Rediscover old ways to make money at home in rural areas because the U.S. economy is headed toward a massive recession, according to the economic experts.
Nevertheless, people in rural America are losing jobs and have lost jobs since the last economic downturn.
All they know is that more needs to be done to help them find another avenue to gainful employment.
This article will try to address this dire need from a simple yet creative standpoint.
Moreover, many unemployed people in rural areas are forced to relocate to other cities for jobs.
In addition to job cuts and competition from illegal immigrants, more creative employment opportunities are needed all across rural America.
Jobs are not readily available for anyone anymore due to these situations.
Furthermore, without special government stimulus, many employers refuse to hire.
Even highly educated or professionally trained people are skating on thin ice in the corporate arena.
But, those who are out of work and need to put food on the table, must take to creating a job like ducks take to water.
The rural unemployed who landed out of work without a financial parachute, need to generate income yesterday.
You must create opportunities for yourself and by yourself to generate income and remain self-reliant.
This article offers simple suggestions about ways to make money at home in rural areas.
It also encourage you to tap into creative urges and hobbies to generate income through cottage industry (home work).
What were once hobbies for interest and enjoyment to some people is now financial fulfillment.
Rural America cannot depend on the government to cure all economic ills, no matter how many tax dollars it spends.
Therefore, if you long for a job, you must create one, be it ever so humble, to turn your passion into money making homework.
1. Antique Refurbishment
Home gig for people who love antiquing. Take worn out antiques home with you, invest the time and care needed to transform these old items into something amazing like French people do, then resell at a profit.
2. Auto Detailing For Neighbors
Have a meticulous eye for automobile detail and love to make them shine? Auto detailing is a good rural home business. In essence, your job is to make cars sparkle inside and out for your super busy neighbors, and who are quite happy to pay well for this service.
Got lots of evenings free? Like kids? Keep an eye on multiple children on Friday and Saturday nights, and you can earn some solid income.
4. Bed And Breakfast Room
Have some extra space in your home? Turn that extra bedroom or cottage into a “bed and breakfast room.” This works particularly well if you have a somewhat older home, or live near an area that attracts regular international travelers and tourists.
If you enjoy writing, find a topic you’re passionate about and start a blog on the topic. All you need is a computer, some time, and some energy to blog consistently.
6. Cake Decorating
Decorate cakes and make them for special events to make a lot of money at home. Rent a booth and sell them at all the local festivals. Remember to offer samples.
7. Candle Making
Make decorative and old fashion candles. You can easily sell candles at local shops. Candle making is a huge business.
8. Card Making
Use your art degree to make artistic greeting/birthday cards from scrap material and give them your artistic flair. Offer interactive and animated greeting cards on Fiverr.com.
Start a home catering business. Catering is a business that is perfectly designed to reward those who plan well. Offer to cater for your church, social group, etc. Look for small catering opportunities where most people aren’t.
10. Childcare Service
Many states allow people to start up in home daycare with minimal licensing and paperwork. If you love children and have plenty of time and space at home, this is a perfect business to get into.
11. Cleaning Service For Businesses
Many businesses and civic organizations have a need for individuals who will provide cleaning services at a low cost outside of business hours. Write a simple, professional letter offering your services and affordable rates they can’t refuse. Don’t underestimate this business. I did it and earned $45/hour that helped me buy my house. I would not charge less than $20/hour. Just make certain you are licensed and bonded to get the best gigs.
12. Collectible Trading
If there is a particular type of collectible that you know a great deal about, then you can make good money as a collectible trader, utilizing tools like eBay, antiques magazines and opportunities to find these collectibles in the community.
13. Computer Troubleshooting
If you have a knack for fixing computers, this is a good place to start. Leave a card on church billboards, at grocery stores, offer personalized service, GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE and affordable rates.
14. Thrift Store Buyer
Thrift stores are often loaded with good deals if you know how to identify them. You can turn these good deals around and make a nice profit at a garage sale or elsewhere. Get started by visiting thrift stores and critically evaluating prices on the items there.
15. Cookie Making
Much like candy making, homemade cookies can be a great seller. Bake the cookies, package them well, and resell through a local gift shop or festivals. You can find people in your social network (caterers) who will buy batches from you for special occasions.
