100 Ways to Make Money From Home

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Primarily because of the growth of Internet, the option of working from home has become a reality for more and more people.

Having a home-based business or a telecommuting arrangement with your employer provides a lot of advantages — not the least of which is saving money on gasoline, highway tolls, automobile maintenance, dry cleaning bills, business attire, and buying lunch every day.

By working at home, you can also avoid other unpleasantries, such as office politics, gossip, annoying coworkers, unreasonable bosses, personality conflicts, rush hour traffic, and having to go out in rainy, sweltering, or wintry weather.

Self Employed Business Ideas for Entrepreneurs

Although I’ll be posting more work-at-home ideas to this blog in the near future, here are some of the top self-employment options I found in my research.

  1. Freelance graphic design services
  2. Web design business
  3. Web hosting services
  4. Web development
  5. Tutoring business [Tutor Jobs Online*]
  6. Freelance writing [Get training at Freelance Profit Academy*]
  7. Resume writing business
  8. Virtual assistant business
  9. Social media marketing business
  10. Sell jewelry online [Start a Shopify store*]
  11. Sell t-shirts online [Free online business guide*]
  12. Make money on YouTube [Here’s how.*]
  13. Pet sitting service [Find gigs and paying customers at Rover.com]
  14. Medical billing and coding business [Resource: medical coding study guide*]
  15. Bookkeeping
  16. Import/export business
  17. Tax preparation
  18. Financial planning
  19. eBay business
  20. Consulting
  21. Daycare business
  22. Party planning
  23. Life coaching business
  24. Counseling business
  25. Background check business
  26. Gift basket business
  27. Sewing business

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List of Freelancing Jobs and Self Employment Ideas

If you’re thinking of developing a freelance business, there are quite a few services you can offer to customers and clients. Here are over 80 examples, many of which can be done from your home.

  1. Computer programmer
  2. Drupal developer
  3. App development
  4. Mobile app developer
  5. Software engineer
  6. Software developer
  7. Front end developer
  8. Java developer
  9. Game developer
  10. Coder (medical coding)
  11. CAD drafter
  12. Data scientist
  13. Data entry specialist
  14. Database developer
  15. Graphic designer
  16. Freelance photographer
  17. Web designer (website builder)
  18. Freelance illustrator
  19. Logo designer
  20. Composer
  21. Musician
  22. Artist
  23. Model
  24. Hair stylist
  25. Makeup artist
  26. Fashion designer
  27. Fashion stylist
  28. Event planner
  29. Cartoonist
  30. Packaging designer
  31. Digital artist
  32. Animator
  33. Comic book artist
  34. Game artist
  35. Book cover designer
  36. Computer repair technician
  37. Instructional design specialist
  38. Attorney
  39. Accountant
  40. Financial advisor
  41. Academic tutor
  42. Teacher
  43. Paralegal
  44. Translator (interpreter)
  45. Business analyst
  46. Business consultant
  47. Public Relations consultant
  48. Social media consultant
  49. Marketing consultant
  50. Management consultant
  51. Sales representative
  52. Telemarketing
  53. Recruiter
  54. Copywriter
  55. Grant writer
  56. Researcher
  57. Powerpoint designer
  58. Industrial designer
  59. Jewelry designer
  60. T-shirt designer
  61. Patent agent
  62. Product designer
  63. Personal assistant
  64. Administrative assistant
  65. Audio transcription specialist
  66. Mechanical engineer
  67. Electrical engineer
  68. Cinematographer
  69. Cameraman
  70. Video editor
  71. Video producer
  72. Videographer
  73. Creative director
  74. Painter
  75. Cartographer
  76. Blogger
  77. Journalist (freelance news reporting)
  78. Editor
  79. Proofreader
  80. Fact checker
  81. SEO/SEM specialist (search engine optimization/search engine marketing)
  82. Freelance writing: travel writing, sports writing, medical writing, technical writing, legal writing, science writing, resume writing, health writing, food writing, entertainment writing, fashion blogging, diet and exercise writing, news writing, Web content writer

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For more ideas on how to make money from home, subscribe to my free weekly email newsletter. You can also peruse a list of 250 self employment ideas I included in a previous blog post.

