There’s no time like the present to start planning for the future. Although many young couples have plans to run a business together and work on their own terms, it’s easy to put this plan off when you have day jobs to maintain and small children to run around after. Yet there are numerous small businesses that you can run from home in your spare time, made all the easier with two of you to help. You’ll not only be making extra money to put into savings, but you’ll be spending time together while building a foundation for your future. The following are some of the top business ideas that don’t take a lot of time or money to get started with.
All you need is an internet connection and a solid product to run a business these days. You can either sell local products that you would love to share with a wider audience, or get in touch with national vendors. Another decision to make is whether you wish to carry your own inventory or drop ship your products using an outside source. Either way, it’s a good idea to invest in a content management system to keep track of your customers, orders, and deliveries. Ecommerce CMS systems can also give you a smooth, unified design for your website which will entice visitors to stay a little longer and peruse your products.
If one or both of you has a passion for photography, you could start your own wedding or portrait photography business. Converting a spare room into a portrait studio takes only a few well-placed sheets and props, and with two of you on hand, there’s no need to hire an assistant. With many weddings and other special events taking place on weekends, you won’t need to quit your day job while you grow your portfolio on weekends, and have a blast doing it.
Cooking is a hobby for many couples. If the two of you love to throw dinner parties for your friends and family, catering is only one step removed from what you already do. You can start by catering small events with your house specialties, before moving on to larger events. Be sure to contact your local health department before you begin, to find out about the laws regarding home kitchens in your area. This allows you to get licensed and ensures that you meet all health codes. You’ll also want to think about how to brand and promote your new company with a solid marketing plan.
Antique and Vintage Trading
Although it may seem high-brow, you don’t need an art history degree to deal antiques. Getting out into the countryside to hunt for antique furniture and knickknacks allows you to combine your day trips with your business, saving money. It’s a good idea to focus on a single niche market, such as coins, maps, or WWII memorabilia so that you can research your market thoroughly. Once you’ve built up your collection, you can sell your vintage finds online, or get involved in the trade show circuit.