What are some popular UK Home businesses?
If you are considering running a small business from home, here is a list of popular home-based jobs.
1. Caterer or Baker
Do colleagues at the office ask you to bake a cake for their birthday? Anything homemade and personalized has potential (cookies, bread, jams, cakes, pies), and if your baking and cookery skills are good, you might consider selling them and develop the products you might already be selling and turn your passion for cooking into a business.
2. Real Estate Agent or Mortgage Advisor
Selling property and providing mortgage advice are not quick-start jobs. You might need a licence and perhaps work for an established firm first, but it can certainly be lucrative and it might you allow some flexibility with a regular business income.
3. Landlord or Property Management
If you have the money to invest in a property, you can make this your home-based job. There are people who opt for traditional B&B business options, however more people can easily start booking guests into their homes with services as Airbnb (learn more here). Also, owning properties that you can rent is not a passive business and there’s a lot of work involved, such as finding tenants, maintaining properties, etc. If the job involved is more than other landlords want to assume, they might hire property managers, and that can be a viable home business too.
4. Start a virtual call centre
Offering services as a home-based call centre agent can either be a home business or a telecommuting job. Some companies might use work-at-home call centre agents (either as employees or independent contractors), or you can start a home-based independent travel agency for example.
5. Freelance Writer or Journalist
Although computers can do more things than years ago, the need for writers continues to flourish in the media and marketing departments. It can be a very flexible job, and you can start part time and build up your income as you grow and learn. You can work from home or from a remote location while you prepare online media or blogs copywriting (PR, ads, sales letters, etc.).
6. Transcription and translation
Typing skills are useful to earn extra money from home as a transcriptionist, although this is more of a contracting job, so generally you might need to get more clients to really start making some regular money. If you are bilingual or you can speak multiple languages, you may consider giving private lessons to either children or adults.
7. Personal Trainer
Health and fitness is a worldwide industry, and more and more people are concerned about their weight, beauty, or wellbeing. To build a personal training business, you’ll need certifications, experience and clients. Specialising in a particular area of health and fitness and how you market yourself can help you along the way.
8. Class Instructor
Yoga, piano, massage therapist, knitting or crochet, Alexander technique, painting, Zumba… there are hundreds of activities others might want to learn, so if you have a skill, you could become a freelance instructor, specialising in making your hobby your career.
9. IT, Graphic or Web Designer
Computing and websites are key components in this digital era, and some businesses require greater technological knowledge to create. If IT is your career, you can offer a variety of services, specialising in one type or in a specific industry.
10. Personal pet sitting
Imagine you can follow your animal-lover passion and start a job taking care of pets (dogs, cats, or small pets) when owners are unable to do so due to work, holiday, or family commitments. After being police checked, vetted by an association of national pet sitters, and adequately insured, you can share your love for animals and look after them in your own home or that of the animal’s family.