Home Based Businesses

Some ideas made available by Entrepreneur Press & Cheryl Kimball also PowerHomeBiz.com

Catering business

-The Starting a Catering Business Start-Up Guide Kit™ is a step-by-step guide which provides a collection of valuable sound advice and practical guidance for starting your own successful catering business. Have you got affinity with cooking and like to make others happy with delicious delights?

Home Staging

-Home staging may be the perfect business for you if you're creative, good at multi-tasking, love decorating, design, and real estate. When you like the idea of working independently and creating your own schedule, this might be a winner for you.

Reproduction Art

-Finally a brand new unique business for the home worker. Surprisingly enough, this one actually works just for a change! This is real folks. This business has the potential to earn in excess of $50,000+ from start up in the first year. Very Unique. And worth a serious look.

Do you want to build your own very unique, very special home based business earning $3,000-$5,000 per month?

Buy and Sell cars for Profit

-Recession proof secrets on how you can make $300 to $3000 profit in as little as 2 hours. Buying and selling used cars from home...part-time...or full-time...with no previous mechanical or sales experience.

You can buy and sell cars for profit from anywhere in the free world. You can make big money buying and selling used cars in small towns...and big cities...during roaring economies...and even deep recessions. How is this possible?



Information Broker/Researcher

What they do: Information researchers and information professionals use their research skills to obtain information for individuals and companies. If you like studying and doing academic research, this might be the business for you. While many researchers spend considerable time on the Internet, most also spend substantial time at libraries, county courts, and other locations where various records are kept. Private investigators and skip tracers are one type of professional researcher.

Why the business provides value: People and companies value their time and often prefer to hire specialized individuals to do time-consuming jobs, like research. In some cases, people don’t know how to go about collecting the information themselves. Companies and organizations can usually afford to spend the most on research.

Downsides: Like any consulting activity, this is a personal service which essentially limits income to billable hours. Many of the most lucrative opportunities, such as personal background checks for pre-employment screening, are already well-served by established companies.

For more information, read Starting an Information Broker / Research Service Business


Niche Online Retailer/Online Auction Seller

What they do: Niche retailers serve narrow market segments, usually a specialty area in which the business owner is interested. For example, “sporting goods” wouldn’t be considered a niche. But, “golf supplies” or “tennis equipment” or “air gun supplies” would be a niche.

Some online sellers specialize in purchasing inventory at a discount and reselling it. But, unlike a catalog niche seller, the inventory tends to vary, based upon what the individual purchases at special bargain rates.

Why the business provides value: Niche sellers usually serve the most dedicated hobbyists, who spend considerable sums on their hobby or interest. Niche retailers often evaluate and recommend the best products and have specialized knowledge. Mail order and the Internet are key distribution and marketing channels, because many customers don’t have local niche retail operations serving their interest.



Experience, training or licensing may be needed

Hairstyling is a popular business that can be quite lucrative. Generally a home based hairstylist business is likely to be started by someone who has already has a cosmetology career and wants a change. If you already have your cosmetology training and license, and loads of experience under your belt working in a hairstyling salon, you probably have a following that will follow you right home without any hesitation.



Create an arsenal of cleaning products that can clean almost every kind of product (paint, chalk, markers) from every kind of surface (cement, wood, pavement). The best way to conduct a graffiti service is to offer a subscription-like arrangement. Once a month or whatever interval makes sense for your clients, go around to their property and clean off the graffiti. Charge them a monthly or quarterly fee and make it simple for everyone--they don't have to think about graffiti, and you just do your job.



There's lots in it because it's always required.  There franchise co's like just junk or 1800-got-junk have a great idea but they also have the fees that you don't have to the parent co. If you have a truck and a smart looking pair of overalls, you can easily fill your days with trips to the dump if your in a center of reasonable population.


Has expansion possibilities

Finding a niche is the best way to start out in the gift basket business. Are you a dog lover, horse lover, or exercise guru who could put together baskets that hold the things that people with this interest would like? Do you already create a product that a gift basket could be built around? Have you made your own soaps for the past 10 years? A gift basket that included one or two of your soaps, hand lotion, a scrub brush and manicure kit could be a lovely basket to receive.




Fences are everywhere. And they don't last forever, so they need to be repaired and replaced with a certain amount of frequency. You're handy and can arrange to buy the materials wholesale or for bulk pricing then add your hourly installation fee and there you have it, a career in fence installation The most common fence material is wood. However, vinyl has become a popular fence choice due to its longevity and relative freedom from maintenance. Wrought iron is another common fencing, especially in urban environments. You can have fun shopping for vintage wrought iron fencing at salvage yards. You will have the best results with sales if you are bonded, licensed and insured.


