5 future skills you will need to build a home business.

5 future skills you will need for the home business of the future

As the future keeps galloping towards us with a lot of innovation via technology, one question you should ask your self is; do you possess the future skills you will need to start a home business or run one?

Remember when you taught that it was impossible to see your home from anywhere?

Think of the 80’s you could not have imagined that you will log into your phone and have an immediate view of your home, such that you can find out when an intruder is trying to get into your home.

Well, one Business Ring.com has made it possible.

This is just one of the many possibilities we are seeing as we maneuver an age where technology is taking over our lives; from artificial intelligence(AI) to robotics to internet of things(IoT), you just name it and you have it here, gone are those times when the only place where  such possibilities were seen was in sci-fi movies.

The future is actually here and I want to ask you a mind-boggling question are you ready?

Are you among those who are still clinging to the past with your nails scratching and itching for the times when things were much simpler or are you constantly asking yourself how can I unlearn old ways, learn new skills and get myself ready for the future.

I know this does not look like my usual write up but hold on, I am getting to my usual sweet spot which is to say what future skills are you acquiring now that will change the way you run your home business or start a new business?

In this write-up, I share with you

5  future skills that you need to have in other to build a home business.

1 Digital Marketing:

According to Wikipedia, digital marketing is the marketing of products and services using digital technologies mainly on the internet and also on mobile phones, display advertising and via SMS.

A great majority of people’s attention has been captured by digital devices, most people now get almost all of their entertainment, business and work life done from their mobile phones, therefore, it’s of necessity that anyone who wants to reach his target market must be willing to do so through digital means.

If you are a home business owner or perhaps you are planning to start one, this is one critical skill you will need in other to succeed in business. This is because no matter how great your product or service is, if your customers can not find it you are not in business.

While the traditional modes of advertising your business may still work, they are becoming less dependable. What is the probability that someone who bought a service or product from you will refer you to another person? quite low, except of course you are offering an incentive.

Even at that, they may not be attracted enough to your incentive to want to reach out and refer you to others.

If you, therefore, want to succeed in your home business, you need to start acquiring this very important skill not only because you need it for your own products but you can also offer it as a service and charge for it.

Digital marketing skills are in hot demand now as people are constantly looking for means of selling their products.

I considered it as one of the future skills because not a good number of people who want to start businesses understand how this skill translates to your success or failure in running a home business.

Some digital marketing methods include SEO( search engine optimization) Serch engine marketing( SEM), Email marketing, Content marketing, influencer marketing, data-driven marketing strategies, social media marketing, social media optimization, sales funnel and lead generation.

If you have been struggling to make sales with your home business or your greatest headache has been how to attract your ideal customers to your blog or online business, then this may be a critical skill which is missing in your portfolio.

You can start today to learn this skills for free by reading this article and signing up for a free course to help your journey.

2-Artificial intelligence:

When you think of AI, it kind of goes over your head, I mean what has a small business got to do with AI, leave that for Elon Musk and SpaceX geniuses you are not about to go explore space.

But then, I draw open the curtain to ask you to wake up and smell the roses, most of the Jobs that are being held by humans today will be replaced by artificially intelligent robots.

If you are in one of those dead-end jobs which will be wiped out in the next  5-10 years, then its time you begin to critically look at the value chain in businesses you see that are still offline today and begin to imagine how you will develop algorithms or write codes that will help you fill that need and build a business from your home for it.

I just mentioned coding in the line before and many people reading this might begin to get angry right now asking themselves how they will learn to code in this day and age, well you can if you are interested.

Think of the fact that as the world moves towards AI, many businesses will require services of people who understand how these things work and operate it.

You may not be called to build AI systems leave that to the Googles of this world but you can seek to understand how to integrate these systems into everyday life and hence help people.

This is why I think it’s a necessary future skill for anyone who wants to work from home or run a home business.

3-Creative & Critical thinking abilities:

Gone are the days when systems were put in place and everyone was expected to just follow the norm.

This idea came from the industrial age when work was divided into piecemeal and everyone specialized in an aspect and just followed the laid down rules.

Nowadays people are looking for who will bring creative thinking solutions to problems, people who will solve old problems in new ways that save time and cost.

