Work at Home Business Ideas List

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As I see it, there are two kinds of work-at-home businesses.

In a home-based business, your office is in your home, but you generally meet with clients or customers at their place of business, in their home, or at another location.

In the other type of home business, everything you do takes place in your home — often in front of your computer and on the phone. For people who consider themselves to be introverts, that can be the ideal way to make a living. Working at home can also be a good career path for professionals who are tired of commuting, being limited by the constraints of their job, and dealing with office politics.

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At any rate, being a home-based entrepreneur can be a rewarding way to make money and take charge of your economic destiny.

Starting your own business or being self employed is certainly not a guaranteed ticket to financial security, but it does open doors and create possibilities. How you develop those potential opportunities is up to you.

Probably the two biggest challenges to launching an at-home business (or any business) is to first come up with a viable business idea and then implement an effective marketing plan to attract and retain clients. Without a steady stream of prospective and actual customers, even”the best laid plans of mice and men” will be doomed to failure!

50 Ideas For Starting Your Own Business

If you’re interested in starting a business but are still looking for ideas of what business to start, here’s a list of possibilities to consider. Many of them can be run out of your home.

  1. Commercial or residential cleaning services
  2. Photography
  3. Catering
  4. Landscaping
  5.  Lawn care
  6. Real estate business
  7. Academic tutoring, voice lessons, teaching guitar or piano
  8. Construction, home improvement, remodeling
  9. Making and selling jewelry
  10. Vending machine business
  11. Interior and exterior house painting
  12. Baking and selling cupcakes, cookies, muffins
  13. Clothing and/or fashion business
  14. Carpet cleaning
  15. Party planning, event planning, wedding planning
  16. Bookkeeping
  17. Medical billing
  18. Daycare/ child care service
  19. Web design, graphic design, Internet marketing
  20. Handyman business
  21. Craft business
  22. Pressure washing
  23. Limousine service
  24. eBay business
  25. Gift baskets
  26. Tax preparation
  27. DJ business
  28. Junk removal
  29. Swimming pool cleaning and maintenance
  30. Life coaching
  31. Dropship business
  32. Resale business (buying stuff and selling it for a profit)
  33. Property management
  34. Sewing business
  35. Locksmith business
  36. House flipping business
  37. Window washing
  38. Consulting
  39. Flea market business
  40. Freight brokerage
  41. Hauling services
  42. Financial planning
  43. Decorating business
  44. Staffing services
  45. Professional organizing
  46. T-shirt business
  47. Pottery business
  48. Telephone answering service
  49. Mortgage or loan brokerage
  50. Home party business

Below, I’ve listed some informative articles, online guides, and free tools from Shopify* to help get you started in your own home-based business:

BTW… I’m always looking for new, unique, and viable business ideas to add to the list, so feel free to post a comment if you’d like to share your entrepreneurial success and experience with others. I also invite you to follow this blog to be notified when I post new home business ideas and self employment opportunities.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post!

–Joel
*Freelance writer, blogger, compensated affiliate

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Business Ideas and What’s Trending

If you’re looking for good business ideas for creating a full-time income or making extra money on the side, here’s a recent list of what other entrepreneurs are searching for online. Hopefully, it will provide you with the inspiration to clarify your goals, create a proactive marketing plan, and get started in your own business.

