor, and share your knowledge or expertise, whether academic, technical or operational skill.
USED BOOKS SALES. Buy, sell and trade used books like novels, reference, science, text, even collector editions from your home.
VITAMIN SALES. Sell one or more lines of vitamins and supplements, some with generic or your name brand.
WEAVING, SPINNING. On old fashioned equipment, spin, weave and dye authentic, hand-made fabrics that command high prices; sell kits, instructions and folklore.
WEDDING CONSULTANT. Plan and coordinate weddings from start to finish: decor, guests, dresses, schedules, catering, photographer, etc. Receive fee and commissions.
WILD BERRIES. Pick, preserve and sell wild blackberries, gooseberries, etc. Prepare different forms, but always emphasize that they are genuine wild products.
WILDFLOWER SEEDS. In your travels, gather wildflower seeds. Seal and label, then take home and cultivate to produce seeds for packets.
WILDFLOWER PLANTS. Start, nurture and market when ready, genuine wildflowers and plants of local interest. Have small brochures printed for each plants as these will make them sell fast.
WINE AND BEER MAKING. After perfecting your recipes, sell kits, instructions and supplies to others who would also like to make their own too.
WORD PROCESSING. Produce “editable” drafts and finished professional letters, manuscripts and documents for students, lawyers, writers and businesses. Allow editing prior to final printing.
WRITE FOR CHILDREN. Write poems, Sunday school stories, puzzles, explanations, riddles, etc., for children. Sell to local papers, children’s book publishers or in your own booklets.
WRITING, FREELANCE. Starting with local articles, sell or even give to local paper to be published. Work up to articles and stories that sell.
YOUR-BRAND PRODUCTS. Make or formulate your own line of household products. Design your own packages. Make the most out of your resources and talents.
I hope that the list has helped you or in a way has given you at least an idea what business to put up. Focus and dedication is really needed in building a successful business.
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