These are just a few home-based businesses but depending on where you live and the size of your house, there are several other ways you can earn money with your home-ventures where your home becomes a business.
#1: Rent a room. Many widows, single women & men can’t afford the cost of rent plus utilities, especially those newly single (divorced/widowed). If you live in a college town, students make good house mates. Turn a master bedroom suite into a honeymoon or couples retreat.
#2: Love arts & crafts? Turn a living area into a storefront to display and sell your items. This works especially well if you have bay windows or some other attractive feature.
#3: Have lots of extra bed/bath rooms? Turn your home into a Bed & Breakfast or place of Retreat. Church groups, writers, artists, musicians, stressed-out families crave peace and quiet, more so if your home is in the country, rural area or on/near a beach.
#4: Own a ranch? Large or small, guest ranches are a great way to turn an ordinary home into a business venture.
#5: Have a large yard, patio and/or outdoor kitchen? Offer to host wedding receptions, office/graduation parties, etc. If you love to cook and entertain, providing food and music increases your usefulness and profitability. A swimming pool can be utilized also to provide paid lessons or afternoon fun for a limited number of people.
#6: Turn a large garage into an efficiency apartment or two and rent it out– this is sometimes preferable to having people live in your house.
#7: Convert your garage into a shop and build things...yard art, furniture, etc. then sell these items OR create a game area for individual parties.
Of course for all of these businesses you’ll need to apply for appropriate licensing and insurance and naturally you’ll want to implement safety measures if you are accepting people into your home or on your property. But by putting a little thought into your own dreams, desires and needs can open up a whole new world to you in terms of earning a few extra dollars.
Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She has over twenty years experience in bookkeeping, insurance and tax preparation. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”
*One-Time Digital Reprint Rights Available for $5.00 through PayPal. Byline must stay intact. Link back to Article and Bio greatly appreciated!