250 Ideas For Self Employment


If you’re out of work, not meeting your financial goals, or frustrated with your present job, self employment is an option that may be worth considering. Self employment can either serve as an income supplement or an income replacement — depending on your objectives, your skills, your motivation, and the demand for your products or services.

Starting Your Own Business

Below are articles, business guides, websites, and other resources that offer ideas, tools, training, and proven methods for starting and succeeding in your own business:

  1. 7 Ways to Start Your Own Business without quitting your job*
  2. How to start a profitable online T-shirt store: Six keys to success*
  3. Free Report on building business credit (5 Essential Steps)*
  4. New blog post: 20 self-employment ideas for introverts
  5. Recent blog post: List of 50 Good Businesses to Start
  6. Latest blog post: 100 Ways to Make Money From Home
  7. Subscribe to my free newsletter to receive more great business startup tips, articles on making money as a freelance writer, and practical ideas for starting your own business from home.

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How to Start an ecommerce Business

If you’ve been looking for ways to start your own online store, Shopify* can provide you with the tools, the software, and the marketing strategies to make it happen. In addition to helping you create your own professional e-commerce website, Shopify can help you sell your products on social media sales channels, like Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. I also like the fact that they offer free online training and marketing tips for anyone interested in starting their own business.

Here are a couple online business guides written by ecommerce experts at Shopify that can help put you on a fast track to starting your own successful Interent store:

  • How to find a product to sell online*: This free 14-chapter guide provides you with a step-by-step process for finding, evaluating, and choosing products to sell online — ones that are trending and in demand. (Read it online or download the business guide as a PDF file.) This information multiplies your chances for success by showing you how to validate your business concept before spending time and money on it.
  • How to make your first sale in 30 days*: Once you’ve chosen a potentially profitable product niche and launched your online store, the next step is driving targeted traffic to your website and effectively promoting it. This marketing checklist for entrepreneurs provides a summary of proven strategies for generating free traffic, using pay-per click advertising to attract customers, working with bloggers and “influencers,” and marketing your ecommerce site through social media channels like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. The checklist will answer many of your questions on how to promote your website, effectively market your products, and make sales online. Learn the techniques, today!

An e-commerce platform like Shopify can help you handle the details of accepting credit card payments, fulfilling orders in a single step, monitoring sales (and sales trends), keeping track of your inventory, and creating your own customized business website and blog. Once you’ve accomplished that, you’re off and running!


If starting an online store is not in your “comfort zone,” then there are literally hundreds of other self employment ideas from which to choose — many of which can be started with very little money. I’ve listed a long list of business ideas below, along with links to more information, training materials, and other useful resources.*

List of Self Employed Business Ideas

The following list of 250 business ideas is intended to help you develop viable ideas for starting your own part-time or full-time business.

Your decision of what business to start will depend on a lot of variables, such as current skills, talents, your level of motivation, available time and energy, relevant experience, contacts (who you know, not corrective lenses!), your existing reputation, market conditions (demand for your product or services), competitive factors, your financial resources, tolerance for risk, salesmanship abilities, “people skills”, problem-solving ability, willingness to improve, commitment to quality control and customer satisfaction, and — last, but not least — your work ethic.

Note: Having experience, relevant knowledge, and qualifications does improve your chances for success in a self employed business, however, a strong willingness to learn and make use of available training materials, workshops, and tutorials can compensate for a lack of qualifications and experience.


List of 250+ Self Employment Ideas

Some of the more popular business ideas that people are now pursuing or researching include the following self employment options:

