Eventually, the U.S. economy will fall into recession. Those are never fun, but there are always some safe jobs: police, doctors, teachers, firefighters, garbage collectors, etc.
The same is true for some businesses. People make money with inventions and improvements on existing products. Enter the home business owner and entrepreneur. The small company is able to adjust and adapt to alternative lifestyles. Here are a few home business ideas to consider:
– Sewing: In bad economic times, instead of buying new, people alter existing clothes, uniforms or furniture coverings. There are also opportunities working with people that have physical challenges including: wheelchair bound, severe arthritis, women that had mastectomies, and soldiers wounded in combat. Each often requires customized clothing, ideal for a Homepreneur business in sewing. Do some research on The Home Sewing Association website: www.sewing.org .
– Hauling: The modern hauler does not always have a pick up truck that roams your neighborhood on garbage day. Modern haulers often use trike bikes to pick up and deliver small loads – typically under 500 pounds – to various local businesses. These 3-wheeled bikes are modified to include a platform or storage box over the rear wheels. Either manually operated or battery assisted, these delivery vehicles are environmentally friendly and take up less room on crowded streets. Haulers make money from services and from sorting through junk to find valuable items to recycle or sell. A franchise for haulers : www.1800gotjunk.com and junktiquecollector.
– Custom Bicycle Making and Repair: Start this business if you are interested in providing the trike bikes that haulers will use. Further, electric-assisted bicycles and scooters and more are increasingly popular as are trikes for an aging population that still likes to cycle. Some websites to look at are: www.attractionretreat.org/TI/Trailers , bikecart.pedalpeople.com , and bikes.urbanoutfitters.com (for taking custom orders).
– Home Repair Services: Home repair services are always in-demand in good times or bad. Local home repair is less expensive than large companies and offer superior customer service. A warning: some states and local governments limit the size and type of work that independent home repair services may do. Check local and state regulations before starting a job. Always carry insurance against claims. Sites to reference are: www.bejane.com and www.handyman-business.com .
– Pawn shops: When times get tough, people need cash. Pawn stores and shops are one way to get easy money. There are many store fronts empty, at least in my area. Set up a pawn shop and people will come to you.
Each of the above businesses are easily set up and managed from the home, making them classic Homepreneur opportunities. As mentioned before, perform market research to discover competition and appropriate pricing.