The Top 10 Best Home-Based Businesses

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In this day and age, finding employment can be tough. For some, it may be all but impossible, especially if a long stretch of unemployment has left you without childcare or a car.

But, the good news is, there are more and more employment opportunities for people who are looking for work that can be performed at home, especially those looking to create their own business opportunities.

Home-based business often have a lower barrier to entry than traditional business and can be done on a smaller scale to start with. Businesses such as home renovation, online stores, and a variety of service-based business are perfect candidates for home-based businesses. 

Home Business Idea #1: Home Renovation Services

Home remodeling is a booming market. There are tons of homes on the market already as well as many more getting ready to enter the market within the next 3 to 6 months. In order for home-owners to attract buyers with so many homes on the market, many are turning to home remodelers to give their homes the edge over the competition.

Another great niche for home improvement specialists is the foreclosure market. Banks and other lenders are stuck with a glut of houses they can’t sell due to a wide variety of structural weaknesses. Many turn to renovation specialists to help these houses back into shape so that they can be sold at auction.

Home Business Idea #2: Pet-Related Products

There is no expense that doting pet parents will spare in order to keep their beloved pets feeling posh. Designing pet products may be tough, but for those with a creative and innovative spirit, the sky is the limit here.

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Home Business Idea #3: Catering Services

While there is no doubt that much of the nation is struggling with unemployment, but for those whose struggles include balancing a 40+ hour per week job, a family and other commitments, caterers are not an extravagance, they are a necessity.

Many professional couples are tired of dining out and take out and are choosing to spend that money having food brought in. So, if cooking and serving is your niche, you may be a successful caterer.

Home Business Idea #4: Cleaning Services

Along with a decreasing amount of time left over for cooking nourishing meals comes a decreasing amount of time to dust, do laundry or even vacuum regularly. This leaves a huge opening for aspiring entrepreneurs like yourself to fill this gap.

If you are good at organizing, enjoy helping others keep their houses in line, this could be a huge opportunity for you to launch a successful home-based business.

Home Business Idea #5: Wedding Consultant / Event Planner

Are you good with details? Do you work well under pressure? If so, event and wedding planning may be the niche for you. More and more people are choosing to get married, especially in the gay and lesbian communities. So, if you like the idea of helping people plan great parties, think about becoming an event planner.

Home Business Idea #6: Dietary Consultant

Obesity is the number one health-related issue in the United States and the problem is growing. If you have a background in nutrition, put it to good use helping people become healthier.

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Home Business Idea #7: In-Home Beauty Services

There has never been a better time to put your beauty school education to work for you. There is an insatiable demand for services that help both men and women look younger and more vital. Couple this need with a hectic work and family schedule that leaves little time for patronizing traditional spas and salons and you have the perfect business opportunity.

Home Business Idea #8: Sewing and Alteration Services

Like to sew? Start an alterations business. Sewing is going the way of blacksmithing and other lost arts, however, unlike these other arts, custom tailoring will always be in high demand.

With less and less time available for the more mundane chores in our lives, many are turning toward having alterations outsourced, which provides the perfect opportunity for you to launch a great home-based business.

Home Business Idea #9: Life /Business Coaching Services

Coaching, both personally and professionally, has been a hot industry for a while, but it’s one that still has enough steam to land you a successful home-based business. Make sure that you have the education to back you up before you head into this arena.

As you can tell, there are many opportunities for people to start a home-based business. Many of these opportunities require some sort of specialized skills or education, which is why they are so successful.

If you lack the skills or training necessary to launch a business in one of these categories on your own, don’t sweat it. Find an entrepreneur looking for a business partner who is willing to help you obtain the knowledge necessary to become successful.

Home Business Idea #10: Online Store

There once was a time that if you wanted to sell products, you needed to rent out a brick-and-mortar store.

But with the advent of eCommerce, that’s no longer the case. With eCommerce, you can build a booming retail or service business right from the comfort of your bed or couch.

What is eCommerce?

eCommerce is simply the buying and selling of goods or services on the internet. eCommerce offers several benefits. First, you have access to a global consumer market. You can literally sell to people from around the globe.

Second, eCommerce businesses have more affordable start-up costs. You don’t need to pay for rent or utilities on a building.

And, third, eCommerce can provide passive income. Once you’ve set up your store, your systems and processes can run themselves fairly well. You can literally make money while you sleep.

Learn more about how to make passive income.