16. Sunday Dinner Home Chef
Go to someone’s house and prepare a homemade meal for their family (Sunday dinner, bereavement dinner, etc.), then do all the dishes and cleanup work. This gives the family plenty of together time, while earning some cash in the pocket. If you love to cook, this can be a great opportunity, but you may have to put a lot of work into searching for clients. Check out InsteadOfFlowers.com’s menu and price list.
17. Event Coordinator
Events like family reunions and large parties are often full of busy work that many people simply don’t want to tackle. That can be the perfect place for you to step in and take charge of the planning and coordination.
18. Event DJ
If you have a great sound system and a large selection of music, you’ve already got what you need to hire yourself out as a DJ for various events and receptions. This is a great way to fill an afternoon and evening while also earning some cash in the process.
19. Exercise Teacher
Many gymnasiums will trade membership and often a bit more for a person willing and able to teach an exercise class. If you’re in good shape, this is a great opportunity to earn some extra money, plus it can often lead to additional income with one-on-one teaching opportunities.
20. Furniture Making
If you’re adept at woodworking and have all those carpenter tool toys your wife bought for you, it’s easy to get into business making deck furniture, picnic tables, etc. It only requires a few items, a saw, drill, sander, and some creativity and passion for working with wood.
21. Gardening Service
Some people are willing to pay others to get a vegetable or flower garden started for them in their yard, so they can have access to ultra fresh produce without all the work.
22. The Handy Man Can
Skilled at basic home repair? Let people know that they can call you for little repair jobs like basic plumbing and other things. You’d be amazed at the simple things people are willing to pay others to help them with. I can’t stress enough that GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE goes a long way to put rural money in your pocket.
23. Housecleaning Service
Many people simply don’t enjoy cleaning their homes, and are willing to pay a reasonable price to have someone do the work for them. This is a great way to earn extra money in a flexible way, particularly if you have time off during the workweek.
24. Interior Decorating
Fascinated by interior design? Have a huge collection of interior design material around? Many people are quite happy to hire individuals to help them decorate their home. Yes, even in a down economy. Everybody isn’t broke.
25. Jewelry Making
If you have a good eye for detail work and a lot of patience, homemade jewelry can be quite profitable. As with other items on this list, there are many opportunities to sell it through local gift shops, Etsy, eBay, etc.
26. Knitting, Crocheting, Quilting
Skilled at creating blankets and sweaters? There’s a huge market for these types of items. Even better, you can usually make them in your spare time, whenever you have it.
27. Landscaping Service
Willing to mow lawns and trim bushes and trees? Many people are quite happy to pay for such services. Not only is this a great home business for a fit adult, it’s also a great way for a teenager to get a small business started.
That’s how “Paula Dean” started. Making meals in advance is a great way to save money. You can prepare hot or box lunches and sell them for a markup. Some cooked vegetables and meats freeze well for a later date. Also, prepare eight casseroles then sell six of them to cover your costs, and you’ve got two free dinners for your family. You can grow this by taking orders from others and finding out what they like. Everybody loves GREAT COOKING! Could be an add on to your Sunday Dinner Home Chef service.
29. Online Media Consultant
Like participating on message boards, Facebook, Twitter and so on? Become an online media consultant, and help people promote things. Start small, help local businesses and get a presence with a website/blog.
30. Personal Shopping
I actually did this for my grandmother when I was a girl (always the entrepreneur). Many very busy and elderly people are willing to pay a fee for you to do their shopping for them. Simply get a shopping list from them, return with the “right items,” receipt, and accept payment for the purchased items, plus a little fee. You can often do this in conjunction with your own shopping trip if you’re well organized. Use separate carts!
31. Pet Grooming
Many people loathe bathing their pets and trimming their hair. Pet groomers perform these tasks for a small fee. This is a perfect job for a person who loves dogs and cats. Could be an add on to your pet walking service.
32. Pet Sitting
When people go on trips, they’re often concerned about what will happen with their pets. That’s where you step in. Offer yourself as a safe place to leave their pets, or be willing to go to their home to take care of their pets. Offer pet grooming and pet walking for bonus income.
33. Pet Walking
Many busy people leave their pets home all day, but realize that pets really could use a vigorous walk, and an opportunity to relieve themselves during the day. Pet walking is a great opportunity for exercise, fresh air, and some pocket money if you have free time during the day.
