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10 businesses you can start in your pyjamas

Wouldn’t it be great if you could replace your daily commute with a simple trip to your spare room.
Here are 10 business ideas which you could start in your pyjamas.

1. Become a virtual assistant

Sites such as people per hour and Elance offer the ability for individuals to bid for work such as data entry making PowerPoint presentations or programming activity. You can register as a service provider and bid for jobs posted on these sites. Like on E-bay, your feedback scores are important in order to win more jobs, especially when competing with workers in low cost countries.

2. Affiliate marketing

Using sites such as clickbank, you can sign up as an affiliate and promote products of other companies and earn a referral fee from products sold on your website.

3. E-bay Store

E-bay is not just a site for selling your unwanted Christmas gifts or clearing out your wardrobe. Many people make a living selling goods via an E-bay store – ideal products for selling in this manner are items which are relatively low cost £10-20 ($20-40) and very light for postage.

4. Consulting – Advice Provision

Is there some specialist knowledge that you have that other people might be willing to pay for? Do you have subject knowledge or industry expertise? You would be surprised what you know that you take for granted, others would be willing to pay for advice on that area of expertise. Maybe you’ve worked in an customer service role in a large company. A smaller company may be willing to pay for your knowledge if they are setting up a customer service team.

5. Subscription Newsletter

If you have a knack of picking stocks/shares which consistently give returns, or you’re an expert at picking winning horses, then many people would be willing to pay you. Simply set up a subscription based newsletter and market it using ad-words or by word of mouth by giving it away free for a few months.

6. Web designer

If you have web development skills then you could sell your services doing web design for others via sites such as Elance or Guru. Again, good feedback is key to getting more business and you may face competition from lower cost overseas developers.

7. CV / Resume writer

If you can use Word then you could promote yourself as a CV / Resume writer and promote your services on Elance or People Per Hour.

8. Accounts Recievable / Debt Collection

By contacting local firms you could agree to follow up thier old debt by contacting customers who have not paid, taking legal action if necessary to recover outstanding debt or a profit sharing basis (eg 50% of recovered debt)

9. Graphic Design

Similar to the web designer in 6 above, if you’ve got design skills or have expertise in products such as Photoshop then you can promite your services on Elance or Guru to organisations who don’t have those skills.

10. Write an e-book

If you have specialist knowledge, other people may be willing to pay for it in an e-book. E-books are increasingly popular ways of delivering how to knowledge and score over traditional text books as they are frequently written by people who have ‘been there, done it’.

For ideas on how others got rich, you can learn the secrets from over 40 millionaires in the book Think and Grow Rich.


  • Ben said:

    I would love to be able to work like this everyday.

    I’m actually working on two of these at the minute so hopefully I’ll be moving in this direction soon.
    .-= Ben´s last blog ..Time is not this giant, big, green monster that’s out to get you! =-.

  • Karen said:

    I’ll add one to the list – internet articler. Submit articles to eHow and places like that and get paid for your articles.

    I noticed that you didn’t put down blogger on your list – good call, you have to be nicely dressed to be a blogger 🙂
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Book Review: 100 Ways To Improve Your Life by Dragos Roua =-.

  • Matthew Needham said:

    Thanks for your comments Karen. But adding blogger would make 11!

  • Ted @ Cubicle Warrior said:

    Solid list. Matt! Sounds like you’ve got your hands in several of these.

    What personal skills would you think would make a person successful in these endeavors? I know my biggest bugbear is focus. But time management and others would focus promintently. How would one cultivate those skills?
    .-= Ted @ Cubicle Warrior´s last blog ..How to Quit Your Job and Work From Anywhere in the World =-.

  • Matthew Needham said:

    Thanks for stopping by Ted. Sadly not as many as I’d like as I still get up to go to visit clients, I think they might have something to say if I turned up in pyjamas!

    Certainly focus is a big one. I think it’s a bit more than time management. Sometimes it’s a big difference between knowing what to do and doing it. So for me it’s taking the next step.

  • Marc Winitz said:

    I’ve been telecommuting (working out of my home) for 4+ years. It’s great but not everyone can do it. You have to do the following to be successful:

    1. Have a workspace that is seperate from the rest of your house;

    2. Make sure family/friends know when you are “in the office” you can’t be disturbed;

    3. Be able to be self directed; and

    4. Take breaks and socialize out of your house – grab a coffee or lunch. You can easily blur work and homelife if you don’t do this and then you end up working 60-70 hour weeks as work takes over.

    Good post here, Matthew.

  • Matthew Needham said:

    Hi Marc. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. These are great insights. Thanks for sharing.

    You make a great point about socialising out of the house (dressed of course) some people may not take to limited social interaction, so you must build it into your day.

  • alfiks said:

    Very interesting post, didn’t know about CV/Resume writers!
    .-= alfiks´s last blog ..Salvador Dali – Sleep =-.

  • Matthew Needham said:

    Thanks for your comment! I’m glad you found something new. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Adrian Swinscoe said:

    Hi Matthew,
    Great list. How about being a stock market trader?
    Would that fit or make 11?
    .-= Adrian Swinscoe´s last blog ..Ask more to get more =-.

  • Jazz Salinger said:

    Hi Matthew,

    I love the list. I’m not sure if I want to work in my pyjamas but I’d really love the opportunity to work for myself.

    I want to decide how much I’m worth and when and where I’d like to work. Working from home would give me so much more time with my family and that would be awesome.
    .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Change Your Thinking Change Your Life =-.

  • Matthew Needham said:

    Hi Jazz, well it’s true working in your pyjamas may not suit everyone. Especially if need to pop out to get some groceries!

    Having the choice is very important. Not having to commute to work (and get dressed for work) increases the amount of productive time you have and allows you to spend time as you see fit. Spending time with the family is indeed a great benefit of working when you choose!

    Thanks for stopping by Jazz and commenting, much appreciated!

  • Eric said:

    These all seem like great ideas. I personally used to really enjoy building websites using html and such. I don’t do any of that any more. I just blog now. It’s faster and I get more done that way.

    I think writing an ebook could be cool but most of them you find online these days are free and all that’s required is your name and email. I think creating your own product and just building a blog around it would work out well. It’s a lot harder but then again, anything worth doing is not going to be easy exactly.
    .-= Eric´s last blog ..Build Your Blog With Fire In Mind =-.

  • Matthew Needham said:

    Thanks for your comment. I think if there’s sufficient value in what you’re producing then people will buy the ebook. People either give thier old ebooks away or do it to promote themselves further.