Unique Home Business Ideas

Posted by | October 8, 2010 | Blog, Question and Answers. Ask A Question Here

QUESTION: Do you know of any way that I can make money from home doing something that is fun and exciting? I can’t stand to sit at a desk all day! 

ANSWER:

Money…. You’ve gotta have it.

But wouldn’t it be great if you could find a job that would allow you to make money and have fun too? It’s not as far-fetched as it may seem. Many HomeWorkers have turned their
favorite hobbies into businesses–and made big bucks doing it. Here are some of their stories.

The Phone, The Phone Is Ringing
Making everyday phone calls may annoy you, but they equal money from home for Andrea Raymond from Salisbury, Maryland. Andrea started Call Backs, Inc, a virtual business that handles just about any phone call that you don’t want to make. “I have some clients who just want me to make one phone call to decline an invitation. I have other clients that hire me to return hundreds of calls from their voice mail.” Andrea has also just added special call services. For a fee she will call someone to delivery a special or fun birthday message or congratulations. “My favorite was a phone call that I made from a boyfriend who wanted to apologize for his bad behavior. His girlfriend wasn’t speaking to him so he hired me to read a scripted message.” Andrea charges anywhere from $10 to $40 per phone call and earns around $600 per week working part time from home.

Pens For Your Thoughts…
Jenny Kirkpatrick’s business started on a whim. “I saw an ad in a craft catalog for kits to make pens,” explains Kirkpatrick, owner of Jen’s Pens in Wood River, Nebraska. On impulse, Kirkpatrick ordered it: “I just tried it for fun and then got really involved.” Her hobby really paid off. Nowadays, Kirkpatrick’s handcrafted pens can be purchased in across her home state of Nebraska.

For The Birds
Shelly Lehan’s hobby-turned-business is for the birds–literally. As the owner of Sweet Tweets, a business that provides information online and sells a variety of small birds, Lehan gets paid for doing what she loves. “I’ve always raised birds such as Cockatiels and Love Birds. So, I put up a website that shares information about how to take care of them. My site also offers links to local sellers and I sell various bird related merchandise,” she explains. Shelly earns about $3,000 each month from home plus a little more in local bird sells. She averages about 25 hours per week from home.

There are many other great success stories….
Marci Lyons makes personalized baby clothes, Shelia Templeman makes gourmet dog treats, and – our personal favorite – Shandra Lewis who works as the “Story Lady.” (She goes to birthday parties, school events, hospitals, day cares, etc and reads stories to kids while dressed in elaborate customs.) She gets $75 for a one hour appearance and made over $50,000 last year…. Another Homeworker, Jean Christenson, goes to girls birthday parties and does hair wraps and braids. She gets $200 per party of eight and told me that she does at least six parties every weekend.
Not bad….

Many people dream of being their own boss. So, businesses that begin as hobbies may be the best opportunities of all. As famous entrepreneur Harvey Mackay once said, “Find something you love to do, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”

Resources

The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real

101 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than One Thousand Dollars: For Stay-at-Home Moms & Dads

Small Business Ideas: 400 Latest & Greatest Small Business Ideas

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