7 Home Business Ideas & How To Get STarted

Today, you have the power to start so many businesses from home. There is almost no limit.

If you're thinking of quitting your day job, and want to work from home, there are a few things I recommend you do first:

  1. Keep your day job for now - it's an exciting idea at first, but you need to plan ahead and research what you think will make money quickly if you do quit your day job
  2. Work as much as possible on nights and weekends - the best way to get started is to stop watching Netflix on weeknights or going out with friends on the weekend. To make your dream possible, you need to put in some extra hours and decide if starting your own business is the kind of lifestyle you want. Most people don't start their own business because they'd rather relax or hang our with other people than take control of their financial destiny.
  3. Don't go overboard with hours - it is easy to burn out when you have a full time job. Studies show that peoples' brains max out at around 55 hours per week. So if you have a 40-hour-per-week job, you should only put about 2 hours per day extra into your at-home business ideas.


7 Home Business Ideas

Here are some home businesses I have done from home since 2010 when I launched my at-home business. All have potential to make sustainable income.

  1. Photography - this industry is booming for family, wedding, senior, engagement and newborn photography. Plus, you can do commercial photos for products, real estate, corporates, headshots and the like. You can charge hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars per photoshoot.
  2. Private Bartending - check your local city, county and state laws on this. But I did private in-home bartending on the weekends, usually Friday or Saturday night, for older people in their 50s and 60s who had extra cash to spend on a private bartender for birthdays or anniversaries. Plus, people want to give you tips for taking your Friday or Saturday night off.
  3. Graphic Design & Web Design - this has been my own main stable daily income. The great part about this is that you don't have to leave home if you're an introvert. You can stay home, take clients all over the world, and focus on niche projects in your speciality. Check out my website at www.jpwdesignstudio.com for an example.
  4. Start an Etsy Shop - this is another big one that my wife and I do on the site that brings anywhere from 20 to 40% of our monthly income. Jewelry, artwork, clothing, furniture, and home decor all do very well on Etsy, and you can be creative and flexible in what you sell. 60% of visitors to Etsy are in the United States, so there is tons of potential to simply ship anywhere to other U.S. customers.
  5. Marketing & creative writing - businesses absolutely need good social media marketers, copywriters and marketing professionals to find new customers and clients, and being a solo at-home business owner is the best way to be independent and find clients. There is so much opportunity in the marketing & sales world because every business needs good marketing, just like they need a good website.
  6. At-home & mobile services - this is an industry that is booming quickly. As people buy more things on Amazon, and brick-and-morter stores like Toys-R-Us go out of business, people demand more mobile services, and to drive less. Starting at mobile nail salon, hair cutting, landscaping, interior designing, dog grooming or other mobile service is a growing industry. However, the big worry here is about safety. Going to someone else's home can be risky, so do this kind of business with a partner.
  7. Sell stuff out of your house - I used to do this a lot with Craigslist, but now Facebook is the biggest place to sell stuff. You don't have to sell old, ugly stuff. There are lots of things you can buy for $10 USD, fix it up, and re-sell for $100 or $200 USD. Just like selling on Etsy or your own website, selling locally out of your home helps reduce costs like starting a brick-and-mortar. 

These are just a few ideas, but some of my favorites and ones that I have made lots of money doing. My personal favorite is web design & helping people learn how to start their own business. Focus on what you love doing. If it's a chore, you'll be just as unhappy as working at your day job. 

Justin Wood

Minimalist Website Designer