If you are starting a home business or maybe you have one already, your ability to be creative and also think critically will mean you will win in the marketplace.

If you are in the business of selling knowledge as a home business, i.e blogging in simple terms, this is especially for you because people will only read your blog and follow you because you offer solutions which they are cannot find anywhere else.

This skill is an essential future skill both for the creative person who designs and builds the product and also for the knowledge vendor.

I consider Creative and critical thinking as one of the future skills because I have come to realize that a lot of people are seeking fresh ideas.

New twists to old issues and also completely new innovative ideas that beats what is obtainable right now.

For example yesterday I got a call from my Phone operator to inform me of a service which they want me to sign up to.

I mentioned to the caller that I am not so keen on signing up because of issues I have with this network provider.

That customer service agent never attempted to solve my problem or even provide a solution, instead he kept on trying to sell to me his new product.

I just rang off and I thought to myself why do people never empathize with those they seek to serve.

They had rather push more products into your face than find solutions to the issues you are already experiencing with their product.

4-Organization Based skill:

This future skill is simply called project management in ordinary terms.

I termed this a future skill required by a home business owner because as the world gets more tech-savvy, there will be an overload of information.

People will be looking for those who can help them organize their knowledge and sequence it in such a way that it produces results.

There will also be a demand for organization and creation of systems that when followed will always deliver the same results.

We see that in the online business marketing strategies where they are always talking about teaching you this 3 step system that will help you win in the marketplace.

These future skills have created a whole new industry in printables called planners.

People are consistently looking for planners to organize their day and businesses and even their life.

So if you have just a little knowledge of this skill, It to time to ramp it up and create a home business built on this skill.

If you want to know how to build a business around printables please read my two posts on 6 secrets about printables and also how to start a home business selling printables.

5-Tutoring:

The classroom has left the brick and mortar building called schools, learning and education are now taking place on the internet. This future skill is not only for the future but for the now,  Teachers reward is no longer in heaven, it has come down to earth hahaha.

If you think I am not saying the truth ask Jack Ma the Chinese Tech Billionaire of Alibaba or even Peter Diamandis of the Singularity University.

This means that tutoring other people is now a major income earner for most people, there is an avalanche of online courses now that people can’t get enough of.

Tutoring is no longer just about just pouring out knowledge but about content creation, selling content, nurturing customers and altogether shaping mindsets.

The good thing about this skill is that no single person lacks the knowledge to sell, your only problem is how to organize it into a sellable format.

All the years you have spent on this earth learning a skill, experiencing something or even practicing some stuff can now be put together into a course format and sold.

You can begin, by starting a Blog, read here how to do that or you can choose to do straight out email marketing bypassing starting a blog.

Whatever route you choose, just ensure that you are delivering value for the course you are building and people will come for it.

In conclusion, I will like to ask: are you ready for the future of your home business, career, and life in general?

if you are not, its time to get learning because your future self will not forgive you if you fail to get ready for what is to come.

To round up this post, I will like to offer you a list of 20 futuristic business ideas that you can start now to work on. Click on the image to get it.

20 future home business ideas

Do you have any other ideas on the future skills you will need to run a home business, please drop a comment below.

 

 

 

13 offline Home Business Ideas (Work at Home)

Work at Home
13 Offline Home Business Ideas

I know that I champion starting home businesses that are solely run online, but I am also aware that a variety of skills could sometimes mean that one does not have the passion or skill to pursue an online business. That is where the offline Home business comes into play.

While you can start a Home Business that is basically offline like the ones I will mention below, you cannot afford not to market it online. This because marketing your business online and giving it an online presence even if its just a FaceBook page or an Instagram page will ensure that you succeed.

You can start these businesses at home but they require more local work with individuals or going to other locations with your home as the base. These positions are often just as lucrative as the online businesses but require a little more infrastructure or hands-on work.

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Here are 13 businesses you can do as an Offline Home Business.

-In-Home Childcare Provider – If you have a big enough home you can use a portion of it to provide childcare. You can make from 100 to 200 dollars per child depending on your location and the age of the children. You will need to get a license for your state before you start. The good thing about child care is that once you provide good services, you can make more money because word travels about your business and provides you with recurring income.

