offers top name brands like Nike, Adidas, Reebok, FILA, Converse etc. You can buy in wholesale lots or choose a dropshipping option if you want them to send direct to the buyer.

Additional Info

  • Type Business
  • Eligibility International
  • Investment required? Yes
  • Need Experience? No
Published in Selling

GroCycle have perfected the art of growing mushrooms and selling them to local restaurants - why not do the same in your neighbourhood?  You can set up your mushroom farm in a relatively small area with only 30m2 needed to grow up to 50kg of mushrooms per week.

The GroCycle website has a very detailed article explaining the basics of mushroom farming to give you a good idea of what you will need to start your home-based mushroom business. If you decide that this could be a potential business idea for you and want to take it further, take their low cost course on mushroom farming where they take you step by step through everything you need to do to get started (at the time of writing it was only 67 pounds).

Some key points from their website:

  • You don´t  need land to grow mushrooms - you can use any indoor space.
  • 10m2 growing space will take about 12 hours of work, a week, to grow 10kg of mushrooms.
  • Oyster and Shitake mushrooms are easy to grow, grow fast and are sold at a high price.
  • You can grow a crop of oyster mushrooms in 3-4 weeks.
  • A fruiting (growing) room can be set up with $1000.

So there is a relatively low start up cost, it is low tech,  quick to produce results and in a niche market. You can sell to people looking for local, fresh, organic produce. 

Income Potential

GroCycle recommend contacting local restaurants, health food stores or vegetable box delivery schemes to sell your mushrooms. Or you could sell them directly to the public at a local farmers market.  What price could you get for your mushrooms?

"£10 (US$13) per kg and Shiitake at £15 (US$19) per kg...In Australia, Oysters fetch an impressive AU$ 40 (US$ 29) per kg!"

They offer a lot of information on their website and appear to have a comprehensive course that will show you everything you need to make your mushroom farm a success.  You can start your own mushroom business whether you are living on a farm or in the middle of a city.  Find out more at:

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Published in Gardening
Monday, 20 February 2017 15:16

Get Paid To Host Meals In Your Own House

Get paid to cook for guests in your own home and earn up to $700 for each event. lets you showcase your offers and menus and helps you to get paying guests to your event. You can take reservations, manage bookings and get a custom url for your brand.

Published in Cooking
Saturday, 22 October 2016 18:14

Ways to Make Money From Home

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Published in Pages
Monday, 11 July 2016 19:08


Did you know that you don't even have to leave your house to earn money? There are many ways to swap a regular job for Alternative Income, but for this website we have intentionally limited it to things you can do from anywhere in the world, and without ever having to commute to work.  Of course, if you choose to go and meet clients, suppliers etc. that is possible. But the point is that anyone can find a way of making money from home. 

I know, I know, it sounds like I am going to sell you the latest 'Make Millions Today' package!  Don't worry, this website is for the millions in the middle, those of you who need to make some money without having to do soul destroying or low paid jobs!


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Published in Pages

Over the last 20 years I experienced the two extremes of gettingoverpaid in a steady job in London, and searching for coins under the sofa cushions to pay for food while unemployed. Listening to the rumblings of more economic doom and gloom, I am amazed how so many people sit patiently waiting for the next wave of financial panic to hit.  

The majority of people are like children who are waiting for their parents to solve everything. No food on the table? Your parents will fix it. They may make you clear the table and do a little work for it, but ultimately they are responsible for the shopping and the cooking and bringing the food into the house.

It is not their fault. That is all they know, all they have been taught, and unless you have ever found yourself in a situation where you have to get creative or starve, financial independence seems almost impossible.

Be Careful What You Wish For

I was the same. Working in London, working too many hours, juggling young children with a 9-5 job. Stress, health problems from the stress, and a ridiculous need to buy crap I didn't need. Instead of taking up meditation, yoga, or just going to the gym to de-stress I decided to move my family to Spain. Only now, 11 years later, can I see the humour in it, but while I was living those first dark years, there was only more stress because I was completely unprepared. 

