A 9 to 5 job is boring. Getting up every day in the morning, following the same routine, meeting the same people can quickly become repetitive. Besides, you have to constantly live in the fear of layoffs, professional penalties, rightsizing, etc. On top of that, in the nine to five jobs, you have to work hard to make someone else rich. All you get at the end of the month is a fixed salary and some benefits. That is why sensible people turn to their own business. They start small and work their way up the ladder to become whatever they want to become.
So, if you too are tired of the routine nine to five, want to work with flexible hours, spend more time with your family, and most importantly wish to make yourself richer (instead of someone else), you need to start small. In this article, I am sharing small home business ideas to get you started without even spending a lot of fortune. With these home-based business ideas, you can start from scratch and slowly build yourself an empire. No jokes!
Businesses That Don’t Require You to Leave Your Home
There are several online businesses that don’t require you to leave the comfort of your home. However, you need a personal blog, website, or portfolio website that gets yourself noticed. Depending on your specific skill set, you can also try different online freelancing sites such as Freelancer, Fiverr, Guru, or Upwork.
1. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is selling third-party products via your website. If you already have a functional blog or a website, you should try affiliate marketing. All you need to do is include affiliate links to the products you are selling on your website. When the audience clicks and purchases something via your link, you receive a percentage of the selling price. Your commission can range anywhere from 1% to 70%.
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If you love spreadsheets and finance, bookkeeping might hold a bright future for you. With bookkeeping, you can easily earn up to $60 per hour. You don’t need to pass a CPA exam to get started. All you need is a decent laptop and some customer service skills. Target small businesses first as they need assistance with their finance management more than bigger businesses.
3. Home Call Center Agent
While companies hire call center agents from specific locations, you can do this job anywhere in the world. A home call center agent has to meet certain qualifications, though. These include a thorough command of the customers’ language, a telephone line, and a stable internet connection. It can be a part-time gig or full-time employment, depending on your preference.
4. Freelance Writing
Do you love scrambling words and making people swoon over your thoughts? You can easily start a freelance writing business. You can go with creative content writing for different blogs, technical writing for products/services, resume writing to help people get jobs, copywriting to sell products, or ghostwriting for authors. This way, you can easily make around $35 per hour. Good copywriters can make even more money.
For artistic and creative individuals, animation provides a way to express themselves, but it can also be an excellent work-from-home idea. They can animate website logos, create visual effects for television, VFX shots for movies, and other media types. I have seen animators make as high as $106 per hour on freelancing websites such as Upwork.
6. Freelance Video Game Developer
A video game developer helps with a particular phase of video game development. Sometimes they create their own concepts for the game. Other times, they work with game designers to develop different concepts and build them into playable video game. However, if you wish to venture into this field, you have to be really good at programming, as writing code for different gaming formats is not everyone’s cup of tea.
7. Online Chat Agent
This job is ideal for those who want to work from home yet don’t wish the hassle of talking to customers over the phone. These CS professionals must do tech support, answer customer queries, process the returns, or sell products via email, chat, or text. An online chat agent can be full-time or part-time. Companies also offer very flexible work hours. So you can work during the night shift, day shift weekdays, or weekends.
8. Clinical Research Coordinator
A Clinical Research Coordinator is responsible for conducting different clinical trials of medicine. They utilize good clinical practices under the guidance of a Principal Investigator. You can work from home. However, most employers require a four-year degree in a relevant field such as health sciences, public health, or microbiology.
9. Tech Support
Do you have enough understanding of computers, specialized technical understanding of a particular industry, and excellent communication skills? If yes, tech support may turn out to be your next big break. Tech support agents work via phone, email, or online chat. And they have very flexible work hours. You can work daytime, nighttime, or even during the weekends.
Money Making Apps
Money-making apps are a good option to earn some money on the side and add to your monthly income. Some of these apps require you to do various tasks, while others offer a source of passive earnings. For a more hands-on approach, you can do surveys, watch ads, play mobile games, transcribe speech, etc. But if you want a completely passive earning option, you should check out Honeygain. This app stands out from the rest because they offer a truly passive way to earn money, without any initial investment. You can learn more about this app here.
10. Graphic Designing
If you are a bit creative, you can easily create an entire business around graphics designing. It includes designing logos, social media posts, ebook covers, layouts, banners, standees, advertisements, and more. However, you will need to invest in a suitable computer because graphics designing software like Photoshop and Illustrator requires professional machines. Hourly rates for freelance graphics designing range anywhere from $80 to $160, depending on your skill level.
11. Social Media Consultancy
In this age of social media, what can be more interesting than becoming a social media consultant? If you know all the latest fads and have a basic understanding of social media algorithms, this can be your dream job. And it pays just as well, up to $28.85, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Focus on small businesses in a particular niche first. Then slowly build your expertise before pitching to the big fishes in the market.
