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12 At-Home Startup Business Ideas

Whether you are looking to find an extra stream of income or want to begin to grow a business, working from home is a great opportunity. The flexibility that comes with working from home can be perfect for you if you’re raising a family or getting a degree. If you don’t want to work from home for another company, you may want to start your own venture. Finding the right business is challenging, but there are many great at-home startup business ideas that you can have up and running in no time.

1. Blogging or Running a Niche Site

Do you love creating online content?

Blogging or running a niche website are often things you consider as a hobby or a side hustle. Creating a niche site that caters to the right crowd can become a full-time business. Through a competitive Cost-Per-Click advertisement strategy and an understanding of search engine optimization, you can create a website that generates substantial income.

2. E-Commerce

If you have an interest in buying and reselling—or selling your own—goods, getting involved in e-commerce might work for you.

Whether you create your own website or work through an online marketplace like eBay or Etsy, you can create your own online store and sell items to niche consumers. The company Nasty Gal started out as an eBay store dedicated to reselling vintage clothing.

3. Web and Graphic Design

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Learning to create websites or do a little graphic design is a great side job, or even career. Fortunately, the internet is full of examples of good, and bad, web design. Take some time to look at enough websites, and you’re sure to pick up elements of good design

To get started with design work, on the web or in print, you’ll need to learn about good design principles, available font choices, graphic design software, and resources for stock photos. There are tons of free and paid resources for graphic design.

For web design, you should spend some time learning the basics of HTML and CSS. After that I recommend dipping your toes into learning something more advanced like PHP or Ruby.

I wouldn’t call myself a full-fledged graphic designer, but learning basic principles about design can get you further than you think. Web design was my side hustle throughout law school and it helped me earn income while working around my studies.

4. Catering

Cooking and catering businesses are another great option for the at-home entrepreneur. From working as a personal chef to preparing food for events and banquets, there are many options in the catering industry.

Although you might need access to more industrial equipment as you grow your business, when you are starting out, working from home is a great option.

5. Childcare

Running a daycare out of your home is great way to help out single or working parents while making a living. This is an especially good idea for stay-at-home parents. If you are already staying home with your kids, you have an opportunity to make some extra income while providing a necessary service. It’s a good idea to become CPR and first-aid certified to ensure the safety of the children in your care.

6. Elderly Care

As people age, they sometimes need additional care at home. Whether you offer live-in care or go out to see clients, this is a business you can run from home. You will most likely want to have CPR and first-aid certifications if you are interested in providing care to the elderly.

7. Lawn Service

Landscaping and lawn services are a great business to run from home because you don’t need a space to meet and interact with clients. Once you have canvassed either in person or online to find clients, you can establish regular customers and make a living tending lawns, gardens, and landscapes.

8. Animal Care

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Being a dog walker or a pet sitter are easy at-home startup business ideas. Many people lead busy lives and need to make sure their pets are taken care of while they are away. You can manage most of this business from the comfort of your own home, setting your schedule and providing your services at your clients’ homes.

9. Courier Service

Other people running businesses often need to get packages and documents from point A to point B at the local level. Running a courier business, especially if you live in a larger city, is a great way to generate income.  Helping people deliver goods efficiently could be perfect for you if you enjoy traveling around your hometown. It’s also a startup that could offer quick opportunities for expansion.

10. Consulting

Do you have special expertise?

Consulting is often a great option for people who are retired or looking for new opportunities. If you have experience in a specific field, businesses might need your help. Examples of consulting work include marketing consulting or financial advisory consulting, but the opportunities are endless.

11. Cleaning Service

Get paid to do chores. Even though cleaning is hard work, offering a cleaning service is a great way to bring in some income. You probably already have a lot of the skills and equipment necessary to start this business, and you could quickly expand your business to include a larger team of people.

12. Tutoring

Tutoring students is an easy way to make income and establish your own small business. If you have skills in a certain subject and can help students improve their grades, becoming a tutor might be right for you.

Tutoring and remediation teaching are also at-home startup business ideas with low overhead costs. For the most part, your clients will supply the bulk of the materials you need to tutor them.

Conclusion

These are just a few possibilities when it comes to starting a business from home. No matter what your interests are, there are probably many at-home startup business ideas that will work for you.

Remember to consider demand in your area, and that innovation is key to a successful startup. Teaming up with a software developer to create an app for your cleaning services or other business could turn your small business into a big venture.

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