What is an Online Store?

While eCommerce refers to the online business industry as a whole, your online store is the specific place where you sell your goods or services. 

Online stores require certain things that other websites don’t. For instance, you’ll need an easy way to display your products and pricing. You’ll also need built-in software that can process orders. And, finally, you’ll need a way to accept payments.

If you’re wondering what to sell on your online store, think about products that you already love to use. Or go to Amazon or eBay and scroll through their most popular products. Or you could just use a retail arbitrage approach: where you buy things at a discount and mark them up for a profit.

Learn more about how to start a retail arbitrage business.

How to Start an Online Store?

There are three main ways to start an online store.

First, you could try to build one from scratch using a website builder like WordPress. But WordPress is really meant primarily as a place to build informational websites and blogs. If you try to use WordPress to build an online store, it could require a lot of time and effort.

Second, you could pay a web design service to build your online store. But that could get very expensive.

Third, you could use an eCommerce store builder like BigCommerce. With BigCommerce, you’ll have access to dozens of customizable templates,  checkout customization, and you can build your BigCommerce site on top of WordPress if you’d like.

You’ll also get tons of other features with BigCommerce like the ability to offer coupons and discounts and accept payments from digital wallets like Apple Pay, Amazon Pay, and PayPal.

Learn more about how to make money with an online store.

Next Steps

No matter which home-based business you pick, you’ll want to research best practices and try to learn from people who are already doing well in that space. Perhaps you could take a course or join some business-focused Facebook groups.

Finally, you’ll need to market your services. You can definitely use online and social media advertising, but don’t overlook the power of word-of-mouth.  When you treat your customers well, they can be your best marketers. And before you know it, you could have a thriving home-best business on your hands.

Do you have a home-based business idea? Share it in the comments below.

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Comments

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  2. Godfrey Sserwanja says

    Good tips for home-based business!
    With these and some more you can help many people in the world, get out of poverty and start living a good life!

  3. “Fall prevention services” is a bad choice due to extreme liability vulnerability (ask a lawyer about this one before you go forward with it!). Remember that even if someone doesn’t legitimately hurt themselves correctly (or incorrectly) trying to use your product/setup/service, many scam artists will glom onto such a great opportunity to CLAIM that they did. For every fraudulent lawsuit filed against you, you can either spend a fortune defending yourself in court, or just settle for thousands of dollars (the cheapest route). Places like McDonalds and grocery stores spend a huge amount of money annually for these kinds of frivolous lawsuits (typically referred to as “slip and fall” but there are other types as well). There are individuals who make their living filing these lawsuits, going from one business to the next, faking falls etc. and walking away with $10,000+ each time. You are just asking for it with this idea. Best business ideas should take into account whether the idea will be inclined to attract litigious people or otherwise expose the business owner to an above-average amount of legal hassles. In other words – don’t start a business selling ladders. 🙂 Don’t discount the stress, expense and hassle of such issues when choosing your business!

  4. 20 and Engaged says

    I’ve been doing some internet marketing consulting lately and considering meal delivery as a side job. Would definitely make a great local initiative.

  5. We are in the wellness business. Juices and a weight loss prodruct that is brand new to the market. Business is booming. Who wouldn’t want to be healthy & thinner and make money getting there. Home base businesses are the way to go!! Low overhead and no inventory to carry. And it’s fun! It is a win, win deal.

  6. Sandy @ yesiamcheap says

    Kind of in correlation with the wedding/event business professionals like make-up artists and hair stylists that will do those services at home for your for your event would be a good side hustle as well.

  7. John Newland says

    Hi, the great thing about all the niches you mention in your post is that they call be done both locally, in the real world, and online. Even things like catering and home renovation, if you are already fairly good at them, you can distill your knowledge into information products.

    I would add that, depending on your own experience and skills, you may want to be leery of the need for certification. In cases like catering and renovation, you will certainly require some certification. On the other ideas, not so much. Life coaching does not require certification for instance.

    Finally, it is not impossible to start a business with very little money. For online businesses, you need about $100 min to start, for domain registration and hosting. If you are starting “in the hole” avoid businesses with high start up costs, that require a significant purchase of tools or materials.

    On the other hand, if you already have the tools and/or the certification, then there’s no reason to wait!

    Good Luck!
    John Newland

  8. These are all great ideas. I would also recommend looking into elderly care. It is a recession proof career now since so many baby boomers are aging and need this assistance.