Title Searching / Abstracting – This field has had it’s ups and downs but recently in October I discussed ways in other articles about training yourself to be a title searcher.
Basically the art of title searching is based on documenting the important parts to critical documents filed on a piece of property. As the searcher you research public information on current owners to even as far back as 40 years for one particular plot of land. This market should be making a comeback as housing prices settle. The big area for starting work today is providing information on foreclosed pieces of property. Entry into this field can net up to $35,000-$40,000 per year depending on your effort full or part time.
Delivery Service – Do you own an extra vehicle ? Some commercial companies will hire you as an independent delivery driver for getting anything to their clients. I have seen ads for medical equipment to legal documents. Or you can charge by the mile, wait time, load size, etc. if you choose to take independent jobs.
Cab Service / Chauffeur – Again if you have a Bigger size vehicle, Minivan you can get a license and other documents necessary for driving people to and from a destination. There are special considerations if you want to drive minors. I had the idea germinate from the constant on the go nature of my 16 year old daughter and her friends. “Daddy I (should always be we) need a ride.”
Now the license and other qualifications are well worth having the go head to charge money and show proof that you are no physical threat. The cost prohibitive thing was the fuel cost, and as this comes down I am going to consider this an option for the near see able future. It works in my mind as a vehicular just for children with in the age range of 8-14. A service for families that are stressed from work etc and can still have a way to get their children to an activity, party or doctors appointment.
Errand Service – The last of my ideas that will use you own vehicle as more than 50% of the business. Some busy executives are always looking to get plane tickets pickup or shopping done for corporate gifts. My wife actually was inspired to do this because then she can work and make the youngest of our kids part of her day simultaneously.
Notary – I considered this for a mention the licensing fees are over $100.00 dollars when I checked but supplies and licensing together still make it a worthwhile service to provide people in the area or you can also hire your self out with in a certain radius in miles from home. For this once you become a notary you simply need to get clients.
Specialty pastries and cakes – An easy one if you know how to cook, bake or decorate. You have certain health code restrictions depending on if you’ll serve on the premises. I was thinking of really grassroots efforts. You can bake or start a catering business from your home as long as you take it elsewhere and depending on what your making, you might consider a new oven. The reason I include this most efforts to work from home are based on your hobbies and outside the work environment interests. Also working from home does not mean you stay there it is just a base of operations for you to say bake a couple of dozen pastries a cake or two to showcase your talent and going to the nearest farmers market of flea market ans setting up a stand.
Painting / decorating – let’s face it the ones that typically redo the house are also concerned with how the furniture and other items will look against new paint too. If your creative and like to do it all offer a painting company with a twist. As an alternative to doing it all you can provide the base wall coverings such as paint and wall paper. Offer as part of your service some designs sketched out to help owners think about moving furniture around, some simple add ons or even window treatments that accent the new walls. You might be able to add a couple of dollars to the bottom line, but this idea will help you to stand out from the other house painters in the market.
All things Internet – You can work strictly on line to provide an income. From taking part in surveys or other consumer panels (not my first choice). Writing for money can be made from a variety of sources. Associated Content, and other outlets like paid posting firms that want your fresh and original content. There are also a number of E-bayers and store front owners that run their commerce enterprise from a home computer.
The Home Garden – Farmers work from home just by definition. You can depending on the size of yard or space to put a bunch of seed pots together can be a small gardener that supplies farmers markets to rester aunts. Herbs and other leafy plants take up the least amount of space and are easy enough to grow. Tomatoes are big and from home you can grow specialty ones or “heirlooms” as easily as regular store varsities.
Consulting Services – If you have an in depth knowledge or skill set you can consultations to others looking to get a specific answer or problem resolved. Aside from computer skills, you can help with time management, child rearing, financial or other area that individuals are looking for guidance and charge hourly or by the project.
This list is my top ten,it can obviously be bigger. I like service based businesses more than others because you can have a product that most everyone can use, plus it gives you a chance to brand yourself so that you can stand out from others providing the same service.
I think that as we grow as a country and see who really give the economic boost to the entire country we’ll see growth in home based businesses. Even back in 2006 in my home state of Pennsylvanis, Rep. William F. Adolph Jr. of Delaware County has introduced a bill that would minimize restrictions on home-based businesses. The state laws would effectively overrule a number of local ordinances preventing entrepreneurs and others from running businesses from home. Some argue that, subject to the same regulations, companies like Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft could not have been started. Small businesses also argue that, like any other business, they pay taxes and contribute to the economy.
Even surveys by national magazines have brought at least one thing to light: Some home-based businesses are making a lot of money. Entrepreneur magazine estimates that $427 billion is generated each year by home-based businesses. And Money magazine, in a 1996 survey, found that 20 percent of home-based businesses had a yearly gross income of $100,000 to $500,000.
Michael Scott is a title searcher by trade educator second and has blogs regarding a number of subjects. Title search and research training can be found at http://www.titlesearchbusinesstraining.com