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I'm looking for a business idea for something that can be run from home. Low to no startup capital. I want it to be something that can keep going in both lockdown and unlockdown. What would you suggest?

kfe202
26 days ago
What do you think of this?
Lynibis
Lynibis26 days ago

If I had my time again I would love to run a tea shop. Small tables, assorted crockery and teapots, book cases with well thumbed books and lots of home made cake!

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
26 days ago

Sounds amazing, Lynibis. What a nice idea! How well that would work in a pandemic, though ... ?

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BORDERJOE
BORDERJOE26 days ago

That sounds terrific .... friendly, 'comfy' and sociable fun ... but would it make enough to cover costs ... hopefully it would!

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Lynibis
Lynibis22 days ago

BORDERJOE I don't think it would but I used to dream of winning the lotto and opening a tea shop for pensioners to come and spend time with like minded folk. Free tea and cake, books, conversation, meetings and saving on their heating bills. Under 60s welcome but they would pay nominal fee for tea and cake unless unemployed.

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BORDERJOE
BORDERJOE22 days ago

Lynibis I think that really does sound wonderful! It'd be a great atmosphere too I reckon!

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KirstyWhit29673
KirstyWhit2967321 days ago

Lynibis had a similar plan a long time ago until life got in the way. I love spending time in tea shops like these for those who have done it

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Golfforall
Golfforall26 days ago

You have to look at your skills and hobbies . Something you can do well and also enjoy doing . Then you have to sell whatever you come up with , so probably the ability to create a website is essential .

Seen lots of stories about folk who have done well with "cottage industries" in the last few months .

Fancy cakes in a box , garden ornaments , hand made jewellery , house signs etc . Anything individual and made by hand appears to do well - problem is , you still need to sell whatever you make .

Maybe a cheaper and faster way would be to list whatever you decide to make on EBay , at least to gauge the demand . You wont make a fortune straight away but might find out if your idea is viable .

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
26 days ago

Thank you Golfforall! So kind of you to offer this advice. You're so right. Using e-bay to gauge demand is a genius idea. I don't have any website-building skills currently. So that's another area where I need to smarten up. Thanks so much for the pointers. Do you know any good providers of classes on building websites?

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BORDERJOE
BORDERJOE26 days ago

I sell loads of unwanted stuff since moving, on facebook and wondered about it for selling my craft items once I'm sorted... I have used Ebay but can honestly say that FB sales have been pretty effortless and 'safe.' I've got into the habit of only giving my address for collection once I've done some FB checking of my own and am generally sensible and cautious. ... before the move I sold loads of plants and garden items the same way ...made some good acquaintances and learnt lots too!

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Golfforall
Golfforall26 days ago

kfe202 No I'm afraid I know nothing about that beyond seeing the adverts for Go Daddy and the like .

Probably best to gain a reputation by selling on EBay to start with , not much profit there (as they do take a chunk of your profits in fees ).

Depending on what you decide to go for I've read of folks who get a local garden centre or farm shop to display and sell their stuff on a commission basis . Obviously you have to find a niche in the market where folks want hand made stuff whether it be consumables or individual decorative items .

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kfe202
kfe202
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23 days ago

BORDERJOE You're so brave giving your address to people on FB. Good for you, I'm glad you've done well out of it. Thanks for suggesting FB as an option.

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
23 days ago

Golfforall Could be good with Christmas coming up. Thanks so much for your help!

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BORDERJOE
BORDERJOE23 days ago

kfe202 not really...I only respond by Private Message and only give my address after checking them out (I don't trust FB profiles really - but I can tell really as they are local people) .... and then I ask them to suggest a time for the following day and send my full address before they are due .... usually the night before. I never ever let on if I'm due to be out or away and even when they are 'no shows' l tho I get irritated, I don't message them in any way that could take offence just in case they do take it the wrong way. It has been ok ....so far ... and I am a worrier so if I find it ok then I reckon it's fair enough.

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cocolgooh
cocolgooh26 days ago

There are “gigs” on Fiverr that make a lot, but it depends on your skills and what you’d be interested in doing. I know someone that does voice over/ narration type jobs there and they make quite a bit, for example. You would need a decent quality microphone for that though.

Personally, I’ve always wanted to be a chef and have my own bakery or something along those lines, but I have food allergies and that’s always really put me off actually doing it.

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
23 days ago

You're so kind to suggest voice over and narration. That might be quite fun and as the files would be digital, wouldn't need to risk posting anything or letting people collect things. What a good idea! Do you think they would take on someone just starting out? How did your friend get into it?

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Dennab
Dennab23 days ago

kfe202 I've been a broadcaster for 15 years and not cracked the voiceover industry but yes Fiiver is one route. If you have the time and the voice, give it a go.

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cocolgooh
cocolgooh23 days ago

kfe202 If you can do something others can’t it’s going to be easier (such as if you speak multiple languages that you do voiceovers in). If you make some initial sample work you’d stand a better chance than if you didn’t.

