32. Jam Seller
Jam seller is another one of those promising home based businesses for people who love to create food. If making jam or canned goods is your specialty, the way to start is to create your own line of products for sale.
Want to launch a catering service? In a home catering business you make the food in your kitchen and bring it to events or client locations.
Creating beautiful flower arrangements can be a fun activity for anyone with an eye for design. Turn it into a career selling flower arrangements you create working from home.
Some businesses make you feel great. Non-profit fundraising is one of them. Charities use events as a primary fundraising method. If you enjoy organizing events and helping causes, then fundraiser may be a good idea for your home based business.
36. App Designer
Designing mobile apps is a huge field. If you have the technical know-how, create apps from home or offer your services to small businesses.
37. Landscape Designer
Landscape design is another work-from-home career option. It’s a good idea for people who are design oriented and enjoy working outdoors.
38. Tie-dye Shirt Designer
Tie-dying shirts and other clothing and accessory items can be fun. Create signature products to sell online or at craft shows. The shirts may be niche products, but they do have a market. The market is not just for Baby Boomers.
39. Life Coach
Coaches help people develop plans for their career and relationships, and help them balance life and work. You can work with clients in person, online or over the phone. Life coach can be a full-time or part-time service.
40. Wedding Coordinator
Planning a wedding requires a lot of work and organizational skills. Many couples hire a wedding coordinator to manage the many details of the event. You can do much of that work from home if you enjoy organizing events. With hard work you eventually will build a network and generate word of mouth for a successful business.
41. Henna Designer
Henna is a plant that has been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes. If you’re an artist versed in the Henna tradition, you can create designs and sell them. Or apply designs at events.
Enjoy freelance writing? Your skill may lead to a home based business as a professional blogger. It helps if you can make posts look attractive through photography and graphic design. You make bank by blogging for corporate clients who pay for your services. Or run Google AdSense ads, or insert affiliate marketing links to get paid whenever someone buys through your link.
43. Glass Blower
Is glass blowing your hobby? Perhaps you create jewelry or home decor. It’s possible to sell your products online, in retail shops, or at shows. However, you need equipment (including a costly furnace). You also need the skill to handle dangerously hot glass. If glass blowing is on your shortlist of ideas, try it first as a hobby before committing what could be a sizable investment.
If you have a knack for public relations, work from home as a publicist. Help business clients announce new products and services to the media or promote marketing campaigns. A publicist business is ideal if you need to work from home due to family commitments. Do your work via email, phone and social media.
45. Vacation Rental Owner
Do you have an extra room, apartment or space in your home that isn’t being used? Turn it into a vacation rental and list it on sites like Airbnb or VRBO.com.
46. Mystery Shopper
Love shopping? You can offer your services as a mystery shopper, evaluating the customer service and needs of stores in your area. Although this often requires actually visiting stores, you do the administrative work from home.
47. Yoga Instructor
Yoga is hugely popular. If you’re well versed in the practice, set up a yoga studio in your home or backyard. Provide yoga training services and share your expertise.
48. Travel Planner
Planning vacations has become much easier thanks to new online tools. But companies and large groups still need help when planning and organizing travel arrangements. If that’s something you enjoy, set up a business to offer your services.
49. Bed and Breakfast Operator
If you have a large space that’s suitable for regular guests, start a bed and breakfast to welcome travelers into your home.
50. Christmas Tree Farmer
As home business ideas go, you need substantial outdoor space for a tree farm. But if you enjoy nature, being outside and welcoming people to your property around the holidays, then running a Christmas tree farm or lot may be a fun home based business idea for you.
51. Virtual Assistant
As a virtual assistant you help entrepreneurs and business owners schedule appointments, take care of administrative tasks, even do graphic design services. Get started with a computer and a good internet connection.
52. Online Store
Create an online store to sell products – your own or items you get from suppliers. This online business can be a good way to earn cash. From Amazon to eBay to a Shopify store, you have multiple platforms to run your online business.
Take the Next Steps
Most home-based businesses don’t require much investment — in fact, it’s possible for an entrepreneur to get into business for under $100. Follow these 4 tips for home business success:
- Right Fit: Pick a business or industry you know and have passion for.
- Profit: Wondering which home based business is most profitable? See: 20 Most Profitable Small Businesses.
- Plan: Organize your must-have items for a home office.
- Launch: Jump on your ideas for business and go. Seize the day!
Related reading: 51 Great Small Business Ideas
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