-Event / Wedding / Party Planner – If you like planning parties from birthday, to weddings, to anniversary or other events, you can make a good living doing it. You’ll need to make connections with caterers, bakers and others who can help you with the parties. You’ll manage everything and put it all together and make sure nothing goes wrong.

-Music Teacher – If you are good with music and know how to teach people to play an instrument, sing, or perform you can become a music teacher from your home. You may need to get a background check to work with kids if the parents are going to leave.

-Soap Maker / Jewelry Maker / Knitter – Making artisan soaps, jewelry, knitting, crocheting and selling the creations at your local farmer’s market, thrift store and even online at a store like Etsy.com is a great way to earn more money in a business of your own. If this is your passion and you do not know how to start an Etsy shop, read my post on Guidelines on starting an etsy shop

-Public Speaker –Do you have a motivational story to tell, have you achieved success that you can help others achieve? If so, you might consider becoming a public speaker. You can get on various speakers lists and make quite a good living speaking. This requires travel, so it’s not working “at” home but your home can be your base.

Copper Home Ornaments by Amara

-Seamstress – If you can sew, you can create a business in a variety of ways from making custom-made clothing or purses to alterations. You can sell online and locally to custom shops by offering a percentage of sales to local boutiques.

-House Cleaner – It might not be romantic but there is a lot of money to be earned in the housekeeping business. People need help due to their busy lives and you can provide that help. You’ll go to their location to do the cleaning, of course, but you can run everything else from your home office.

-Backyard Gardener – If you have at least 1/2 an acre, you can start gardening as a business. You can grow salad vegetables, herbs and more and sell them to local restaurants and even some grocery stores, or set up a stand at your local farmer’s market. If you live in the right location you can set up a stand right there.

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-Pet Groomer – If you love pets, you can clean them and groom them so that they look good. You can do this right from home if you create a little grooming shop in an extra room. Check your local laws to find out the rules of regulation.

-Personal Chef – Do you like cooking special meals? If so you can do that for people in their homes. You shop for the ingredients, cook them in the client’s house, and then freeze them in labeled containers for the client to heat up later during the week. If baking is your passion you can take a look at my post on how to start an online baked goods business.

-Furniture Maker – Have a knack for building things with woodworking equipment? You can create new items from scratch or you can refurbish and then sell older items. This business can be quite lucrative and start as a hobby. if you like to refurbish old furniture and resell it, you may find that eBay is your best bet for selling your refurbished items. often you will find that you may find old and discarded furniture which you can repurpose and sell for a profit. Take a look at my post to see places where you can re sell used items.

-Landscaping Services – Got a lawn mower and some equipment you can start a landscaping business. Even if all you do is mow lawns and edge them you can earn a good living during the season. You can easily make 30 to 40  dollar an hour.

-Interior Decorator – If you have a way with color, staging furniture and making a house feel like a home you might want to start an interior decorating business. You will earn money based on the total budget so you’ll need to be good at getting discounts from suppliers. Another interesting thing about this line of job is that you can earn money from designing the Home and picking our the materials needed while you outsource the main job of actually implementing the design to someone else.

That way you are able to get more time to put into your creative passion of designing the concepts.

If you want a good place to get very good decorative pieces for your home design projects then consider looking at Amara a business that deals with Home decor accessories, they feature different categories of Home fragrances, Lighting, bedroom kitchen, and other decorative accessories that make a home look beautiful. They have great goods that are currently on sale. you may want to check it out here.

Duvet and Soft Furnishings by Amara

Want to learn about 10 more business Ideas for the fall season, click on this post.

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Hopefully, these ideas helped you think of something you can do from home. Being a mom is a difficult job but if you can do something to earn money as a work at home mom it will make everything a lot easier. No need to commute to work, buy expensive clothing, and in some cases, you don’t even need child care.

At the very least, you’ll be able to work around your children’s schedules so that you can have a better-balanced family life.

Do you have any more Ideas for offline home business ideas, leave a comment below?

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10 Home Business Ideas for the Fall Season

 

Home Business Ideas in Fall season/Autumn
10 HOME BUSINESS IDEAS FOR THE FALL SEASON

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It’s the Fall season and everyone is gradually winding down from the high’s of the summer vacation for those who were able to go for it, I wasn’t. But then Fall season kind of heralds the coming of the cold season and we have to prepare for that season. The exciting thing about the Fall season is that we will soon have winter and the Christmas holidays on hand. As a business person who wants to start a business from home, you may be wondering what business ideas will suit the season we are in right now.

