Home-Based Business: How to Get Clarity and Start Selling from Home

You love the idea of starting a home-based side-gig but aren’t sure where to start.

You don’t know how to sell from home and even question if you have what it takes to succeed. 

Gaining clarity on what you want to sell and what kind of business you want to create can help you create a work-from-home opportunity that feels authentic and positive. 

In this post, we’ll show you how to find clarity so you can start selling from home, earning a profit, and creating a business you love.

Big ideas:

  • You have options and the ability to create a business you love
  • Gaining clarity will help narrow your options so you can be laser-focused and make a profit
  • A company like Vector can provide you with the training and resources you need to get started selling from home


What home-based business should you start? 

You can sell nearly anything from home. Some people turn hobbies into businesses—painting, crafting, and designing products and selling them on Etsy. Others team up with a direct sales company and sell the company’s products in the comfort of their own homes.

What can you sell from home? Here are just a few options. 

  • Items you’ve created (knitwear, crochet items, paintings, and other artistic endeavors)
  • Antiques
  • Books 
  • Clothing
  • Jewelry
  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Toys
  • Test websites
  • Cookware 
  • Kitchen products
  • Essential oils
  • Domain names


Other sell-from-home options include: 

If you are passionate about selling from home, there are tons of options to choose from that can help you create a business that brings you joy and satisfaction.


How to gain clarity when choosing the best side-hustle opportunity 

Knowing that there are a lot of options to choose from can do one of two things. It can give you the confidence to pursue a sell-from-home opportunity. Or it can leave you feeling totally confused. 

This can be a difficult question to answer if you’re feeling lost, unsure, or if you’re multi-passionate. While there is nothing wrong with choosing more than one option, just know that doing so will likely delay your progress a bit. You can still build a business (or multiple businesses) and start earning money. It just might take longer. If you’re okay with that—great!

However, if you want to start earning money from your side-gig more quickly, you’ll need to get laser-focused. Choose one company to work with or one product to sell. 

Following are some steps to help you gain clarity to figure out which option you should pursue. 


Try journaling

Simply mulling something over in your mind doesn’t work for everyone. Getting your thoughts down on paper can help you work out what you really want to create. Plus, writing down your ideas and goals will ensure you’re more likely to achieve them. 

You can use your journaling time to focus on things that, according to Harvard Business Review, will help you attain more success, such as: 

  • Making sure your goals are in alignment with your vision for your company
  • Create a goal timeline
  • Identify your keystone goal (the goal that will make all your other goals more attainable)


Talk to someone you trust

Sometimes, writing your ideas down will only get you so far. You need to talk things through. 

You can discuss your goals and ideas with: 

  • A friend
  • A family member
  • Acquaintances in an online forum, such as an entrepreneur or side-gig support group on Facebook

A 2019 study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University debunked a study done 10 years prior that said you should keep your goals secret. The study found that talking about your goals can benefit you if you share them with someone you admire, trust, and who you would be afraid to disappoint. In their terms, a “high-status person.”


Invest time and/or money in a coach or mentor

If you want to go a step further, you can invest some time and money in working with a business coach or mentor. They can provide feedback on your ideas, give you practical advice, and guide you as you take steps toward building your side-gig. 


Your sell-from-home side-gig: How to get started 

What if you get clear on what you want to sell from home, but you don’t feel confident in your sales skills yet? Consider working with a direct sales company like Vector first. 

Vector provides training and resources that can help you get started and gain the confidence you need to build your own business. 

Vector offers part-time, work-from-home opportunities. You’ll learn valuable sales and marketing skills that will help you build a successful side-gig (with zero investment costs).

The best part? These transferable skills will help you hit professional milestones in the future. 

Bullet list inspired by HubSpot outlining some basic sales principles that can help entrepreneurs successfully sell from home.
Inspired by Hubspot

You can even advance your career with the company. Does that mean you will work for Vector forever and never achieve your own entrepreneurial goals? Absolutely not. 

Gaining managerial and leadership experience can help you build a thriving, successful empire someday (if that’s one of your goals!). You’ll have the valuable skills you need to guide your own team and build the business you’ve dreamed of.


Now is the time to create your dream work-from-home business

There has never been a better opportunity to create a side-gig. The way Americans work is changing. More people are taking the leap and following their dream of entrepreneurship, whether they are doing it full-time or only pursuing a side-hustle with part-time work.


Bar graph showing the results of a New York Times/Gallup Poll. The graph shows that 48% of workers who have multiple jobs and side-gigs do so not solely because of financial need but because they prefer having various income streams, like selling from home.


If you’ve ever thought “I want to start a business but have no ideas,” selling from home might be a fit for you. And the best part? You don’t need to go it alone—Vector can help guide you through the process. 

Do you want to start a profitable side-gig in 2021? Schedule an interview with Vector today.