  1. Photography business
  2. Consulting
  3. Cleaning business (house cleaning, office cleaning, or janitorial services)
  4. Lawn care business
  5. Landscaping
  6. Construction
  7. T-shirt business
  8. Real estate business
  9. Catering business
  10. Retail business
  11. Jewelry business
  12. Event planning
  13. Pet sitting
  14. Franchise business
  15. Web hosting business
  16. Ebay business
  17. Computer repair
  18. Trucking
  19. Clothing business
  20. Home health care
  21. Tutoring service
  22. Personal training
  23. Web design business
  24. Carpentry business
  25. Interior design
  26. Medical billing
  27. Cupcake business
  28. Vending machine business
  29. Painting
  30. Greeting card business
  31. Marketing services
  32. Party bus business
  33. Carpet cleaning
  34. Child daycare
  35. Craft business
  36. Recycling business
  37. Wholesale business
  38. Cake business (wedding cakes, birthday cakes, cake decorating)
  39. Graphic design
  40. Transportation
  41. Party business
  42. Property preservation services
  43. Online retail business (ecommerce)
  44. Junk removal
  45. Silk screening
  46. Dog walking
  47. Paintball business
  48. Import/export
  49. Baking
  50. Food truck business
  51. Clothing line business
  52. Gym business
  53. Tax preparation
  54. Security guard business
  55. Medical transportation
  56. Bail bonds business
  57. Wedding planning business
  58. Flea market business
  59. Window cleaning
  60. Rental business
  61. Pressure washing
  62. Coaching business
  63. Computer business
  64. Party planning
  65. Delivery services
  66. Fitness business
  67. Art business
  68. Real estate investment
  69. Swimming pool cleaning/maintenance
  70. Taxicab service
  71. Photo booth business
  72. Virtual assistant business
  73. Locksmith services
  74. Cookie business
  75. Roadside assistant services
  76. Restaurant
  77. Wine business
  78. Spa business
  79. Background checking services
  80. Recruiting business
  81. Moving services
  82. Home inspection business
  83. Manufacturing
  84. Social media marketing
  85. Cell phone business
  86. Dog breeding
  87. Personal chef service
  88. Property management
  89. Boat charter business
  90. Furniture business (woodworking, retail, wholesale, buying and selling antiques)
  91. Welding business
  92. HVAC services (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning)
  93. Massage therapy
  94. Distribution business
  95. Blogging
  96. Shoe business
  97. Plumbing services
  98. Floral business (flower shop, delivery, arranging, consulting)
  99. Home remodeling (kitchens, bathrooms, etc.)
  100. Financial planning services
  101. Answering service
  102. Snow removal
  103. Pest control
  104. Gymnastics business
  105. Resume writing
  106. Makeup artist services
  107. Cell phone repair
  108. Handyman business
  109. Horse training business
  110. Bakery business
  111. Wedding photography
  112. Sewing business
  113. Tour business
  114. Candle business

That’s just a small sampling of the many legitimate business ideas that are available to ambitious entrepreneurs. One thing many people lose sight of, though, when starting their own business is that it’s not easy to create a profitable business, and not everyone can do it. Success takes tenacity, a positive attitude, and a plan. It also requires self discipline, marketing skills, and an unwavering belief in yourself.

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Before plunging into a new business, it’s necessary to do an honest self-assessment and determine whether you possess the motivation, the resourcefulness, the knowledge, and the “people skills” to acquire customers or clients, provide them with outstanding service and product quality, and stay motivated throughout the process — especially when the going gets tough.

 

I sincerely hope that this blog post has provided you with some worthwhile ideas, inspiration, motivation, and resources to start your own profitable small business.

While none of these business ideas, plans, or startup manuals should be viewed as your “guaranteed ticket to success,” they can be used as a starting point on your journey to a profitable business and, hopefully, financial independence.

I wish you the best of luck in all your entrepreneurial pursuits, and I invite you to follow this blog for new business ideas, inspiration, and updates.

–Joel
Blogger, Business Writer, Online Marketer
Marketing Survival Kit
Visit my new blog: Mastering Life Takes Time
email: prowriter30years@yahoo.com

Small business advisories: All business, including the ones mentioned above, entail an element of risk, both financial and otherwise. To increase the chances of starting your business on the right foot and reduce risks associated with starting your own business, it’s always advisable to consult an experienced CPA, business insurance specialist, and small business attorney.

The concept of a “get rich quick” scheme that works is a pipe dream. Getting rich quickly, legally, and ethically may occasionally happen, but the chances of that actually happening are similar to winning a multi-million dollar lottery jackpot (The chances are infinitesimal, at best).

For more information, guidance, and authoritative advice on starting your own business, visit the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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FAQ: What Business Should I Start?