With online tutoring, you can offer your services without leaving your home. You can teach Maths, English, Science or any other subject to kids from elementary to high school. Different teaching certifications can add to your expertise and help you better promote yourself in a particular subject. As per Zippia, online tutors in the US make an average salary of $15/hour.
13. Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant is just like in-person assistance, except they work remotely. The best thing about this field is that you can offer your services to more than one company. Tasks can vary significantly. One day you are helping a person with data entry, responding to customers, and another day you are managing a business’s website. So be prepared for multiple roles. Virtual assistants easily make around $60 per hour.
14. Web Developer
If you love coding, trying web development should be on top of your list instead of going for a nine-to-five job. Despite what people believe, you don’t need expert-level coding skills to get started. With a basic understanding of languages such as PHP, JAVA, and HTML, you ca yon start your career and expand as your business grows.
Work at Home… and Beyond
Like everything else, working from home can get tiring. You start missing that sweet human interaction and workplace gossip. Don’t worry; there are plenty of options in the job market that let you run a business from home while escaping the confines of the home at the same time. For example:
Who doesn’t love kids? You may have to prepare your home for this job, but babysitting can be a good home-based job while maintaining some social interaction. Plus, it’s also a great way to bypass the Nanny tax. Different states in the US have different laws regarding the kids’ age and how many kids you can babysit simultaneously. Therefore, do check your state’s regulations before venturing into this job. Pay rate also varies accordingly.
Cleaning is a chore. And when it comes to years of accumulated trash in the attics, basements, and barns, cleaning becomes even more difficult. In case you don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty, cleaning can be a good hustle. Sure, it may not be your dream job, but that’s exactly why it has great potential as a lucrative business. Junk removal can pay as much as $30,000/month.
17. Home Staging
People looking to sell their property at the highest price need their place to look like an ideal place. And that’s where a home stager comes into play. A home stager gives it the facelift it requires to fetch the highest possible price. If you have a taste for interior designing and home management, becoming a home stager can be a life-changer. Professional home stagers are earning as much as $0.2M/year in revenue.
18. Local Tour Guide
Do you know all the nooks and crannies of your city? Where’s the best food and what makes your city special? Why not show it off to tourists by becoming a local tour guide? It will help your city as much as it will help you become financially independent. You can even limit yourself to particular landmarks, museums, libraries, monuments, etc, in case you don’t want to travel a lot.
19. Massage Therapist
A massage therapist is another great home business idea. Massage away your client’s muscles as you work with your hands, elbows, and arms. However, it requires more than a few bottles of lotion, a cool-looking table, and a semi-wet towel. You need proper schooling and a license before you can venture into this business. According to estimates, massage therapists have an average pay rate of $20/hour. Not bad, right?
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be a rockstar to earn a handsome amount with your music. People are earning thousands of dollars every month. So if you are musically gifted, you can try different things with music. Such as, teach online or in-person, create a youtube channel, showcase your talents there, write lyrics, become a DJ, help with mixing audio, participate in singing contests, try Fiverr and Patreon, etc.
21. Personal Chef
Do people always appreciate your cooking skills? You can bank on your culinary skills and become a personal chef. While you don’t need a formal culinary degree to get started, a few referrals would help a lot in the start. According to the Kamikoto blog, personal chefs earned $20.43/hour on average back in 2018. Highly experienced chefs can earn more.
22. Personal Trainer
Fitness enthusiasts can easily turn their love of fitness into easy money. A personal trainer either works from home or travels to different client’s houses for training sessions. And if you are certified by any national organization such as ACE or NASM, consider your chances of success manifold. As per BLS, the median pay rate for PTs is $18.85/hour. However, it varies depending on your expertise and location.
Freeze, frame! Try photography if you are good at handling a camera. You can venture into event photography, natural photography, portrait photography, architectural photography, Kids photography, etc, depending on your interest. Once you have enough pictures, sell them on websites such as iStockPhoto, Pexels, Shutterstock to earn a handsome amount. Professional photographers can earn up to one dollar per download.
Home Business Ideas for Selling Stuff
Don’t worry! Selling stuff from home doesn’t always mean you have to cold call strangers. Instead, in this section of the article, I am sharing some ideas about selling either your products or third-party products with the help of websites. Sounds interesting, right? Let’s take a look!
24. Airbnb Host
People who have a spare room (or a spare apartment/home) can turn it into an Airbnb accommodation. So, instead of selling a product, you will be selling your space. To market your place, you will need similar marketing skills, such as attractive photos, good reviews, and available facilities. Keep in mind, however, hosting laws differ from city to city.
25. Amazon Seller
Amazon is a multi-billion dollar marketplace. It makes perfect sense that you can sell pretty much anything there. There are several different ways to sell on Amazon. For instance, you can go for Private Label products (your products) or Retail arbitrage (third party products). Similarly, you can let Amazon handle the shipment by opting for FBA (fulfillment by Amazon) model or handling it yourself by choosing FBM (Fulfillment by Merchant).
