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Forty-three small businesses you can start from home

By Samantha Garner | April 7, 2012

Home-based entrepreneurs are self-employed, working alone or with few employees. Flexibility and autonomy are what these business owners crave. Having the freedom to do things like arrange a child’s dentist appointment, or take the family dog for a walk at lunchtime, is a must. Companies run by home-based entrepreneurs typically don’t have a storefront, street advertising signs or customer parking. Entrepreneurs working from home may have an office, studio or workshop, depending on their business.

Sounds great, right? If you think starting a home-based business might be ideal for you, here are 43 small businesses you can start from home:

  • Bookkeeper/accountant
  • Photographer
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Graphic designer
  • Web designer
  • Web developer
  • Event planner
  • Visual artist
  • Crafter
  • Marketing consultant
  • Bicycle repair
  • Financial planner
  • IT consultant
  • Hairstylist
  • Manicurist
  • Personal shopper
  • Virtual assistant
  • Transcriptionist
  • Personal trainer
  • Tutor
  • Massage therapist
  • Bed & breakfast
  • Daycare
  • Clothing designer
  • Dog walker
  • Jewelry designer
  • Ceramicist
  • Pet groomer
  • Music instructor
  • Bag designer
  • Notary public
  • Language instructor
  • Home organizer
  • Interior decorator
  • Business coach
  • Alterations or sewing
  • Personal chef
  • Caterer
  • Computer repair
  • Personal assistant
  • Wedding planner
  • Carpenter

I’m sure there are a few that can be added to this list. As always, your friends at GoForth Institute encourage you to thoroughly research and plan when starting any small business. Entrepreneurs starting a home-based business should be especially wary of scams and opportunities that sound too good to be true.

Good luck, and have fun!

For more tips on starting and running a home-based small business, check out these posts:

How to sniff out a home-based business scam
You should sell these! How to start a business selling your handcrafted work
Perks and snags of internet or home-based businesses
Home-based business permits and expenses

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