We can have more fun working if we are doing things we like to do. Way too often we are forced to accept situations because we have no choice. This is particularly true with a job. Most company’s define a job by the tasks they need done. We may be fortunate enough to have a job that offers a variety of things to do. That makes it possible to like some aspects of the job more than others, which helps a little to get through the days.
If you are planning to start your own business you can design something that you enjoy. It may help you if you start a couple lists that outline your interests and hobbies, and another that has your work experience and skills. You can drill down on each point to analyze how you could earn income from home using those same skills.
For example, if you really love to play golf. You might start a blog and write about golf – share some techniques, trivia, news stories, reviews, etc. You may want to include a calendar of tournaments in various geographical areas including information to help people travel to those destinations, reserve lodging, etc. Focus on attracting other golf enthusiasts.
To monetize your blog you could add some ads for golf equipment – you could find outlets that have golf clubs, golf shoes, golf clothes, and other golf equipment. You can then make arrangements to either become an affiliate or a distributor of those items, so that you would have a way to drop-ship from the manufacturer to the customer.
As well, if you love arts and crafts including candle making, soap or candy making, baking, ceramics, jewelry, etc. it could really be a fun business for you. For holidays and other events you could make gift baskets that include a variety or stay with one theme. These baskets are really festive and a lot of fun to receive as well as create.
This model is a little more intensive because you have to consider the cost of all your materials to create your gifts, as well as shipping materials. You could run your ads on an auction site or online store front linked to your blog, so that they could handle your order transactions, payment gateway, etc.
If you consider yourself more of an ‘office’ person, you could offer services with your computer. These can include running SEO campaigns, tutoring online or by group chat (e.g., Skype) in computer or Internet basics, ghostwriting, tax preparation/accounting, or customer service. Again look at your list of skills and try to translate them into something you can do as a home business.