Do you have a desire to stay-at-home and start your own business, but you just don’t know where to begin? Perhaps you have very little money to start a business, which is keeping you at your 9-5 office job. Stop worrying and start planning! There are several business adventures that can be started from home and that require little to no money to launch. All you have to have is knowledge and drive.
Fitness Guru: All you need to be a fitness guru (or consultant) is to have a working knowledge of nutrition and fitness, be fit, and be good at communicating with people. You don’t have to own crazy exercise equipment or have sponsors from the latest protein shakes to make it as a fitness consultant.
You can start off small with this sort of job and work your way up. Start by creating a Youtube site or a blog detailing the fitness and nutrition regimes you follow. You can even do reviews on the latest health books and dietary foods.
If you have any certifications within this field, this will help you tremendously. However, they are not required so long as you are only telling people what has worked for you and not actually doing any serious nutritional counseling.
Beauty Consultant: You could stick with the traditional beauty consultant jobs within businesses like Avon and Mary Kay. Most of these companies do require a small amount of money to get started (usually no more than $20). However, if you want to get really creative, you could always start a beauty consultant business on a site like Youtube.
People visit Youtube all the time for hair, makeup, and fashion advice. If you’re good at any of these, and if you have a decent web cam, it really takes nothing to get started. All you will need for this is the beauty supplies (which you probably already own or can make) and a good working knowledge of current fashion and beauty trends.
A big trend right now is mimicking vintage fashions. If you love the looks of the past, you could start off as a vintage beauty consultant.
For further inspiration, visit Youtube sites by people like Michelle Phan.
Blogger: All it costs to become a blogger is a working knowledge of the language you plan on writing in. Thanks to places like WordPress and Blogger, bloggers can now create their sites for free. If you want to become a blogger, you can always purchase a site domain, but it’s best to stick with one of the free versions until you have started making a little money off of your site. Sign up for ad companies like Google Adsense and Amazon to receive commission any time someone clicks on an ad from your site.
If you don’ have an internet access of your own, or even a computer, local libraries almost always have both. Most libraries allow local residents to use their computers and internet for a set amount of time, so long as they have a library card.
Writer: The same that applies with blogging applies with becoming a writer; all you need is a working knowledge of the language you plan on writing in. You can write with a typewriter, computer, pen and paper, note cards, napkins, or whatever you can find. If you have a story to tell, you’ll find a way to write it.
Once your tale is written, you can go the self-publishing route or you can seek out an agent and publisher. Once you’ve decided which route you wish to follow, costs will vary. Some people manage to self-publish for little to no money. Others may spend upwards of $500 to self-publish. If you go the route of an agent and publisher, you may only spend money on stamps and mailing things. It really just depends on what you write about, which publishing route you decide, and how good your book is.
For further inspiration on self-publishing, visit Joe Konrath’s blog.
Self-Help Guru: Are you one of those people who just have a ton of advice to give out? Have you lived a varied life and love to share your story with others to inspire them? If these descriptions match you, then you might be able to launch a career as a self-help guru, or consultant, for those who dislike the word “guru”.
Many successful self-help consultants have launch their careers with little to no money. All they had was a great ability to communicate with people. This type of job also ties in well with blogging and writing. You could start off with a self-help blog, work your way through writing a book based around what you blog on, and move on from there. You could also join a group like Toastmasters, build up your speaking skills, and work on becoming a public speaker. The opportunities within this field are truly limitless if you really set your mind to it.
For inspiration, look up blogs and books by people like Steve Pavlina and Leo Babauta.