Work at Home Business Ideas List


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.


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!

*Freelance writer, blogger, compensated affiliate


Small Business Marketing Ideas for Entrepreneurs



Marketing Ideas for Small Business

How you market your business depends a lot on the kind of business you’re pursuing, who your target market is, and whether your marketing your business on a local, regional, national, or global basis.

If you’re in the process of developing a service business, for example, one of the most important marketing tools that will help you win clients in the commercial, government, and organization sectors is a well-written, professional business proposal.

A leading sources of business proposal templates is a website I’ve been affiliated with for a decade or so, called Proposal Kit. For more information on what an effective proposal consists of and why it’s a necessary marketing tool for service businesses (and many product-based businesses, too), check out this article: “It’s All About Trust

Good marketing ideas can run the gamut from distributing coupons, flyers, and business cards to amassing a large following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin.

Attracting a loyal and responsive following on social media can be a difficult feat to accomplish — but more and more people are developing a knack for taming the social media beast. Cross promotion is often a key aspect of building a social media following, so having a well-designed, content-rich website to attract and engage customers is one of the cornerstones of an effective  integrated marketing program.

Here are a few small  business marketing ideas to consider as you plan your customer acquisition and lead generation strategy.

  1. Print and distribute promotional flyers, door hangers, and posters
  2. Build a list of opt-in email subscribers through your website or blog and send them periodic newsletters and announcements.
  3. Place free ads on Craigslist, if appropriate
  4. Hand out business cards at every opportunity
  5. Create and develop a blog that focuses on topics of interest to your target audience
  6. Mail targeted sales letters to prospects, acquaintances, and past customers
  7. Write and distribute press releases to relevant websites and media outlets when you have something newsworthy to publicize.
  8. Cultivate relationships with other entrepreneurs with whom you can exchange leads, referrals, and promotional materials.
  9. Distributing coupons, money-saving offers, and information about seasonal specials can help attract repeat business, word of mouth advertising, and new customers.
  10. Depending on the nature of your business, you might also want to be an exhibitor at trade shows, community events, fairs, and festivals.

I’ve written an overview of several small business strategies and marketing tools on the home page of my website, Marketing Survival Kit. Another article you’ll find helpful is how to avoid avoid 11 common marketing blunders that trip up many a small business owner.

Those are a handful of marketing ideas for both new and established small businesses. Stay tuned to this blog for more tips, tools, and strategies for advertising, marketing, and promoting your business.

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*Disclaimer: Many of my blog posts feature links to digital products, small business marketing services, and commercial websites for which I am a compensated affiliate.



Deciding What Business To Start


In my most recent blog post, I listed close to 200 ideas for starting a business. Whether you were looking for small town business ideas or online business ideas, there was probably something there to pique your interest and get your creative juices flowing.

It occurred to me, however, that a long, uncategorized list of ideas for starting a business may not be that “user friendly.” Today’s blog post should correct that.

If you’d like step-by-step instructions and tips on starting and running specific small businesses, I invite you to visit my website Marketing Survival Kit for guides on starting and running dozens of potentially profitable businesses.*

NOTE: Ar you thinking about starting a service business? One way to get a competitive edge (and get started on the right foot) is by having the tools to write professional business proposals. Here’s why (and how)*.

What is a Good Business to Start?

Whether one of the following small business ideas is right for you depends on a lot of variables, including your talents, what you’re passionate about, your degree of commitment, the amount of competition, consumer demand, and your financial resources.If you need small business marketing ideas, visit my website Marketing Survival Kit.

