AARP.org has this interesting article about starting and running a home-based business. I'm self-employed, working from my home, and so I'm always interested in seeing other people's ideas. This article has some good insights.
The article talks about the experience of one particular guy, who makes custom leather saddles that replicate historic items. It then lists categories that are conducive to home businesses, and provides information about each one. It's a good article.
Here are a couple quotes:
"When I thought about what I would really love to do, that was it. I got the bug to make saddles, and not just any saddles," says Nelson, who got his first crafting kit at age 13. His love is for the old western saddles of the 19th century, the heyday of the cowboy era from 1866 to 1899.
Nelson admits he's not making a lot of money. His upfront material costs usually top $800 per saddle. While his business slowly ramps up, Nelson is logging in two-days a week as a caregiver at a nearby residential alcohol and drug addiction treatment center, earning $9.50 an hour.
Turning a hobby into paying work can ruin your passion for it, so you need to plan ahead and take it a step at a time. And if you need the income now, you might want to supplement your fledgling business with outside work initially, as Nelson has done.