34. Pet Yard Waste Cleanup
For many people in suburban and rural areas, cleaning up pet yard wastes is a real hassle; it’s disgusting. Instead of cleaning it up themselves, they might hire someone to do it regularly, two to three times a week. There are a lot of horses in South Fulton where I live.
35. Produce Selling
Like to grow vegetables? Focus on one vegetable and sell the excess to grocery stores and at local farmers’ markets. You can do this with tomatoes and earn some extra money during the summer months. Can dried tomatoes in olive oil and sell them to. Your customers will love your fresh tomatoes, especially in February.
Have strong English skills and exceptional grammar? You may have opportunities to work as a proofreader from home. Advertising for this can be difficult. Seek out those who might actually be able to use your services and advertise directly to them. I’m thinking about bloggers. 🙂
37. Public Speaking
If you’re the type of person who can get the attention of a room easily, public speaking might be for you. Take advantage of every public speaking opportunity you can, and you will be surprised at the opportunities that make themselves available for you.
38. Scrap/Dream Booking
Many people dream of having beautiful scrapbooks. They collect all the materials they want in the scrapbooks, but never follow through on the actual creation. You can step in here. Take their ideas and materials and assemble a scrapbook for them. Take a step further by creating a “scrapbook flipbook” for their website or as an email subscriber freebie!
39. Senior Citizen Assistance
Many elderly people need assistance with a wide variety of simple household tasks such as cleaning, laundry and so forth. Many children of elderly people are quite willing to hire someone to help their parents. Remember that 10,000 seniors are retiring every day for the next 19 years!
40. Sewing And Alterations
Are you handy with a sewing machine? You can offer alterations and other types of sewing to others for a small price on lazy evenings.
41. Soap Making
Once upon a time, I wanted to make soap because my granny did. Making amazing homemade soaps isn’t hard as you might think. It just takes time, patience, lard, lye and fragrance.
42. Teaching Music
If you know how to play an instrument particularly the piano or the guitar, and have patience, then you’ve got what you need to teach others how to play. Offer lessons in that instrument to others.
43. Toy Making
From simple things like sock monkeys to more elaborate things like handcrafted chess sets, many people are willing to pay good money for handcrafted toys that you can easily make at home in your spare time.
Did you major in a particular topic in college or have natural talent? Do you have patience with children? You likely have what you need to tutor kids in particular subjects. Seek out parents and let them know that you tutor in a particular subject and provide materials for them to share. Phone calls will often trickle in.
45. Video Services
Many people like to have videos for special events, such as weddings, or for gifts. This may mean actually taking the video yourself at a special event, or it may mean simply assembling materials and creating a video from those items. Either way, with a well equipped PC, some taste, and some patience, you can make quite sophisticated video productions at home.
46. Virtual Assistant
Many ultra busy professionals appreciate having someone who can check and answer their email, organize task lists for them, update their calendars, and so on, with minimal interaction. The best part is you can provide this service from home with a good Internet connection.
47. Website Design For Local Businesses
Many local businesses in your community could use a very basic web presence to tell others about their business. Quite often, these businesses don’t have a large budget for such things. That’s where you come in. Get a bunch of clients from the local community by beating the pavement, create sites for them, and maintain them and their social media for a small fee. Get enough businesses and you have a nice side business of your own that doesn’t require a ton of maintenance time. Could be an add on to you Online Media Consultant service.
48. Wedding Planner
If you are one of those people who can’t help but flip through bridal magazines and think about various wedding arrangements in your daydreams, wedding planning might be the perfect thing for you. A great way to get started is to develop an affiliate website on the topic, get to know people online, and offer your services throughout the community. Scout unusual, local venues, for example barns, rural multi-purpose centers with beautiful gardens.
49. Rock Paintings
You can find unique canvasses in your backyard like stones, wood, etc. Smooth stones make fine, sturdy, unusual canvasses for hand painting. Make a website, put them on the Internet and sell them.
50. Garage Cleaning
Clean out and organize garages. Recommend the Bagster (so your client will pay all of your out-of-pocket expenses). This is a simple solution for organizing the client’s garage and disposal of junk. Create a garage cleaning estimate rate sheet before you quote a price.This business entails social marketing, broom, dustpan, etc. Note: There is potential treasure in these garages.
Out of these 50 ideas, I hope there is at least one that you can use to make money at home in rural areas.