Best Home-Based Business Ideas

Have you always wanted to start a business from home? In an age when modern technology has made working from home an increasingly accessible option, starting an at-home business is easier than ever. If the idea of making money from home appeals to you, check out this list of 22 home-based business ideas!

Freelancing

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Many jobs you could do for a company can also be done independently as a freelancer. Whether you’re a writer, programmer, or designer, you can build your own business in which you work directly with clients instead of through a company. Freelance entrepreneurs can find freelance opportunities through online job boards, by cold-calling or cold-emailing, networking, and more.

Photography

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Outside of traveling to photoshoot locations, photographers can easily do most of their day-to-day tasks—like photo editing, online marketing, and scheduling appointments—while working from home. Better still, you don’t need to invest in all the latest (and most expensive) gadgets to be a professional photographer. All it takes to start your own small photography business is a decent camera with basic equipment and plenty of practice.

Blogging

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Perfect for those with a passion for writing, blogging is one of the best online business opportunities available, thanks to the small amount of space and minimal investment required. Consistency is as important as skill to succeed in this modern home business endeavor since creating frequent blog posts will help you maintain a loyal audience and draw in new readers. And because bloggers make their money primarily through affiliate links, blog advertising, and sponsored content, having a solid base of readers makes all the difference.

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Podcasting

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Podcasts have become extremely popular in the last five years, so now’s as good a time as any to start your own podcast business! With some basic recording equipment and a willingness to speak, you can launch a home-based podcast. The possibilities for podcasting are endless—comedy, advice, education, business, journalism, etc. If you have specialized knowledge, you can carve out a niche and find audiences and advertisers!

Childcare

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A home-based childcare business can take many forms, whether it’s being a full-time babysitter or running an in-home daycare. Whatever the case, childcare jobs are perfectly suited for the work-from-home lifestyle. However, before you can start a small business working with children, you’ll need the proper licensing. There are rare instances in which you may skip this step, but it’s generally a good idea to have some training and qualifications before starting a childcare business.

Real Estate

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Getting a real estate license is surprisingly simple, and the payoff can be incredible. In fact, some people become independent real estate agents for a part-time job, then later make it a full-time career after they’ve found their footing. If you’re a people person, detail-oriented, and a good negotiator, starting your own real estate business from home is definitely worth considering!

Bookkeeping

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Businesses of all kinds need bookkeepers to handle their financial records, and some businesses prefer to seek out independent bookkeepers rather than hiring an in-house employee. Starting your own bookkeeping business will allow you to earn the same wages as someone associated with a specific company, but it will give you more freedom to choose who you work with and for what amount of time.

Consulting

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Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need extensive credentials or an office space to be a consultant. Most independent consultants choose to work in an industry where they have previous experience in order to gain clients’ trust. If you have experience as a real estate agent, for example, you’ll probably have more success as a consultant for a real estate company than you would as a consultant for a law firm.

Tutoring

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Tutors don’t need to work in classrooms or on campuses—they can also start their own small businesses and work online from home. Tutors can build a home-based business around teaching basic subjects like English, math, science, history, or by providing more specialized instructions like SAT prep.

Music Education

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Music teachers are probably some of the first professionals that come to mind when you think of in-home businesses. So why not take on this venture yourself? Teaching piano lessons, singing lessons, or music theory from home is a great way to capitalize on your personal knowledge.

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Event Planning

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Event planning services are essential in helping people organize special events like weddings, quinceañeras, anniversaries, corporate get-togethers, product launches, and more. And because event planning requires very few physical tools—other than a computer and a phone for research and communication—event planning is an ideal profession for home-based businesses. In fact, the main resources event planners need are skills like being outgoing, organized, and able to problem solve.

Virtual Assistance

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These days, most administrative tasks can be performed remotely. Many companies choose to give these tasks to self-employed virtual assistants, making this position a fantastic work-from-home option for professionals seeking home-based business opportunities. Virtual assistants can perform work like running payroll, setting appointments, making travel arrangements, and doing other back-end support all from home.

Massage Therapy

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Did you know that licensed massage therapists can work out of their own homes? Running an at-home massage clinic is a great way to start a small business. One major consideration of this kind of home business, though, is which room you’ll dedicate to your work since massages are best performed in a relaxing, neutral atmosphere. A converted guest bedroom or flex room, for instance, is a good option.

Personal Training

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Turn your love of fitness into a career by becoming a personal trainer and help people develop a workout routine that matches their goals and abilities! Personal training is perfectly suited for an at-home business model. If you have enough space to work out on your own, you have enough space to train someone else! Just make sure you have the right certifications before setting up your training space.

Personal Shopping

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The job of a personal shopper depends on the needs of the client. Some personal shoppers work to build a stylish wardrobe for busy but fashion-forward individuals, while others run errands for people unable to complete them on their own. To start your own personal shopping business, you’ll need a business plan and, most importantly, know how to market yourself to potential clients.

Hairstyling

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Licensed hairstylists don’t need to work in a salon to earn money. With the proper licensing, stylists can start their own home-based business and work on their own terms. This gives you freedom around how you price your services, what hours you operate, and all other aspects of your business.

Pet Care

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Animal lovers looking to make money from home may find a career in pet care to be the ideal fit. Spend your days outdoors working as a dog walker or get creative as a pet groomer. You could even work full-time as a petsitter! Best of all, pet care jobs tend to have consistent clients, so people in this career don’t usually need to seek out new clients as often as other small business owners.

Lawn & Pool Care

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Working with homeowners to handle maintenance projects like landscaping, gardening, snow removal, lawn care, and pool care is an excellent small business idea! And because residential properties require year-round care, professionals who focus on these outdoor tasks can find consistent work in any season!

House Cleaning

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If you don’t mind tasks like vacuuming, mopping, and dusting, why not make a career out of it? Businesses and individuals alike seek out professional cleaners to handle these things for them. Not to mention, starting this kind of home-based business can be relatively cheap. Best of all, once you find your niche, you’ll likely see return customers, which will help you save on advertising costs.

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Professional Organization

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If you’ve always been the neat and tidy type, working as a professional organizer may be a great job for you. It also helps to be social, as this career will require you to meet with clients and discuss their organizational goals. Unlike a maid or house cleaner, though, professional organizers don’t clean. They sort, plan, and set up organizational systems for their clients to use.

Translation

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Can you read and/or speak multiple languages? If so, starting your own home-based business will be both easy and profitable, as translators are some of the most in-demand professionals in the market today. From personal translators and medical interpreters to transcriptionists and beyond, there are plenty of business opportunities available for those who can to translate text or speech from one language to another.

Crafting

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Photo via @jessadamsdesign

The internet has several craft-style websites where makers of all types can post their items for sale. Using platforms like Etsy, knitters, sculptors, jewelry makers, and other crafters can start an online retail business around selling handmade goods. These sites almost always take a fee out of your earnings, but the ability to reach a wide audience of potential customers is worth this relatively minimal price.

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