My friend initially did it as a favour for a friend who needed a voice over that wasn’t their voice for something they were doing, others liked it and asked where they got the voiceover from and it built from there. He’s been doing it over 10 years now I think. If you have any friends or family that need something like this, that could be a place to start.

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Dennab
Dennab23 days ago

However, may I suggest one thing? I've not read through the other responses but coming from someone who has spent their entire life working freelance, play on your strengths. Don't go into something you have no experience or knowledge of. What are your hobbies? What are you good at? Do that. That's where I make money (although this slight issue with a virus has stopped some of it).

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
22 days ago

Thanks so much for the tips. You're so kind giving me the benefit of your experience. To be honest with you, I don't really do hobbies. My main strength is with words rather than numbers or hands-on skills. What would you suggest that isn't blogging?

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Dennab
Dennab22 days ago

kfe202 Content writing for websites or social media could be a good direction for you. There are people who do that for a living. Obviously you need to be good with spelling and grammar but also able to write relevant content about a variety of subjects. Maybe practice on here or with a blog as you suggested.

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
19 days ago

Dennab You're full of valuable suggestions. That's a great idea to practice writing about a variety of subjects on here. Where would I go on this site to do that? Where do people write the In The News articles, for example?

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Dennab
Dennab17 days ago

kfe202 Just create a few topics like you have here. Maybe contact them and ask if you can write any articles about saving money. Again, play on your strengths. Pick something you know about and write about it. If this isn't the right website, maybe contact a few who specialise in whatever you know about. The ball's in your court now my friend!

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k4ren2006
k4ren200621 days ago

I'm fairly happy with what I do now which is arts and crafts supplies but my dream would be buying properties and doing them up. Can't see that happening in today's climate

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
19 days ago

Glad to hear that you're fairly happy with what you do. Maybe you're right and the market is wrong for renovating and flipping houses for now. What strikes me, though, is that as people lose their jobs to the pandemic, more and more people are going to need to rent instead of buy. Have you thought about doing up an old property as multiple rooms for rent and being a landlady?

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DeniseThom95618
DeniseThom9561821 days ago

i would love a shop just for christmas stuff all year around

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
19 days ago

You're so right. That would be like having Christmas all year round. Have you thought about doing an Etsy or Ebay store just for Christmas stuff? (Not as much fun as an actual, grotto-like shop but would be pandemic-proof).

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KirstyWhit29673
KirstyWhit2967321 days ago

I have started an Etsy jewellery shop this year. I love doing it anyway so seeing if it will yield extra income. The other idea I’m working on is the book gift box with tea/ coffee and biscuits

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
19 days ago

You're so brave starting a shop in this climate. That's awesome! Really hope it works out for you. I would love to receive a book and a hot drink in the mail. Sounds like you're onto a winner with the gift box idea. What is it that you like most about running your own business?

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KirstyWhit29673
KirstyWhit2967319 days ago

kfe202 aw thank you. I love creating and get joy from crafts. Being able to share that and sell it to others makes me happy too. In the long run I’d hope to be in a situation to work less day job hours and more with this.

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
15 days ago

KirstyWhit29673 That sounds awesome! Have you checked out DaniJohnson.com and particularly the free Monday night strategy calls? These are packed with free advice for home business owners and would-be entrepreneurs from someone who has been there, got the t-shirt. What is it that you enjoy the most about crafts?

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KirstyWhit29673
KirstyWhit2967313 days ago

kfe202 thank you. Will have a look. I come from a family of crafters. It’s always been a hobby. I live knitting, making jewellery and things like diamond painting. I find them quite mindful

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap19 days ago

I just started doing Avon with my daughter you only need to buy some books to start. It's not full time although you can spend as much time as you want

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
15 days ago

Sounds like fun to do something together with your daughter. I'm not really a make-up kinda girl but you've got me thinking. What other companies run along the same lines as Avon and don't sell make-up?

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap15 days ago

Avon sells other cosmetics ie body wash I never have time for make up with having kids, also body shop looking for people to sell on internet kfe202

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kfe202
kfe202
Original Poster
15 days ago

Imnotcheap Thank you so much for this tip! BodyShop, how exciting! I might go for that. Never have time for makeup myself either but I do have a weakness for Body Shop bath products. That could actually work. Thank you, I'll look into that. Do you have a link for where Body Shop are advertising their work-from-home opportunity, please?

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap15 days ago

Just seen on on nextdoor app which is local to be could ask my local rep for you kfe202

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flipside
flipside15 days ago

You could take up embroidery or even knitting. Embroidery is not difficult at all and only requires concentration and an ability to stay within the lines. As for knitting, you could start by learning something you don’t need tools for - like hand knitting.

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JMHiggs
JMHiggs13 days ago

I'd love to run a child's soft play. Even doing something for adults in the evening. We don't have any local for my little one. And you're always going to have a customer base.

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