Businesses you can start at home

Gift basket-making business


From corporate events to baby showers, weddings and birthdays, gift baskets can be tailored to suit the taste of anyone. All you need to be a gift basket entrepreneur is a flair for the creative venture. And also the ability to buy good gifts to place in decorative baskets, boxes or bags. 

Attractive packaging is an important part of the gift basket business. You can’t  just throw things together and expect people to appreciate them; it must be unique and attractive.


Market your gift baskets by taking photos of them and marketing them on social media platforms like instagram, Facebook and others.

Also, you can prepare a brochure listing the contents of each basket and its price. You can sell your baskets online, to corporate offices, and individuals and during big occasions like weddings.

Making Beddings 

Making bedsheets for sale used to be unpopular but it’s one of the common businesses now. Many people, especially women, venture into this business because it’s easy and profitable. There used to be a time when people liked to import foreign bedsheets and pillow cases from the international markets to sell here at home but that is now no longer very profitable because of high foreign exchange. 

You can start this business with a little capital. With as low as N30,000 you can get a few fabrics, sew them, package them well and begin to market. Household items like bedsheets are  in high demand always hence you can sell to neighbours, friends, colleagues etc.

All you need  to have are the relevant skills and knowledge with which to make your products of top designs and high quality at minimum cost. Also, know where to source the materials at low prices and how to make optimum colour combinations. And then get a tailor that  sews neatly; package them well and begin to sell.

Home tutoring

Teaching can be a wonderful home-based business opportunity especially for people who have an extensive knowledge of subjects like Mathematics and English language.

Most parents are on the lookout for teachers for their children at home. So, take advantage of this and earn some extra money. You can place a notice like ‘Want a lesson teacher? Then call’ at strategic locations near you. 

Soap making

There is a growing market in soap making. Making soap from scratch is easy and you can do it from the comfort of your home. All you need is to take few days training from people who have been in the business, get little capital and then you are good to go.

By adding special herbs, fragrances and colours, you can make yours unique and make special soaps right in your own kitchen.

However, packaging is key for you to be successful in this business.

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