31 Legitimate Home-Based Business Ideas & Opportunities

If you are like many, the thought of starting a home-based business has probably crossed your mind at some point.  Here are 31 legit home based #business-ideas for you to explore! With the economy being what it is, layoffs all around us, and an increasing desire for many to escape the rat race and work from home, many are trying to start a home-based business.

Working from home not only offers independence and freedom but there are also some great home-based business tax deductions as well.

As I sit and write this, I am reminded of the years I spent in jobs that I didn’t like and am now so thankful that I get to work from home and do something I love.

If you are longing for that situation, I encourage you to work to figure out what it is that you would love doing and keep at it until you reach that goal.

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For my business (blogging here at Christian PF) it took a long time before I started making any money blogging, let alone enough to pay the bills each month. I didn’t really know anything when I started and still feel like I do a whole lot more wrong than right, but the one thing I have had going for me is that I have been persistent. Great ideas and business degrees only go so far. It is persistence and determination that, I believe, are the true sources of success for most businesses.

I put together a list of legitimate home-based business opportunities below. But they are just ideas, hopefully they will spark some inspiration, but you have to apply all the diligence and hard work to turn it into something.

Starting a Home-Based Business

Even though I wasn’t making very much at the time, when I got laid off a couple years ago I was very happy that I had started a side business that was another source of income. Even if you don’t have aspirations of working full-time from home, having a little supplemental income would be nice – wouldn’t it?

Below are a bunch of home-based business ideas that you can peruse to see if any would work for you. Oh, and also as an aside, I am defining a home-based business as one that can be run from home, not necessarily a business that you would work from home all the time.

Top Home-Based Business Ideas

1. Sell a product online

A friend of mine had a baby and didn’t like the style/design of any of the baby products at the stores,  so she started making her own. After getting some compliments, she realized that she could turn her idea into a business that she could run from home (with the babies). She just created an online store and sold all of her products via her website.  If you aren’t creating your own product you can always find a product to dropship – that way you don’t have to store any inventory in your home.

2. Start a woodworking business

Do you love woodworking? Even without a huge workshop, you can create some of the more popular crafts and sell them.  And like most things, your success in business isn’t necessarily related to how skilled you are as a woodworker. So if you can figure out which products consumers want and just create those, you could have a good business plan.  Etsy.com and farmers’ markets are a great place to start selling.

3. Cleaning out Foreclosed Homes

With there being as many foreclosed homes out there as there are, the bankers (who now own the houses) don’t want to clean them up and they are willing to pay hefty sums for those who will.  So it is fairly easy to start a Foreclosure cleanup business and get paid pretty well in the process. If you are interested here is a course you can take to learn more.

4. Freelance writing

Since I started blogging a few years ago, I have seen the freelance market explode. There is a huge demand for content and so there are a lot of ways to make money writing it. Jonathan wrote a great article about a few legitimate work from home jobs – most of which were freelance writing.

5. Goodwill/Garage sale reseller

There are a lot of items that can be purchased very inexpensively at garage sales or thrift stores and sold for higher prices elsewhere. A few years ago I discovered that I could purchase good hardcover books at my local thrift shop for $1 or less. I realized that some of them could be sold on Amazon.com for $15-$20, which turns out to be a pretty decent profit. Find and sell enough items and you have a fun home business.

6. Blogging

I find a lot of people are interested in the idea of blogging as a business. You really can make some money blogging, but it is hard work. Not hard like digging ditches, but hard like it requires so many different skill sets and requires a lot of creativity and mental energy. It also is kind of the opposite of get-rich-quick. I only made $100 my first 6 months of blogging, but now I make a living doing it.

7. Build Websites for Small Businesses

I feel like I have people ask me to build them a website all the time. If this is a business you would like to start you can learn how to make money building websites here.

ebay - home based business idea8. Ebay Business

A few years ago I started an Ebay business kind of as an experiment, just to see if it were something I could do if I needed cash. I wrote step-by-step instructions about starting an Ebay business if you are interested. Ebay is a pretty crowded market, but it still is one of the most popular home-based businesses.

9. Home Inspector

This one will require certification, find out more about getting certified here.

10. Real Estate Agent

This one isn’t technically a home-based business, but with the flexibility it allows you would be able to likely do a lot of work from home. Find out about getting your real estate license.

