10 Best Home Based Business Ideas

In today’s tough economy more people are trying to setup a business from home. This makes sense as you would have more control over the hours, the growth of the business, and best of all, no one can fire you! Below is my list of the 10 best home based business ideas.

10. Tutoring

If you have a degree, skill, or experience that others could benefit from, tutoring could be right for you. We often think about tutoring only children or teenagers, but adults and especially the retired are looking to improve their skills. Many retired people are looking to learn more about how to use their computers and the Internet. If you can play a musical instrument you can teach the basics to anyone! You don’t need to be a “rock star” to teach beginners. As your reputation increases, so will your business.

9. Cloth Diapers

Many moms (and dads) these days going with cloth diapers instead of disposables to help save the environment and money. If you can sew a diaper with your sewing machine, then creating and selling cloth diapers could be a rewarding business.

8. Selling art/craft/jewelry online

Are you the creative type? Put that skill to use and sell your goods online! You don’t have to be Vincent Van Gogh for people to be willing to buy your art work. Take a look at eBay and etsy to see the wide variety artwork, crafts and jewelry people just like you are making money with.

7. Home Daycare Center

Do you love being with and helping children? In these hard economic times many families need both parents working and therefore help with the daily care of their children. While licensing is required in most communities, it is not as difficult as you might think to set up a home daycare center.

6. Catering

If you find your family and friends love your cooking and you have a wide variety of dishes you can prepare, a catering business may be for you. Many websites are available with step by step courses on launching a catering business. Keep in mind that you may encounter some customers who are rude or demanding, so you’ll want to be well prepared to handle these situations should they come up.

5. Handyman

Have you got some household fix-it skills? With good advertising, and competitive pricing you can make a decent income helping home owners fix up their homes. There are many books and instructions available on the internet that illustrate how to perform such tasks as soldering, drywall work, shelving, light plumbing and electrical, laminate flooring and more. Take jobs you know you can complete well to build a good reputation.

The remaining list of 10 best home based business ideas are for those comfortable working on a computer.

4. Freelance writing

Freelance writing is essentially being able to write intelligently on a broad set of subjects or specialize on a select few that you are very familiar with. You could write on the local arts and entertainment, travel, or create e-books or how-to books on technical subjects. To gain experience start with shorter pieces and work up to larger ones as writing skills increase.

3. Outsource

With the maturity of the internet, thousands of people now work independently for companies looking to outsource projects to people with skills in writing, computer programming, graphic design, web design, research and more. Sites like Elance let you set up a profile of your skills and then submit proposals on job postings from companies who need the work completed.

2. Web Design

Web design is a very creative endeavour but requires some knowledge of the technologies involved in building web sites. Assuming you have in interest in this, you’ll need to understand HTML, CSS, web design tools such as Dreamweaver and Javascript and backend tools such as PHP and MySQL. If you’d rather focus on the look and feel of your web designs, you can always outsource the technical work.

1. Internet Marketing

Last, but not least, no matter what business you are in, internet marketing will be necessary to drive potential customers to your site. Internet Marketing has become very popular as the training is not difficult to learn and the only equipment you need is a computer connected to the internet. There are several opportunities available that provide excellent training and income potential with little initial investment.

For any of these 10 best home based business ideas to succeed good marketing will be essential to getting your product or service in front of potential customers.

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