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10 Cottage Industry Business ideas

Are you planning to go home based while earning a significant sustainable income? If yes, then below are the top ten low overhead cottage industry ideas you can start today.

Starting a small business from home is cool. At least, it gives you the freedom to work anytime you want—from anywhere and at any point in time. I am going to be really conversational in this post, so I want you to play along with me.

A cottage industry can include anyone who’s working from home selling or offering product or services. In this present age, you can make a full living operating your own cottage business right from home Without mincing words, bellow are eleven super cool, money making cottage industry business ideas:

Top 10 Low Overhead Cottage Industry Business ideas

What You Need to Consider Before Starting a Cottage Business

Though, starting a home cottage business sounds like a good idea. Of course, it’s profitable and flexible but there are many things you have to put into consideration before starting. I suggest you take your time to test the waters before going fully into the business…

Are you good at writing or designing? Or, do you love soap making, editing or completing surveys?  There are lots of cottage businesses you can start but you need to first review your talents, and identify what you like doing!

Exclusive Cottage Business Ideas…

1. Freelance Writing

Content mills like iwriter, Elance and Guru.com are looking for professional writers to help with content writing. 3years ago, while building my online business, I worked as a freelance writer on iwriter.com and generated a monthly profit of $300 — $500. For content writing, you should have a portfolio and samples to prove to clients that you are worth hiring!

Seriously, there’s so much money to be made online. This young boy: Bamidele Onibalusi generates a monthly profit of $5,000 working from home, spending just 5 hours daily, writing articles… With content writing, your possibilities are limitless. You too can quit your day job and start earning $8,000 writing just like Tom Ewer.

Tip: Remember, no one is born a great writer. Practice makes perfect. Join writing portals like Constant Content, Ehow, Squidoo, Blogging.org  and  Yahoo’s associated content to start earning today!

2. Start Tutoring

Are you good at teaching Mathematics or playing musical instruments or you have a talent in teaching different foreign languages? If you answered YES to the above question, then you can actually make money by starting a tutoring business

People are willing to pay to learn how to speak Chinese, type, dance, sow, cook, write or prepare foreign foods.  If you are good in any of these topics, you could start up a blog or market yourself in your local newspaper.

People who are willing to learn these things will gladly pay you as long as they get the value for what they paid for. To get started, you can offer to teach for free to build reputation. Don’t start out big.  Offer tremendous value and don’t expect to charge much. You could offer to teach someone to speak Chinese Language for a measly fee of $50.

Otunba Akin Alabi, the CEO of Nairabet visited China recently for business and was handed a flier by a Chinese dude. He wanted to trash the flier immediately but he tried to be polite. When he was about going into the elevator, he looked at the flier and was amazed at what he saw:

“Learn To Speak Chinese Fluently in Just 2 Weeks!’’

Now I love that. That young Chinese dude must be a smart cottage businessperson. He was offering a service that teaches foreigners how to speak Chinese! He knew they were foreigners who’re dying to learn Chinese, and would pay anything to learn it.

3. Start Making soaps

Are you good at making soaps? Or do you have flair for soap making? You can make a living by making soaps. All you need to do is to promote your soap business and collaborate with gift baskets companies to provide them with scented, soaps.

Other Cottage Industry ideas to Consider

4. Gunsmithing

5. Locksmithing

6. Auto Repair

7. Computer Repair

8. Knife Making

9. Welding

10. Childcare

11. Proof-reading and editing

You don’t need to be an experienced English speaker to start a proofreading business. Publishers are in need of talented proofreaders. You can actually make a living off editing if you understand the basic rules of spelling Grammar and punctuation. You can join Elance.com and Freelancer.com to get started. Or, set up a website and rank organically in the search engines.

As a final note, I am quite sure you have many home business ideas. Just remember this: an idea without corresponding action is dead. So start a low-cost cottage business that you can manage from home and I will see you at the top.


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