It was very much a case of 'be careful what you wish for'.  I wanted to get away from the madness of London - the traffic, the pollution, the commute, the lack of time to spend with my children. That is exactly what I got. Except that I forgot to give the magic genie specific instructions. 

  • I didn't specify I wanted to be in an area with lots of work, that would be easy to find - so I came to an area with few job opportunities and an economy booming only with the construction sector that would crash within 2 years of me arriving.
  • I forgot to say I wanted my house next to the school so I wouldn't have to spend thousands on petrol over the years to take the kids to and from school.
  • I did not ask for a job that would pay me more than enough until retirement - so I came over with a company that did not even have an office yet and I ending up 'working' out of a lock-up with one table, one chair and a toilet. On my own.

You get the idea. I made life even more difficult for myself. Which made finding work even more difficult than it needed to be. 


I suppose I was lucky as I did eventually manage to find a job working for another real estate company next to the school, for a minimum wage that paid little more than the mortgage. Except that they 'let me go' two weeks before Christmas.

Lucky I had been looking for other jobs because I knew if they weren't paying themselves they wouldn't be paying me for much longer. I was offered a job working online for an American company and once again settled into a false sense of security. Except that the job disappeared a year later.

I still hadn't managed to replace the savings we had used moving over, we had a mortgage, loans and kids to feed.  I begged for them another job. Anything. They gave me one as an SEO copywriter.

Another 2 years of relative security, until they gave me 2 weeks notice they couldn't afford to pay me anymore. Fast downward slide on the income rollercoaster once again.

After dabbling in freelancing and commission only jobs, I gave in and got a 'real job' teaching English at an academy in the city.  Yay.  Regular income. Except that the classes kept changing, and there were no classes, so no income, over the summer.

All of which reinforced the idea that it is a nightmare relying on other people for your financial security! Your future depends on them running their business well so they can afford to pay you, on the ups and downs of the international markets and an unknown number of invisible factors you have no control over.

Profits Over People

The majority of employers also put profits over people. They run a business, it's to be expected they are going to worry more about their profit than your financial security. They offer you a job at a certain rate and you decide whether or not to accept it. Except that in many areas this 'choice' is limited or non-existent. You have to compromise and take what you can get, which often means a low paid job you are over qualified for.

Welcome to the working poor.  People who are working and still don't make enough to feed their families and cover all their bills, let alone have any left over for savings or extras. When you see poor families in developing countries you think "Oh poor them."  Except that we now have working poor throughout the supposedly 'developed' countries - the US, UK and European countries. 

That is why it is madness to rely on employers for your financial security.

Alternative Income

I am not saying everyone should start working for themselves, but we definitely need to create more diversity in the way households earn money. Now is the time for people to start looking at non-traditional jobs, at working online, at starting their own business. We need at least one person in every household earning Alternative Income which does not rely on employers and is not subject to the whims of governments, traders and bankers screwing up the economy.

We as individuals and communities need to stop relying on other people to create opportunities for us and start taking advantage of technology to work differently.

Published in Blog

CrowdFunder is a one-stop shop for both entrepreneurs and investors. Entrepreneurs have a platform for raising funds from angels investors, venture capitalists, the Crowdfunder investor network and even family and friends.  For the investor, they have access to new and interesting deals to add to their investment portfolio. 


  • Create an online profile
  • Crowdfunder matches you with potential investors
  • Investors review your offer and make you a deal

The free plan alllows you to create your company profile, network with investors and learn from the Crowdfunder knowledge. You also have the option of upgrading to the Fundraising Pro Plan which costs $399 for six months. With this you get:

  • The ability to raise unlimited funding
  • Tools for fundraising
  • Access to the investor CRM
  • A fundraising profile

Use Crowdfunder to attract serious investors and have the option to offer shares in your company and make your profile more attractive.


