Top 10 Home-based Business Ideas to Earn Extra Cash

Although it is true that money does not grow on trees or mined from the streets, many people have found that hard work and determination can help them grow their fortune through investments or starting a business.

Since most businesses would need a large capital, especially if you have to rent or buy a place where you can hold office or set up shop, you might want to try with one that you can do from home. This way, not only can you save on costs by not paying rent, you can also spend more time with your family even while you are earning money.

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Here are some home-based business ideas you can try to earn extra cash, in no particular order:

1. Piggery

This only works if you live in place where there are no neighbors to complain about the smell; however, there are also ways to control the smell. You might want to request assistance from your local Department of Agriculture (DA) office on this one.

2. Selling Baked Goods and Snacks

If you are good at baking or cooking, it would be a good idea to put this into good use. Considering that Filipinos love to party for just about any occasion imaginable, you can easily sell cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and various desserts or snack items from the comforts of your home. You can use social media to sell your goodies.

See: How to Start a Cake Business

3. Sari-Sari Store

This is a great option, especially if the nearest sari-sari store to your house is a few blocks away. Just make sure to refrain from letting people keep a credit tab as you will soon find out how difficult it is to ask them for payment by the time you need the money.

SeeHow to Start a Sari-sari Store Even with a Small Capital

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4. Prepaid Load and Remittance Center

Selling mobile phone load is also good business, especially considering how almost all people have cellphones these days. Depending on where you are located, you can also open a remittance center as well – using just your mobile phone.

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5. Internet Shop

Did you know that you can open a hassle-free internet shop just by investing in options like piso-net so you don’t really have to heavily monitor a costumer’s time spent using your computers? With many students needing the internet for assignments, this business could be a big hit in your neighborhood.

6. Online Clothes or Accessories Shop

If you have the time and patience to shop at bargain spots like Baclaran and Divisoria, then you can easily earn profit by selling these cheap items for a good price online. But you don’t even have to physically visit the stores or sell cheap items since you have lots of choices to start a buy-and-sell business while transacting with online business partners.

SeeHow to Start An Online Clothing Shop

7. Freelance Writing

If you have the talent to write articles, then freelance writing should be your thing. There are plenty of gigs to find on the web via online job markets or you can send your resumes to blogs and news sites – you just might get hired that way!


8. Events Planning

Got the knack in organizing parties and special events? Then we suggest you try your hand at events planning. This is getting quite popular these days, thanks to people trying to outdo themselves with pictures of awesome parties on social media.

See: 4 Tips for Starting An Events Planning Business

9. Photography

Put your DSLR camera and photography skills to use by starting a photography business. With so many people needing photoshoot options like prenups and newborn baby photoshoots, you will surely find plenty of clients if you are good at this.

10. Virtual Assistant or Customer Service Representative

These days, you don’t even have to leave home to become a customer service representative (CSR) or virtual assistant because there are companies willing to hire freelance workers to fill the position.

These are just some of the home-based business ideas you can try for yourself. Good luck on your new business!

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