11. Tutoring Students

What subjects do you have a good working knowledge of? Math, Science, History, Baseball, Soccer? Parents will often pay to see Johnnie or Sally excel at _______. If you can help, then it sounds like a business.

12. Start a Christmas Light Hanging business

If you aren’t afraid of heights and can handle being out in the cold, this is a pretty great business opp.  Some people earn a full-year’s salary just hanging lights for 2 months each year.  Here is a course that provides some more info.

13. Car Mechanic

running a mobile oil change home business

Do you know how difficult it is to find a good and trustworthy mechanic? Maybe it is just me, but I feel like I have had way too many experiences with mechanics not be truthful with me that I would gladly pay more and give all my business to an honest one.  If you know your way around a car and have a few tools, this could be a great business idea for you.

14. Mobile Oil Changes

Building off the previous idea, what if you offered a service where you came to the customer’s house and changed the oil in the street? I would pay to do that – and would be willing to pay more since I didn’t even have to do anything but make a phone call.

15. Buy and Sell cars for profit

If you love cars and aren’t afraid to haggle, you could start a car flipping biz.  We have a friend of the family who has done this for years.  He scours the classified listings for deals, lands a good deal and then drives the car while trying to sell it for a couple grand more. Sometimes he sells them quickly, sometimes it takes a little longer, but he gets to drives lots of cars (which he loves) and makes a nice side income as well.  Here is an online course to help you get started.

16. Wedding Planning

Isn’t this every girls dream? People will always be getting married, so in theory they will always need wedding planners. If you love all-things-weddings and can handle the pressure from the brides, this might be a fun one.

17. Medical claims billing

This industry is one of the most popular work-from-home businesses. You can find training courses online at places like eLearners.com

18. Start a Daycare

If you love kids and are uniquely gifted with a lot of patience, you could always start a home-based daycare.

19. Handy-man service

If you are handy, there are lots of little old ladies who are willing to pay someone to do odd jobs around the house. There are even franchise opportunities available with certain companies.

home based business opportunity in lawn care20. Lawn Care

Don’t forget good ‘ol lawncare or landscaping. As we become more and more acquainted to the air-conditioned lifestyle more people are going to want to pay someone to do landscaping. If you like to sweat this one may be for you.

21. Photography

Because I am just a little bit techie, I get asked to video record weddings all the time. If video or photography are up your alley, starting a wedding photography business could be a great idea for you. If doing weddings aren’t your thing, there are other ways you can make money as a photographer as well.

22. Virtual Assitant

Virtual Assistants are just like a secretary in another part of the world. This industry is growing very quickly. Check this out to find out more about being a virtual assistant. For opportunities, go to this site and search for “virtual assistant”.

23. Window Cleaning Business

A lot of businesses (and homeowners) need windows cleaned. If you are not afraid of heights, cleaning windows could be a decent side or full-time gig.

24. Ink-jet Cartridge Refilling Service

One of the things that annoys me most is having to pay $50 each time my printer runs out of ink.  The truth is that you can refill most printer cartridges pretty easily and for a tiny fraction of the cost of the retail cartridge.  This provides a good biz opportunity that you can easily do from your home.  Here is an online training course for more info.

25. Candle-making

A few years ago I started making my own beeswax candles – because they were so stinking expensive to buy. In the process of learning, I found that there are a lot of people who use candle-making as a home business. You can sell to your products online at places like Etsy.com or Ebay.com.

massage therapy as a home-based business26. Massage Therapy

“The massage therapy business has been growing by leaps and bounds in the last decade, tripling in volume. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, it should grow by an additional 20% through 2016, meaning this home business has strong potential for growth. And, because all in-home massage services are necessarily local in nature, it’s work that can’t be outsourced to another country.”

27. Clean Business Offices

A lot of small businesses need people to clean their offices and this is a business that you can start with a very small investment. For more information check out this guide.

28. Professional Pooper Scooper

Maybe not the most glamorous work, but in recent years I have seen many dog waste removal companies pop up, so there must be some money to be made.

29. Senior Care Services

More and more seniors are wanting to avoid nursing homes in lieu of staying in their own homes. Offering nonmedical home care by assisting the elderly with regular daily tasks could be rewarding and profitable.

30. House Cleaning

I have known a few women carved out a flexible home-based business by cleaning homes. You probably already have the skills you need, now you just need to get the word out.