26. eBay Seller
Like Amazon, eBay is another great marketplace to sell your stuff. In fact, on eBay, you can resell products from your local thrift store at a profit. Just check eBay’s listings for similar items beforehand and make your offer as attractive as possible. Also, make sure you do professional photographs of your products to attract as many eyes as possible. Usually, a lower price and attractive photos get more eyes (and purchases!).
27. Etsy Marketer
Etsy focuses on handmade custom products. Think you are good at crafting? Try Etsy. On this online marketplace, you can sell your handicrafts, costumes, refinished furniture, gift boxes, custom jewelry, and whatnot for a handsome premium. Focus on professional photographs of your products along with a good write-up of the product’s description to attract potential customers. The potential for earnings and growth on this platform is endless.
28. Sewing Business
If you are good at making alterations for your kids and adjusting hems for your friends, think about starting your very own sewing business. You can use your thread and needle to earn a decent living. Depending on the details, you can charge as high as $500 per costume for customization. Moreover, you can also venture into drapery, pet accessories, handbags, quilting, religious stuff, and, if you are really good, bridal wear.
Home-Based Businesses That Let You Work Outdoors
Working in front of a computer screen can get exhausting. Sometimes, you need a breath of fresh air as well. Below are some work-from-home ideas that take you to the garden every once in a while. Therefore, you can enjoy operating your home business while surrounded by flowers.
29. Garden Consultant
Yes, there are garden consultants (just like business consultants) who give their expert opinion about different varieties of plants and how to grow them. With the popularity of home gardening, the garden consultancy has the potential to turn into a profitable business in the future. But, of course, you need a deep knowledge of plant biology and how different seasons, seeds and fertilizers, etc. impact their growth.
30. Pet Sitter
Are you a pet lover? Becoming a pet sitter can be another profitable business in your neighborhood. You can use various online apps such as Rover to connect with pet parents and build up a clientele. Rover lets you add your profile so that pet owners can see your experience and decide whether or not to connect. Pet sitters can earn as much as $45 per hour.
31. Seasonal Operator
A seasonal operator is a person who prefers working on particular occasions. Not too fond of winters? No problem, you can become a seasonal operator by hauling beach gear during those hot summer days. Don’t like summers? Again, no problem! You can become a seasonal operator by shoveling snow during the cold winter days. Got some free time during the winter break? Venture into the Christmas gifts business. See, a seasonal operator has endless opportunities.
32. Small-Scale Farming
In case you have a backyard with enough room, you can try small-scale farming. Whether it’s plant-based like growing vegetation, animal-based such as chicken farming, or a mix of both like bee farming, small-scale farming has huge potential to become a full-fledged business. Sure, there are some initial setup and licensing costs, but considering the high price of these commodities, it’s pretty risk-free.
Miscellaneous Home-Based Business Ideas
Are you looking for even more home-based business ideas? Try one or a combination of the following career paths. I know not all of them will work for everyone, but there’s nothing wrong with a try, right?
33. Become a Doula
A doula is one of the easiest businesses to start. A doula is a non-medical professional who helps a birthing mother. Doulas can coach expecting mothers in any labor environment. It can be from a home to a midwife’s clinic to a hospital bed. While getting a professional license is not a requirement in most states of the USA, getting DONA International’s certification is a great idea to increase your chances of getting more clients.
34. Become a Grant Writer
Schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, training academies, and non-profits all need the services of grant money to stack up against their finances. However, grant letters are tricky to write – especially when you are writing for the first time. That’s why not everyone can write these letters. If you know your way with words, grant letter writing can be a very lucrative career path as it can get you up to $80,000 per annum.
35. Become a Hairstylist
Running your salon from the safety of your home can also be very fruitful. As you won’t have to pay rent, you can benefit from the amount a client pays. Just make sure you know your state’s requirements for running a salon. Some states have very stringent laws.
36. Become a Travel Planner
Sure, everyone can check a review aggregator website for the best fares. Not everyone can come up with a comprehensive travel plan. What flights to take, where to stay, try to rent a car or rent a bike instead? What places to see first? And most importantly, how to stay within your budget? These are the questions only a travel planner can answer. And the best thing is, you can start this business with a simple website and some marketing.
37. Bicycle Rentals/Bicycle Repairs
Renting out your bicycle can be profitable, just like renting out your car. You just have to have really good marketing skills. Likewise, bicycle repair is also a solid business idea. The demand for repairs remains steady throughout the year. You can easily teach yourself how to repair a bicycle by watching a few Youtube videos. In case of a complex repair, send it to a repair shop and take a percentage of the cost.