By the way, if you happen to live in or near a major U.S. or UK city, you can register with Task Rabbit and find customers who need help with everything from closet organizing to minor home repairs. Getting gigs through Task Rabbit appears to be a great way to supplement your income, start a home-based business, or find self-employed jobs. For many  entrepreneurs with skills and capabilities in the following categories, this website is a useful resource. It’s especially geared for providing handyman services, hauling, furniture delivery, furniture assembly, moving and packing services, yard cleanup, painting, minor home repairs, home improvement, help with laundry, TV mounting, picture hanging, light installation, and personal assistant services. Visit the website for details, current locations, and steps for being approved and getting started.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on self employment ideas and starting your own home-based business.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments!

–Joel
Freelance writer, blogger, entrepreneur, marketing affiliate

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*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of some of the membership websites, work-at-home business manuals, Shopify ecommerce software, and digital products featured on this blog.

Business Startup Ideas and Resources

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Based on my personal experience as a business writer, entrepreneur, and inquisitive human being, I believe that there are several key qualities people need to possess or cultivate in order to start their own business and have a strong chance of succeeding.

Let’s face it: Anyone can start a business, and many (unqualified) people do. The question is: “How many people have what it takes to succeed in business?”

Although countless books have been written on the topic of succeeding in business, I’m going to attempt to boil down those volumes of wisdom to the following two concepts [drumroll, please!]:

  1. A good business idea: This first category opens up a rather large “can of worms” (yuck) because it raises more questions than it answers. For example, pinpointing a good business idea is like trying to hit a moving target. It depends dozens of variables, some of which change over time. Regardless, I’m going to take a stab at answering that question. In a nutshell, a good business idea would be one that you’re not only passionate about, but one for which you possess relevant experience. Being strongly motivated to acquire expertise can sometimes substitute for actual experience. When you’re committed to becoming an expert, then you’re providing yourself with a competitive advantage and an inside track to achieving your goals. In assessing a potentially good business idea, it’s also necessary to examine whether there’s an actual demand for your product or service, and whether you  have the organizational skills, marketing abilities, and financial resources to get your business up and running. While there are businesses that require little or no money to get started, it almost always takes weeks or months before you’re able to build up a customer base and generate a steady cash flow. Some people either give up before they get to that point or are forced to abandon their business because of financial or other reasons.
  2. “Knowledge is Power!” The first time I heard that expression was from my father when I was in grade school back in the 1960s — yeah I know, I’m old! The second time was when I went on a class trip to the town library. Those words were affixed to the front cover of a book I picked up. Once I got over the shock that my father did not originate that saying, I developed a deep appreciation for the acquisition of knowledge — especially practical knowledge that you can use to improve your life. When it comes to starting and succeeding in a business, knowledge is one of the cornerstones of success.

How to Choose and Start Your Own Business

In addition to helping you come up with good ideas for starting your own business, another purpose of this blog is direct you to useful information, start up manuals, and other practical resources. Here’s a list of some of the most popular business startup ideas and where to get more information* on effectively starting, managing, and marketing your own business.

  1. How to start an online business on Shopify
  2. Starting a dog-walking and/or pet-sitting service
  3. Lawn care and/or lawn mowing business
  4. Event planning business startup kit
  5. How to start a tutoring business
  6. Start a craft business
  7. How to run a profitable handyman business
  8. Starting a fitness training business
  9. Detailed guide on running a non emergency medical transportation service

Other possibilities for starting your own business include a Web design business, a property preservation business, party planning, bookkeeping, a recycling business, selling cupcakes, landscaping, construction, trucking, transportation, house painting, interior decorating, clothing business, retail, import/export, ebay business, business marketing services, cell phone business, courier services, personal assistant service, delivery service, florist, HVAC services, home remodeling, plumbing, electrical services, roofing, floor installation, hardwood floor refinishing, gardening, home staging, food truck, daycare, wholesale business, freight broker, bakery(cakes, bread, cookies, pastries, donuts, cupcakes), window cleaning, starting an Etsy shop online, taxi service, tax preparation business, restaurant, coffee shop, pest control services, a franchise business, interior design, greeting cards, pool hall, gym business, photo  booth business, corporate recruiting, life coaching, career coaching, manufacturing, gift basket business, welding, swimming pool cleaning and maintenance, virtual assistant, dog breeding, dog training, doggie daycare, furniture, clothing, shoes, renovation, marketing services, and much more.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments, ideas, or suggestions.

Best of luck with all your business ideas!

–Joel
*Compensated marketing affiliate