31. Teach English (or other Language) Classes Online

Did you know that English speakers are in high demand in Asia?  As a result many are turning to freelance English teachers using websites like Italki.com. The site is basically a virtual online classroom for freelance teachers and students.  Anyone can offer lessons (and set their own price) and anyone can take lessons.

From a quick scan, it looks like making $15-20/hour is a fair expectation.

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  1. Good ideas, I like numbers 2, 3, and 6 personally. I think in addition to persistence and determination, creating a successful home-based business also takes courage. It can be a scary proposition to quit your day job to go it alone. I always admire people who make this move, and I think that in general they are all the more happy for it. There is not doubt, though, that you have to go for it 100% in order to make it happen!

    • I totally agree kimberly! It takes so much courage to put yourself out there. It is only when you feel uneasy, hesitant, and maybe even fearful is when you know that it is something worth while to do. Take that leap of faith and be persistent with the things you do and positive things will come. Again I love these articles Christian!

      • I agree also. It takes a lot to be bold enough to put yourself out there and try something. new and unknown. Just got to get out of your comfort zone a bit. The biggest obstacle seems to be that most people trying to make money online have no sales and marketing exp. If you are new, start there and learn new skills…

  2. Bob, thanks for the reminder that it takes lots of persistence and determination to build a good blog. I definitely agree that it takes much mental energy.

    But you really still feel like you’re doing more wrong than right? I find that interesting…

    • Darren the more I learn, the more I realize that I have so much to learn. At the beginning I knew I had a lot to learn, and I have learned a lot, but as I have moved further along my eyes have been opened to things that I couldn’t understand at the beginning. Anyway, it is a good thing that there is always room to grow.

      • Alfred Edwin

        My wife and I would like to start a massage therapy business. My wife is a nurse. Would you advise what basic equipment we need .

        thanks

        Alfred

  3. Bob, any ideas on how to become rich instantly, that requires zero effort on my part and something that’s guaranteed???? haha, just kidding. thanks for these ideas. I’m going to share them with a few friends who are currently unemployed.

    • @ Charles
      Sure – just buy my “Get Rich Quick” program for 3 easy payments of $99 where I teach you how to sell your own “Get Rich Quick” program without doing any work, zero effort, oh and did I mention it was guaranteed? ;)

  4. Great stuff, Bob. I like the car mechanic related ideas.

  5. Super article! Your writing is so refreshing in comparison to most other bloggers. Thanks for writing when you get the chance to, I will be sure to return!

  6. Bob, I’m interested about freelance writers, do you have any recommendation for freelance writers projects which accept international members since I’m not American? I’ve read the article that wrote by Jonathan, but some projects restricted for U.S, Canada, Norway residents.

    • @Freeware
      I am not super-familiar with the freelance writing industry, but I know there are a lot of international opportunities at elance.com

  7. We have worked from home for almost 4 years now, it’s the best. No more commuting, the kids are here right after school. This is a very good article for ideas to start your own business, and live your life on your own terms!

  8. I overheard my wife talking to a homeschool mom that raises and sells a certain type of dog (a registered breed of some kind) ranging from $1,000 to $1,800. I also know a couple teens that started a bread business where they sell the product at the local famer’s market and local stores. The product(s) have been so successful, most of the family has been involved in it.

    While not necessarily a home-based business, using excess cash you have saved and investing in real estate is another possibility if you take time to study what it takes to become successful at this.

  9. matt crnk

    While I think this post is a good source for IDEAS, I think a lot of them are lucrative because you either haven’t been professionally trained in the field or you’re accepting risks that most businesses insure against and account for in overhead. To pick out a few to explain:
    Photography: generally, everyone I know who has a camera thinks they’re now able to shoot professionally, either with micro stock or wedding. Aside from skill issues, wedding photo requires a lot of gear: 2DSLRs, 3-4 pro grade lenses, lights, and photoshop….and you have to know how to use it all under pressure.
    Mechanic: A great idea if you’re skilled enough to work on the necessary variety of cars, but most real shops are insured.
    Home based daycare: Not a bad idea, but a lot of jurisdictions severely limit the number in care at any one time (Texas is 7, including owner’s children)

  10. Another idea someone could do from home is to start a service or write a software program that scours local ad listings (like craigslist) for a particular used item a person wants to buy. They have services like this for new items, but not used. I know others like me who are keeping their eye out for something used (like a canopy king bed!) but don’t have the time or inclination to search for it every day.