38. Book Publishing/eBooks
Despite what people think, book publishing has become a very easy job these days. And you don’t even need to be a writer to write a book. Hire a ghostwriter, duh! Sites like Amazon accept almost any book on any topic. What’s challenging is getting the word across and reaching your target audience. Therefore, you should be ready to invest in a marketing strategy if you wish to venture into this field.
39. Candle Making/Candle Selling
Both making and selling candles is another business idea that holds huge prospects. Make candles at home and sell them online. You can also add some variations such as scented candles, soy wax candles, votive, pillar, taper candles, etc. Initially, approaching some established retailers can be a good option too. Another idea is to invest in low-cost candles from your local store and sell it online for a profit.
40. Car Detailing
Some people love to pamper their pets. Others love pampering their cards. High-end car owners are willing to pay a handsome amount to get their vehicles properly detailed. But, you have to be very good at this job because these clients are hard to please. However, once they are happy with your work, expect a regular income stream. Plus, they will also recommend you to their friends and family so expect steady growth.
41. Car Resale/Boat Resale
People often sell their good enough cars for trivial reasons at very low costs. You just need a keen eye to notice a car sale that can give you a major profit in resale. Focus only on popular models and strictly avoid vehicles that may require a major overhaul. Ideally, you need some capital ($10,000 at least in the United States) to start this business so that you can purchase a few used cards.
42. Catering Service
Nopes, you don’t need to be a gourmet chef to start your very own catering service. If you can cook a single dish better than others, then you should try this option. It’s a very low-cost method to create a food business. Start with serving simple foods for friends and family events. Initially, focus on food that you can cook well. Slowly expand your customer base and experiment with other food articles. You can also hire cooks once your business takes off.
43. Collect Debt for a Living
Debt collectors just need a laptop and a mobile phone to work. Thus it is an excellent home-based work idea. However, it is not an easy job. You should have very thick skin to make progress in this business. Furthermore, it requires a debt specialist certification. The licensing requirements also vary depending on your geography. Therefore, make sure you have done all the necessary homework before setting up your debt collection shop.
44. Become a Typist
Think you can type fast? Become a Typist and work from your home. A typist is responsible for typing different forms of documents and written material for organizations. They use different word processors to record minutes of the meeting, type presentations, organize reports, transcribe audio, enter data into spreadsheets, record court proceedings, etc. The average salary for a typist is $15/hour in the US.
45. Make Crossword Puzzles
While everyone likes solving these mystery puzzles, most people don’t know that you can earn a handsome amount by creating these crossword puzzles. Magazines and online puzzle websites are ready to pay as much as $1000 for a single puzzle. Because crosswords are mostly handmade, it’s not easy for computers to create such a fun crossword puzzle. Human touch is required to make a quality crossword puzzle.
46. Make Business Plans
If you have ever run a business – even if it’s a small one – you must know how to make a business plan. It’s time you bank on this skill and help other people with creating their business plans. In case you don’t know how to make a business plan, don’t worry. There are several free online courses on Udemy that teach you just that. After just a couple of hours of watching a course, you can be ready to help out any client looking for a business plan or a business model tool such as Value Proposition Canvas.
47. Manage Social Media
Social media managers earn a decent amount just by keeping the social media handles of a business active and interactive. They are usually good at graphics designing and writing engaging copy. However, these are not requisite skills. Anyone can learn basic graphics designing with online free tools such as Canva. For an engaging copy, take help from the stalking social media handles of your competitors.
48. Do Medical Transcription from Home
Doctors often record audio dictations. These dictations then need to be properly transcribed into medical reports. This opens up an opportunity for individuals who are familiar with the medical jargon and a dictionary to aptly transcribe these dictations into useful reports. Generally, you need a two years degree to ensure you understand different medical terms. Once you fulfill the requirements, sign up for apps like FlexJobs to avail yourself of medical transcription opportunities.
49. Dog Walking Business
A Dogwalker or a pet sitter – as the name suggests – helps dog owners with their pet. It needs no prior experience or certificate. You just need some doggo love in your heart. There are several websites, such as Rover.com, that can help you become a professional in this niche. They have more than enough work to fill up your entire week. You can also use these websites to get some short-term gigs. People charge $30 a night or even more to take care of the pets in their homes.
50. Drive for Uber or Lyft
You read that right. Sure, driving isn’t exactly a home-based job, but let me explain its inclusion in my article. Driving for car riding services such as Uber or Lyft is highly flexible work. You can drive any time you want. Besides, you can even work for both of these services at the same time. These services have a fixed rate per mile. Plus, there’s potential for some tips from the generous folks. Tips, fixed pay rate, and additional bonuses can add up really fast. People even hire a driver on a fixed pay to drive their vehicle for these services. Uber allows a “Fleet Account” that lets you register multiple drivers under a single account.
