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Home Business Ideas – Work From Home

Work from the comfort of your home

Nothing beats home, especially when you work there. Research shows that remote workers are more productive and less stressed, making it a very attractive arrangement for any employee.

Whether you are self-employed or in a company that allows telecommuting, telecommuting can completely rethink the way you look at your professional life. The benefits are even likely to trickle down to your personal life as well, with more time and energy for the things that matter to you. Here are 15 great work from home jobs and businesses that let you make your home your office.

Freelance writer

Do you have a way of saying it with words? Freelance writing is a great way to make money working from home. Businesses large and small will pay someone handsomely to take basic information and add some flair. If a fluent turn of phrase is known to come out of your pen, freelance writing might just be for you. It takes networking, but once you have a portfolio to show your worth, you’ll be able to prove to clients that you’re exactly the writer they need. And, as a bonus, if you’re naturally curious and love storytelling, you might be able to turn your job as an editor into a career as a freelance journalist.


If you’re a fast guy with an ear for dictation, transcription might be for you. Many different businesses need transcription, from medical offices to law firms, and will pay handsomely for quality work. Why not be the service that meets their needs? All you need to get started is a computer, an internet connection, and the will to network with professionals and get their referrals.

Business plan service

If you already have business expertise, you can help other entrepreneurs start and maintain their own businesses by offering your services as a consultant and business plan writer. Help your clients understand their ideas, goals, and finances for their business and bring them together in one organized roadmap. You can also help conduct market research for your clients, so they can determine how successful their business really is, or if they need to make any changes or go in another direction before closing their business plans.

massage therapist

Becoming a massage therapist requires proper training and licensing, but if you’re looking for a great career to pursue that you can also turn into a home-based business, massage therapy might be the right choice for you. And with a massage therapy business, you have a choice: you can either invite clients into your home for appointments or make house calls for massages.

Interior decorator

If you understand design and have a passion for decorating, a career in interior design could be a great path for you. Although you don’t technically need any formal training to become an interior designer, having a bachelor’s degree in interior design will definitely give you a leg up in the field. But if working for a design company isn’t for you, try running your own interior design business from home.

craft seller

Do you have a knack for knitting, jewelry making, or creating other small crafts? If you can produce a large amount of items in a short time, consider selling your products to the public. In minutes, you can create an online store and start promoting your business.

music teacher

For gifted musicians, offering lessons to others who want to learn an instrument can be a great source of extra income. Unless you teach piano, students can bring their own instruments to your home for hour-long lessons. Stock up on sheet music or songbooks in different genres and aimed at different skill levels so you can offer a wide selection to your potential customers. Singing lessons can also bring in big bucks if you show up to local high schools and community theater groups.

Web designer and graphic designer

Have you ever been put off by a generic corporate website layout or logo? If you have a good eye for design, you can start a service to create attractive and easy-to-use websites for small businesses. You can put your skills to good use for business owners who want to take their online presence to the next level. Build up a portfolio of work with small freelance jobs, then create your own website to show it off and attract a steady stream of clients.

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Pet sitting and dog walking services

Are you good with animals? Let your friends and neighbors know that you are available to babysit their pets while the owners are away on vacation or weekends away. Pet owners often feel more comfortable leaving their furry friends in the care of an individual rather than boarding pets, so getting referrals shouldn’t be too difficult. If you can’t commit to housing animals in your home, consider starting a dog-walking or trash-cleaning business.

Small business marketing consultant

Small businesses know they need to get online, but finding the time to understand how is proving to be a real challenge for small business owners of all stripes. If you’re internet savvy and know how local businesses can harness the power of local search, coupon pages, and social media, you could work from home helping small business owners promote their businesses online.

Application designer

Research continues to prove that mobile apps or mobile web browsers are indispensable for businesses of all kinds. But most don’t have the internal teams to create them. Small businesses also don’t have the budget to hire an expensive company to build their apps. A freelance app designer who works from home could specialize in building apps for one or two industries and build a strong client base.

Daycare and childcare

Have you ever tried to find daycare on a Saturday afternoon? Unless you have a permanent relationship with a babysitter – and even then it can be difficult – there are few places you can rely on for evening or weekend babysitting. -end. Most states allow you to operate a home-based child care business and there is little competition and a great need for after-hours child care. Licensing requirements are different depending on your state, but many don’t require a license as long as you stay below the minimum number of children.

billing service

Many small businesses simply don’t have the time or staff to properly manage their billing operations. This is where entrepreneurs come in who want to offer invoicing, bookkeeping, human resources, and other office services to business owners on a contract or part-time basis. With just a laptop and a few clients, you can start the process from home.

Corporate security consultant

Almost every business has a website that has the potential to collect data from their customers. In addition, many companies store their customers’ data, personal information – even credit card numbers – on their company computers. But how many small businesses can honestly say they know the data is safe from identity thieves and hackers? Most small businesses cannot afford to hire a full-time data security specialist. This is where your home security consulting business comes in. If you have a computer background, you could work as a consultant helping small businesses improve their data security.

A party planner

Whether it’s a kid’s birthday party or a wedding reception, behind every great celebration is a great planner. People will pay great money for quality planners to create experiences they will never forget. Armed with a little more than a budget and a knowledge of what really makes a party “pop”, planning a party can become a lucrative home business for any partygoer.

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