  11. Great! It was really helpful specially to those mom out there wherein they want to earn money but then they need to stay at home. That legitimate home based ideas and opportunities was really great. Thanks for sharing it and I’ll share that ideas with my friends. Thanks again.

  12. Number 3 is so me. I even told my husband the other day that I would love to have one of those “Nice” shops with up-cycled merchandise. Maybe I should go for it.

  13. You missed a good one I wish I had the skills to pursue – Politics.
    Not at the State or Federal level, but local.
    I have a friend that is the city manager of a town of about 25,000 where his main task is processing requests for building permits. Actually a volunteer-type job, no salary. But he makes a bunch of contacts every day, and his address book is huge. So he is busy all year except the Holidays. To fill in this time he started a Christmas tree lighting service (houses, lawn ornaments, etc.). In this 3-month period he makes enough to keep him going the rest of the year.

  14. My wife and I live off #4 and #5.

    #4: eBay
    We started and eBay business selling our old stuff when she moved from California, just before we were married. We didn’t intend that it would become a full-time occupation, but it’s been a worthwhile business so far.

    #5: Blogging
    I launched my first AdSense supported website a little over three years ago. Today it brings in as much as my full-time job. It didn’t happen overnight, and it didn’t happen without a lot of hard work (about four hours a day for three years), but it did happen.

    I wish you the best if you are reading this, and are looking for an idea for a new business. Your success story may be just around the corner. Just plan well, and work hard.

  15. Thanks for the information, Bob. Seems like you are sincerely hoping to help others. That’s kinda’ what its’ all about, huh? Gonna’ look into the blogging thing, Lord willing. God bless you.

  16. I am 3 years away from full retirement but would love to do it earlier and get out of the rat race and learn new skills. I have plent of office experience and working wiith numbers and pc’s. Can anyone give me an estimate of the cost of the online schools for certificates in medical billing? I looked at some of your links to the schools and I know I can ask them for info, but woud like to get an idea of the cost before I have someone contacting me without knowing first if I can afford to pursue this. I am very interested and thank you for wanting to help others.

    • Linda,

      For profit schools are hideously expensive. Check out your local Community College, they will have the program for literally thousands of dollars less. Many Community Colleges also now offer their programs online.

      I have worked for Community Colleges, traditional non-profit universities, and a for-profit university. I cannot warn you enough to stay away from for-profits. Total snake oil salesmen who would steal from their own grandmas.

      Kathy

  17. I kind of “fell into” my at home business. I was a customer of their website division a few years ago. When my husband got downsized – I closed my business and started working with my current company. It’s been such a blessing to be able to stay at home (2 girls in elementary school) and help contribute to our family. When our company started another division helping non-profits with alternative funding – it was something I was passionate about. I feel very blessed to have found the real deal with my at home businesses and in the two years I’ve been with them – it all keeps getting better.
    I would warn anyone looking for an “at home” business – do your homework! Unfortunately, there are a lot of scammers out there.
    Best,
    Renae

  18. also dog walking is a good idea!

  19. I am thing about starting a nonmedical senior care services. Can anyone provide some information on what services or area of service would be best for a one person type of operation. I would welcome any information…Thanks!

  20. Sorry for all the grammatical errors!

  21. Freelance work is a great help for me! It enables me to earn money even though I am just staying at home. I also want other business and this post can be my guide. Thanks bob…

