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Home Business Ideas

To Help You Realise Your Home Business Dream

We have put together a list of home business ideas to get you thinking.

Many of these ideas for home business have no further detail about them. Use them as a platform to develop an idea for you.

If we have further information available there will be a link from the idea.

If you have more information or a story to share on these ideas or some of your own... we would love to hear from you!

Every time we hear an idea we write it down. So here they are, in no particular order...


Home business ideas to start a home business

Home business ideas to help you realise your home business dream.
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IDEAS FOR HOME BUSINESSES

BUILDING
  • Architect
  • Draughtsperson
  • Interior Designer
  • Build wooden planter boxes
  • Build and repair fences
  • Design and build sets for theater, parties, events
  • Design and build parade floats
  • Renovate, repair or build a boat to sell
  • Build dog kennels, rabbit hutches or bird aviaries
  • Make fence post caps
  • Make specialty house moldings for exteriors, interiors, stairways
  • Here is a great example of a product that is both eco-friendly and innovative - perhaps it may inspire your business idea!


  • OVER 130 PRACTICAL HOME BUSINESS IDEAS

  • DAY CARE FOR CHILDREN, ADULTS AND ANIMALS

  • BUY A FRANCHISE

  • DEVELOP AND SELL A FRANCHISE


  • WORKING FROM HOME is not always about running your own business. Sometimes it is contracting, sometimes it is being an employee. There are some great options available.




  • SEWING
  • Dressmaking
  • Clothing repairs
  • Embroidered linen and clothing
  • Make teddies, dolls or toys to sell
  • Make costumes to hire out or sell
  • Sew wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses for sale or hire
  • Teach people to sew
  • Make and / or adjust curtains or fabric blinds



    Clothing, Accessories, Style: Tales from the Fashion Industry Clothing has been around so long, no one can discover when it started; a fascinating read for those interested in sewing, fashion and clothes. Also relevant if you are interested in Green Business.

  • INTERNET HOME BASED BUSINESS

  • MAKE AND SELL JEWELRY

  • MLM AND NETWORK MARKETING


  • PLANTS & GARDENING
  • Landscape design
  • Grow nuts,herbs, spices, flowers
  • Grow plants from seeds or cuttings to sell online, at the gate or at the markets
  • Grow fruit and/or vegetables to sell
  • Mow lawns
  • Tree Surgeon
  • Look after other peoples gardens - weeding, watering etc
  • Organize bulk buying of organic produce for your neighborhood or community - make a profit by on-selling
  • Mail Order - with a website you could develop a business that sends product by mail order. You may choose to specialise, e.g. spring bulbs with the best range in the country! Or maybe you test and source the best gardening tools, gloves etc in the world and become their exclusive supplier.
    This idea is valid for any number of products. Exclusivity, expertise, niche products - stand out from the crowd.

  • HELP WITH ASSESSING THE BEST OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU

  • PARTY PLANS

  • PET CARE, LOOKING AFTER ANIMALS


  • CLEANING
  • Clean houses or business premises
  • Clean blinds or curtains. Both of these can be very successful, particularly if you have the space to take them home to be cleaned. A drop off or pick up service could be offered. Full service including re-installation would also bring in additional income.
  • Clean windows
  • Clean and valet cars, boats, motorbikes, caravans, camper vans, RV's
  • Laundry service; washing, drying, folding, ironing clothes and linen for individuals and families, or businesses such as hairdressers or child care centers
  • Spring Cleaning Service - most people either hate doing a spring clean, or they just never seem to get around to it. You could offer a full service where you come in and get it done for them, or perhaps a partnership service where you come in, organize the job and work with them (it is always easier when there is more than one of you).