51. Dropshipping Business
Dropshipping is simple. You take orders from a client who needs a particular product or a service and then forwards it to a third party who fulfills the order. This third party can be the original manufacturer/service provider, wholesaler, or other retailers. You need to create a website using platforms like Shopify or Woocommerce. These platforms automate a lot of tedious work. Your primary investment will be in testing ad creatives for various products.
52. Fix Broken Electronics
If you love electronics, fixing up these little machines seems like an instinct whenever they stop functioning. And in this case, think about operating a repair shop right out of your home. As laptops, iPads, and smartphones are the trendiest gadgets these days, repairing these household electronics offer a great deal of revenue. This is because fixing broken screens through the manufacturer is highly expensive.
53. Get Paid to Shop
Online marketplaces are hungry for your attention. These sites are ready to pay for it. In case you love shopping online, consider making money from home this way. Some popular cashback websites are Swagbucks, Rakuten and Wikibuy. To understand how they work, consider this scenario: Imagine Swagbucks has a partnership with Walmart. Whenever you purchase something from Walmart on Swagbucks.com, they receive a commission. Because they want you to keep returning, these websites offer cashback on every purchase. Add up these little rewards, and you get a handsome amount at the end of the month.
54. Handyperson Service
There’s a famous saying in business. Just because you haven’t done something doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Starting a handyperson service comes in the same category. Even if you don’t know how to fix broken windows, leaking pipes, and other stuff in the house, just take out your hammer, and you will figure out a way. After all, a handyperson is a jack of all trades. You need not be a master of one. Once your business takes off, you can contract out your work and enjoy your off time.
55. Home Bakery
Think your baking is mouth-watering delicious? Why not start a home bakery! It’s one business idea that needs no additional costs as you probably have most of the baking equipment at your home. You can then sell your food through local food stores, restaurants, or a service like UPS. You can even get orders directly from your Facebook page. If your state laws don’t allow setting up a home bakery, consider looking into a shared commercial kitchen.
56. Home Daycare Business
This business idea is perfect for stay-at-home parents. As you are already staying home with your children, inviting others to the party will double the fun. Plus, it will bring in some extra money to help with your finances. Licensing terms for in-house daycare centers vary from state to state, so be sure to check out all the rules and regulations.
57. Import/Export Business
Today, you don’t need to travel the seven seas for a flourishing import-export business. Instead, you can do so from a corner in your home. Source your products from places such as Alibaba and AliExpress. Get orders from the clients and then deliver the same products directly to their doorstep. It’s easy but make sure you have the tabs on quality control. Otherwise, you won’t be able to secure returning customers.
58. Invest In Real Estate
Landlords make a lot of money from the comfort of their homes. You too, can invest in real estate as a side business initially. In case you don’t have any idea of the real estate industry, I suggest looking up various real estate crowdfunding platforms like DiversityFund or CrowdStreet. These platforms let you pool your money along with other investors to buy a particular property. Each crowdfunding platform is different in its way, though.
59. Invest in Stocks
Investment in Stocks is just like real estate. You can do so while sitting on your couch and watching Netflix. Nevertheless, stock investment is a risky business. Therefore, I recommend it only for people familiar with the market and have a clear strategy. You can also hire the services of a brokerage firm for a commission. This will make your investment as much secure as possible.
60. Invest in Cryptocurrency
Stocks, Real estate, and Crypto are pretty much similar these days. You can purchase different cryptocurrencies without setting your foot outside of your home. Several platforms like Binance, CoinBase, and others make crypto investments easy peasy lemon squeazy. However, cryptocurrencies are highly volatile, due to which I don’t recommend investing your life savings when you are just starting. Once you have enough know-how of the crypto industry, you can take it up as a full-time job.
61. Life Coaching or Career Coaching
Many people – especially teenagers and budding business professionals – are looking for guidance in their careers. Finding a suitable life coach can be very hard. If you have any experience navigating through your professional, personal and social transitions of life successfully, you can put it into good use by becoming a life coach or a career coach. You can then offer your guidance, training, and advice online via video chats from your living room.
62. Real estate or property manager
Many people have properties they don’t use. These properties are often based in other cities. As a real estate or property manager, your job is to help them ensure their property is well maintained and properly taken care of. Moreover, you have to take care of the simple small-time fixes as they arise. You are also expected to liaison with renters and help the owners rent out the property. According to Payscale, the average salary for a Property Manager in the US is $50740.
63. Packing Facilitation
People move around and change their addresses every now and then. Packing their everyday use stuff is always a pain. Therefore, they hire a packing facilitator to help them with the entire packing process. Packing facilitation ensures a slow yet steady stream of clientele. When you are just starting, I suggest partnering up with your local moving service. After a few weeks, they will start referring new clients directly to you.
64. Bed & Breakfast business
A B&B business is just like a small-time hotel. You transform your place into an ideal accommodation for guests. Simply consider the kind of guests that often travel to your city and then create themed stays that might be of some interest to them. It’s not that easy, but I hope you get the gist. However, you may require a license from your state, so do research your local laws before venturing into a B&B business.