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I’d make an educated guess that there are millions of people, right now, who would love to start their own business, but they’re hindered by a lack of focus and resolve. In my opinion, a lack of clarity is one of the top reasons aspiring entrepreneurs do not follow through and take the first step to starting their own business.

The second reason is fear. They’re afraid to fail. They’re afraid of being criticized. They’re afraid of losing money. And that’s the short list!

Are those fears realistic? To a certain extent they are realistic, although people often magnify the risks in their minds and blow them out of proportion. Small business failure is a common occurrence, but there are many ways to reduce risks, capitalize on opportunities,  make the most of your resources, and tip the scales in your direction.

One thing’s for sure, though: Starting your own business definitely requires courage, careful planning, and a willingness to take calculated risks.

Why Do Businesses Fail?

There are dozens of reasons businesses fail, but I believe that the undercurrent of fear that I mentioned is one of the primary causes. Here’s why: When you go into any endeavor in a fearful or tentative way, that state of mind saps your energy, diminishes your creativity, reduces your drive, and clouds your resourcefulness.

The harsh reality of business is that not everyone is cut out to deal with the challenges of setting up, marketing, and managing a small business. Establishing a business is often an uphill battle — at least in the beginning — and it takes a tenacious, goal-oriented, self-confident person to surmount obstacles, overcome setbacks, and persist until they succeed.

So whether you want to start a home business, an online business, or a bricks-and-mortar establishment, you need to first assess whether you possess the motivation, self belief, and mental fortitude to make a go of it. If you possess those qualities, then you already have an edge over much of the competition. It might take some time to realize that advantage, but — to quote one of my favorite sayings — “persistence breaks down resistance!”

How Do You Choose a Business to Start?

There is no simple answer to that question, but here are a two guiding principles and ideas which may help point you in the right direction.

  • Experience and marketable skills: If you have specialized skills, professional training, practical experience, or college degrees, then you may have the basis for a potentially profitable business. There are countless possibilities to consider, including service businessess, distributorships, consultancies, website businesses, retail stores, product lines, inventions to market, or other entrepreneurial pursuits. Note: Although skills, knowledge, and experience can be strong starting points, a stumbling block for many entrepreneurs and business owners is marketing and how to do it effectively. Without effective marketing tools and strategies, such as well-written business proposals*, your chances for business survival and success are small. (For more insights into marketing techniques and tools, visit my website Marketing Survival Kit.) By the way, if you’re interested in learning more about the value and purpose of business proposals, then check out this article: “It’s All About Trust.”*
  • A passion for a product, service, or worthy cause: You’re probably familiar with the old expression (and book title) “Do what you love and the money will follow.” While that concept doesn’t necessarily hold water 100% of the time, it does contain more than a grain of truth. If you love what you’re doing and find it personally rewarding, then that enthusiasm will help win over customers and clients. A feeling of passion for a career or business also fuels your own motivation, resourcefulness, perseverance, and sense of purpose.

100+ Business Ideas for Entrepreneurs

So getting back to the question of “What business should I start?”, here’s a variety of business ideas that will hopefully help you clarify your goals, narrow your focus, and trigger some actionable ideas for becoming your own boss.

