It came about through my love of kitties, all the research I'd do on toys and treats for them. I belong to a great business list where many of the business owners have an ebusiness and work from home...what they do ranges from gift basket businesses, homemade soaps, lotions and shampoos (herbal, non allergenic is the approach for some of the soap makers), for the crafters, handpainted tiles and mailboxes (this gal does ***extremely*** well, she is very talented and has worked her pr and marketing bit well), another is into homemade relishes, jams etc.
And I love myself to shop online...one place is a woman with a home business who just makes fruit strudel's and a couple of varieties of cookies and pastries...her prices include the two day shipping.
So...what does Carol love, what skills does she have? Would she be able to sub-contract for any business in your area that is a 'cottage business' using sub-contractors who sew or make whatever in their homes?
Would she enjoy an ebusiness?
I wish her all the best, hope some of the above is helpful, I can highly recommend she read over this site:businessideacafe
It is another excellent site, though not the one affiliated with the biz group I'm on.