  22. Donna Brummer

    Any ideas for me? Am disabled physically/mentally …I had a side job stuffing envelopes..My boss was so thrilled with me and my partner he fired a bunch of workers as we could pull off the bulk of his work!…We got paid well when the economy went upside down we noticed our pay decreased but still made enough to pay 3 house bills. Since about 6 months ago my boss I think lost his house …I remeber his last visit he was so stressed saying he almost had 2 foreclose emergencies:(
    This is a man who on our first envelope job bought us our furnace gas heater by paying us upfront half the money he would have topay when the job was done. He was so concerned we had no heat he paid us before we even started writing out the envelopes…I felt so bad to see when I called him 2 months ago someone answered it but was not him or his family. I fear he lost his home:( If he hasn’t we would still be in the back of his mind for envelope work knowing we are his people to get the job done.
    I have done approximately over 7 thousand envelopes for one job in less than a month…thats with writing the addresses on envelopes folding the car ads and sealing them and placing them by zip code into mail buckets.
    Well I am in tears I cannot find any more work like this and tho this was a legit man and not off the internet I am sure that someone somewhere would love to have me do their work for them.
    Not only do I enjoy it but my handwriting is superb and every name on list is done no cheating and my partner too was having a good time doing them.
    I have searched the internet for such a job and all I see are scams and this kind of work is my best asset…Not only am I productive and accurate but it is a fun job and one I can handle well.
    Can you recommend anyone that would be interested in me …I work with my hubby side by side doing these envelopes and we never let anyone down ..The pay is cheap but because we both are so good at it and want to do it we never complain because by the time we are done with the job we have done so many it pays well enough for us.
    I would really llove some input on this Unfortunately I cannot do any physical labor that requires a lot but i have sat for up 24/7 doing these envelopes on occasion and it was well worth my time even when my back and body gave out I would go take my breaks and back to it!
    Sincerely Donna Brummer….dee92259@yahoo.com….Lake City Florida
    This good Christian Woman is desperate for more stuffing envelope work to help pay our bills again.

  23. This is Tim Ferris doctrine here. Find a niche, find 1,000 passionate customers, and boom, you can get it done from anywhere in the world. Location-independent. That is why, me, personally, I dig the e-commmerce oriented sites. That’s just me though.

  24. One of the easier ways to start a business is by consulting/freelancing, since a consulting business has:
    –>low start-up costs,
    –>flexible hours,
    –>high hourly pay rate, and
    –>you likely already have the expertise to get started.

    I’ve found that fear often stops aspiring consultants from starting a consulting business–or any business–and on my blog, I talk about how to overcome those fears. I also talk about practical, concrete things you can do to start and run a successful consulting business, along with tools, tips, tricks, and techniques for automating your business and keeping costs to a minimum. The info I give is applicable to most other types of businesses as well.

    One of the neat things about becoming a consultant is that you DON’T need a pile of cash to start a consulting business. For example, you can create a professional website for under $100–typically in an evening (I have a free ebook that shows you exactly how to do this, even if you’re not a techie).

    I started my consulting business over 4 years ago as a part-time way to make extra cash, and it’s grown into my full-time endeavor, where I’ve quadrupled my income, and have much more flexibility. My wife no longer has to work, and we’ve both been able to be involved in our kids school–which neither of us could do when we were employees.

  25. +1 on the car mechanic.. I was able to find a local kid who had worked as a mechanic for a local dealership that was just shutdown. He does the work fast, and even comes to my driveway if its doable there. And for about half the price the old dealer would’ve made him charge.

  26. Great information! Thanks!

    BTW: #17 Virtual Assitant (Should read Virtual “AssiStant”…you forgot the “S”)

    Thanks again for all the great information…I am grateful!

  27. how to make money

    I think in starting freelancing is the best option.

  28. Judiann Seepersad

    hi everyone , anybody i need help doing an online legit business i am a single mom and neeed to make a living to support my kid please help1 i am not too computer savy so will need guidance to navigate the web youtube etc, where to resourses etc. thanking you for your help in advance.

    • Ron Rainwater

      I’m contacting you as a friend/possible associate . I read your breif and mine is very similar . I’m near retirement age , but will need some additional income to live comfortable . I beleive in the power of multiple minds .

  29. Great post. My husband has been selling used books on-line for 10 years…It’s not enough to fully support our family of 6, but it does afford us a lot of flexibility. We both work other odds and ends spot jobs and it ends up working out. We have also had the flexibility to be volunteer managers at a church camp in the summer. (Right now the camp can not afford a manager) I’m pioneering a women’s conference and event ministry. I’ve always been very greatful for the freedom we have. My husband helps at the kids schools, apointments are easy to make, and the stress is less. It’s been a sacrifice in some ways but worth the gains in time and flexibility for sure.

  30. Great ideas. I currently work from home and love it. It beats driving 2 hours in traffic any day. I constantly have people asking me about jobs from home, so I’m going to have to pass this list along.

    • Please tell me what you do. I am looking for legitimate work at home. Thanks.