  • STUFFING ENVELOPES

  • MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION

  • YOUR OWN TRAVEL AGENCY


  • PERSONAL SERVICES
  • Do the grocery shopping for busy people
  • Provide home-cooked meals for busy people
  • Plan, shop and cook for dinner parties
  • Plan and host children's parties
    There is great inspiration here for creative kids parties.
  • Make and sell party favors for special events such as birthdays and weddings.
    Have a look at these Perfect Party Favors.
  • Event planning and management
    This website has loads of wonderful party and special occasion ideas. And you can find more party ideas here.
  • Source and prepare gifts for corporate businesses to give their clients
  • Hairdresser
  • Makeup
  • Nails
  • Personal shopper and stylist


  • PAID ONLINE SURVEYS

  • Australia, Canada, UK, USA, World


  • ACCOMMODATION
  • Take boarders or students into your home, on a rent by room basis
  • Manage rental properties and/or accommodation - online or in person - for a fee
  • Operate a bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Manage other bed and breakfast houses nearby or online


  • MAKE MONEY IN THE HOME BASED SALVAGE AND RECYCLING BUSINESS
    Based On Decades Of Work In The Field Doing Electronic, Computer And Telecommunication Salvage, Recovering Gold From Same, Building Deconstruction And Salvage Of All Sorts. Includes Free Email Support.

    ART & CRAFTS
    If you have artistic talent you may be able to put it to good use for a home based business.
  • Paint, and sell your work
  • Make and sell art objects such as mosaics, decoupage, ceramics, jewelry
  • Set up a photography business
  • Make and sell greeting cards
  • Picture framing
  • Design and make unique, one of a kind lightshades
  • Making stained glass windows
  • Cake Decorating for special occasions
    Here is a great website to Learn Cake Decorating.


  • BECOME A PROFESSIONAL FINDER
    Help connect people. Connect Sellers with Buyers and earn a Finders Fee!

    ANIMALS
  • Train dogs
  • Break and train horses
  • Dog grooming
  • Breed and sell birds, cats, dogs, fish, guinea pigs, hamsters, reptiles etc
  • Breed chickens to sell
  • Raise chickens for eggs to sell
  • Animal transport - big and small; not everyone has the ability to get their animals to grazing, the vet clinic etc
  • Farrier
  • PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
  • Train as a Beauty Therapist and set up shop from home
  • Run your professional service from home, e.g. lawyer, accountant, doctor, health professional
  • Provide standardised legal documents over the internet such as Wills - see this great example.

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    EDUCATION
  • Teach classes on how make art objects
  • Teach cooking classes from home
  • Teach wine appreciation classes
  • Teach a foreign language
  • Tutor students one on one
  • Run an after-school care program
  • Run a school holiday care program
  • Set up a specialized tutoring programme you can share with others.
    Here is a really good example of how a home business idea using existing skills and knowledge can turn into a really successful small business franchise.

  • Teach people how to swim - you may have already seen private Swim Schools at private homes. These can be very successful. We have one in our local community that is extremely popular with parents and children. And we have friends in another part of the country who have successfully taught swimming, aquarobics etc from home for many years. Here is a great website resource about teaching people to swim.
  • FOR HIRE
  • Hire out party equipment such as spit roast machines, marquees, lights, sound equipment etc etc
  • Hire out holiday equipment such as tents, caravans, hiking gear, camping gear etc etc
  • HEALTH
  • Physiotherapy
  • Reiki
  • Osteopathy
  • Chiropracter
  • Naturopath
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Herbalist
  • Colour Therapy
  • Midwife
  • Massage Therapist
  • Please make sure you are aware of the necessary rules for your district and country.
  • REPAIRS AND RESTORATION
  • Restore furniture
  • Furniture upholstery
  • Shoe repairs
  • Small appliance repair
  • Small machinery repair, such as lawn mowers, weedeaters, hedge trimmers, chainsaws
  • Sharpening tools such as spades, hedge clippers, scythes, spades, shovels
  • Bicycle repairs
  • Teach people to sew
  • Make and / or adjust curtains or fabric blinds
  • FINANCIAL SERVICES
  • Mortgage Brokers
  • Budget Adviser
  • Accountant / Book Keeping
  • Insurance Broker
  • Stock Broker - Trade Shares online
  • Currency Trader - Trade Foreign Currency online
  • MORE IDEAS

  • Set up an organic goods co-operative in your local neighborhood
  • Cut and sell firewood
  • Sell baking, preserves, special foods that are home made
  • Stock agent - buying and selling livestock
  • Technical Writer - medical, textbooks etc
  • Importer / Distributor
  • Website designer
  • Writer / Journalist

    Plus all the other ideas we have put together in more detail on this site.


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