Small Home Business Ideas 2014

Those who are thinking of starting a small business from home this year are joining the ranks of many. Some surveys estimate that around 69% of entrepreneurs start their businesses from home. Whether you have your sights set on starting a business that turns into the next big thing, or you just want to keep things small, here are some small home business ideas for 2014 that can be perfect for those who are just starting out. These ideas are ideal for those who still hold traditional employment, or for stay-at-home parents with younger children, as they are not overly time consuming. 
Senior Assistants
This particular small business idea can be run out of the business owner’s home and can be as big or small as they wish for it to be. While there are full time senior care businesses, there is also a growing demand for senior-companions – assistants of sorts that can help the elderly with their weekly grocery shopping and help them with simple tasks such as mastering their computer so that they can keep in touch with family and friends around the world. 
There are more people reaching their golden years every year, and a lot of them are still quite active and nowhere near to needing full-time care yet. These people have the need for some assistance, but would rather not move into an assisted living center due either to the high costs or the restrictions it might bring. Senior assistants are the perfect solution for this situation and will often only need to be available a few days a week. A growing business may need to add additional assistants and family and friends may be a great place to start looking for new hires.  
Ready-to-Cook Food Delivery
You probably know a lot of people who really do want to cook their own food but just don’t have the time to do all the prep work. Instead of them resorting to unhealthy take-out, overly processed frozen meals, or “healthy” options that cost an arm and a leg, you can fill this growing niche by starting a home-based business that offers ready to cook ingredients. By doing all the prep work (washing, chopping, measuring, etc.) you can save them a lot of time, and they still get the home cooked meal that they want. 
You can provide a ready-made menu, with meals that you have all the ingredients for, and they can choose how many servings they would like, or you can also offer orders just by ingredient in case they are making something that is not on your menu. Those starting this sort of business can take it even further by offering food ingredients that follow the latest health-food trends, offering organic ingredients, gluten-free meal plans, or specialized meals for those with certain dietary needs. 
Online Affiliate Marketing
This is probably one of the easiest to start small home business ideas. Basically it involves finding an affiliate business that needs their product or service marketed. You are given a unique link that can be tracked back to you, and you simply do your best to write articles that plug the affiliate product, or otherwise market the product (using your unique link to the product) and any sales that come as a result of someone clicking on your link will result in you getting a commission on the profit of the sale. 
The great thing about this business is that if you create content that continues to attract new visitors, you may be earning a residual income for years to come. The trick is to find trustworthy affiliate companies and products. The Internet Income University program is a very good place for those who are trying to break into this business to start. Not only do they have a number of tried and tested affiliates to choose from, but they offer a very thorough free training course that can not only help those who are trying to promote an affiliate product, but can be useful when marketing your other business ventures as well.
These are just a few of the great small home business ideas out there this year. Those who are interested in any of the businesses mentioned above should do their research and find ways to customize the general business plan to their area and their unique business goals.

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