Are you ready to start a six figure business? Do you dream of one day working for yourself and bringing in more than enough income to support your entire family? If so, now’s your chance. Don’t wait any longer; instead, let 2016 be the year you decided to make a change. Below are top six figure business ideas that you can do from home.
Six Figure Business Ideas
I’m first going to share my two favorite ways of making money: freelance writing and blogging. I don’t make six figures (yet), but I also don’t work full-time on my side hustles. They’re merely a fun hobby of mine that just so happen to bring in a few hundred to a few thousand extra dollars each month. You can view all of my income reports here.
Freelance writing can be an incredibly lucrative career. I started out making $25 per post and now make almost $300 per post. That adds up big time. I can spend just a few hours per week writing and make well over $1,000 per month on my efforts. Holly Johnson, who blogs at Club Thrifty with her husband, will invoice more than $225,000 this year in freelance writing. She recently created a course to help those that want to become a freelancer called Earn More Writing. Her course is packed full of information on how to get started freelancing, where to find jobs, how to raise your rates, and more!
This is where I plan on building my own six-figure business. I love, love, love blogging. I started this blog in 2014 and am now making over $2,000 per month blogging. Growing a blog and earning a full-time income from it takes serious time, but it can be extremely lucrative for those that work hard and keep at. If you love writing, I highly encourage you to start your own blog. If you do so through my Bluehost link, you’ll receive an exclusive discount, a free domain name, and I’ll give you a copy of my book – The Beginner’s Guide to Blogging – for free!
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And, if you’re not sure how to make money blogging, I created a very specific course on how you can make money as a web hosting affiliate. I use and love Bluehost, so that’s what I recommend to readers looking to start a blog. When they make a purchase, I get a kickback at no extra cost to them.
My course – How to Make Money as a Web Hosting Affiliate – will show you exactly how you can make thousands per month helping other people start a blog! It’s super fun and has been very lucrative for my family and I.
Nowadays, you can write and self-publish your own books on platforms like Amazon Kindle or Gumroad. I used Gumroad for my book, but have heard wonderful things about Amazon Kindle. Writing and uploading is the easy part; it’s the marketing and promoting of your book(s) that will take time. However, if you’re a good author and you know how to market yourself, you could easily make six figures per year from book sales.
Don’t believe you can really make that much self-publishing your books? Check out this story in Forbes featuring a writer who made $450,000 from Amazon publishing in one year.
Buy, Refurbish, Sell
Do you love garage sale-ing, shopping for antiques or fixing up older appliances/furniture and making it like new? If so, why not start a business doing what you love? An old boss of mine made $800 per month re-selling items she found at garage sales. She spent roughly 15-20 hours per month finding old items and then listing them on eBay for a profit. By scaling the business and investing more time into it, one could reach the six-figure income level in no time.
The same goes for refurbishing furniture. I repainted a dresser I bought off of Craigslist for $15 and could have sold it for $200. I’ve also repainted our $100 Craigslist kitchen table and am about to start on a heavy-duty dresser for my daughter’s room that we got for free. Between Craigslist and Goodwill, there are gobs of stuff people are looking to get rid of for little to no money. Make it your job to fancy it up and sell it for a profit!
Make Money Doing What You Love
We all have different passions and hobbies. If you want to make big money, you have to figure out a way to leverage your talents so you can earn a six-figure income. My husband, for example, works in construction. He loves fixing up houses and making them custom. There are many routes that he could go – he could flip properties, manage his own rental properties, be a licensed contractor and hire subcontractors to do the labor, start a blog on renovating homes and make money via advertising and affiliates, or a combination of the above.
Or, perhaps you like doing a bunch of different things but don’t want to be tied down to one field. You could freelance write and bring in $2,500 per month, create and sell items on Etsy for $1,000 a month, run your own blog for $3,000 a month, manage rentals for $1,000 a month, walk your neighbors dog during the day for $500 a month, and refurbish furniture for $1,500 per month. Before you know it, you’re making six figures a year by doing what you love. (I know all of this would require a decent amount of time on your part and that everyone’s circumstances vary; these are merely ideas.)
Do you run a six figure business? If not, what type of business would you start?!
Harmony @ CreatingMyKaleidoscope saysat
The revenue amounts you listed are really encouraging – that’s awesome hoe you $300 per post! I hope to hasten our debt pay off through side hustles including freelancing, blogging, and publishing. If I could make $20,000 per year it would be a huge help, let alone per year!
I’ve been blogging for a few years now and it has been my goal to get to the point where I make $1,000 per month from it. I have a ways to go though! Thanks for giving me a little boost int hat direction.
Sarah Brooks saysat
Awesome!! $1000 via blogging would be incredible!! My goal is super high at $10K per month, but I would love to be at $1K per month right now!! Every little bit helps! Best of luck to you 🙂
Alicia @ Turquoise Grace saysat
This is so encouraging! It seems so impossible to me right now, as I don’t even know where to begin! But I’d love to make even $1000/month blogging and freelancing! That would be such an amazing accomplishment to me at this point. 🙂
Sarah Brooks saysat
You can TOTALLY do that!! Once you get going I think you’ll be shocked at how much you can make online! Best of luck!!!
Richard at DIY Money Mastery saysat
I think the key to making this work has far more to do with picking the right channels than being brilliant at writing. I used to write for an aviation magazine, and an article that easily took 30 hours to research and write would make me about $370. I did it for the love of the topic, as much as the money, but it was incredibly inefficient as a way of earning a realistic income. I like what you’re saying in here.
You wrote: “…he could flip properties, manage his own rental properties, be a licensed contractor and higher subcontractors to do the labor,”
That would be “hire” not “higher”. I am available as a freelance editor for your blog,..just kidding. I’ve enjoyed my visit and will be back again soon for more reading. Thanks!