  31. Great post Bob. I enjoy your entire website and read something new every day. Less than a week ago I started a blog, following your post on how to make money blogging, and am having a blast. I also just got started on hubpages.com and it seems pretty fun as well. I am a stay at home dad (with a 7 month old son) and really hope to earn a full time living eventually with online work. Thanks for all you do and post, I hope to get in contact with you sometime in the near future if possible through email for some extra advice on a few things with my blog.

    It is just AWESOME to see a brother in Christ giving such great advice to help people who need it with your blog.

  32. I think a window cleaning business is an ideal way for someone to start their own business because of REPEAT customers. All you need is one large account (nothing too high) and maybe a dozen small storefront customers to make a possible $200 a day.

  33. Great ideas about a home based business. However, we all need to understand that most ONline and OFFline buisnesses fail about 90% of the time. Franchises seem to do some better but they have challenges too. Our goal is focused on building a PLAN B to help build financial security. After 32 years in the trenches as an entrepreneur, we invite you to visit our website, join us as a subscriber too where we share about our lumps and bruises in business owners.

  34. Thanks for all the great ideas. Persistence is key for any business to succeed. Additional business is vegetable farming in case you have a bit of a backyard. I sell the vegetables to nearby shop/green grocers in the neighborhood. This enables me to use most of my salary for other purposes since my daily recurrent expenses are taken care of.

  35. Great ideas, especially in these economically-challenged times!

  36. Hi Bob,

    #2 on your list is something I have considered for a long time, but just did not have the business knowledge to pursue. Do you have personal experience with the link you provided? From what I could see, this could be the edge I need to jump in.

    Thanks,

    • Edward, I do not actually – I just did a search for a course for it and that was what I found. The course is sold from clickbank and they have a very good return policy, so if it is no good, it is pretty easy to get your money back – for what it’s worth…

  37. Servomated

    Some claim a lot of people are interested in the idea of blogging as a business. May somebody please explain if this is a viable home based business, and how much can you realistically bring in based on an hourly rate… bottom line after all you have to put into it!?

  38. I have been working part time from home and loving it (I still work full time also). My plan was to have something in place for when I retire, so it would be a smooth transition into retirement (I retire in 8 years). I found a pretty new network marketing company that hasn’t hit momentum yet – the products and founders and company support have been better than I could have imagined. The company doesn’t happen on auto-pilot – it takes work. But the products are amazing, and they can’t be found anywhere else but without our company. Network Marketing has improved it’s image over the years, and if you do your due diligence you should consider network marketing as a part time business venture. Many of today’s millionaires say if they had to do it again that they would re-create their wealth with network marketing. If a company hasn’t hit momentum yet and you are passionate about their products (meaning, you could sell their product with passion), then it’s something you should consider.

  39. I echo the foreclosure market. That’s how we kept our construction business going. Use caution, though. Some homes require special licenses for cleaning up mold damage and lead.

    And don’t forget social media as a home-based business. Many churches, other non profit charities, and business owners NEED to advertise via social media. You can either be hired to do theirs or become a consultant who trains their staff. Many churches don’t know the Internet laws like an avid social media user does. They’ll need someone to teach them how to use social media and protect their organization while doing it. Ask me how I know. ;) My husband and I have worked with some organizations who refused to listen and they ended up with some scandals. Take a gander at what happened to Pastor Alios Bell’s ministry reputation when someone who knows social media happened upon her indiscretion at Applebee’s. Google it. It went viral.

  40. in regards to working from home, I think that the first thing a person needs to understand as much as possible is to understand finance. I don’t mean high finance, I mean daily finance. If America really spends more than it makes overall, you better not be in that crowd.

    Set goals. Not goals about what you “like” but about money. cold hard cash. the exact amount of money you want to earn. too many people are focused on the myth that they work at what they love. Love to earn money. Don’t love money, but seek to love to earn it and you will see that you will earn it.

    while everyone else sits around and watches the superbowl, american idol, or the fake news shows, go out and learn to make money on absolutely everything you do. any resistance to this just costs you money and time. Do alot of different things or one main thing but make sure you earn money at it. make driving to work pay you. make going on vacation pay you. make going to the store pay you. it is the ONLY way you will make your financial dreams come true.

