It is possible that when you think in terms of expanding your efforts to earn extra money from home, that you only consider opportunities in the same genre as the ones you already have. Now this does have its good points both organizationally and logically – and it will also help you as you won’t need to duplicate your efforts across the board, making it easier and quicker to set up.
However, it is sometimes a good idea to do something totally different, something that doesn’t fit with anything you are already doing. We have already mentioned above that staying safe within the field that you already know about is quicker and easier but why not use this time to expand your knowledge and push yourself to think of and learn something new, it could give you a new perspective and lead on to later ways to expand in a totally different direction. This could be fun and offer some variety for you. For example say your home business is one that is centred around affiliate marketing programs. One way to expand might be to offer services for affiliates – maybe to help them market their business, such as list builders, solo ads, etc. the added beauty of this is that it also gives you a chance to learn new things as these fields are always changing.
If you are going to expand what about making it fun to take up a craft that involves your hobbies or interests? For example have you always wanted to try your hand at making something like natural soaps and candles – or baking? This could be fun and may also become another source of income. A business based on arts and crafts is a lot more labour intensive than Internet marketing; but remember it is for fun and variety as well as extra income eventually.
Don’t actually do it unless you think it would be fun, these types of things are time consuming, so you may see it as one-too-many-things to do. You may be surprised that even when someone is totally focused on one thing, that you will find people that are more than willing to change their expert subject. They may actually be pleased by finding something they want ‘out of the clear blue sky’.
If we took an offline example, lets look at a petrol station where obviously selling petrol is the primary source of income. Well now petrol stations usually have ‘mini-marts’ where you can buy ‘convenience’ items while you are there. These ‘mini marts’ are a great example of adding extra value to the customer and are a good little source of ‘extra’ income.
We could however, take this example even farther, possibly if the owners also make some delicious home-made fried chicken to sell to their customers. Nobody would be expecting this in a petrol station ‘mini-mart’ and therefore it has some attraction as a novelty.
What could you do to increase your income and keep customers coming back for more?