5 Businesses You Can Run From Home

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The coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed our lives. While most of us assumed that working from home would be a temporary solution, it has now become the norm. Thankfully, there are plenty of businesses that can be operated from a home office. In fact, for most businesses all you really need is a computer, an internet connection, and a good idea. If you're looking for some interesting ideas for home businesses to start during this time of social distancing and online interactions, here are a few to start with.

1. Astrology and Tarot Readings

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Astrology, tarot readings, and witchcraft have gained increased interest in the last few years. More and more people are coming out of the "broom closet" and openly embracing these magical practices. Because of this newfound interest, experienced astrologers are turning themselves into entrepreneurs. Businesses centered on astrology and psychic abilities are flourishing. You can learn how to read tarot cards using your own intuition and be a part of this booming business trend. When purchasing a tarot deck, pick one that you feel drawn to to increase the connection between you and the tarot deck. Along with a tarot guidebook, you'll learn about the traditional three-card spread and the different suits from the major arcana and minor arcana like the pentacles and the swords. You can then use these skills to gain insight and help guide others through these unprecedented times.

2. Selling Wholesale Goods

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Setting up a commercial business selling wholesale products can be easily done from home. First, you have to decide on the product you want to sell. Once you have determined your wholesale merchandise—examples include apparel, electronic appliances, housewares, or home decor—you can then research liquidation brokers to help set up your inventory. Liquidation is when a closing business uses its assets to settle any remaining debts. The company sells its goods to a liquidation reseller at discounted prices. The reseller then sells it to public buyers for even further discounts. You can purchase discounted merchandise for your business needs through auctions held by liquidation resellers. This is a great way to score deals on returned, refurbished, and wholesale products like Walmart liquidation pallets.

Selling wholesale merchandise also means creating and sending out lots of orders. A great way to streamline the sales process of your business is by implementing CPQ (Configure, Price, Quote) software. CPQ programs easily produce quotes and process orders for configurable products. By using this price quote software, your orders can be finalized in a few minutes rather than days or weeks.

3. Virtual Assistance

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If you are someone who takes initiative, is organized and is a great planner, then working as a virtual assistant might be a great business opportunity for you. With the rise in remote work, many entrepreneurs and small business owners are looking for virtual assistants to help them in running their online companies. Most administrative tasks fall under the domain of a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant's duties usually consist of arranging meetings, booking appointments, taking phone calls and keeping track of a person's schedule.

4. Freelance Writing

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Freelance writing can open you ip to a world of opportunities. There are so many stories out there waiting to be told, and publications need people who can work in journalism. You can try to sell your stories to newspapers and magazines, of which there are more and more every day. And, of course, there is the world of content marketing, which is extremely popular in our social media-driven society.

5. Personal Training

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Gyms may not be open across the country, but that doesn't mean you can't still help people get into shape! Start a YouTube channel or create a website offering work-out classes and sessions. With COVID-19, more and more people are looking to work out from home and are turning to the internet for help. To help finance your online personal training business, you can work with various fitness brands to help sponsor your content and gain more customers.