Gift basket sales combine creativity and presentation skills with little startup cost and low overhead.
Income potential: A Gift Basket Review survey showed 72 percent of respondents reported annual gross sales of at least $50,000, with 27 percent saying sales topped $200,000. Corporate gift baskets average $61.89 and baskets for birthdays, and get-well and sympathy occasions average $48.41.
Caren Hill, owner of The Ultimate Goodie Bag, a Charlotte, N.C.-based business for children's party giveaways, averages $5,000 to $7,000 in monthly sales. Most of her goodie bags sell for $8 to $10 each.
Investment required: Startup costs for this work-at-home job will depend on the types of items you offer, says Hill. Hill's initial investment was $10,000, $7,500 of which she spent on a website.
Pros: Your schedule is more flexible than with an office job, giving you time to take your kids to school and pick them up, says Hill, who spends five to 10 hours working each week.
Cons: Customers may want to see your gift baskets up close. So, you may have to take the items to them or have customers come to your home.