Top Home Business Ideas – Think Outside the Square – Part 2

This article is part 2 in a series of six articles which is looking at the ten contemporary home business ideas for anyone to do from home. Each business is explained as well as outlining what the start up costs will be and the skills required to successfully develop the business.

One of the main problems is that people can not think of any ideas to come up with to start moving towards their own work from home business. This article series discusses some of the most popular businesses to start from home.

The previous article discussed becoming a t-shirt designer. The focus of this article is becoming an art consultant or a commercial photographer.

  • Art Consultant

There is a general understanding that art works beatify the work and home environment. However, not all people have the taste or the understanding of art that allows them to display the works in a beautiful way. More and more importance is being placed on aesthetically pleasing environments to show case for business and home environments which have meant that a market has been created for educated art consultants.

The increasing trend for art consultants means that there is a definite opportunity to break into this business. Obviously, you require the skills to be able to recognise great artworks and the ability to display that art well in the chosen environment of your customer.

Communication skills are also a must in this business. An art consultant must be able to attend initial site visits, openly discuss the customer’s preferences and tastes, budget, have great presentation skills (artworks and personal appearance) and have the means to deliver and install the artworks.

Costs involved for start up are generally around advertising and marketing your business. This business does not require purchasing the artworks personally although; this could be a good side line. List your business in art magazines, distribute brochures, produce a portfolio and advertise in local newspapers.

If you are creative, self motivated and a good communicator then this could be the new career for you.

  • Commercial Photographer

Do you fancy yourself as an amateur photographer? Do people comment on your photos and tell you how fabulous they are? Why not make some money selling your photos for commercial purposes?

There are a number of types of commercial photography but here are a few to consider

Advertising Photography – this is mainly product promotion. Submit your photos to advertising agencies.

Fashion Photography – this is pretty self explanatory but photos of models can be submitted to modeling agencies to promote the model or a clothing range.

Web catalogues and brochures – you could produce your own catalogues for a particular range of clothing/product or submit photos to catalogues that have an existing product to sell.

Event Photography – Photos of weddings, corporate or venue photo/s.

Images for advertising are one of the best and most effective ways to promote a product or service. “A picture says a thousand words”. Given the current start of most markets and the competitive nature of advertising, businesses are always looking for new and exciting images to promote their business.

Start up costs can be minimal depending upon the type of camera that you choose to take your photos with. Some advertising costs would also be required to get your service noticed and an ability to cold call on businesses to present your photos. Investing in a professional portfolio would also be in your best interest.

Your skills will be the ability to recognise a great photo opportunity and the ability to sell those images to a client. Get creative and start paying attention to your environment to see which photos you could take to make your photos stand out from the crowd.

The next article will discuss becoming a technical writer and a web designer.