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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How to tell if you're really ready for entrepreneurship

How to tell if you’re ready for entrepreneurship

It’s the start of a new year, and if you’re like many Canadians, you may have resolved to finally start your entrepreneurship journey this year.

But wait – not so fast. We know it’s exciting to finally start your small business, but there are many things to know beforehand. Here are some things that, in our years of educating entrepreneurs, we’ve identified as some of the most important questions prospective entrepreneurs should ask themselves before starting a small business.

Are you ready to start a small business?

  1. What is most important to me in running a small business – making money or doing what I love?
  2. Do I have management or technical experience in a business similar to the business I want to start?
  3. Do I have any accounting or bookkeeping knowledge?
  4. How well do I handle risk?
  5. How do I cope with stress?
  6. Are my finances strong enough to support me if my small business doesn’t see income immediately?
  7. Do I have the support of my family and friends?
  8. Am I willing to work longer than usual to start my small business?
  9. How well do I lead or manage others?
  10. How adaptable am I?
  11. How do I make difficult decisions?
  12. Do I have a long-term plan for my small business?
  13. Do I have a business model?

If you’ve answered “no” to any of these questions, no problem! It’s actually a good thing. Knowing what you don’t know is important, and can help you find – and fix – critical gaps in your knowledge. Small business training will increase your odds of success. Nearly half of all small Canadian businesses fail within two years, so getting essential small business skills is really important.

How can you find out if you’re ready to be an entrepreneur?

Download our free Self-Assessment for Entrepreneurs to take an honest look at your situation right now. Take your time and do as much research and training as you can before you start your small business – it may make all the difference to your success.

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Ready to start a small business? Ask yourself these 13 questions first

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Finally, you’ve had the great business idea you’ve been waiting for, and you’re ready to become an entrepreneur!

Not so fast. It’s important that you start your entrepreneurship journey on the right foot. There are many things to know before you set up shop. Will your idea work as an actual business? Are you ready for the hard work and stress that comes with entrepreneurship?

Ask yourself these 13 questions before you start a small business

  1. What is most important to me in running a small business – making money or doing what I love?
  2. Do I have management or technical experience in a business similar to the business I want to start?
  3. Do I have any accounting or bookkeeping knowledge?
  4. How well do I handle risk?
  5. How do I cope with stress?
  6. Are my finances strong enough to support me if my small business doesn’t see income immediately?
  7. Do I have the support of my family and friends?
  8. Am I willing to work longer than usual to start my small business?
  9. How well do I lead or manage others?
  10. How adaptable am I?
  11. How do I make difficult decisions?
  12. Do I have a long-term plan for my small business?
  13. Do I have a business model?

If you’ve answered “no” to any of these questions, don’t worry! It’s actually a good thing. Knowing what you don’t know is important, and can help you find – and fix – critical gaps in your knowledge. Training in entrepreneurship skills will also increase your odds of success. After all, nearly one half of all small businesses close within two years of start-up in Canada, so equipping yourself with as many business skills as you can is always a good thing.

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Is entrepreneurship really for you? Here’s how to find out

am i an entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship is a great dream for many Canadians. But the reality is, many Canadians are not ready for it – and that’s okay! It may be that you might be ready for it later on, after life circumstances change or you take small business training to learn the skills you don’t have yet.

How can you find out if you’re ready to be an entrepreneur? Download GoForth’s free Self-Assessment for Entrepreneurs to see if now is a good time to start your small business journey. We can’t predict if you’ll be a success, but taking an honest look at your situation right now will help you figure out your odds.

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