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Several times per year I get emails from former colleagues or friends stating that they lost their job or are sick of the corporate world. Since I work from home, their emails always end with a request for the current home-based options available. Here are 40 businesses you can start from home.
1. Laundry Business is something that can be started with very little skill or supplies. You will, of course, need to know the basics of fabric care and folding. In most cases, clients bring their laundry to you. Or, you can offer pickup/dropoff service for an additional fee.
2. Customer Service is always in-demand by small business owners. Many people can’t afford or don’t need to hire a full-time employee. With today’s technology, it’s easy to forward business calls to an offsite contractor who can assist customers, set appointments and take messages. A quiet work environment is essential for this one. And a quality noise-cancelling headset is handy as well. If you don’t have a landline, consider getting a number through Google Voice.
3. Transcription is a growing industry as more and more bloggers and business owners take to video and webinars to promote their services. These audio and video files can then be transcribed and repurposed into other marketing materials.
4. Web Content Writers are still necessary. Freelance writing is a field that requires almost no extra equipment as long as you have a laptop or desktop and internet access. You can also get started without previous experience.
5. Copywriters need a little more specialized training than web content writers. This field focuses on sales copy and advertising. That being said, it also pays a lot more.
6. Social Media Managers are finding themselves with more work than they can handle once they have made a name for themselves and know how to provide results. After all, usually a business owner’s time isn’t best spent tending to Facebook and Twitter profiles. They have more important things to do. Check out this post for more information on this field.
7. Virtual Assistants can perform any number of tasks for online business owners. If you have an administrative or marketing background, this may be a great industry for you. Check out some of the most in-demand services here.
8. Blogging is big business right now. If you have a topic you are passionate about, it’s definitely something to consider. They startup costs are low and there’s always room for a unique voice. This guide will have you on the right path in no time.
9. eBay Seller is something that hasn’t lost popularity despite being around for several years. In this post, Sarah Titus tells us to start with what we have and grow from there.
10. Homemade Crafts isn’t something that will appeal to everyone, but if you love DIY and handmade projects it can be a great side gig for you. Consider selling on sites like Etsy.
11. Tailoring is something you can thrive at on a local level and still do out of your home.
12. Fulfilled by Amazon is an avenue similar to eBay except you send your merchandise to Amazon even before it has sold and they take care of the packing and shipping as sales are made. A lot of sellers have found success on this platform, including The Selling Family who earns a full-time income working only around five hours per week these days.
13. Coaching can be a great gig if you have expertise in a particular field. That may be running a business, health and fitness and beyond. This is something that can easily be done online via video platforms like Zoom or Skype.
14. Direct Sales is an industry that never goes out of style. We’ve been having Tupperware parties since the 1950s! There is a company for every interest and every budget. Choose a company whose products you love and go at it full force. Chloe + Isabel is a company I love if you are into jewelry and accessories.
15. Personal Concierge is similar to virtual assisting but on a more personal level. And usually “offline” as you may perform errand or home organization services.
16. House Sitter is a gig that doesn’t require much explanation. List your services on sites like Care.com.
17. Pet Sitter is a similar opportunity and can easily be combined with housesitting. Get your business listed on sites like Care.com and Rover.
18. Day Care does have some regulations and licensing requirements if you are looking to scale your home business. Check with your local government to see what’s needed.
19. Write and Sell eBooks if you have expert knowledge to share. This is something that can be done in your free time and you may see profits for years to come.
20. Tutoring can be done online or on a local level. You don’t necessarily need a teaching degree or certificate. You just need to be knowledgeable in a particular subject and be able to communicate and explain things well.
21. Photography has come a long way over the past ten years. You no longer need a fancy studio or education. If you have a great eye, you may be able to make some great money taking senior or wedding photos, sports snapshots or capturing special events. You can even sell your photos online for passive income.
22. Bookkeeping is something we see more of these days as documents are easily transferred securely across the internet and more software is kept in the cloud. You will need some background or training in the field to succeed.
23. Resume Writing is a great gig for those that can spin unique situations, like a lapse in employment, when someone is looking for a job.
24. Meal Delivery
26. Cake Decorator
27. Personal Trainer
28. Candle Maker
29. Soap Maker
31. Event Coordinator
32. Jewelry Maker
33. Interior Decorator
34. Landscaper or Gardener
35. Sell Produce from Your Own Garden
36. Music Teacher
37. Wedding Planner
38. Pet Groomer
39. Antique Restoration
40.Virtual Professional Organizer
As you can see, some of these options can be operated entirely out of your home. Others you will need to venture out to earn your living. There is something for everyone, however. Assess your needs, passions and skill set.
Once you decide on a home business path, you are likely going to need a little help getting things started. Here are a few of my favorite resources:
- SCORE – This is the largest network of free business mentors. Offices are available across the U.S. They can advise you on every aspect of your business venture.
- FlexJobs – The #1 job board for researched telecommuting job leads. Definitely worth the nominal membership fee!
- Lynda – If you are looking for some quality online training, check out Lynda. Their trainers are vetted for expertise in their field. They also offer a free trial.
- 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success – If you decided to take up writing as your freelance career, this course from Gina Horkey will help get you started on the right foot.
- Building a Framework – Want to be a blogger? Just a Girl and Her Blog has this amazing course available to help get you started.
- Start a Social Media Business – Whether you want to be a virtual assistant or a dedicated social media manager, Alexis Grant is an expert in her field. She has created this course to teach you the ropes of growing and engaging your clients’ social media profiles.
- Amazon Boot Camp – The Selling Family is well-known and trusted resource for Amazon FBA. This system will have you well on your way to a thriving online selling business.
- CareerStep – If you are looking to get into the fields of medical transcription or billing, you will need the proper training and certificate.
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