Home-based businesses are wildly popular, and for good reason—how else are you going to start a business with minimal overhead costs and tons of flexibility?
Maybe you already have a great idea for a business you could start out of your own home, and you’re eager to learn more. Or, maybe you don’t really have the idea part nailed down, but you love the concept of a home-based business. No matter what your exact situation, we have the resources you need to get started.
Start at the top for an introduction to the idea of running a home-based businesses, including common misconceptions and tips for success. After that, move on to our how-to guides and checklists.
If you need some ideas, you’ll also find inspiration for different types of home-based businesses you can start, as well as several industry-specific guides for businesses you can start from your home.
Resources to check out before you start your home-based business
Working from home isn’t all sitting on the couch in your pajamas (okay, so maybe I’m personally writing this article from my couch, but that isn’t the point—and I’m certainly not wearing pajamas).
In all seriousness, working from home somehow manages to get both a bad reputation and an inflated sense of flexibility. Find out the truth about running a home-based business, and see if your vision matches up with reality.
There are definite do’s and don’ts for running a business from your home. In order to be successful, it’s a good idea to follow tips from other home-based entrepreneurs, like the ones we’ve collaborated with in this article.
How to start a home-based business
If you’re ready for tangible steps, start here. Our complete guide will run you through the entire process of starting a home-based business, including the nitty-gritty details like registering your business name and corporate structure.
In a similar vein, if you’d rather go straight for a list of to do’s, our work from home checklist will be hugely useful to you during the process of starting your home-based business.
Our home-based business guide and our work from home checklist cover largely the same information, but in a different format—it all depends on what works best for you in terms of learning information. Read both or pick one—but don’t skip them both, as they’re foundational resources at the beginning of your home-based business journey.
Remember how I said it’s not all working on your couch in your pajamas? On that note, here is our guide on establishing a productive home office where you’ll actually get work done.
Home-based business ideas
While not designed to be a list of home-based businesses (and I should know, I wrote this one), this list contains plenty of ideas that would make great businesses to start from home. Start here if you know you’d like to work from home, but haven’t heard that siren song of the perfect business idea just yet.
If you’re still not quite sure what kind of business you’d like to start, our list of eclectic home-based businesses should give you some great ideas.
Or, if nothing else, you’ll learn that a golf ball diving business is, in fact, a real thing.
An online business can be a great home-based business, whether that be an Etsy shop or eBay business (more on both of those in a minute) or your own ecommerce store.
In this guide, you’ll learn about the different types of online businesses, and you’ll get practical steps to follow for when you’re ready to set up shop.
If you’ve decided Etsy is the right platform for your home-based business, our complete guide to starting an Etsy shop will be on your required reading list. You’ll learn the basics of getting your shop up and running, plus some advice from seasoned experts.
Or, maybe eBay is more your speed? If so, check out our guide on starting an eBay business. In addition to a rundown of the basics, you’ll get some tips on how to make your listings and storefront stand out from the (virtual) clutter.
Photography is one of those businesses that lends itself perfectly to being home-based; even plenty of established photographers will continue to be home-based for their entire careers!
Check out our guide to starting a photography business, and if you’re still in need of more information, try our tips for maximizing your income as a photographer, our photography business resources, and our free photography business sample plans.
If you’re an artist or creator, you should familiarize yourself with Patreon. This platform enables creators such as artists, musicians, YouTubers, and so on to create their work via donations from patrons, who then get something special in return.
While you may not want to put all your home-based business hopes and dreams in the Patreon basket (it’s understandably not a sure path to overnight success), it’s worth looking into.
If your home fulfills the necessary requirements (and your idea of a perfect home-based business involves a home full of children), you might want to consider opening a home daycare business.
While a little different than the types of home-based businesses I’ve mentioned so far, if you love kids, have sufficient space, and have patience knitted into the very fabric of your being, a home-based daycare may be a perfect fit for you.
Similar to a home-based daycare business, a bed and breakfast is a bit of a unique home-based business. After all, you’ll need ample space and a particular quaint charm or other unique appeal—and of course, you’ll need to enjoy hosting guests. That being said, a bed and breakfast is a great home-based business idea for the right person and home.
Are there aspects of starting a home-based business that we haven’t yet covered? Would you like some more ideas on home-based business?