List of Home Business Ideas

by Maggie McCormick ; Updated September 26, 2017
You can start a business from the comfort of your home.

Working from home can save money and eliminate hassles, but you have to find a good business idea in order to succeed. Starting a home business allows you to spin any number of creative ideas. But the key is to find one at which you excel. Consider all of the possibilities when looking for a home business---the smallest idea may be your most profitable one.

Direct Sales Business

Direct sales is a popular choice for someone starting a home business. In it, you sell a product to consumers and you receive a commission on your sales. Some of these businesses have a multi-level marketing aspect, where you recruit additional sales reps in addition to selling the product. You join with a company as a sales rep--typically requiring you to purchase the product--and then use whatever technique you want to sell the product. For example, you could sell online or through home parties. Products for a direct sales business vary widely, from home goods to health elixirs to sex toys. There's sure to be something that sparks your interest. If you are interested in these types of jobs, you should be aware that you will work only on commissions--some people enjoy the challenge of this type of pay structure, but many don't like the lack of security. View the details for many direct sales businesses at InternetBasedMoms.com.

Accounting Business

If you have a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license, you can run your own accounting business from home. You work with businesses and individuals, keeping their finances in order. Your busiest time will probably be tax season, but try to find business clients so that you continually have work. If you don't have a CPA license already, you'll have to take college courses in accounting and pass the CPA license exam for your state. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects accounting jobs to grow at a faster than average rate, so it could be a good time to get your foot in the door.

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Computer Business

With computer knowledge under your belt, you can start a variety of businesses. For example, if you know about computer repair, you could set up a repair shop in your home or act as a traveling repair professional. You can also work as a freelance programmer or web designer, working with business owners to build products. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects this field to grow as well.

Craft Business

If you make unique crafts, you can sell them to people for a profit. One way to do this is to travel to craft shows. This means you'll have to prepare a lot of crafts to start with, which can require hefty upfront costs. Another way to sell your crafts is online, through sites like eBay and Etsy. Your success is largely based on the demand for your product and how well you can market yourself. Etsy offers suggestions about surviving (and profiting from) your first craft fair.

Service Business

People will pay to have someone else do the dirty work--that's why a service-oriented business can be a profitable one. You could clean houses, do yard work, walk the dogs or run errands. Because people are too busy to do these tasks by themselves, they'll be grateful for your service. For example, as a house cleaner, you would visit your client's homes and clean them. You may use your own cleaning products or the client may provide them for you.

About the Author

Maggie McCormick is a freelance writer. She lived in Japan for three years teaching preschool to young children and currently lives in Honolulu with her family. She received a B.A. in women's studies from Wellesley College.

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