The Benefits of Working from your Garage... and a NZ Success Story.

The Benefits of Working from your Garage... and a NZ Success Story.

Fri, 29 Jun 2018

If you have a garage, you have a potential work-from-home opportunity. With online shopping becoming more prevalent there is less reason to need a bricks and mortar store, so why not create your own ‘shop’ from the comfort of home? If you have a hobby, maybe you can turn that into earnings on the side?

Some advantages to running a business from your garage are:

 Low overheads

Privacy/freedom of expression - develop your ideas in your own time at your own pace

 Tax benefits - you can offset the costs of running your business against your rent or mortgage

 No commute - arrive at the ‘office’ in your BBQ apron or your togs without traffic woes

 Work to your own schedule - finish your day job and work into the wee hours on your vision

 Lots of options - The world is your oyster, you can develop your business and change its course however it suits you

Many online businesses can be run from a home or garage office.

Here’s a list of potential second income jobs you could do with your garage as a base:

ACCOUNTING/BOOK KEEPING • AUTO DETAILING • BATTERY CHARGING/RECONDITIONING • BEAUTY SALON • BICYCLE REPAIR • BUY & SELL • CLEANING • COMPUTER PROGRAMMING • DOG GROOMING • ELECTRONICS RECYCLING • HOME GROWN PRODUCE • MUSIC LESSONS • ONLINE RETAIL •  PERSONAL TRAINING • PICTURE FRAMING • RESTORATION/REPAIRS • SURF/SKATE BOARD REPAIR • TAILORING

A beauty therapy, physiotherapy or other treatment centre is a business well suited to a garage.

Many incredibly successful businesses have begun in garages. Internationally, Apple, Google and Amazon are just three of the huge corporations that were initially garage startups. Locally, 42 Below, AFT Pharmaceuticals (makers of Maxigesic and Maxiclear) and KidsCan were all founded in garages. We took a closer look at the success of KidsCan, a truly inspirational company.

KidsCan

The KidsCan Charitable Trust was co-founded in 2005 by Julie Chapman in her Auckland garage. After hearing continuous media reports about New Zealand children going without the basics, she conducted an evaluation in 80 low decile schools to see how widespread the problem was and how it was affecting children in the classroom. 

The results were overwhelming. Thousands of children were turning up to school cold, wet and hungry because their parents were struggling to make ends meet. Schools reported that this was having a major impact on their learning ability, self-esteem and health. Children who miss out on the basics get sick more often, do worse at school and when they become adults they are more likely to be unemployed and have children who will also grow up in hardship. 

Today, KidsCan supports the education of thousands of children throughout New Zealand; providing food, shoes, socks, fleece-lined Vodafone Warriors raincoats and basic hygiene items. The key aim at KidsCan is to ensure children less fortunate have the same opportunity as others to take advantage of their education. 

According to research conducted by Massey University, KidsCan’s partnerships with low decile schools have a significant impact on reducing social issues, increasing participation in class and in raising the self-esteem of children who feel they have no hope.

Feeling inspired? If you are interested in helping KidsCan by supporting a child, find out more here.

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