  1. Cleaning business: house cleaning, housekeeping, office cleaning, janitorial
  2. Photography (Dozens of specialties and niche markets to choose from)
  3. Catering business
  4. Consulting business: (See blog post).
  5. Landscaping business
  6. Lawn care business [Check out lawn business success course*]
  7. Dog walking business
  8. Online business (Try Shopify free for 14 days today!)*
  9. Academic tutoring services [Get paid to teach online]*
  10. Offering music lessons (individual or group): guitar, piano, singing
  11. Foreign language translation services
  12. Construction business
  13. Jewelry sales
  14. Vending machine business
  15. Cupcake business
  16. Baking, bakery or cake business
  17. Painting business (interior and exterior house painting)
  18. Retail sales
  19. Food businesses: food trucks, Italian ice cart, hot dog carts,
  20. Recycling business
  21. Clothing business
  22. Transportation
  23. Carpet cleaning
  24. Trucking
  25. Party planning business
  26. Pet sitting business
  27. Home health care business
  28. Courier business
  29. Bookkeeping services
  30. Daycare/childcare services
  31. Wedding planning
  32. Computer repair
  33. IT consulting
  34. Web design and/or graphic design business
  35. Handyman business [Download how-to book and video*]
  36. Greeting card business
  37. Craft business
  38. Pressure washing
  39. Repo business
  40. Credit repair business
  41. Fashion business
  42. Limo business (limousine service) for weddings, proms, airport pickup
  43. Marketing/advertising agency and/or freelance copywriting*
  44. Social media marketing services
  45. Blogging
  46. Pizza shop
  47. Gym/fitness business
  48. Shoe business
  49. Bar business
  50. Pool hall business
  51. Wholesale business
  52. eBay business
  53. Pest control business
  54. Bail bonds business
  55. Medical transportation
  56. Tax preparation
  57. Cell phone business
  58. Gift basket business
  59. Cookie business
  60. Manufacturing
  61. Laundry business
  62. Delivery service
  63. Car rental business
  64. Car detailing
  65. DJ business
  66. Scrap metal business
  67. Junk removal business
  68. Concierge services
  69. Boutique business
  70. Party rental
  71. Dog boarding/kennel
  72. Swimming pool cleaning and maintenance
  73. Plumbing services
  74. Magazine publishing
  75. Medical supply business
  76. Medical billing services
  77. Lingerie business
  78. Life coaching
  79. Career counseling
  80. Background check service
  81. Agriculture
  82. Greenhouse business
  83. Coffee shop and/or coffee roasting business
  84. Check cashing service
  85. Hotel business
  86. Printing business
  87. Candle sales/candle making
  88. Travel agency
  89. Storage business (storage unit rental/self storage)
  90. Event planning
  91. Mail order business
  92. Dropship business
  93. Security services or consulting (residential, commercial, personal security, etc)
  94. Dog training
  95. Dog grooming
  96. Laundromat business (coin laundry business)
  97. Senior care business
  98. Real estate investment business
  99. Property management business
  100. Fast food business
  101. Furniture business
  102. Massage business/massage therapy
  103. Fundraising business
  104. Resale business
  105. Sewing business
  106. Consignment business
  107. Spa business
  108. Web hosting business
  109. Home staging business
  110. Home party business
  111. Locksmith business
  112. Website design
  113. Import/export business
  114. Bottled water business
  115. Hair salon
  116. Call center
  117. Dump truck business
  118. House flipping
  119. Grocery delivery
  120. HVAC business (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning services)
  121. Lead generation business
  122. Window washing
  123. Dog kennel
  124. Non medical home care business
  125. Stationery business
  126. Soap making business
  127. Paintball business
  128. Rental car business
  129. Coaching business
  130. Chocolate business
  131. Popcorn business
  132. Smoothie business
  133. Matchmaking business
  134. Flea market business
  135. BBQ business (barbecue food catering)
  136. eCommerce business [Create an online store*]
  137. Franchise businesses
  138. Moving services
  139. Freight brokerage business
  140. Logging business
  141. Remodeling business
  142. Personal chef business
  143. Bed and breakfast
  144. Beauty supply business
  145. Nursing home business
  146. Nail salon
  147. Hauling business
  148. Handbag business 
  149. Hair bow business
  150. Gas station
  151. Video game business
  152. Frozen foods
  153. Financial planning services
  154. Horse boarding
  155. Telemarketing
  156. Laser tag business
  157. Floral business (flower shop)
  158. Clothing business online
  159. Multi level marketing/network marketing
  160. Referral business
  161. Decorating business
  162. Nursery business
  163. Concrete business
  164. Car wash and/or hand car wash business
  165. Staffing/recruiting/”head hunting” services
  166. Perfume business and/or cosmetics business
  167. Powder coating business
  168. Go kart business
  169. Sign business
  170. Interior design business
  171. Bowling alley
  172. Rain gutter installation and/or cleaning business
  173. PC repair services
  174. Computer consulting
  175. Beverage sales
  176. Car audio installation and repair
  177. Insurance agency
  178. Tanning salon
  179. Professional organizing service
  180. Catalog business
  181. Pet store
  182. Group home business
  183. Paralegal business
  184. Dollar store
  185. Nanny business
  186. Dry cleaning
  187. Mystery shopping business
  188. Gardening business
  189. Senior home care business
  190. Mobile oil change business
  191. Fashion design business
  192. Home healthcare business
  193. Liquor store
  194. Balloon business
  195. Horse business
  196. Voip business
  197. Direct sales
  198. Non-Emergency Medical Transportation
  199. T-shirt business
  200. Wedding chapel business
  201. Retail clothing business
  202. Silk screen business
  203. Sporting goods business
  204. Security consulting
  205. Day spa business
  206. Feed store business
  207. Fishing or aquaculture business
  208. Home inventory business
  209. Honey business
  210. Hunting business
  211. Coffee cart business
  212. Boat charter business
  213. Bookstore business
  214. Beauty salon business
  215. Taxi cab business
  216. Cabinet making business
  217. Car transport business
  218. Chair massage business
  219. Knife sharpening business
  220. Psychic business
  221. Pet cremation business
  222. Pottery business
  223. Pet boarding business
  224. Pet photography business
  225. Motorcycle business
  226. Mobile dog grooming business
  227. Personal fitness training
  228. Dog bakery [Resource: Step-by-step business system*]
  229. Animal rescue business
  230. Answering service
  231. Barber shop
  232. BPO business
  233. Business card printing
  234. Pet shop
  235. Mailing service
  236. Loan broker
  237. Skateboard business
  238. Gift shop
  239. Newspaper publishing
  240. Stained glass business
  241. Woodworking
  242. Electronic dog fence installation
  243. Shoe repair
  244. Appliance repair
  245. Window tinting
  246. Foreclosure cleanups
  247. Dumpster rental business
  248. Concert promoter [How to become a special event promoter*]
  249. Talent agent
  250. Real estate business
  251. Freelance writer [Subscribe to my newsletter to learn how to make money as a freelance writer. You’ll get valuable tips on how to get started, how to achieve high earnings, where to find freelance writing jobs, how much you should charge, and how to turn fear into confidence as a professional writer. The information is free and you can easily cancel your subscription at any time.]