65. Gym Owner or personal trainer
If you are passionate about physical health and strength training, turn your home into a gym and create a small-town community for others. You can also become a personal trainer in case you have years of experience in the field. But, there may be some legalities involved in this business. You will require a proper license as well as authorization from local authorities about any on-site injuries etc.
66. Jewelry Making
Some people are good at crafting new jewelry. If you are one of them, you should try selling your designs. People have built successful jewelry brands out of their homes around jewelry selling. You can then sell your products online on specific platforms such as Etsy that deal with handicrafts. Or you can sell your creations at craft fairs, pedestrian stalls, or flea markets.
67. Own a vending Machine
Vending machines are everywhere. Consider your options such as food, drinks, bulk, or specialty vending. After that, find a suitable location. Make sure it’s a place that gets the highest footfall. You may have to work out an agreement with the proprietor. Finally, you have to find your vending machine – online or from wholesalers/secondary market retailers. After you have stocked and placed it at a suitable location, sit back and relax at your home while your vending machine does the work for you.
68. Candy Seller
Back in the days, every southern neighborhood had a “Candy Lady.” If you know people in your community and are trustworthy enough, you too can start this home business. Besides selling the most popular snacks and candies, a Candy seller can offer fresh fruits, veggies, and other products that may be hard to find in the local stores.
69. Join a Food Delivery Service
The concept of a food delivery service is still taking hold. Various services like Uber Eats, Doordash, and postmates are slowly making their way into the mainstream. Just like an Uber driver takes passengers from one place to another, these services take food orders from the food joints and deliver them to the consumers. Same concept, different industry!
70. Junk Removal
Cleaning up a house after some unfortunate event is an unenviable task. It can be as simple as taking the unnecessary stuff to the dumpster or as complex as separating the trash from the usable and then handling the actual sale of the leftovers. By starting your own business of removing other people’s junk, you can get the profit from sales as well as some pieces of the treasures.
71. Landscaping Business
Love landscaping your backyard? Landscape designing might turn out to your dream home-based business. It’s a relatively new field, that’s why the competition is very less. You can learn landscaping skills by working part-time with a landscaping company first. Once there, you can slowly start building your client base. After that, the more creative and unique you can get with your landscaping ideas, the better profit you can accumulate.
72. Mystery Shopping
Getting paid for shopping? Yes, please! Retailers, consumer watchdogs, and market research companies utilize mystery shopping to measure the quality of customer service and collect information about product/service delivery. As a mystery shopper, you are expected to visit a retail store, restaurant, bank, or a similar location to measure the quality of goods/services and get paid in return. According to Scambusters, mystery shoppers earn anywhere from $50 to $100 per job.
73. Online Affiliate Marketing Business
Online Affiliate marketing is when you sell third-party products on your website. You must have seen these articles on different websites talking about buyer’s guide for the top 10 XYZ products. Each of the products contains an affiliate link. When a customer purchases through that link, the website earns a referral fee which can be as high as 30% of the product’s cost. To start this business, you just need a simple affiliate website.
74. Online Clothing Brand
Online clothing brands are all the rage these days: the reason being, it’s very easy to create your brand. You can sell clothes online and contract out the production work to a third party with a production unit. After that, sell with the help of your website or go to an online marketplace such as eBay or Amazon. When starting, you can begin with a small investment and grow your business as you begin receiving recurring orders.
75. Online Custom T-Shirt Business/Designer T-Shirts
Custome T-shirts are always in demand. You can easily turn this demand into a full-fledge work-from-home business. People will mail you their artworks, logos, or pictures, and you will have to print up their tees. Conversely, you can sell your designs. It’s considerably easy to print shirts. To get new customers, you will have to reach out to them via the usual digital marketing techniques. You can also perform email outreach to your target audience.
76. Online Resume/LinkedIn Profile Writing
Not everyone is good with words. If you are one of the talented ones, consider venturing into the Resume or LinkedIn profile writing business. The demand for this particular service is huge. To help you get started, here’s a pro tip. Always highlight what individuals have accomplished in their lives and how they distinguished themselves at a particular position. You should also include SEO-friendly keywords to rank higher on search results.
77. Painting Business
People hate painting. It is time-consuming, requires a lot of physical effort, and needs skills to do it right. So, if you are a rare species and love the transformation as an old building comes back to life, go on and create a business around it. It is one home-based job that’s both rewarding physically and lucrative financially. Just make sure you don’t get paint in your hair!
78. Piece Together Some Micro Jobs
With the advancement in technology and the rise of the gig economy, websites like Fiverr, Upwork, and Gigwalk saw a major boost. These websites allow you to accept different jobs at the same time. The best thing is you can use all of these services simultaneously. Piece together small jobs, and you can earn a handsome amount in very little time. And the best part is, you can set up all of this from the comfort of your couch.
