Michael Suggs spent years as a supervisor for local mechanic shops and woodturning was just a hobby.  He finds it exciting to create items that are all unique because even though the shape  might be the same, the grain from the wood is always slightly different.

He still has a full-time job, a large family, and belongs to the Patriot Guard Riders and Christian Motorcyclists Association. None of this stops him from creating custom gifts from his ´hobby´ turned side hustle. On his Facebook page you can see wooden boxes, custom pens, wooden urns, mortar and pestle, cell phone amplifiers and many other gorgeous items.

Michael was used to building things, but had no formal training in woodwork other than a couple of classes in the local community.  

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Michael Hyland has a business creating custom pens that sell for as much as $329 each and it all started with a woodworking class in middle school where he made a couple of pens. He would later go on to learn new skills and make roller pens and fountain pens out of wood and acrylic.  He has gone from making a couple of pens in class, to setting up a workshop and online ecommerce store, as well as selling via retail partners.

Key Points

  • The idea from his business came from a class he took in middle school.
  • It was years before that idea turned into a business.
  • He started in the basement of his house.

Triggers

  • He enjoyed the woodworking class.
  • A friend requested a custom pen for her graduation and her excitement was "...a really big driving factor for me to start a business."

Ask Yourself

  • Is there a hobby you enjoy that you could turn into a business?

 

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GroCycle have perfected the art of growing mushrooms and selling them to local restaurants - why not do the same in your neighbourhood?  You can set up your mushroom farm in a relatively small area with only 30m2 needed to grow up to 50kg of mushrooms per week.

The GroCycle website has a very detailed article explaining the basics of mushroom farming to give you a good idea of what you will need to start your home-based mushroom business. If you decide that this could be a potential business idea for you and want to take it further, take their low cost course on mushroom farming where they take you step by step through everything you need to do to get started (at the time of writing it was only 67 pounds).

Some key points from their website:

  • You don´t  need land to grow mushrooms - you can use any indoor space.
  • 10m2 growing space will take about 12 hours of work, a week, to grow 10kg of mushrooms.
  • Oyster and Shitake mushrooms are easy to grow, grow fast and are sold at a high price.
  • You can grow a crop of oyster mushrooms in 3-4 weeks.
  • A fruiting (growing) room can be set up with $1000.

So there is a relatively low start up cost, it is low tech,  quick to produce results and in a niche market. You can sell to people looking for local, fresh, organic produce. 

Income Potential

GroCycle recommend contacting local restaurants, health food stores or vegetable box delivery schemes to sell your mushrooms. Or you could sell them directly to the public at a local farmers market.  What price could you get for your mushrooms?

"£10 (US$13) per kg and Shiitake at £15 (US$19) per kg...In Australia, Oysters fetch an impressive AU$ 40 (US$ 29) per kg!"

They offer a lot of information on their website and appear to have a comprehensive course that will show you everything you need to make your mushroom farm a success.  You can start your own mushroom business whether you are living on a farm or in the middle of a city.  Find out more at:

>>>   www.GroCycle.com   <<<

Published in Gardening

AES offers you the chance to work from home as a recruitment consultant, taking advantage of their reputation and infrastructure, without having to go and work in a physical office. You get training from AES and access to their systems to help you run your business from home.

Fees

AES claims it is not running a franchise, rather granting you a licence to use their name and their resources.  You have two payment options:

1. £4000 upfront then £1000 per month after the fourth month.

2. No upfront free but paying £1250 plus VAT per month.

Income Potential

Income will vary depending on the amount of hours worked and the commission per placement, but as a guide AES says that if you place just 2 candidates per month at a commission of £5000 per placement, you could earn £120,000 per year - working from home.

Although you will be representing AES you are not an employee and will need to set up your own limited company to work with them.

Requirements

  • Attend a minimum of 5 days training at their head office, preferably more.
  • Home office

While they do not make previous recruitment experience a requirement, if you have a background in sales, management consultancy, recruitment, or human resources is appreciated.

>>>  Find out more at AESCo.co.uk  <<<

Additional Info

  • Type Freelance, Business
  • Eligibility UK
  • Investment required? Yes
  • Need Experience? No
Published in Recruiting
Monday, 20 February 2017 15:16

Get Paid To Host Meals In Your Own House

Get paid to cook for guests in your own home and earn up to $700 for each event. EatWith.com lets you showcase your offers and menus and helps you to get paying guests to your event. You can take reservations, manage bookings and get a custom url for your brand.

Published in Cooking
Saturday, 22 October 2016 18:14

Ways to Make Money From Home

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Monday, 11 July 2016 19:08

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Did you know that you don't even have to leave your house to earn money? There are many ways to swap a regular job for Alternative Income, but for this website we have intentionally limited it to things you can do from anywhere in the world, and without ever having to commute to work.  Of course, if you choose to go and meet clients, suppliers etc. that is possible. But the point is that anyone can find a way of making money from home. 

I know, I know, it sounds like I am going to sell you the latest 'Make Millions Today' package!  Don't worry, this website is for the millions in the middle, those of you who need to make some money without having to do soul destroying or low paid jobs!

 

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