Flexible working hours, relief from office pressures, family compulsions or just the need to be independent – whatever the reason, working from home can be fun, challenging and extremely satisfying. Kinnary H. Nensee gives you some ideas to start a home business with very little capital or investment.
It can also be demanding and requires efficient time management and planning skills. Any chosen home-based career, no doubt, requires special skills, but it need not require a large start-up capital investment. In fact, depending on the choice of career, sometimes no capital investment is necessary.
To start a home-based career, the first and foremost requirement is a good business idea. This would depend on the educational background and the skill set of the individual.
Starting a home tuition centre is relatively easy and requires a negligible start-up capital. However, setting it up can be hard and time-consuming.
Depending on whether you’ve chosen to teach a single subject or the entire syllabus, studying and preparing lessons can pose to be a challenge. Once past the initial stage, things get easier and less strenuous.
The key is to start gradually with just a couple of kids. As awareness of your services and reputation builds, the group of kids will grow larger.
Handling students require a set of skills. Children from different families, religious backgrounds have different thinking and learning patterns.
It becomes necessary, therefore, to be patient and understanding and have the ability to deal with each child at their own level.
Daycare Center or Home Creche
Starting a home creche or daycare centre requires a small start-up investment in terms of purchasing games, books and toys. Creating awareness includes word of mouth awareness, but it helps to advertise in a local publication.
Setting up a daycare centre at home also includes naming the operation, taking safety precautions like netting the balcony, keeping electrical appliances out of reach. A value addition could be having a doctor on call or offering on yearly medical checkups.
To further secure the safety net, set a limit for the age group of kids joining the day-care. Create a manual outlining all the rules and operational policies, such as fees, payment terms, pick up and drop off policies, allergy and illness policies, vaccines, meal planning, holidays and vacation planning.
As time passes and the number of children starts growing along with reputation, more rules, policies can be framed as and when required.
An excellent choice of career, which needs no start-up capital, is to start a cooking class. If you love cooking a variety of cuisines, you can easily convert this interest into a profitable venture.
Word of mouth promotion among friends, family and neighbours is usually enough to start the ball rolling. The dailies often accept announcements on classes and workshops – a good way to get some free publicity.
Setting up the kitchen will include deciding on what cuisine and dishes to teach. Generally, you could start with a popular cuisine like Mughlai, Mexican or Italian.
The cost considerations would include purchasing the ingredients, use of the stove, electricity. You can decide the fees you plan to charge by taking the cost of the items you need and adding a percentage of profit to it.
Theme-based cooking classes can become very popular if you learn to keep up with the latest fads.
If reading is a hobby for you and you possess a large collection of books, then starting a home library is an excellent way to build a profitable business.
Again, word of mouth to neighbours, family or a small advertisement in a local daily publication can get your library off the ground.
A nominal refundable joining amount and a monthly fee will make it profitable, and you can add more books along the way.
You could dedicate an entire room, or a cupboard or shelf in your home, to store your books and sort them by subject or author.
Magazines can also be a part of this collection. The wider the collection on different subjects, the more members the library will attract.
This could be a freelance assignment where you offer services to different organizations to translate manuals, books or any material from one language to the other. Fluency in one or more languages is a strong requirement for such an assignment.
You may also need to research and keep in touch with organizations that require language translators and send them a proposal. A good start would be to tie up with typewriting institutes, which always need good language translators and then work your way up.
The flair to plan and organize, and a desire to succeed are all that’s needed to become a party planner. No special education is necessary to break into this business.
As a job it’s interesting and a lot of fun, with little capital investment and high returns. You could choose to plan only one aspect of a party, like décor, food and drinks, or entertainment. Or you could plan the entire event.
Whatever you decide, your success in this field will depend on your individual ability to coordinate, network and organize events.
This business venture can be kick-started by planning parties for immediate family, friends or even your own children. You can create awareness of your venture by word of mouth, handing out business cards, even placing an advertisement in a local daily publication.
Some more ideas for a profitable venture include
· Medical Transcription
· Internet Web Designing
· Stock Trading
· Arts and Crafts classes
· Tiffin Services.
These options require a specialized skill and/or some start-up capital. A little research on your part can open up a wide spectrum of career choices.
Even with the option of a home-based career and a choice of flexible working time, discipline, a positive attitude, time management skills, multi-tasking abilities, a healthy lifestyle and commitment to your assignments are essential to ensure success.
Remember that there is no alternative to hard work and no short-cut to success.
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