153+ Home Business Ideas


Karen working at desk at home
Karen in her home office

Starting a home business may sound overwhelming at first, but when you have step-by-step instructions or a “blueprint” to follow, you’ll see that not only is a business start-up possible – it’s going to be exciting and fun.

Advice and tips from successful entrepreneurs are important when you launch a start-up business. Experienced businesspeople have learned numerous valuable lessons from their mistakes, and they can pass this invaluable knowledge on to you.

They have often developed “systems” which make it possible for ordinary people to achieve extraordinary results when starting their own businesses, simply by following instructions. Take advantage of these powerful resources, it will save you from re-inventing the wheel.

We’ve compiled these 1-2-3 business start-up guides from our own experience and from leading experts we trust. Let us know if you don’t see a business listed that you’re interested in. Not sure which business is right for you?

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Administrative Businesses

  • Medical Billing
  • Medical Transcription
  • Virtual Assistant

Automotive Businesses

  • Auto Detailing & Decal Service
  • Car Repair
  • Car Wash
  • Limo/Taxi Service

Beauty Businesses

  • Beauty/Nail/Hair Salon
  • Makeup Artist
  • Makeup Line
  • Massage Business
  • Spa Business

Cleaning businesses

  • Residential/Commercial Cleaning Service
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Foreclosure Cleanup
  • Laundromat
  • Pool Cleaning
  • Window Cleaning

Computer Businesses

  • App Developer
  • Computer Repair
  • Video Game Business

Consulting Businesses

  • Business Consulting
  • Career Coaching
  • Life Coaching
  • Eco Consulting
  • Image Consulting
  • IT Consulting
  • Management Consulting
  • Party/Event Planner
  • Personal Shopper
  • Staffing Agency
  • Wedding Planner

Craft/Design businesses

  • Make Money on Etsy
  • Balloon Business
  • Candle Making
  • Fashion Designer
  • Florist
  • Gift Basket Service
  • Graphic Designer
  • Greeting Card Business
  • Interior Decorator
  • Jewelry Maker
  • Knitting
  • Mural Painting
  • Photography
  • Sewing
  • Soap-Making
  • T-shirt Printing

Financial Businesses

  • Accounting/Bookkeeping
  • Financial Planning
  • Grant Writing
  • Tax Preparation
Food Businesses

  • Bakery
  • Home Brewing
  • Cake Decorating
  • Candy Store
  • Catering
  • Coffee Shop
  • Cookbook Writing
  • Cookie Business
  • Cupcake Business
  • Food Truck
  • Food Writer
  • Hot Dog Cart
  • Make/Sell Gourmet Food
  • Personal Chef
  • Wine Making

Garden and Farming Businesses

  • Beekeeping
  • Small-Scale Farming
  • Growing and Selling Herbs
  • Landscaping
  • Lawn Care
  • Worm Farming

Green Businesses

  • 75 Green Business Ideas
  • Recycling

Home Service Businesses

  • Electrician
  • Deck Building
  • Handyman
  • Interior Decorator
  • Moving Company
  • Outdoor Lighting Company
  • Painting
  • Plumbing Service
  • Roofing Business
  • Professional Organizer

Import-Export Business

Internet Businesses

  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Blogging
  • Ebay Business
  • eLearning
  • Mobile Marketing
  • Online Store/Mail Order
  • Sell Books on Amazon
  • Website Design

Mobile Businesses

  • Delivery Business
  • Errand Running
  • Hot Dog Cart
  • Ice Cream Truck
  • Kiosk Business
  • Mobile DJ Service
  • Mobile Spa

Music Businesses

  • DJ
  • Recording Artist
  • Song Writer
  • Music Instructor

Non Profit Businesses

Pet Businesses

  • Kennel/Pet Hotel
  • Dog Walking/Pet Sitting
  • Dog Treat Business/ Bakery
  • Pet Salon/Grooming
  • Dog Training
  • Write how-to Books for Pet Owners
  • Sell Pet Products Online

Real Estate Businesses

  • Home Inspection Service
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Remodeling Service
  • Storage Unit Business

Retail Businesses

  • Antique Business
  • Candy/Chocolate Store
  • Clothing Store
  • Florist
  • Gift Shop
  • Online Store
  • Second Hand Store
  • Vending Machine Business

Sales/Marketing Businesses

  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Coupon Business
  • Information Marketing
  • Mobile Marketing
  • Public Relations Company

Senior Service Businesses

  • Group Home
  • Home Health Care
  • Nursing Agency
  • Senior Travel Business

Sports Businesses

  • Dance Studio
  • Driving Range
  • Golf Instructor/School
  • Personal Trainer
  • Hiking-Walking Tours
  • Yoga Studio

Teaching Businesses

  • Tutoring Service
  • Teach Music Lessons
  • Motivational Speaking

Travel Businesses

  • Bed and Breakfast Hotel
  • Boat Chartering Service
  • Travel Agent
  • Tour Company
  • Travel Writer

Writing/Publishing Businesses

  • Copywriting
  • Food Writing
  • Freelance Writing
  • Screenwriting
  • Travel Writing
  • Write an eBook
  • Publish a Cookbook
  • Write Children’s Books
  • Publish a Magazine