79. Podcasting Business
A podcasting business involves creating informative or entertaining material for listeners. People can then subscribe or listen to the podcast over a smartphone app. Podcasts generate cash with the help of ads. Besides, listeners can also pay instant access to premium content, bonus materials, and extra episodes.
80. Prepare Taxes for People
Taxes are taxing (Ha! Forgive me, I really wanted to write that). Everyone has to pay taxes, yet nobody wants to deal with it. This is what makes a stay-at-home tax preparation business a great idea for someone who has a little tax background or anyone willing to take a little training for the basics. As the government changes the tax code every year, you have to refresh your training every now and then. Also, you have to register with the IRS.
81. Rent Out a Room in Your House
Vacasa, VRBO, and Airbnb are all online marketplaces that provide lodging facilities to visitors by connecting them with a host. In case you have a spare bedroom in your house, you can list it on these services and get a handsome payout in rent. The charges of the room will, of course, depend on your area. The more tourists it gets and the better facilities you can provide, the more money you can charge for a night stay.
82. Rent Out Your Car
Let’s not name any names, but rental car companies are awful to deal with. They are too expensive, and sometimes you don’t get the service you expect. That’s what makes you (an ordinary joe) at a much better place to rent out your car and get handsome returns. Besides, there are some other services like Turo that allow you to lend your car to total strangers. You just have to list your vehicle and charge whatever you wish for the day (or night).
83. Sell Your Stuff
Everyone is shopping online these days. This opens up a lot of opportunities for you to sell whatever you want online. In addition to eBay and Amazon, other places like Worthy, Declutter, LetGo, and Gazelle also facilitate online selling. You can sell anything on these platforms. However, to make it a viable business, you should be able to provide consistent value to the customers.
84. Senior Companion Service
Think of a babysitter, but for adults. A senior companion service engages with seniors by providing them company. You can easily set up your business model around an hourly rate, errand running for groceries, prescriptions, and extras to fit each client’s unique circumstances. In a way, it’s community service as well. Think about all the lives you can help make better while earning some cash too. The best thing about this business is that you will never run out of clients.
85. Develop Smartphone Apps
No, you don’t have to be a pro developer to create a basic smartphone app. If you have a little understanding of Java, C++, and object-oriented programming, you can easily create a unique Android app. You can then publish it on the play store and monetize it. Take help from online courses offered by Udemy, and you are good to go without a major investment except for time and effort.
86. Start a Blog
Love writing your journal or a diary? Why not share it with the whole world, monetize it and earn some passive income? Niche blogs are particularly making a handsome amount these days. With platforms like Bluehost and Blogger, you can have your website up and running in no time. While building a passive income with a blog is an excellent idea. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea as it requires consistent writing and exceptional patience.
87. Start a Youtube Channel
Starting a Youtube Channel is a great way to earn passive income. You just need a decent camera and some editing skills. Your channel can be around any of your interests such as music, cooking, gardening, you name it. In fact, people are raking in huge cash by just reacting to other people’s Youtube channels. Initially, you will need to put in some effort by creating quality content because Youtube requires a certain number of views before you can monetize the channel.
88. Start a Child Proofing Business
Everyone wants to keep their kids safe, but very few people know how to make their home childproof. That’s where a child-proofing specialist can come into action. It’s a fairly inexpensive business to start, but there can be some state regulations involved. Take up an apprenticeship with a professional child-proof to learn the technicalities. There are also some great courses online on Udemy that can help you learn this skill.
89. Start a Copywriting Business
Copywriters write promotional material for different businesses. It includes advertisements, website copy, commercials, email marketing, newsletters, taglines, and many other similar jobs. Generally, copywriters come from a marketing or English language background, but formal education isn’t necessary if you are good with your words. The hardest part of this job is getting your first client. After that, word of mouth and networking can play a role in growing your business.
90. Start a Home Inspection Business
People buy homes all the time. An important part of the purchase is getting the services of a home inspector to determine everything is in tip-top condition in the building. A home inspector visits the location and points out any flaws. Anyone who has little experience working in the construction field can take up this job. According to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a home inspection franchise on average earns around $60,710.
91. Start a Home-Based Organization Business
Believe it or not, you can start an organization business. Yes, some people are too lazy to reorganize their messy closets, living rooms, stores, basements, or attics. They need the services of a professional organizer. The best thing about this business is that you don’t need a certificate or authority letter. Just advertise your services online via different Facebook groups and see how many harried individuals contact you.
92. Start a Voiceover Business
If you have a distinctive voice, you can easily create a business around it. However, professional voice-over requires investment in professional equipment such as a microphone, headphone, audio interface, recording software, etc. It’s a one-time investment. After that, create a profile on freelancing websites such as Upwork or Fiverr and begin selling your voice for some quick bucks.
