One of the most economical ways of starting up is a home based business idea. What business idea is right for you? The best business for you is one you love and to which you are prepared to make a major commitment.

Many small-business owners describe starting a new business as more demanding than having a new baby – you have to be prepared to give it your full energy, time, and attention at any time of the day or night.

If you are thinking about a home based business idea, you’re not alone. Home based businesses are some of the most frequently searched on Bplans.com. Each section below includes sample business plans, business-planning tools, startup kits, and other online resources that are specific to this business idea.

From consulting businesses to personal services to pet care to yard care to computer care, home based business ideas are one of our most frequently searched startup category. The following resources can help you turn your idea into a reality.

Sample Home Based Business Plans
We have 35 different sample plans for home based business ideas, from online administrative assistants to bed & breakfasts to Tarot readers to wedding planners. All are plans for business ideas based in the owners’ homes, and 12 of these home based plans can be read in full online. See the full list of sample plans.

Start a Home Based Business Resource Page
Our start-a-home based business page contains a variety of resources and other tools that will help you effectively write a home based business plan and get your business going.

Business Startup Articles
No matter which direction you are thinking about pursuing, the following articles give you general tips and strategies to help you get started with your business idea.

The Right Business for you by Nolo
If you want to work for yourself, but don’t have a particular business in mind, you’re probably wondering what kind of business you should start. Fortunately, the answer is always the same: start a venture you know…

Top 15 Questions from SCORE
Research of successful entrepreneurs has documented that successful small business people have certain common characteristics…

Business Startup Strategy
…would-be entrepreneurs do a business plan. As a result of completing the plan you will be much better prepared and know whether or not your business idea is feasible…

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