5 Home-Based Business Ideas and How You Can Get Started with One

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Are you tired of working a nine-to-five job? Wish you could be your own boss and call your own shots? Then this could be just the right time to start building a new business right out of your home! When you own your very own business, you get to set your own schedule and pace your own career. Not to mention that when you work from home, you have greater flexibility to care for your family and other day-to-day responsibilities. If these perks sound like a perfect fit, you should consider giving one of these home business ideas a shot.

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E-Commerce Shop Owner

 If you want an easy way to get started with your own business, you may want to consider opening an ecommerce shop. With so many different ecommerce platforms available, you should be able to find something that will fit your new business needs. For instance, many platforms are best suited for single product offerings but others may be better for drop-shipping. Whichever platform you choose, one thing you will definitely need is a user-friendly and engaging website.

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Social Media Manager

 Apps like Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok can be a fun way to pass the time, but these social media sites can also be a great way to earn some income working from home. If you already know how to promote yourself and products via social media platforms, you could parlay those skills into a social media marketing business. The key to success with this sort of home-based business is understanding each business’s unique social media and marketing needs. Of course, it never hurts to outline your own business goals and needs via a business plan.

Dog Walker or Pet Sitter

 When you’d prefer to spend your time with furry friends instead of other people, operating a home-based pet-sitting business may just be your calling in life. You can get started by pet sitting for friends and family members, and then asking them to leave you positive reviews and send you referrals. Another way to gain hands-on experience with different pets and personalities is to volunteer with local shelters. If you don’t want to watch pets in your home and are looking to work part-time you could also start a dog-walking business using sites like Wag.

 Freelance Writer or Editor

 If you already have some serious writing skills and a writing niche, you are well on your way to becoming a successful freelance writer. Now, if you are looking to get your foot in the door, content writing may be the way to go but you will need to work on your portfolio to snag any sort of freelance writing gig. If you prefer to clean up other people’s work, you can also earn a decent income as a freelance copyeditor. Either way, having a functional and productive home office set up inside your home can be crucial to maintaining your focus, health, and creativity.

 Special Event Planner

 Are your friends and family members constantly praising your party-planning skills? If so, you may have what it takes to become an event planner. You can even get into this field without a degree, but you may need to dedicate a little more time and effort in order to do so. Start by documenting those amazing events you host and taking photos to add to your portfolio. Once you have a portfolio, and perhaps a few clients, lined up, you can start working on growing your event planning business. Word of mouth will be crucial for your growth and success and is essential for any new small business, so keep this in mind as you create your marketing plan.

So, if you want to be in control of your own career and life, think about venturing out on your own and trying your hand at one of the small business ideas mentioned above. You won’t regret it!

About the Author

Julia Mitchell is goal-driven to have a career that makes her excited to wake up every day. Now she is working in her dream job in a financial services firm.