  41. Cool! For now Im doing Craigslist business… I buy cheap stuffs in eBay then sell in Craigslist with profit. It works but it takes time. Im not a sales person who can talk to sell someone about the product. Im a normal quiet guy. But in Craigslist I just wrote down the description of te product Im selling then post them. No need to sales talk someone will just email you if they want to buy that product. But I only meet in public places, with busy area so its safer. I hope this one helps :)

  42. I like these ideas! Besides being good ideas in themselves, they stimulate MORE ideas! Some of them reminded me of something I was reading about called Craigslist arbitrage – buying low and selling high on craigslist, kind of like the first part of the old Oregon Trail game, but with washers and dryers and bicycles instead of cases of crackers and horses. Sounds like fun!  Anyway, that one about the pooper-scooper business, that works, I know because I was quite successful in the pooper-scooper service I started back in 1988! I’ve been in the industry for 25 years now, though I don’t go out and scoop any more.

  43. This was a great article! I love this site. Chock full of valuable information. I actually am embarking on a freelancing career in teaching Pilates Mat work in individual homes. Many people can not make it to the gym or local studio in order to attend the Pilates classes so I decided to start heading to people homes. Its still in the building phase but with prayer and dedication to my craft and business, I know its going to be a successful venture.

  44. I have to agree with blogging. It’s not always a money maker unless you find the find key word or business. Then it may just take a little bit of time.

  45. kendrick

    Great ideas! I’ve been thinking about starting a home-based business for years but I just never stopped long enough to actually start and I didn’t know what kind of business to pursue. Now I’m ready to get started and you gave me some really good ideas. I really appreciate the links to more information on how to get started in several of these business opportunities. I will definitely look into them.

  46. Whao! Mr Bob, really am blown away. You know, people say nothing comes free, but you have generously broken that law with all these ideas you freely give. I can’t but say that i am grateful. Particular about idea number 4,6 & 7. I read your article on how to make money by blogging and really , freely giving out all those steps is very generous of you sir becausei know poeple who sell almost every informatiomn they have. The first time i heard about blogging was around 3months ago while discussing with a friend about my first christian book, but your article has really openned me to a whole new world around blogging. I really don’t know how else to show my appreciate because you have freely given me keys to financial independence and i will surely come back to share my testimonies. Thank you somuch sir, your latter will be far greater than your past

  47. Hey Bob, I like your ideas and they all do have real merit in the (potential) home based arena.
    I relate to your requirements of “persistence” and “determination” as this is very true. There are lots of ways to make money from home, probably numbering in the thousands when you consider the online/digital space as well however, you must exercise persistence in your search to discover what it is that actually works for you. When you find it, then practice determination to ‘gear it up’.
    Personally, I believe that life is a journey and that the internet is the perfect tool that supplies the advantage of leverage to present your products to the world market.

  48. This is great information. Thanks for sharing.

    In my experience, one of the greatest challenges people face is deciding why they are starting a business, what they hope to accomplish and what they really want to do. Starting a business, particularly from home, sounds glamorous and free but, in reality, it can put a strain on home life if not done right. People I talk to often need help decision-making which is an essential quality in running a business.

    Thanks, again, for this article.

  49. andrei razvan

    I started a new business in CPA marketing. Here you can start your own business, trust and try CPA marketing, you have nothing to lose!

  50. This is a great list. There are work from home companies that pay well and are legit. Find forums where people are doing it. I had two different jobs that I could work as many or as few hours as I wanted from home and they paid $14+ an hour. I need to get on the freelance stuff. Thanks for sharing.

  51. I just recently started my own in home personal training business. If you have the passion for fitness and helping people and also have a good set up in your home (separate training room) then I highly suggest it! It’s fun and why not make a little extra money?

  52. This list is really good and helpful. So many people have no idea which direction to go in to start their own business. First rule is to do something you enjoy and adds to your life as well as your future customers. This is not easy, but it is a crucial step. This country and world needs more people to start and run their own business however large or small. Another way to analyze what business to start is for someone to see what is needed by people and society. Maybe that could lead to a business idea.

  53. Excellent article and gave me an idea I never thought of. Cleaning out foreclosed homes. I never thought of that service offering. Right in front of me. I might check this one out locally to see what market and opportunities are available.

  54. These are all great business ideas. The secret is finding something you LOVE doing and running with it with all your might. Then you are guaranteed to have success. Enthusiasm is what makes business and making money fun!

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