While this list of self employment ideas is far from all inclusive, it does cover a lot of possibilities. If you can think of any other unique ideas for starting a small business, feel free to post a comment on this blog or email me your thoughts

Other Home-Based Business Ideas to Consider

If you’re a stay-at-home mom looking for an income supplement or even a profitable home business idea, you’re not alone. It’s a common challenge that countless parents face every day, throughout the world.

As a work-from-home dad, myself, I can speak from experience when it comes to being a home-based entrepreneur, freelance writer, blogger, website owner, and online marketing affiliate. In my opinion, one of the best businesses to start from home — whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, a college student, or a retiree — is freelance writing.

There are also plenty of other work-at-home business ideas that are worth exploring — especially if you have marketable skills, experience in a particular field, knowledge that others might benefit from, an entrepreneurial mindset, a product or service for which there’s a demand, and/or a background in sales.

While you may find that searching for freelance gigs, self employment jobs, and work-at-home opportunities can be discouraging at times, your most important asset is your mindset: the ability to cultivate self confidence, determination, momentum, and the belief that you are surrounded by opportunities waiting to be discovered — opportunities that are often “hiding in plain sight.”

To quote Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.”

In the Internet Age, there are countless ways to get a job, make money online, or start your own business. While there are no guarantees of success in any endeavor, the path to starting a profitable home business begins with a good idea, a proactive plan, and the determination to persist until you succeed.

Whether you’re considering being a freelance writer, a tutor, a bookkeeper, a virtual assistant, a freelance photographer, a social media marketing consultant,  event planner, or an e-commerce business owner, there are a lot of opportunities out there waiting to be identified and acted on. Why not get started today?

A couple of my favorite inspiration quotes, which are attributed to Liam Linisong, are the following:

“A year from now, what will you wish you had done today?”

“No one can stop you but yourself!”

Question: Does “luck” play a role in business and personal success? That’s a topic for a separate blog post, but there does appear to be an element of luck in many success stories. However, there’s more to luck than just serendipity. To quote movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn … or was it former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson:

“The harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”

FAQ: What Business Should I Start?

For many entrepreneurs, the first hurdle to being self employed and building their client list is not a lack of desire or a marketing strategy, but something much more fundamental: deciding what business to start.

When it comes to starting a new business, there are literally hundreds of options from which to choose. Based on my Internet research, the top-ten businesses to start are cleaning services, online businesses, photography services, a t-shirt business, consulting services, landscaping, lawn care, dog walking, construction, and real estate marketing.

Other small business ideas people are actively pursuing include event planning, tutoring, vending, operating a food truck, retail sales, jewelry, ebay businesses, trucking, interior and exterior house painting, and pet sitting . Enterprising people are doing everything from starting a gift basket business to being a home-based travel agent or starting a used car business. For those with a background in fitness, there’s always the option of setting up and running a fitness boot camp. A few other random ideas include being a professional organizer, freelance writer or freelance copywriter.

If none of those self-employment business ideas appeal to you, there are many more. I’ve created a long list of other possibilities (above) to help you identify good business startup ideas. I’ll be adding to it, periodically, so feel free to bookmark this Web page for future reference. To stay current with new ideas, you can also “follow” this blog to receive email notifications when new posts and topics are added.

Stay tuned for more small business ideas, resources, marketing strategies, and guides to starting and succeeding in your own business.


Thanks for checking out my latest small business tips and self employment ideas.

Best of luck in all your entrepreneurial pursuits!

Business blogger, self employed freelance writer, affiliate marketer

Important: Starting a businesses of any kind involves an element of financial risk, so it’s always wise to consult a CPA, business insurance advisor, and a business attorney when setting up, expanding, or anticipating future needs for a new or existing business.

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