9 Easy Home Businesses You Can Start With Minimal Investment

Posted by Claire Bullerwell on January 24th, 2023

There and more people are wanting to work from home now, or at least to earn extra money from home.

The problem lies in that there is not enough supply for the demand i.e. not enough remote jobs to go around for everyone to work from home. But there’s no need to give up hope as there is an alternative, which is to start your own small business from home.

So this post is to show you some easy home business ideas for moms where you don’t need to be a rocket scientist, and which you can start for under .

I’ll start with a couple of off-campus home businesses, then we’ll take a look at some businesses you can do from the comfort of your own home.

#1 House Cleaning

You can do house cleaning when the kids are at school or simply work around your family commitments. Whilst there is the choice of starting a commercial cleaning business and a house cleaning business, I would say that a house cleaning business was the easiest to start and work around family life.

Skills: A keen eye and attention to detail.

Start-Up Costs: Nothing if you use your customers’ cleaning products. If not, you can easily get the minimal stock supply for under . Use social-media for word-of-mouth advertising.

Hourly Rate: You can charge anywhere from - per hour, depending on the area you clean in.

#2 Dog Walking

A growing in-demand business as more people take on dogs for pets, but also need to go out to work too - this is where you would step in.

Skills: Good with dogs and a keen walker.

Start-Up Costs: Nothing if you use word-of-mouth and social media as your marketing, alternatively you can spend on leaflets and put them through letter boxes.

Hourly Rate: You can charge anywhere from - per hour, depending on the area you clean in.

#3 Ironing Service

This is a very much in-demand service especially if you target busy male professionals (think suit shirts!)

Skills: A love of ironing and attention to detail.

Start-Up Costs: Use social-media for word-of-mouth advertising and/or spend to get leaflets printed and post through letter boxes.

Hourly Rate: Ironing rates vary from - per hour, or you can charge per kilo.

#4 Your Skill/Hobby

What skill/hobby do you possess that other people will pay you for?

Skills: Bookkeeping, sewing alterations, piano lessons etc. 

Start-Up Costs: Use social-media for word-of-mouth advertising and/or spend to get leaflets printed and post through letter boxes.

Hourly Rate: Find out what others are charging in your area for your particular skills-based business. For example, sewing alterations are charged per job/garment, whereas a bookkeeper would normally charge per hour.

#5 Proofreading

Another in-demand business as there are thousands of businesses, both small and large, who need their written content checked.

Skills: A good grasp of the English language, spelling and grammar. 

Start-Up Costs: --content--.00 as you can make a list of potential customers and send emails to them and/or reply to jobs posted on freelancing services websites.

Hourly Rate: Freelance proofreaders normally charge between - per hour.

#6 Freelance Writing

From online magazines to individual, solopreneur bloggers - they are always on the lookout for freelance writers.

Skills: A good grasp of the English language, spelling and grammar. Good at typing with a decent typing speed.

Start-Up Costs: --content--.00 as you can make a list of potential customers and send emails to them and/or reply to jobs posted on freelancing services websites.

Hourly Rate: Freelance writers normally charge per word or per assignment. An example would be --content--.25 per word or 0 per 2,500 word blog post.

#7 Email Customer Support Agent

A great one for stay-at-home moms as you can literally sit with your laptop and answer emails for other businesses.

Skills: A good grasp of the English language, spelling and grammar. Being friendly and diplomatic in your email replies.

Start-Up Costs: --content--.00 as you can reply to jobs posted on freelancing services websites.

Hourly Rate: Email support agents are normally paid between - per hour.

#8 Virtual Assistant

Lend a helping hand to online businesses or solopreneurs and make a great income from home.

Skills: There are dozens of tasks for virtual assistants, some don’t even need particular skills. You need to assert attention to detail and be able to meet deadlines.

Start-Up Costs: --content--.00 by reply to jobs posted on freelancing services websites and networking in business-related Facebook groups (businesses / entrepreneurs looking for virtual assistants).

Hourly Rate: Virtual assistants can be paid by the hour, or on a monthly retainer.

#9 Blogging

This takes time and doesn’t give you an income immediately, but if you can hang in there then there is no limit to your income potential.

Skills: None needed, but there is quite a steep learning curve.

Start-Up Costs: .00 This will be for a domain name and your first month's web-hosting. You can get monthly web-hosting for as little as per month.

Hourly Rate: Blogging doesn’t have an hourly rate. With blogging you can earn passive income through display ads, affiliate programs and creating your own digital products.

So those are nine easy home business ideas can start with a tiny investment of under .

I also have a list of 47 home business ideas for women if you want to take a look at that as it does give you more option.

Which one have you got your eye on?

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