  1. Photography business
  2. Consulting
  3. Residential or commercial cleaning business
  4. Lawn care, lawn mowing, or landscaping
  5. Construction
  6. Graphic design and/or website design
  7. T-shirt business
  8. Real estate sales or investing
  9. Tutoring business
  10. Catering
  11. Retail
  12. Computer repair
  13. eCommerce*
  14. Jewelry business
  15. Pet-related business: grooming, dog walking, pet sitting, boarding, breeding, dog training, or making dog treats*
  16. Clothing business
  17. Trucking
  18. Food business: restaurant, food truck business
  19. Home health care
  20. Personal training/coaching
  21. Carpentry
  22. Wedding planning
  23. Event planning services*
  24. Payroll service
  25. Tax preparation
  26. Handyman services*
  27. Medical billing and coding
  28. Vending machine business
  29. Gym/ fitness center/ health club
  30. Painting business
  31. Greeting cards
  32. Marketing and advertising agency
  33. Party bus business
  34. Carpet cleaning
  35. Daycare business
  36. Craft business
  37. Wholesale business
  38. Cake business
  39. Non-emergency medical transportation
  40. Mobile oil change service
  41. Property preservation or management services
  42. Junk removal
  43. Plumbing
  44. Silk screening
  45. Paintball business
  46. Bookkeeping
  47. Tax preparation
  48. Security guard business
  49. Bail bonds business
  50. Contracting business
  51. eBay business
  52. Flea market business
  53. Window cleaning
  54. Pressure washing
  55. Rental business
  56. Swimming pool cleaning and maintenance
  57. Taxicab service
  58. Photo booth rental
  59. Lead generation service
  60. Virtual assistant business
  61. Mobile locksmith services
  62. Print shop
  63. Roadside assistance services
  64. Wine business
  65. Spa
  66. Welding services
  67. Background check services
  68. Staffing and employee recruiting
  69. Moving company
  70. Home inspection services
  71. Furniture business (retailing, woodworking, being an antique dealer, etc.)
  72. Manufacturing
  73. Social media marketing
  74. Balloon business
  75. Hair salon
  76. Food delivery
  77. Financial planning services
  78. Personal chef services
  79. Fashion business
  80. Boat charter business
  81. Senior care services
  82. Decorating business/ interior design
  83. Massage business
  84. Candy business
  85. Trash removal
  86. Shoe store
  87. Floral business/ flower shop
  88. Courier services
  89. House flipping
  90. Gift baskets
  91. Sign business
  92. Counseling practice
  93. Snow removal
  94. Recycling
  95. Pest control
  96. Gymnastics business
  97. Contracting: Home remodeling, roofing, siding, plumbing, electrical services, HVAC services (heating/ventilation/air conditioning)
  98. Resume writing
  99. Makeup artist services
  100. Solar panel installation

Is There a Market for Your Business Idea?

If you have reason to believe there’s a market for a particular product or service you’re considering, then you may have the basis for a viable small business. Keep in mind, however, that a viable business idea is only the “raw material” for a successful small business.

To succeed, you may also need resources like marketing skills, specialized knowledge, funding, permits and licenses, salesmanship ability, customer service skills, equipment, machinery, supplies, vendor relationships, a physical place to do business, insurance coverage, employees, additional training and education, and the advice of a qualified accountant, attorney, and business insurance advisor.

For more entrepreneurial and small business startup ideas, I invite you to check out other posts on this blog, such as 250 Ideas For Self Employment.

Feel free to link to this post or pass it along to other entrepreneurs you know.

Contact me if you have any questions!

Thanks!

–Joel
Freelance writer, blogger, Internet entrepreneur

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*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of some of the websites, training materials, software, and marketing tools mentioned (linked to) in this blog. Unless otherwise noted, I am not currently endorsing specific products, services, or websites.

Small Business Ideas For Women

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In my opinion, most small business ideas are not gender specific. For example, there are a large number of both men and women in businesses like catering, photography, graphic design, public relations, real estate, and many others.

On the other hand, I’d make an educated guess that the landscaping and construction industries consist primarily of men, while daycare businesses and yoga studios are mostly run by women. There are probably more female wedding planners and interior decorators than males, but the gender gap may be much narrower than I think.

There is a handful of industries and professions that will probably continue to be either male- or female-dominated for the foreseeable future, but there are also countless other businesses in which gender is not a factor.

25 Business Ideas for Women

Since you’re searching the Web for actionable ideas for starting your own business, here’s  a list of 25 good small business ideas worth considering. The good news (and bad news) about starting your own business is that there are literally hundreds of possibilities to choose from!

The challenge is two-fold: First, you need to determine where your strengths, talents, and passions lie. The next step is to pick an affordable business idea for which there’s a sufficient demand and a low-to-moderate amount of competition. Before taking the plunge into your own business, it’s also important to make sure you have the organizational skills, self motivation, and “people skills” necessary to get a small business off the ground and running. Being a self starter is one of the most important qualities a self-employed entrepreneur needs to possess.

