Run A Business From Home06/05/2015 18:33:02

Working From Home

Opportunities abound for anyone to earn a little extra or a lot from a home based business.


Home based businesses can be started with very little initial investment; and the chances of success can be greatly improved if you are careful to: 'Plan First', 'Prepare Second', and only launch the business once preparations are in place.


Often home based business start out as a part time venture by a student, budding entrepreneur, home based mum or even semi retired person either seeking to supplement their income or perhaps try out an idea on a small scale first with the hope of growing it into a more serious business over time.

Step 1 Plan

Consider the possibilities, the resources you have available and decide on something that is viable. Get advice from people who know about what you are considering, and weigh up both the risks and opportunities.

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Step 2 Prepare

Make sure you have something to sell, have a viable plan for selling it, and have the necessary knowledge, contacts, money, time and products ready, before launching.

For some types of businesses, you may be able to launch with next to no investment and no more than a month or so of preparation, but for others, a substantial preparation is necessary if success is to be optimized.


Here are some ideas


Considering this type of business?

Start with this course:

What else is needed?

Editing and Proof Reading Service Editing I A computer and compatible word processor

Plant Nursery – starting small from home

Nursery Growers Course

At least a few hundred sq. m. of space & water

Bed and Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Management

One or more spare rooms

Gardening Service

RHS Certificate 2 in Horticulture

Vehicle, tools

Bookkeeping Service

Bookkeeping I

Basic computer skills.

Professional Consultant

Professional Practice for Consultants

Expertise in something

Web Site Developer

HTML (minimum) or Certificate in Web Development(comprehensive)

Computer, technical ability

Restaurant or Caterer

Food and Beverage Management

Use of Premises & equipped kitchen

Garden Designer

Landscaping I (minimum) or Certificate in Garden Design ( more comprehensive)



Photographic Practice (minimum) or Certificate in Photography (comprehensive)

SLR digital camera, fast computer

School or training company

Certificate in Education

Use of Premises & office equipment


Certificate level qualification

Land, some capital

Natural Therapist/Health Practitioner

Advanced Diploma in Naturopathy

Office/Consulting rooms; insurance

Event Manager

Event Management (minimum), Certificate or Diploma level qualification

Network of contacts –reliable suppliers

Any of these or any other small business

Starting a Small Business

A good idea for a product or service.