As the job market continues to change and evolve, many people are starting new careers with home-based businesses. If you're one of those people looking for a fresh start, here are some of the most popular and successful home-based business ideas for men.
Business Coaching and Consulting
If you have expertise in a business that could help others, you can become a business coach or a consultant. Business coaches usually have experience in management or another specialized skill and are hired to troubleshoot other businesses. You can even become a certified business coach through a program provided by the International Coach Federation, which also provides a coach referral service. Becoming a consultant usually involves advising other businesses or doing work for them as an independent contractor. Either way, you can easily run this type of business using your home as your office.
Cleaning services are one of the most popular home-based businesses. Some of the country's most successful franchises specialize in cleaning commercial buildings. They include Jani-King (ranked as the No. 1 home-based franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine), ServiceMaster Cleaning and ServPro. And there are carpet cleaning franchises such as Stanley Steemer and Heaven's Best Carpet & Upholstery and cleaning and home maintenance operations such as Furniture Medic. These franchises require an upfront investment but also come with training and a corporate support system to help you get started.
Many people want you to come to their home or business to provide services that are typically done in a retail setting. That's led to strong growth in mobile businesses. One of the most popular is mobile pet grooming, which requires a vehicle and some experience in grooming pets. There's also a growing demand for mobile mechanics who essentially bring an auto repair shop to individuals who need their car fixed but can't get to a service station. And there are franchise opportunities in auto specialty categories such as Oil Butler International for mobile oil changing, Pop-A-Lock for mobile locksmithing and roadside assistance and Doctor Vinyl & Associates for mobile interior automotive repair. Information on what it takes to get started in these franchises is available on their websites.
Doug Desjardins is a journalist and research analyst. He has worked for more than a half-dozen newspapers, magazines and websites and hiswork has appeared in a number of publications including the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Magazine.