Have you ever dreamed of being your own boss, working on your own terms? Well, I have news for you. You can be your own boss and work on your own terms by starting your home-based business today. What kind of business should you start? That’s a tough question because there are so many to choose from. I am going to share with you 10 home-based businesses that you can start today! Plus, I’ll give you tips on how to start and share with you some really helpful resources that I used to start my home-based businesses.

1. Writing

There are several writing jobs that you can do from home.

  • Freelance Writing
  • Ghostwriting
  • Creative Writing
  • Blog & Article Writing

Freelance Writing:

This can be done completely online. First, you should pick a niche that you would like to focus your writing in. It’s okay to write in other niches but you will find more job opportunities if you have a specific niche that you specialize in.

Create a portfolio of your best writing work so that you have something great to show off to clients. If possible, showcase niche-related work. This helps your chances of being chosen for the job compared to other freelance writers who haven’t niched down.

Underneath freelance writing falls creative writing, ghostwriting, blog & article writing, etc. You could choose to do any of these but I suggest you start with only one at first and then add more as you feel comfortable.

Here are some great places to find different types of legitimate online freelance writing work :

Check out Ms.Shay’s 30 legitimate paying online writing sites over at dreamhomebasedwork.com! She does a great job of explaining each freelance writing company and providing payment information when available.

If you are a beginner there are many ways to seek out freelance writing jobs such as cold pitching, warm pitching, asking around, etc. Head over to Elna Cain’s website at elnacain.com and check out her post 20 Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs (As a Beginner). She covers several ways you can obtain these freelance writing jobs.

2. Virtual Call Center:

Speaking from experience, opening a virtual call center doesn’t have to be that hard. If you were to go out on your own and seek to find clients you would have a lot more work ahead of you. Thankfully, companies like Arise Virtual Solutions make owning your virtual call center less of a headache.

With Arise you can provide sales, technical support, and customer service. Some of the jobs on the platform require you to provide more than one service but you have a lot of choices. The pay is good and the opportunities are fun! Arise is the company I partnered with to provide services but there are other great sites that are somewhat similar such as LiveOps.

3. DayCare

Watching other children from the comfort of your home may be exactly what you are looking for. You can set your own hours as with any home-based business. It doesn’t have to stop with daycare, you can provide after-school care or even night care for parents who work night shifts. Be sure to take care of the legal aspect and make sure your home is in tip-top shape so it will pass any required inspections.

4. Dance Instructor

If you love to dance and you don’t mind teaching others how to move, this is the perfect home-based business for you! You can set up a dance studio right in your living room. Decide on the style of dance you will teach, the gender and age of your students if this is an important aspect of the business. If not then let it be known that adults or children of all ages are welcome.

5. Party/Wedding Planner

This sounds like a lot of fun, right? Who doesn’t love a party or a wedding?! You may be the go-to person for your family and friends who need help planning a party or wedding so why not turn it into a lucrative career. This is one job you won’t dread doing.

6. Youtube Personality

Do you watch youtube videos and ever think to yourself, “How do they make a living?” The answer to that question is pretty straight forward. Youtube Personalities or better known as “Youtubers”, make money through ads and sponsored videos. So what do you need to get started? A computer, a good quality camera (your smartphone camera may be good enough), and a personality. That’s really all you need to get started. You may want to purchase backdrops, ring lights and other things that will add to the quality and overall look of your video but these things are not necessary for the beginning. You could do videos about hair, cooking, sewing, makeup, or your lifestyle. Whatever floats your boat!

7. Personal Trainer

Everyone has been on this health kick lately and it involves exercising. A lot of people would like to develop a healthy workout routine but they don’t have the knowledge or the motivation to even get started. If you are a health guru who loves to exercise this may be the perfect home-based business for you! As a personal trainer, you would be that motivation force whipping your clients into shape and getting paid to do it.

8. Hair Stylist

Doing hair is a great way to make money and the fun thing is that you can do it from home. Check your state requirements and make sure your home meets these standards. Also, you should obtain your cosmetology license so you can be educated when working on the hair of others.

9. Interior Designer

Interior designing can be a great career if you have a good eye for mixing and matching colors, shapes, and other forms of decoration. This business may require you to visit the home of clients but the majority of your work can be done from home.

10. Baker

This is my favorite because I’ve always wanted to be a professional baker. I am a self-taught baker so believe me when I say you do not have to be a professional to make money baking. Going to culinary school may make you more credible but it is not a requirement. Before you try to sell your baked goods make sure they taste great!



Here are 10 home-based businesses that you can start today! There are several more that didn’t make the list but that’s because I didn’t want to drown you with all of the information. Careful research on legitimate home-based businesses will help you in your search to start the perfect business. Once you find a home-based business you would like to start, stick with it. No matter how tough it gets. Sometimes it may even get discouraging but you have to keep going!


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