Experience, training or licensing may be needed

You can use desktop publishing software to create newsletters, magazines, books or even marketing materials. You can create the content for your desktop publications, or you can pay a writer to create the content for you. Alternatively, you can advertise your desktop publishing services to design and create newsletters and books for others with their content.


Experience, training or licensing may be needed
Has expansion possibilities

If you are proficient in both Macintosh and PC, you should offer training in both types of computers. You could probably make a living helping seniors learn how to use the internet and e-mail to keep in touch with their loved ones, who are now commonly spread around the country. Err on the side of caution in this business. People do not want to know all the details about what makes a computer work. If you overload them with information from the beginning by explaining bits, bytes, and megapixels, they will stick to their paper and pencil forever.


Experience, training or licensing may be needed

So you have a computer. Despite the proliferation of the internet, print media is here to stay for the foreseeable future! Fliers, newsletters, magazines, information sheets, letters and advertisements are just a few of the types of print media that business hire freelancers to create for them. Websites and online advertising need graphic design services as well. Even if your expertise is only in design, offer the works for potential clients, including the editorial creation and the printing and even mailing of the final piece. You can line up regular freelancers for those parts of the job you can't do.


Experience, training or licensing may be needed

Making money as a photographer can be done in a number of different ways. You can specialize in one area, the most common being weddings. There are niches you can explore for photography: portraits of people and their pets, families, and homes; photographs of holiday events, birthday parties or Christmas cards; the possibilities are endless. Now more than ever, digital Cameras has made professional quality results available to anyone with a good eye and a decent camera available through future shop or the like.


Experience, training or licensing may be needed.

You will need to learn how to work with all kinds of carpet fabrics, from synthetic to wool carpets. This is much easier than one would think. By having a relationship with a janitorial products supplier, they can direct you to the products that will work under each situation.  just be aware of wool shrinkage and ask about the unique effects of each type of real or synthetic fibers or upholstery fabrics. Call local firms to see what the going rates are and advertise your services in Kijiji or Craig's list or similar.  You can also decide whether you will take on specialty carpets when you have gained experience such as valuable antique carpets and family heirlooms; if so, you will want to get specialized training in how to handle these carpets and the specialized ways of cleaning them. Huge money there once you learn specialty fabrics.  Learn how to get tough stains and odors out of carpets--such as dog and cat odors--and your services will be in great demand.  Canvas a neighborhood and book your jobs for the following week then rent the appropriate machine from an equipment rental center for the three or four days you'll need to complete the bookings - then repeat the process. 

Honest work that pays well  and if you're courteous and do a good job for them, your customers will happily give you referrals when asked.    Nothing sells better than a fresh referral!


Experience, training or licensing may be needed

Every household has a number of appliances, large and small. You can work on your own or on contract with appliance stores to cover their warranty service calls--or, best of all, you can do some of each. Plan to start slow and build your customer base on recommendations and referrals based on work well done. Consider developing relationships with contractors to be the go-to person to install appliances in newly constructed houses.





You will need to be up-to-date on wedding trends and fads, dress styles, color trends--almost everything under the sun! Offer your customers an ala carte menu of services, from helping pick flowers, the wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses to picking the venue and hiring the caterer. Before you open your business, shop at all the wedding shops, and even pretend you are a bride-to-be to see what kinds of services the wedding gown shop provides and how they treat potential customers. You need to know every detail of the business to give the accurate impression that you are the go-to person for anyone planning a wedding.


Experience, training or licensing may be needed

Most tax preparation franchises offer courses, seminars, and training to get you ready to work for them. You will learn a lot about tax preparation while working for them before going out on your own. There is a lot of educational support out there to learn tax preparation and all its complexities. And there are lots of individuals and businesses willing to spend a few hundred dollars a year to have someone else prepare their taxes and keep watch for tax breaks or tax burdens on their behalf.


Experience, training or licensing may be needed
Has expansion possibilities

As a solar consultant, you can basically conduct a home inspection and give clients a report on their solar options for their particular home and site. This can range from full-fledged general solar installations that generate electricity to simple solar walkway lighting. You might want to start by working in a solar products company to become knowledgeable in the solar energy field. However, to be a consultant, it is often best not to be affiliated with any one company or product and be able to recommend products and options across the field of solar energy.