With that in mind, here is a list of some potentially good small business ideas for women:

  1. House cleaning business
  2. Hair salon
  3. Spa business
  4. Home health care
  5. Event planning business
  6. Tutoring business
  7. Web design or graphic design business
  8. Bookkeeping business
  9. Dance studio
  10. Craft Business
  11. Cake decorating, cupcake business, and/or cookie business
  12. Virtual assistant business
  13. Staffing business
  14. Medical billing business
  15. Personal training business
  16. Marketing consulting, including advertising, social media marketing, and PR
  17. Life coach or career coach
  18. Floral business
  19. Bed and Breakfast
  20. T-shirt business
  21. E-commerce business (online retail business)
  22. Magazine publishing
  23. Retail business, such as clothing, handbags, shoes, jewelry, and cosmetics
  24. Restaurant, cafe, or coffee shop
  25. Pet grooming, training, boarding

For more small business ideas for women — and entrepreneurs, in general — visit my blog post on generating ideas for starting your own business.

If you’d like to download a guide to starting a business, I’ve posted links to a couple dozen business startup guides* at my website Marketing Survival Kit.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post, and best of luck in all your entrepreneurial pursuits!

–Joel
Marketing strategist, business blogger, freelance writer
Email: prowriter30years@yahoo.com

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Note: Since all business ideas entail a degree of financial risk, it’s generally wise to proceed with caution when deciding on, launching, or expanding a new business. It’s always advisable to consult with an experienced CPA, business insurance advisor, and attorney when setting up a new business. FYI: Additional business startup advice, educational programs, and mentoring can be found through websites and organizations like SCORE and the U.S.Small Business Administration.

*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of ebooks and guides to starting a business.

 

 

 

Top Small Business Ideas For Entrepreneurs

One of my favorite methods of discovering popular small business ideas and trends is to use a keyword research tool. Within seconds of entering a couple keywords, you can generate a recent list of what Internet users are searching for on virtually any topic.

If you’re looking for top small business ideas, for example, this technique can provide some interesting insights into emerging trends and potential opportunities for starting a business. I’ve already done a lot of the leg work for you, though, in compiling a lengthy list of great business ideas. Some are better than others, of course, but your potential for success in any given business depends on your skills, knowledge, experience, startup budget, level of commitment, customer demand, competitive factors, service orientation, and other variables.

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Whether you’re in the process of trying to generate business ideas for extra income on weekends or a full-time, lucrative enterprise that you hope to build up over time, this list should be helpful in identifying and refining your ideas and small business goals.

