50 businesses you can start from home

Many entrepreneurs run home-based businesses. These self-employed entrepreneurs work alone, or have a few employees. Home-based businesses usually don’t have a storefront, street advertising signs or customer parking. Home-based entrepreneurs, despite the name, may have an office, studio or workshop, depending on their business.

This sort of business has several upsides, including greater schedule flexibility, no dress code, potential savings on expenses such as childcare, and availability of tax deductions. And with the prevalence of online productivity and collaboration tools, running a business from home is easier than ever.

Sounds great, right? If you think starting a home-based business might be ideal for you, here are 50 small businesses you can start from home, either full-time, or on the side:

  1. Social media influencer
  2. Video creator/editor
  3. Video game review writer
  4. Copywriter
  5. Travel writer
  6. Personal trainer
  7. Tutor
  8. Financial planner
  9. Bookkeeper/accountant
  10. Photographer
  11. Event planner
  12. Visual artist
  13. Blogger
  14. Computer repair
  15. Make-up artist
  16. Personal assistant
  17. Editor
  18. Graphic designer
  19. Web designer
  20. Web developer
  21. Wedding planner
  22. Bicycle repair
  23. Social media management
  24. IT consultant
  25. Marketing consultant
  26. Grant writer
  27. Alterations or sewing
  28. Hairstylist
  29. Personal shopper
  30. Virtual assistant
  31. Transcriptionist
  32. Massage therapist
  33. Bed & breakfast
  34. Daycare
  35. Clothing designer
  36. Dog walker/pet sitter
  37. Pet groomer
  38. Dog trainer
  39. Online reseller
  40. Jewelry designer
  41. Ceramicist
  42. Music instructor
  43. Purse designer
  44. Notary public
  45. Language instructor
  46. Home organizer
  47. Home cleaner
  48. Interior decorator
  49. Business coach
  50. Woodworking

As always, we strongly recommend proper research and planning when starting a small business. Entrepreneurs starting a home-based business should be especially wary of scams and opportunities that sound too good to be true. Also, investigate any licenses and permits your home-based business may need before getting started.

Check out these posts for more information and advice about home-based businesses:

How to identify a work-from-home 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
Small business permits and licenses in Canada
Tools to help entrepreneurs stay productive

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