This question comes up a lot. Often, it’s from eBay sellers who like the idea of their own business, but can’t or don’t want to make eBay work for them (which is totally fair enough – online retail isn’t for every one). Other times, it’s from people who’ve seen magazine articles about home-started businesses, and think they’d like a bit of that.
There’s no shortage of help. Put “earn money at home working from my PC” into Google and you’ll turn up a whole stack of ideas… mostly posted by scammers, or at best, pyramid schemes that’ll earn a lot more for the guy above you, and you’ll need to become a bit of a scammer yourself to make it pay.
If you’re putting “earn money at home working from my PC” into Google, you’re going to turn up scams because those scammers prey on people’s desire to have it made easy for them. Instead of looking for a turn-key solution, ask yourself:
- what am I good at?
- what do I know about?
- what do I care about?
For example, it’s no use thinking “freelance bookkeepers make good money, I’ll do that” if you’re hopeless with figures and can’t work Excel, or thinking “I’ll sell mobile phones on eBay” if you don’t have a supplier. And if what you do is going to be alongside your regular job, you’ll need to love doing it otherwise it’s going to feel like a complete chore.
The best home businesses grow out of doing something you’re already doing for the love of it. Do you blog like your life depends on it? Do you make beautiful clothes for your children, or your dogs? Do you create stunning websites or artwork or animations? It’s better to look at monetising something you’re already doing than to start with the idea that you need to earn money.
This post was unashamedly repurposed from Enterprise Nation’s forum.