Food Business Ideas

  • Bakery
  • Cupcake, cookie, and/or cake (decorating) business
  • Restaurant
  • Catering business
  • Pizza shop
  • Hot dog business (hot dog cart/stand)
  • Candy business
  • Ice cream business
  • Smoothie business
  • BBQ business, BBQ catering
  • Bed and breakfast
  • Tea business
  • Coffee business (coffee  shop, coffee retailing, cafe, coffee bean roasting)
  • Internet cafe business
  • Wine business
  • Bar business

Pet Business Ideas

  • Dog boarding (dog kennel business)
  • Dog grooming
  • Dog training
  • Dog breeding
  • Dog walking business
  • Pet sitting business (“doggie daycare”)

Daycare Business Ideas

  • Child daycare
  • Adult daycare
  • Preschool business

Craft Business Ideas

  • Woodworking business
  • Jewelry business
  • Greeting card business
  • Flea market business
  • Jewelry business
  • Candle making
  • Embroidery business

Cleaning Business Ideas

  • House cleaning
  • Office cleaning
  • Janitorial Services (commercial cleaning)
  • Laundry business
  • Pressure washing
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Car wash business
  • Window cleaning
  • Swimming pool cleaning business

Online Business Ideas

  • eBay business
  • Blogging
  • Ecommerce store

Wedding Business Ideas

  • Photography business
  • Event planning
  • Wedding planning
  • Party planning business
  • Catering business
  • Limo business
  • Floral business
  • Invitation business

Entertainment Business Ideas

  • Bounce house business
  • DJ service
  • Nightclub business
  • Paintball business

Consulting Business Ideas

  • Tax business  (tax preparation)
  • Financial planning services
  • Software consulting and development business
  • Coaching business
  • Computer consulting
  • Insurance business
  • Security business

Business Services Ideas (B2B)

  • Virtual assistant business
  • Courier business
  • Delivery business
  • Bookkeeping services
  • Medical billing business
  • Recruitment business
  • Staffing business
  • Marketing or advertising agency
  • Sign business
  • Printing services
  • Call center business

Transportation Business Ideas

  • Trucking business
  • Tow truck service
  • Taxi service
  • Car wash business
  • Car rental business
  • Used car business
  • Mobile detailing business
  • Car detailing business
  • Repo business
  • Dump truck business

Computer Business Ideas

  • Computer repair (PC repair)
  • Web design business
  • Graphic design business
  • Software business
  • Computer consulting

Clothing Business Ideas

  • Fashion business
  • T-shirt business
  • Lingerie business
  • Shoe business
  • Sewing business
  • Dry cleaning

Construction/Contractor Business Ideas

  • Painting business
  • Plumbing services
  • Roofing replacement/repair
  • Remodeling business
  • HVAC business
  • Electrical business

Property Maintenance and Real Estate Services

  • Landscaping
  • Lawn care, lawn maintenance, lawn mowing
  • Handyman business
  • Property management business
  • Pest control services
  • Home inspection services
  • Real estate sales
  • Real estate investing
  • Estate sale business
  • Moving business
  • Self storage business (storage unit business)
  • Junk removal business
  • Locksmith business
  • Window cleaning
  • Security business

Farming and Agriculture Business Ideas

  • Greenhouse business
  • Nursery business
  • Gardening business
  • Horse boarding business
  • Raising boer goats
  • Aquaculture: Koi farming, Tilapia Farming, Shrimp farming,

Fitness Business Ideas

  • Personal training
  • Gym business

Health and Medical Business Ideas

  • Home health care business
  • Medical billing business
  • Pharmacy

Salon Business Ideas

  • Spa business
  • Tanning salon
  • Massage business
  • Hair salon
  • Tattoo studio

Tutoring Business Ideas

  • Academic tutoring
  • Music Lessons: offering guitar lessons, piano lessons, etc.
  • Teaching ESL

Green Business Ideas

  • Solar business
  • Recycling business
  • Scrap metal business

Miscellaneous Small Business Ideas

  • Import/export business
  • Welding business
  • Rental business
  • Consignment business
  • Vending machine business
  • Credit repair services
  • Hotel business
  • Franchise business
  • Laundromat business
  • Furniture business
  • Interior design business
  • Retail business
  • Wholesale business
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution business
  • Mail order business
  • Magazine publishing
  • Scrapbooking business
  • Gift baskets
  • Handbag business
  • Bail bonds business
  • Catalog business
  • Small engine repair
  • Cell phone business

Thanks for checking out my latest list of top small business ideas (some of which may be repeated in more than one relevant category).