  1. Cleaning business (house cleaning, janitorial services, office cleaning)
  2. Photography business
  3. Consulting business
  4. Landscaping
  5. Lawn care, lawn maintenance, lawn mowing
  6. Home health care business
  7. Personal training
  8. Real estate
  9. eBay business
  10. Event planning
  11. Clothing business
  12. Painting business
  13. Retail store
  14. Tutoring business
  15. Vending machine business
  16. Carpet cleaning
  17. Computer repair
  18. Daycare
  19. Dog walking business
  20. Food business
  21. Jewelry business
  22. Web design business
  23. Bookkeeping business
  24. T-shirt business
  25. Greeting card business
  26. Handyman business
  27. Pet sitting business
  28. Pressure washing
  29. Restaurant
  30. Trucking business
  31. Car wash business
  32. Bakery
  33. Craft business
  34. Graphic design business
  35. Recycling business
  36. Wedding planning
  37. Ecommerce
  38. Catering business
  39. Greenhouse business
  40. Party planning business
  41. Rental business
  42. Taxi service
  43. Welding business
  44. Import/export business
  45. Internet cafe business
  46. Cupcake, cookie, and/or cake (decorating) business
  47. Contracting business
  48. Courier business
  49. Farming
  50. Fitness business
  51. Gift baskets
  52. Pest control
  53. Pizza shop
  54. Tax business
  55. Tow truck service
  56. Consulting
  57. Property management
  58. Dog day care
  59. PC repair
  60. Recruitment business
  61. Bar business
  62. Blogging
  63. Car detailing business
  64. Coffee business (coffee  shop, coffee retailing, cafe, coffee bean roasting)
  65. Construction business
  66. Cookie business
  67. Credit repair services
  68. DJ business (mobile disc jockey service for parties, weddings, bar mitzvahs, etc.)
  69. Dog boarding
  70. Fashion business
  71. Home inspection services
  72. Limo business for weddings, proms, etc.
  73. Plumbing services
  74. Printing services
  75. Publishing business
  76. Real estate investing
  77. Roofing
  78. Tax preparation
  79. Transportation
  80. Virtual assistant business
  81. Wholesale business
  82. Window cleaning
  83. Woodworking business
  84. Embroidery business
  85. Ice cream business
  86. Home health care business
  87. Interior design business
  88. Hotel business
  89. Scrapbooking business
  90. Gardening business
  91. BBQ business/BBQ catering
  92. Bounce house business
  93. Candle making business
  94. Car rental business
  95. Consignment business
  96. Delivery business
  97. Financial planning services
  98. Franchise business
  99. Furniture business
  100. Horse boarding business
  101. Laundromat business
  102. Laundry business
  103. Medical billing business
  104. Mobile detailing business
  105. Swimming pool cleaning business
  106. Self storage business (storage unit business)
  107. Spa business
  108. Ebay business
  109. Personal training
  110. Computer consulting
  111. Invitation business
  112. Retail business
  113. Photo business
  114. Nightclub business
  115. Nursery business
  116. Gym business
  117. Massage business
  118. Design business
  119. Solar business
  120. Insurance business
  121. Repo business
  122. Scrap metal business
  123. Sewing business
  124. Baking business
  125. Tattoo studio
  126. Lingerie business
  127. Jewelry business
  128. Handbag business
  129. Video rental business
  130. Staffing business
  131. Manufacturing
  132. Cell phone business
  133. Pet business ideas: dog grooming, dog kennel business, dog training, doggie daycare
  134. Hair salon
  135. Junk removal business
  136. Remodeling business
  137. Security business
  138. Shoe business
  139. Sign business
  140. Small engine repair
  141. Smoothie business
  142. Used car business
  143. Wedding photography business
  144. Wine business
  145. Art business
  146. Estate sale business
  147. HVAC business
  148. Coaching business
  149. Catalog business
  150. Distribution business
  151. Electrical business
  152. Tea business
  153. Moving business
  154. Floral business
  155. Candy business
  156. Marketing business
  157. Bail bonds business
  158. Bed and breakfast
  159. Call center business
  160. Dog breeding
  161. Dry cleaning
  162. Dump truck business
  163. Flea market business
  164. Hot dog business (hot dog cart/stand)
  165. Locksmith business
  166. Magazine publishing
  167. Mail order business
  168. Paintball business
  169. Pharmacy
  170. Food business
  171. Software business
  172. Tanning salon

Although this list is not all inclusive, it does cover quite a few small business ideas and self employment options. Some categories, such as “food business,” are overly general and need to be refined, but they are the actual search terms that people are using. This list of top small business ideas is presented roughly in order of popularity and search volume, but in a few cases, I attempted to consolidate similar business ideas. My apologies for any redundant items that may have slipped past my editorial scrutiny.

If you’re interested in books on starting a business or step by step guides for starting a business, then visit my website: Marketing Survival Kit.*

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on starting a business and top small business ideas. Stay tuned for updates in the near future.

Best of luck in all your business ventures!

–Joel
Business blogger, freelance writer, marketing strategistEmail: prowriter30years@yahoo.com

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BTW…This list of old and new business ideas was current as of September 2016, but may become slightly less relevant, over time.

Note: Since all businesses entail a degree of risk and that it’s advisable to work with a CPA, attorney, and or business insurance advisor to make sure your business is set up properly, protected by the necessary insurance coverage, and in compliance with all applicable laws. Special permits, licenses, and certifications may be required of certain professional practices, services, and businesses. The above list of top small business ideas includes low-cost business ideas as well as those that require substantial startup capital.

*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of many of the digital products, templates, software, and business startup books mentioned in this blog and on my website, Marketing Survival Kit.