Experience, training or licensing may be needed

Most community colleges offer some level of engine-repair courses. Another way to learn would be to take a part-time position at a repair shop or a rental facility where you could learn on the job, although you will want to be open about your plans. You should be prepared to work on push-behind lawn mowers, riding lawn mowers, generators, garden tools such as rototillers and edger's, chainsaws, wood chippers and snow blowers. You need to decide whether you'll want to take on bigger jobs, such as tractors, snowmobiles and ATVs; space may be your decision-maker.



Your job, in the case of rental units, will be to make sure the property is running smoothly. For seasonal properties, you will most likely spend your management time making sure the property is ready for seasonal visits and well-maintained when no one is around. If the owners go away for six weeks in the winter, the property manager makes regular checks on the property. You will be the contact number if the security system operator needs to contact someone about a breach in security.


Experience, training or licensing may be needed

There are many different ways of getting into the jewelry business and many different types of materials with which you can work. Working in metal will probably require the most in the way of specific tools. You need to be able to heat the metal to manipulate it, and you need metalworking tools to cut and engrave it. But there are many other materials that you can work with to make jewelry, glass, plastic, beads, feathers, even wood, to name just a few. This is one of those businesses where creativity is required more than a large budget.


Experience, training or licensing may be needed

If you don't already have work experience with importing and/or exporting, you will have a longer learning curve. You can start by learning the basics and hosting educational sessions to teach others what they need to know to get started in import/export. That alone would probably gain you your first couple of clients. If you keep going with educational seminars and expand your reach to outside your immediate region, you could probably develop a sufficient and ongoing customer base very quickly, but be careful not to outpace your learning curve!





Has expansion possibilities

You can choose either to do the organizing work or to come in to a home and consult on the things the homeowner could do to better organize. Have a portfolio of different organizational scenarios in different rooms in the home and talk with the homeowner about the style he or she likes. Create checklists and questionnaires to understand how the family uses the home. Are the kids wildly busy with after-school activities? Or are they usually home after school and want access to their toys? Do they share rooms? All of these things will help you tailor an organizing plan and become the family hero.


Experience, training or licensing may be needed

In order to be successful, you will want to establish contacts with real estate agents who can recommend your services to customers. The home inspection field is one where you will need to do constant updating of your education and knowledge. New products are constantly coming out on the market--if you only know about decks made of wood, you will not know how to inspect and assess the new materials on the market, such as composites that are made to look like real wood. Also keep apprised of all safety updates of materials and issues with things like off-gassing, carbon monoxide production, and other chemical precautions.


Experience, training or licensing may be needed

All homeowners are always on the lookout for ways to save on their utility bills. You can come to their aid by providing them with an audit of their house and giving them a breakdown of how they could accomplish real savings in heating, cooling and electrical use. You can go one step further and do the implementation and installation of some of your suggestions in their home yourself. Do a complete appliance audit, with efficiency ratings and calculations based on the age of the appliance. And don't forget the water heater!


Experience, training or licensing may be needed

Let the local public courses know about your coaching business. Cultivate relationships with the staff and encourage them to recommend you as a coach. Another place to look for customers is the corporate world. Golfing is a game that business people use to develop relationships outside the office. You do need to be a better than average golfer to develop a reputation as a golf coach. You also need to be a good teacher, know how to be motivational and be willing to work with many different types of people.


Experience, training or licensing may be needed

One way to make money in this field is by being an expert witness yourself. If you have an expertise that could be useful in legal cases, you can market yourself to attorneys to act as an expert witness. Another way to be active in the expert witness field is to play a sort of matchmaker, matching attorneys up with expert witnesses for their cases--either for the defense or for the prosecution. Expert witnesses for big money cases can be expected to fly anywhere to testify. There's no reason your database of witnesses can't be from all parts of the country.


Has expansion possibilities

One of the first things you need to do is visit every potential event location with which you plan to work. Work with the marketing manager to tour each site and learn what is available at each location. Start a database that will allow you to sort venues by varying features--the number of people each site holds, if there is AV equipment available on site, will you need to arrange for rental chairs, etc. Then when you are beginning to plan an event with a client, you can find out what the key parameters are for the event and easily pull up the three or four sites that meet the basic criteria. and engagement parties, etc.