If you’d like to download a guide to starting a business, I’ve listed a couple dozen of business startup guides at my website Marketing Survival Kit. I’ll be adding more soon.

Feel free to comment on this blog if you’d like to share any successful business ideas, resources, and/or low-cost business startup suggestions.

Note: Since all business ideas entail a degree of financial risk, it’s often wise to proceed cautiously 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. Additional business startup advice, educational programs, and mentoring can be found through websites and organizations like SCORE and the U.S.Small Business Administration.

Best of luck in all your entrepreneurial pursuits!

Marketing strategist, business blogger, freelance writer


*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of digital products, marketing services, e-books, templates, home study courses, software, and guides to starting a business.


How to Find Good Small Business Ideas


There’s no magic formula to finding a good small business idea. Whether a small business idea has the potential to be lucrative or even profitable depends on the answer to these questions:

  1. Is there a sufficient demand for your product or service? In other words, do you have reason to believe that there’s an abundant supply of available customers or clients  for your products or services? One of the first steps to evaluating a potentially great business idea would be to clearly identify your target market and create a list of reasons that your prospective customers would want to do business with you instead of the competition. (And speaking of competition…)
  2. Is the marketplace already saturated with other businesses and entrepreneurs offering the same or similar services that you’re considering marketing? If the competition is too imposing or well-entrenched, then it may prove to be an uphill battle (or a losing battle) to try to penetrate that market or carve out a profitable niche. On the other hand… If your research and first-hand experience indicates that needs in the local (or global) marketplace are not being adequately met, then that might represent an untapped business opportunity for you. Even if there are other existing businesses that are already offering what you want to offer, there still may be the opportunity to effectively compete — based on factors like lower prices, more attractive payment terms, delivery options, wider selection, superior quality, better customer support and service, convenient locations, flexible business hours, or other features that can get you noticed and give you a competitive advantage. If the competition is coming up short in the all-important areas of customer satisfaction, convenience, quality, and value, then that might present an opportunity for you to step in and meet or exceed those unfulfilled expectations.
  3. Do you have the expertise, experience, and “people skills” to set up a business, market it, and consistently deliver a high-quality level of service? Evaluating your readiness to be your own boss hinges on a variety of factors, including your motivational intensity, your work ethic, your financial resources, and your organizational skills. Note: It’s always a good idea to consult with a CPA, an insurance advisor, and a business lawyer when setting up a startup business and anticipating future needs.


What Business To Start

Choosing the best business to start for your particular situation depends on your own personal strengths, skills, passions, and available opportunities. Taking the time to sit down and do a thorough self assessment can often clarity where you’re strengths lie and what products, services, or self-employment situation you’d be best suited for.

Here’s a list of 25 service business ideas and categories which may help you zero in on the startup business ideas that would best suited to your interests, qualifications, and competitive environment:

  1. Information technology
  2. Web development or graphic design
  3. Photography or video production
  4. Advertising and marketing
  5. Event planning
  6. Wedding planning
  7. Hospitality business
  8. Travel and tourism
  9. Catering business, restaurant, or food truck operation
  10. Farming, agriculture, and ranching
  11. Fashion-related or clothing business
  12. Vending business
  13. Janitorial or residential cleaning service
  14. Home care service
  15. Security business
  16. Building construction and contracting
  17. Real estate sales, investing, development, property management
  18. Business training services
  19. Employment or staffing services
  20. Financial services
  21. Legal services
  22. Transportation and logistics business
  23. Medical or healthcare practice
  24. Insurance sales
  25. Personal care services

If you’re considering starting any of the above service business ideas, one key to success (besides having relevant experience and personal contacts) is to have the ability to prepare a business proposal — one that highlights your professionalism, credibility, and qualifications.

To learn more winning competitive bids and presenting a convincing case for choosing you over the competition, read the article “It’s All About Trust”.*

Thanks for checking out my latest blog posts on startup business ideas and potentially good businesses to start.


Stay tuned to this blog for more tips, ideas, and resources on how to start a business.

Business blogger, freelance writer, marketing strategist
*compensated affiliate