By Wilson Okello,
Home-Based Business Ideas
This is among the business ideas you can readily start. You only require your kitchen as a place of your working then have some experience and knowledge of some food recipe that is healthy and unique to cook.
Start with your friends as you first network then, later move to your church. Showing new skills on how to cook some African delicacies and even other meals. You can start by how to bake cakes using yellow sweet potatoes or how to bake yellow bread using yellow sweet potatoes. You can get your first market by offering free lunch. Register people for a fee as they come for new skills.
If you can only look around, you will realize people like jewels and the market of this kind is not yet explored fully. You only need skills and some income and a homeroom as your place of work. Jewels are in different types e.g. glass, wood, beads, shells. If can be African design or just western design, all in all, this will put you some good income in your pockets. You can even export bracelets, necklaces, earrings. Make jewels that have people’s names. Again start with your friends as your first customers. Design fine jewels with their names, this will be irresistible because s/he is your friend and promoting you as a friend will be worthwhile. You can start it at home as part-time and supply to your co-workers, Chama and even family members. Jewelry making is small business ideas that require small capital of about ksh3000 for beads and strings and ink for decoration and scalpel. A jewel can go for the least price of ksh500. (500X14 friends) = ksh 7000.
Design and Tailoring
For this profitable business idea, you need a reasonable room or a space like a verandah can work best. Then you have to have the love for fashion and creativity in design. Your first customer will be those who dress your clothes, designer’s curiosity will drive customers to you. You can also train some people to help you for a fee.
This is a freelance business that you can start from home, you only need internet, a super fast computer and knowledge in Graphic designing and off you go. As long as life is here, Graphic designing is forcibly here to stay. Why? Because companies grow, business ideas expand and so will there be demand for new business ideas and designs in the market. You need only time to advertise your brand and bang! You are in for business. Think of working with local news channels, design billboards, book covers, magazine covers, marketing materials, animations, video scene for 3D graphic design this what makes you unique, roar to international markets, mint millions and open branches while you are at home.
Carpet and Rugs
You can start making carpets and rugs as a small home based business for profit while you wait for a job. You will be shocked how it can become a full-time job that makes you millions due to the demand. There are shops that sell tapestry and needles in Nairobi CBD Muhindi Mbingu street measured meter by meter.
Types of rugs as business ideas: wall hanging with a sketch of drawings, wedding gift with names “Gladys weds Gilbert”, washroom seat cover rugs. Carpet and rugs will build your business, not a job. From reports, capital for 4meters by 6meters expenses cost ksh4000-ksh5000 selling is 12000-13000 the quality will determine. Sell 3 carpets or rugs how much will you make?
Embroidery Business ideas
The art of needlework is far beyond demand, cold seasons need scarfs, and you can make baby booties, School sweaters. Make a contract with the school to deliver sweaters to school, leg warmers like schools in Mount Kenya during cold season they need a scarf, leg warmers, gloves, and sweaters. Take advantage of embroidery business ideas and make the big sale. This art needs only skills and cheap labor.
Home Tuition Services
Parent will do anything to see their children excel in the subject they are weak in. This type of service must be genuine to help a particular child understand the weak subject. If you are done with form four or university and waiting for next step. Starting this will be good as you help and you get paid. Who knows you can get to open your private school, in the long run, both the student benefit and you get paid for service done.
Home daycare/ Baby Sitting
Some people are very busy with work, classes and even going for shopping and market. They always want to leave their loved ones in safe hands. You can market your business and take care of the child for a fee. It can be a full-time business or part-time. But you will need helping hands as clients increase.
Home Gardening as business ideas
When people don’t want their long nails and hands getting dirty, use this business ideas opportunity to start a home gardening business. How? Glad you asked if you have or can find a small land around your home that is idle and virgin. Measuring 12 meters by 7 meters, you can become the millionaire. There is always demand for common vegetables in every Kenyan Kitchen, onions, tomatoes, capsicum and coriander. Prepare your land and buy seeds. Leave a section for a seedbed. Some packets of seeds are less than ksh 500. Your first markets are your friends. Try this and you will see the demand you will not outweigh. In Nairobi, 3 tomatoes cost 20 shillings or even 2 tomatoes. What if you sell 5 tomatoes for ksh 30? And you harvest just a small plastic crate, a crate with 500+ tomatoes.
(30 X 500 in portions) = ksh 15,000 that is on one vegetable what if it is a mixed crop?
Obtain health certificate before you prepare food as business ideas, not as a living, this is another type of home based business ideas you can start. Start cooking pilau in your home kitchen and sell food in offices during lunch hours. Pack the food in decent tins and sell to offices. Tea girls will not hate you unless you are selling tea where they are employed to cook tea. Trust me once you deliver a good meal you will need more hands to help and that is how you will be making millions. Make deal with the institution that they allow you at a specific time to be supplying food. They will love you for this because they need to eat and rest during lunch break. you save them the time of walking from office. This is how you can make millions.
If in an office they are 40 employees and 30 employees buy your food of pilau or chapatti and some vegetable stew. Per pack is ksh 70 (to the lower price).
Ksh.70 per pack X 30 people = ksh. 2,100 what if your expenses were less than ksh 1000< or ksh1000?
What if your capital, in general, is ksh 5000(on the higher side?) and you make everyday clean ksh1000.
Exclude Sundays or Saturdays or Fridays as days of worship we have, in a month work for 26 days
26 days in a month X ksh1000 daily = ksh 26,000/ month.
26,000 X 12 months in a year = ksh 312,000
Daily fare ksh 250 if distance can’t be covered by walking. (250×26)=6500 per month, subtract the fare expenses and still, you will be making scale in business. If not offices, type of business ideas as this can be used in contraction sites. You will only spend less than an hour to wait for people to finish eating, and then you have free time back at home.
The simple home business ideas will not need a place to rent so you can start at any time if capital is ready. Some small business ideas will need no great capital to begin. You can make millions with such unique business ideas if you work out wise and in a cautious way. So let’s also see other business ideas below.
This article was originally published in Pewa.