You might even be that person that loves to take advantage of a seasonal business in other to make some extra income for your home. You don’t have to worry again, yours truly went to town and researched business Ideas that start within this Fall season. That’s where I came up with this 10  Home Business ideas for the Fall Season.

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Benefits of Running a Seasonal Home Business

-You get a lot of sales coming in because it’s the season for that product or service, for example, once the weather gets cold, there will be a rise in demand for winter accessories or clothing. You are carried along in that tide hence your little marketing efforts will produce much yield because there is a demand.

-You cash into peoples emotion to make a quick sale, the Christmas season is when people are willing to buy gifts and send to family so you can easily get a gift packaging and wrapping service ongoing that will bring in a tidy amount.

-Though it’s within a short period you can plan to make the most of it by researching for a moving product or service and making a good amount of profit. For instance, if you start preparing for the Fall season early enough you can buy goods at slashed prices and sell for a tidy profit when it’s in demand.

-Its the season for that Product or service and people cannot do without it.

Having mentioned the above benefits, here is my Top 10 Home Business Ideas for the Fall Season

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1 Sale of Winter  Fashion accessories & Clothing

One of the reasons I  love Fall is because it comes with its own Fashion accessories and Clothing that connotes its own style and are really beautiful to look at.

Because the season presets winter, the leaves are falling and the temperature is dropping so there is a rise in  demand for fashion accessories and clothing like : Scarves, (knitted woolen scarves) Shawls, mufflers, Ponchos, Hand Gloves, socks, Tweed Jackets, winter jackets, Hoodies, Leggings, and Tote handbags for carrying all that extra stuff especially if you are a mom. All these are accessories and clothing that will make the Millennial person rock the season. You can tap into this huge market by either Drop-shipping such items or selling your own handmade products on Etsy or you can also sell on online sites like Bonanza and eBay. You can read up the underlined posts in this paragraph to get a more in-depth knowledge on.

Did I mention that it’s important to do your research properly to know what range of fashion accessories and Clothing are currently trending, dive into that trend and you will be making your profit.

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2 Gift Shopping, Wrapping and Delivery Service:

As we enter the Fall season, we usually call it the “ember” months in my local parlance, it seems like the days begin to gallop in anticipation of the various holidays that will be coming up, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Boxing day, Hanukkah etc. All these festivities portend the exchange of gifts and delivery too, hence a seasonal business that does Gift shopping, wrapping and delivery will be a good combo that people will be willing to subscribe to.

Think of how busy people can be that they soon forget to get their loved ones gifts until the holidays arrive. This is often the reason for the mad rush at shopping malls during festive seasons, in fact for me I think that that mad rush often adds to stress for anyone going through it. Instead of enjoying the holiday you are busy scurrying around for the best gift for a friend or a family member. Starting a business that takes that stress off families can make a whole lot of difference.

3 Sale and Rental of Winter equipment:

In this aspect, I will like to include both types of equipment for removing snow and winter based sports equipment. I deliberately added sales and rental together because not everyone will like to buy an equipment for a season.

You have the opportunity where you can either sell or rent such equipment then you can have two streams of seasonal income. Example of such equipment for winter sports includes snowboards, skiing equipment, and accessories, Skating boards etc.Secondly, you have the snow removal equipment like Snowplow, Salt spreaders, Liquidisers and Pushback blades. These are heavy machinery though so you have to understand the business before you go into it.

4 Home Winterizing services:

This is a must need for homes during the winter period so as this period arrives, there is a high demand for services like this. Last year, I think it was in December my Kids couldn’t go to school for a whole week because a  Pipe had burst, that one tragedy cost their school a whole lot of money and lost revenue. They were shut down for a whole week and they had to rebuild about 3 classes because the burst pipe had damaged the floors and caused a lot of havoc, plus they had to have an inspector in-house to make sure they were ready to resume activities. I bet that if they had taken time to winterize the facility, they would have reduced the chances of what happened.

