In this article I want to share with you 5 small home business ideas.
Not everyone is at liberty to take on a full scale home business that requires a lot of time and attention.
Nor does everyone who has a job necessarily want to quit and work exclusively from home.
Either way, the methods I show you here are business ideas that require only a small amount of time to attend to each day (with some of them you won’t need to do anything for several days at a time).
If you are looking for more serious home business ideas, you may find some the articles listed below to be more useful:
Here’s what we will cover in this article:
#1: Offer Services on Fiverr
#2: Teach on Skillshare or Udemy
#3: Invest in the 12 Minute Affiliate System
#4: Review Products as an Affiliate on YouTube
#5: Complete Surveys for Money
Offer Services on Fiverr
An easy place to start with something like freelance writing is go to Fiverr and set up an account. Once this is done, you can decide what services you might be able to offer people, such as writing articles, web research, ebook cover designing, user testing, etc. and create a Gig.
For most freelance work, you’ll need to be able to provide some kind of evidence of the skills you are offering to people. That is why, before creating a Gig on Fiverr, you should prepare some work to show as evidence of your skills.
This adds trust and will also increase your chances of being hired. Some people offer multiple services and different topics/categories writing for articles, blog posts or essays on.
For example, some people sell their social media skills, web design skills, as well as articles on cooking and pets, giving them more chances of getting a job.
If you do a good job for someone on Fiverr, they may well hire you again or even on a regular basis, giving you a kind of stability and steady flow of income.
Teach on Skillshare or Udemy
Skillshare which is similar to Udemy, is a platform for selling some kind of educational course which you produce yourself. The first step in this process is to come up with a subject you have a good bit of knowledge on and feel comfortable teaching people. The second step is to find a suitable editor to create your course with. The third step, after you have broken your content down into individual ‘lessons,’ is to upload it on Skillshare and/or Udemy.
Skillshare will pay you based on the engagement level, while Udemy allows you to sell your course to buyers on their hosting platform.
The challenges are simply in producing a good quality course that people will watch/buy. A decent enough camera and mic, and good lighting and background will be very advantageous as far as presentation is concerned.
As for the content itself, just make sure you are able communicate your knowledge on a particular topic in an engaging and methodical way.
Below is a list of editing tools that can be used for your course creation:
DaVinci Resolve (Free)
Final Cut Pro ($299)
Adobe Premiere Pro ($21/month)
DaVinci Resolve (Free)
Lightworks (Free + Paid Version)
Adobe Premere Pro ($21/month)
If you have success with one course, you may want to consider upscaling your business by producing more, and perhaps improved courses; perfection comes with practise.
Invest in the 12 Minute Affiliate System
It’s quick to set up; you’ll have it going within half an hour or less – possibly even in 12 mins!
The setup instructions are very clear. They call it a system which it is; It works by having traffic sent to it’s pre-made landing pages, captures leads, then follows up with them automatically with an autoresponder for months and months. The follow up emails are professionally written and use story telling techniques.
It allows you to choose from 3 niches: Home Business, Health and Personal Development. (You can of course buy more than one or all three).
Of these, the Home Business niche is the best and most profitable. However the system also allows you to create custom funnels and sell other things.
But within the system, there are multiple offers, all of which are ClickBank offers associated with your affiliate link.
The first step is to buy the system for and entry fee of less than $10.
The next is to set up a ClickBank account if you don’t already have one.
Then you must get an autoresponder, Aweber, which is actually quite cheap. Finally, you promote the system by driving traffic to it.
A word of warning: Do Not Buy the Traffic from 12 Min Affiliate; it’s unreasonably expensive. I recommend you go with EasyTrafficNow if you are going to give this a go and use paid traffic.
It’s much cheaper and still converts well. The idea is that when you have built up a large enough list and made a good number of sales, you will have some significant passive income from all the recurring commissions you earn from all the traffic that converts into buyers.
And the email follow-ups series (80 professionally written emails) enables you to make more money on the back end.
For a more in-depth tutorial on this, read my post on How to Build an Email Subscription List for your Business.
Review Products as an Affiliate on YouTube
There are a good number of affiliates who started out reviewing products on YouTube and leaving an affiliate link to the product in the description box.
Some invest in high quality products such as cameras, laptops, microphones, musical instruments etc. There is a common process: the first step is to join an affiliate site such as Amazon Associates. T
he second step is to order a good product according to your budget. The third is to produce a good quality review on YouTube and attract people who are looking to purchase the product.
It is sometimes possible to negotiate for a lower price, or even to borrow a product from the merchant; after all, you are selling their product and while you will get a commission, they also get paid.
This is usually what more confident affiliates do when they have already made sales. This increases their chance of the seller doing them these kinds of favours.
The idea of selling expensive products is that you will get a higher commission, but that’s not to say you can’t start out with less expensive products, or even digital products. If you start to have some success, you can always look into reviewing other products.
A YouTube video promoting an offer in the form of a positive review is a good method of generating some passive side income.
Once the video is uploaded, it’s going to be there a very long time! Forever! Years down the road you might still be making sales from it. That is quite an exciting prospect.
Complete Surveys for Money
It’s a patient job for extra cash, but paid surveys generally won’t make you rich. This is usually always the case unless you become highly qualified and spend full time hours at it.
However, since we are discussing small home business ideas and strategies, there is always the straight forward process of signing up for a paid survey, completing the tasks and getting paid.
If you’re going to give this a go, it’s best for you to think about something you’d actually like to give your opinion on.
There are also similar things such as testing Apps before they are released. But the idea is you have to become familiar with what needs reviewing and then give your opinion based on your observations.
There are always going to be numerous companies around the world looking for people to participate in online surveys. It’s really not such a bad choice for someone looking to make quick money, albeit not a lot of money.
For some ideas for where to sign up for paid surveys, the best is to do your own research in the light of what you would like to give your opinion on. Alternatively, here is a site with a good sized list of options to choose from.
Out of these 5 ideas, I believe the best way to run a small home business is to spend some time each day putting together a course to upload on Skillshare and/or Udemy.
Once the course has been uploaded, you can go on to attempt other strategies, such as the other ones mentioned in this article. If one side hustle is making you money, you may want to consider giving the 12 Minute Affiliate System a shot.
In the end, you are the best judge of what will work best for you. As always, I wish you well in your business pursuits! Be confident and take action!