Working at home can be ideal for parents who want to be home with small children during the day, and for those who love crafting and want to earn an income using their skills. There are several ways to make money assembling products in your home. As with any endeavour, the investment that you're willing to make in your work will in large part determine the success of your endeavours. The challenge for those who work at home usually lies in finding legitimate business opportunities.
- Skill level:
Things you need
- Initial investment
- Work space
- Craft equipment and supplies
Look in your local newspaper to find job opportunities to assemble products in your home. If a local employer is subcontracting assembly work, you'll be able to establish a face-to-face relationship with him that will benefit you both. Speciality stores like boutiques may also be searching for hand-made items like quilts or mittens. Stop by local shops with some samples of your work.
Think about starting your own business. Take samples of the products that you love to make to craft shows, along with your business cards. Remember how easy it is to sell products on the internet. If you only take orders via e-mail or over the phone, you can use a free blog for your business website.
Talk to people you know before you search for work on the internet. Some of your friends and acquaintances may have worked from home before, or they know may people who have. They can share their experiences with you, and steer you away from scams. Try to get a lead on a reputable work-at-home business opportunity from someone you trust.
Investigate online options carefully. There are directories available that list companies that will pay you to assemble products at home. There will be an upfront cost to buy the directory and to buy the initial kit or materials. Choose a product you are qualified to make, and which you will enjoy producing. There may be long hours required, especially at first. The company will reserve the right to reject products that don't meet their standards, so make sure they will let you sell the rejected crafts yourself or you will lose your investment in the materials.
Tips and warnings
- You will be eligible to deduct some of your household expenses when you work at home. There is a link you can use to find out more about this in the Resource section.
- Don't invest more money in an unknown work-at-home opportunity than you can afford to lose. You are completely liable for your initial investment.