93. Subscription Box Business
Subscription boxes are a great way to shop. This business model offers a unique experience to the consumers. One which is curated around different products and themes. It’s a very stable financial model with recurring monthly revenue. You can build your subscription box business around any niche – from coffee to beauty and puzzles to pets. If there’s an online community around a particular product, you can easily build a subscription business around it.
94. Surveys During Your Spare Time
There are various survey companies online that pay you good money to answer questions in your free time. Some of the hot favorites are, PrizeRebel, Swagbucks, InboxDollars, and SurveyJunkie. Depending on your geography and demography, you can easily earn anywhere from $2/hr to $6/hr by completing different surveys. But, surveys are not the only way to earn money via these platforms. You can also make a handsome amount by playing games, watching videos, becoming a part of focus groups, etc.
95. Teach Music Lessons
Teaching music (piano, violin or guitar, etc.) lessons online is a pretty cool way to earn a little extra cash without going out of your home. You need to be a little music-minded. While you are at it, some websites let you market your music lessons or even teach via their platform. My favorite is Live Music Tutor. You just need to sign up and create your account to get started.
96. Tourist Map/Local Business Guide
A map for tourists is a map that highlights various points of interest. These points may include local businesses, important attractions, or street shortcuts to avoid congested traffic lanes. Well, you can get creative with it as much as you want. You can create a physical map, print its different copies, or do it entirely online and publish it on your website. Your choice!
97. Use Your Language Skills to Translate
Know more than one language? Wonderful! You can easily begin translating documents from the confines of your home. Translators work as freelancers. Therefore you can build an entire business out of one-time gigs. It’s pretty easy too as you just need a website and some advertisement to begin. Networking in various business fields can also benefit your translation business in the future.
98. Window Treatment Service
Window treatment is expensive. And why shouldn’t it be? It saves a lot of cash on utilities. Plus, it gives a new look to your house. So, why not begin your very own window treatment services? You just need a gorgeously looking website that attracts clients. Once there, you can talk to them over the phone or email before setting up an appointment at their home.
99. Yoga Studio/Yoga Online
Starting Yoga classes is pretty easy as well. Plus, it’s a repeat customer business with a regular income. Simply convert a spare room in your house into a studio, and you’re all set to offer Yoga classes. Some Yoga entrepreneurs rent out their space or utilize a client’s area in exchange for a discount. Not to forget, you can also teach your services online via apps like Zoom.
100. Become an Online Juror
Channel your inner judge, and instead of watching courtroom programs on Youtube, become an online Juror yourself. Oftentimes, lawyers are looking for preliminary feedback on a case they are already handling or about to decide whether to take up or not. Therefore, before heading to a courtroom, they post it on different websites such as eJury, Jury Talk and Jury Test. It’s a cost-effective way to get the opinion of various focus groups. The payouts vary widely. Depending on the case, you can earn up to $60 within an hour.
101. Become an Online Researcher
People have money to spend but don’t have the time or know where to find that particular information. So, you can help them out by becoming an online researcher. An online researcher helps people with just about anything, from finding suitable demographics for a food business in a particular area to finding clinics that offer specialized skin treatment and helping out an author with their ebook. You can set up your profile on freelancing websites such as Fiverr and Upwork. There’s no initial setup cost. You just have to make your offer highly attractive to get that first client.
102. Peer to Peer Lender
Several online websites like Prosper and Lending Club offer peer to peer lending services. On these platforms, you can easily lend your money to a business or an individual. Therefore, you become an investor and make money on the accumulated interest. A p2p lending services effectively cut out traditional banks and lending institutions as the middlemen, making it more profitable for you. However, if the borrower defaults, you risk losing all of your principal money. Carefully consider all the risks and rewards before becoming a peer-to-peer lender.
Tips for Running a Business Out of Your Home
As obvious, running a business from home is different from the regular nine to five. There are a lot more distractions. You will need a lot more dedication. You will require a lot more discipline. Below are some additional tips for successfully running a business right out of your comfort zone.
- Always have a dedicated workspace. It will help you better focus on your work.
- Always set a work schedule. You don’t have to work nine to five, but setting up strict work hours can help you get things done easily.
- Always protect your work time from distractions coming from friends and family. Don’t let them sabotage your business.
- Always outsource your extra work.
- Always keep your business finances separate from your finances.
The Bottom Line
The daily commute, bickering coworkers, and tight cubicles don’t suit everyone. If you are one such person, try any of the 100 home business ideas we shared above. Work from home has several benefits. You are your boss. You can set the schedule, call the shots and do whatever you think will benefit your business. Most importantly, you can pursue your passions without anyone hindering your progress. Thus, you can craft a life for yourself that you always wanted.
That’s all for now. Let us know which idea suits your fancy. Good luck, and thank you for reading this long article!