Has expansion possibilities

This business is similar to the computer repair business, but you will take on all sorts of electronic equipment besides just computers. With smaller electronics, you will need to be prepared to have customers bring their repair projects to you, as you would have difficulty recovering the cost of driving around picking up broken equipment and returning it. You may also want to encourage people to give you their old electronics so you can use them for parts.



Has expansion possibilities

Here are some of the editorial services you can provide from the quiet of your own home:






Experience, training or licensing may be needed

Study the main types of software that system users will want--word processing, photo manipulation software, mail merge, spreadsheet, design and especially security software. Investigate all the components--monitor types in all their varieties; keyboards, from wired to ergonomic to wireless; mouse types; as well as peripheral components like printers and scanners. Become completely familiar with all the ISPs (internet service providers) available in the market area you plan to cover. Establish yourself as the guru who can meet the needs of the personal computer user, the small business or a larger corporation.



There are many directions you can take this business. If you want to work during hours when no one else does, you can focus on office clients. You can focus on retail businesses and keep your customers clumped into one or two blocks. Restaurants are in great need of daily thorough cleaning and can be a great source of steady clients. Perhaps you would be more interested in house cleaning. Many times with cleaning services you don't have to spend lots of money on advertising or marketing because your customers will come by word of mouth.



Learning to be a chimney sweep may mean nothing more than apprenticing with someone already in the business. By becoming a chimney expert, you can combine a chimney sweep business with a chimney inspection service--covering more than just whether or not the chimney needs cleaning but whether the chimney is in good working order or in need of repair.






Has expansion possibilities

Offer a soup-to-nuts business plan, including market research, the business plan narrative and the financial statements. Plan your fee around the main one that the client will want and offer the others as add-on services. You can give clients an electronic file and allow them to take it from there, or you can keep the business plan on file and offer the service of tweaking it whenever necessary. Have business plan samples to show clients--and make sure to include your own!



In many parts of the country, this business tends to be seasonal, but you can find ways around that. Rent a storage unit and offer to store people's bicycles over the winter after you do a tune-up and any needed repairs on them. If you want to cater to the Lance Armstrong wannabes, you can have business all year round. These road race riders are training through snow, sleet and dark of night. Some of them work on their own bicycles, but many of them don't, so you can get their business all year. And if you keep Saturday shop hours, you can be sure you will have a group of enthusiasts coming by to talk all things cycling.


Here are some pet service and product ideas that can be run from home:

8 Pet Small Business Ideas

1. Dog Clothing and Accessories

The dog clothing business is an extremely viable market waiting to be explored and expanded. Bestsellers include sweaters and rain jackets, but pet owners also buy their pampered pets t-shirts, costumes, googles, even booties.

2. Dog Obedience Training

Dog obedience training helps put an end to a dog’s aggression, and behaviors such as biting, chewing, or digging. It helps the dog owners and the dogs develop a way to communicate and offer an easy way to establish the social hierarchy. Dog obedience training has become important for the peace of mind and more harmonious relationship between the dog and its owners.

3. Dog Walking Service

Dogs need regular exercise to ensure good physical and mental health, in addition to ensuring that they maintain and develop a housebreaking routine. Dog walkers take the dogs for walks at least once a day anywhere from one to two hours.

4. Doggie Day Care

An alternative to traditional kennel, dog daycares offers pet care during the day while owners are at work or on vacation. The doggy day care offers clean, cageless facilities often featuring open playgroups, in a fun, safe and colorful environment.

5. Pet Travel Accessories

More people are traveling with their pets, both on the road and on air. Pet travel products help pet owners prepare for travel with their pets, and keep pets comfortable during travel with products. Examples of pet travel products include airline-compliant pet carriers, car seat covers, or car seat restraints, rear seat hammocks for pets, among others.

6. Pet Spa

Take pet grooming and pampering to the next level with pet spas! Pet spas offer activities, good food and a pampered environment. Some focuses on bathing and grooming, while other spas even offer training and swimming of the pets.

7. Pet Photography

Pet photography business provides fun, candid, joyful photos of pets such as dogs, cats, horses, birds, and other pets. Often offering natural style portraits that capture the love between your family and pets, pet photography service can be done from a home-based studio, on location such as the pet owners’ home, or even from a pet shop.

8. Pooper Scooper Service

Dog pooper scooper services clean up after pets and make sure the lawns are safe and clean places for the families to enjoy. There are also litter box services for feline friends to keep the cat’s litter box clean and fresh and eliminates the hassle of buying, transporting and storing large and heavy bags of kitty litter.




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