Five Affordable Part-Time Home Business Ideas

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By AugustusWilliams

Part-time businesses can help you achieve your goals, whether it’s to earn extra income or keep your job secure by working from home. Some home businesses can’t be managed around work and other commitments. Here are nine home-based ideas that you can start quickly, affordably, and build around your job. You can also make them part-time or full-time depending on your goals.

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Last updated November 2017 by Leslie Truex

  1. Tutor

In the past, tutoring was done in person at either the student’s or tutor’s house. This can still be done but tutoring is now possible online through video conferencing. The Internet tutoring method is more flexible than traditional methods, as there’s no need to travel to the clients’ homes. This can help save time and money. You can also work with people from different time zones, which makes it possible to reach more people.

There are many kinds of tutoring: computer tutoring; academic tutoring for students from elementary through college levels; SAT tutoring; and language tutoring where you teach English to foreign businesspeople.

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The tutoring business can be grown by hiring and managing tutors. You can also create online courses or write books to add income streams.

  1. Photographer

It is possible to make a hobby of photography a business by getting paid to take photos. You can set up a portrait studio in your home and take pictures of your family, friends, and pets, provided you are allowed by your local zoning laws.

You might also consider photographing weddings. For a $20,000 wedding, a wedding photographer will make around $2,600. This is an easy home-based business that you can build while building your portfolio.

  1. eBay

eBay is one of few businesses you can start without any financial investment and receive your money within a week. Start by selling unwanted and unused items in your home. Then, use the profits to buy inventory based on how well they sell.

If you are an experienced eBay seller, you may be able to help other sellers sell their items for a profit by becoming an eBay Trading Assistant. You will usually need to visit clients’ homes or businesses to take photos of items and then list them and make a profit.

You don’t have to limit yourself to selling on eBay. You can also sell used items online at other sites like eBay, books, clothing, jewelry, electronics, and so on.

  1. Information Products

Everybody has some knowledge that others would be willing to pay for. You can make a product out of that knowledge. Information products can come in many formats, such as books or courses. They can either be tangible (i.e. print book) and digital (i.e. ebook).

Information products have many great benefits. They are flexible, affordable, easy to start, and generate passive income. Information products can be used to supplement a job, or as an additional income stream for an existing business.

  1. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing may be the best option for you if the idea of creating your own product or service seems daunting. Affiliate marketing is a way to make money online selling products and services of other businesses. Affiliate marketing is a combination of word-of mouth marketing and commission sales.

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Affiliate marketing can be done part-time or as a full-time job. It also allows you to promote your products in a flexible way. While most affiliate marketers prefer a blog, some entrepreneurs create a single squeeze website to build their email list and market to them.

Affiliate marketing can be an additional income stream to your other home-based businesses. As a tutor, for example, you might recommend to your clients a book or educational material. An affiliate link will direct them to the product. Affiliate links can be included in YouTube videos and information products.