Services like this can mean a lot of saved finances down the line so you can understand why such a service will bring in the needed cash during this season. Winterizing services can include, closing drafts on windows, doors and anywhere that has a loophole to reduce the loss of warmth hence reducing your energy bills. Weatherproofing your pipes to prevent bursting due to icing. Having general instructions placed in strategic places to remind house owners on how to ensure that their homes remain weatherproof for the season. Offering on-demand repair services where there is a need for it during the season.

5 Holiday Home decorating service:

Who doesn’t love the decors that you see on homes during the festive season, Christmas lights anyone? those are what makes Christmas what it is , but then it’s someone’s business to put it up right? That’s where you can start a seasonal home business that will help people decorate their homes for the season, be it Christmas, Hanukkah or Thanksgiving.

Starting on time to make your services available and getting people to pay monthly before the day arrives ensures that you have the number of homes you can handle on the ground before the 1st of December arrives. Early booking means you are sure of your income and you can do what is necessary to deliver when the time comes. I love those lighted Reindeers on the lawns, they make Christmas so endearing.

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6 Baking Holiday Treats:

If you are someone who loves to bake, this may be the time to monetize your baking skills by offering packaged holiday cookies and all types of treats to friends and family and also others who may be interested. Once they have tasted it and it’s worth the amount you are offering, they will surely be willing to pay for you to bake and deliver to their homes during the Christmas holidays.

It sure will beat buying from the stores and they have the opportunity to customize to their tastes. For more on how you can start a home-baked goods business that you can sell online, please read my post on How to start an online baked goods business

7 Party Planning and organizing for the Fall Season:

During the Fall season, we get to start the preparation for all kinds of Parties that will take place during the holiday season from office parties to Thanksgiving dinners to children’s Christmas parties, wedding anniversary parties and you just name it. If you have a knack to organize and throw a great party,  now is the time to begin to put together a plan on how to turn your talent into a business that you can cash into in this season. Getting your client at this time will ensure that you have a long time enough to prepare for the events that will hold. If this is a home business that suits you, it can become an all-season thing though you will find that most of your sales come during the Winter and Fall season.

8 Christmas Tree Rental:

The season of Christmas is a season that everyone wants to have a tree with all those lights on it and the gifts wrapped under it. Starting a Christmas tree rental service can be a great way to cash into the season to make some income. You can throw in decorating the tree as an extra service if people want to pay for it. I know most families love to decorate their Christmas tree themselves I mean where is the fun of having a tree if someone else decorates it for you?But then there are those who might just like a tree put up for them because they can’t decorate it themselves.

For example, the elderly who may not be able to hang that lighting anymore. There are also people who don’t like to decorate a tree at all. Offering that service of decorating the tree could be an add-on which they will appreciate.

During the Christmas of 2015, I did my Home Christmas decoration and tree decoration with the help of my sister, it was still a lot of work. After all the décor, my daughter who was about one year plus kept plucking the shiny balls that I hung on it, she taught it was a fruit. Before the Christmas day arrived. We only had decoration at the very top where her hands could not reach. Talk of having Christmas Tree with sparse hangings, it was very funny.

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9 Holiday Home Service:

Do you have a free room or spare room in your home that you are not using? now is the time to set it up for and rent it out for Holidaymakers who may not want to go to the average hotel. You can rent it via Airbnb to make some money. The beautiful thing about holiday home rental service is that you have the opportunity to meet diverse people and make new friends while still making money out of it.

10 Holiday Shopper :

Anyone that can relate to Holiday shopping knows the hassles and stress it can bring to anyone who has been through. Remember the long lines and queues in Walmart and Co, you can save some busy people the hassle and stress by taking on their holiday shopping for them. All that Turkey buying, food shopping and also clothing shopping can be done by you while the person relaxes at home and watches TV or whatever they need to do during the holidays.

I have always been one to simplify my life hence why I like Blue Apron and the services they offer. You get your ingredients and recipes all done for you so all you have to do is follow instructions and cook. Don’t know if there are other Blue Apron  type moms like me but I value the time I spend on my business or family, I don’t like to waste it running needless errands or getting stuck in shop queues.

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Do you have any other Home Business Ideas for The Fall Season? leave a comment below