Additional Info

  • Investment required? Yes
Published in Investing

K-Swiss created the first all-leather tennis shoe in 1966 and is an iconic brand of sportswear. Now they are looking for 100 entrepreneurs to help take them to the next stage of their business.

Diplo is a DJ, songwriter, music producer and entrepreneur leading the campaign. The goal is to get the brand back in the public eye and get everyone talking about K-Swiss sneakers. Diplo says:

I'm looking for 100 of the most creative and connected people to work with me, as part of 'The Board'

The Board will be making decisions about branding, design, social media etc.  They are looking for people from all around the world so location is not an issue, and if you are selected, they will send you more details on how to participate. For now, all you have to do is complete the application at

What they offer you:

  • Business experience for young entrepreneurs
  • Learn marketing, branding and design
  • Get a chance to have your idea produced 
  • Free sneakers
  • Grow your network
  • An amazing experience to put on your resumé

There is not much more information so I am guessing from the information they have that: 

  1. This will not be a paid position
  2. They are looking for young entrepreneurs

Even if you don't get paid, this could be a great opportunity to learn new skills, make useful contacts, and get some great experience.

The application deadline is 30th April so apply today!

Published in Blog

Freelancers, work at home mothers and entrepreneurs can all get very lonely in the self-employed wilderness. Whether you are working from a beach in Thailand, or out of a basement in London, finding the determination to continue  can be almost impossible when you work on your own.

You know you want to start your business, work from home, or even change the world, but there is no-one there to support you. That support might be a kind word reminding you that anything is possible, or a kick up the backside telling you to stop procrastinating and get on with it!

Everyone needs help at some point, so if you can´t find it from those around you, then you should go and find it online. There are so many forums, Facebook groups and websites where you can find people just like you, trying to do the same thing as you and struggling just as much as you.

Let me give you an example. My mission is to help mothers and the long term unemployed find work from home. I had the website on the cooker without turning on the gas for seven years. The demons of doubt kept telling me no-one would want to know because I wasn´t talking about making millions. They also said that other people were already doing it so why would anyone listen to me? So I tinkered about with it instead of giving it 100%.

Then I found the Social Entrepreneurship course on Coursera, and suddenly I was in a group where EVERYBODY wants to change the world. We may all have slightly different ideas, but we all want to give something back to society. I no longer felt alone, and was catapulted into a world where everyone was like me and I was making the connections I needed to take the project forward.

It is like the sun coming out on a cloudy day.

Whatever you are interested in, whatever business you want to start, there are people out there just like you. They can support you and give you the information you need to take the next step.

Remember you might find them in the strangest places, like I did doing an course at Coursera (which is free by the way!) Keep looking until you find a group that can help move forward and give you the encouragement you need to succeed.

Published in Blog
There are forces for change in the world that are not run purely for profit, and XPrize is one of them.  It is a platform that facilitates the funding of innovative projects that make a positive impact on the world.
While the advances made by the winners and participants of the competitions will undoubtedly be turned into commercial products, the end result will still be a positive improvement for society and the planet.
What makes this important in terms of Alternative Income is that participation is open to anyone. You don´t have to be a member of a large corporation to bid for the funding. You don´t have to have years of experience as a scientist to win the prizes. You just need to have a great idea, the ability to develop it, and the confidence to put yourself forward for the prize.
Jake Andraka was a schoolboy who was driven by the effect of pancreatic cancer on someone close to him, and who knew there had to be a better way to detect it. He put together a team of teenagers who developed a simple predictor test, with far higher accuracy and detection rates of current methods, at a tiny fraction of the cost.  He was 15 when he won the $75,000 Intel ISEF Gordon E. Moore award for his invention. Now he is participating in the XPrize Tricorder competition with his teenage team.
It´s not just about science. The Learning Prize Group is focused on ending the poverty cycle by making access more accessible to everyone. The Global Development Prize focuses on ways to provide sustainable access to basic necesities including food, water, sanitation, health, education and security.
If you think big and have an idea that could change the world, see if you can get funding from XPrize to make that idea a reality.
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