Best Home Business Ideas (22 Proven Recommendations That Work!)


It is one of those things that has crossed the mind of almost everyone on the planet: working from home, in comfort, at your own pace, and making a crazy amount of money while at it. Everyone wants to be their own boss. Few people ever achieve this, but it is a consistent dream nonetheless. And where else would you be perfectly in charge apart from home?


Making money from home is becoming more and more common today. People no longer need a reason to do it. The extra money is motivation enough. If this sounds like something that you can picture yourself doing, then read on, because this article has specifically been written for you. Here are some of the best home business ideas.








Many small businesses have gaps in what their employees can take care of. Here are some work-at-home opportunities that every business needs:


1. Virtual Assistant


Get paid for handling any number of small tasks for a business or individual. Tasks include answering emails, data entry, scheduling, managing blogs, and even shopping. The best part is that anyone can become a virtual assistant.


2. Courier Service


If you reside in an urban area, a local courier service could be needed by the local businesses. You can offer more flexible pick-up and drop off times, which gives you the edge over other established couriers. The more the deliveries you make on time, the more you will earn.


3. Web Design


Everyone is going online. Help your clients to design their websites for a handsome fee. It actually pays to be a nerd!


4. Graphic Design


Graphic designers are needed by businesses to help them convey information visually, through logos, advertisements, posters, websites, and the like. One may require certification for this job although this skill may be entirely self-taught. You will need design software and a dedicated computer to get you started. With the requirement in check, you can start a home-based design firm.


5. Video Production


Everyone wants a piece of the action. Online videos give them exactly that. Every type of video sells. From short instructional videos to funny pet videos. Everyone spends so much time online these days. Videos are our entertainment and are also how we learn. All you need is specialized video editing software and good cameras to get started. Some bit of skill won’t hurt to make high-quality videos everyone will love. Monetize your content using sites like YouTube.


6. Green Consulting


Crazy about the environment? You can do more for the environment in the comfort of your couch. With the world going green and all, many companies, more so start-ups are out for green consultants. People who can help them reduce their carbon footprints. You get paid for helping these companies sort their trash and getting rid of it. That kind of stuff.


Here is an interesting article about the best part time jobs for stay home moms that you may find interesting.

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Do what you are crazy about for money!


7. Blogging


It takes some time to grow an audience and find ways to monetize your blog, but if you love to share your point of view with the world, you can make money blogging and work from home.


Niche blogs are a particular area of growth in this ever-growing profession. Pay can vary widely, but the income potential is nearly limitless.


8. E-book author


Long live the e-reader! Put your writing skills to good use writing e-books. Publishing your work is not even that hard anymore. Anyone can now get their work e-published with ease. Writing is a literally interesting way to make money online.


9. Baking


Go big with sweet treats that everyone craves. What sweeter way to make quick cash home than making pastries and confections? If you are good at baking and you are feeling particularly crazy about it, then you should absolutely give this a try. Your only investment is time and baking equipment to start making treats everyone will absolutely love. Wake and bake! You can use any number of sales strategies you can think of. You just have to get the word out to start monetizing your hobby. Selling through your own website or by opening a catering business are two ways you can start monetizing.


10. Personal Chef


Personal chefs are in demand. Just bring your fine skills along. Spend your time making money cooking for people who do not have time to cook but have some extra cash to spend. Create something special for those in need of your services to make a name for yourself. This line of work is all about names. The money you will earn as a personal chef will be directly proportional to how well-known you become. The best way to do this is to make artisan specialty meals that fit strict dietary requirements. Or just adding a fun touch to preparing meals. Something that will surely wow your fans.





11. Mystery Shopping


Get paid for buying stuff! Other people’s stuff. Easy if you have the taste that others will appreciate. A dream job for the many who love shopping. All you need here is your computer and a fast, stable internet connection to get started. You then have to look for potential customers of various sites online. However, stay sharp for scam mystery shopping sites that are out for newbies. Also, please note that will likely not make a job replacing income with this method.


12. Catering


This is for those who love to cook on a large scale. Those who love being the life of the party in the background. Start small and increasingly grow your catering venture by taking on increasingly challenging assignments. How much you make depends on how good you become over time alongside your consistency.


13. App Designer


There is an ever-increasing demand for mobile applications. Creating apps is not about having the best idea. It’s about rethinking the way things are done in the digital age. It is also about creating the best user experience. The most profitable trending apps have managed to do exactly that. This line of work has one of the largest money making potentials out there today.


14. Interior Designer


Designing a living space requires an eye for it. People will pay you for your taste. It is paramount that you meet the design of each client for your business to grow. Have a good understanding of the history and trends of design to stay ahead of your game.


15. Landscape Design


If trimming the hedges, mowing the lawn and keeping your yard neat and beautiful has always been your thing, then why not do it or others at a fee. But there is actually more to it than meets the eye. This job requires some background knowledge coupled with some experience. Get in touch with your local landscape designer to learn the ropes.




Everyone needs a hand sometimes. Here are ways you can lend one and make a living.


16. Drive with Uber


Driving with Uber has become a thing these days. Not much explaining to be done here. All you will need is a valid in-state driver’s license. You will also need to pass a background check and your car insurance. That’s it, safe journey!


17. At-Home Daycare


You absolutely love kids; you have a lot of extra space. Why not try a home daycare for the local kids? Help parents who have too much on their plates by easing the burden one kid at a time. A wonderful idea for stay-at-home parents. All you need now is the appropriate licensing to get you started.


18. Resume Writing


Writing polished resumes for those who are still looking for jobs out there. The important part here is to build a clientele. Here is an anecdotal story for you. A few years back, I used the services of a gentleman to completely rewrite my resume. He charged me just under $300. He did a fantastic job! For the next few years I referred over 30 people that worked in my office to him. I believe over 70% of them ended up paying him for their resume. That is 20 people that paid $300 each! Because of his service and high quality work, I am certain that each and every one of his customers have been referring business to him at the same rate I have. I believe that he is doing quite well for himself.


19. Party Planning


This job is for the party animals. Get to plan for all sorts of social gatherings. From weddings to birthday parties to weddings. Make your name for yourself as you rise through the ranks of party planning.


20. Tutoring


Does something about teaching and learning appeal to your person? Get paid for helping kids avoid summer school and that sort of stuff. You will require competency in one or more relevant fields or topics to get you started.


21. Personal Trainer


Do you love to work out and stay in shape? Do you know all the intricacies of nutrition and exercise? Do you love to help people get in and stay in shape? Help others at a fee out of your personal home gym or offer your services at a public gym. There is a new twist on how to do personal training.


You no longer have to be physically there with a customer one-on-one (though this is still the preferred and traditional way of providing this service). You could record your workouts and post them online. Over time, you can build a following and offer either individualized or group services. You can set up phone or email consultations with people and design specific exercises, meal plans and stretches. You could send them workouts via recorded video. The possibilities are endless.





Entrepreneurial ideas have continued to evolve through technological advancements in various industries. Here are some of the opportunities that have cropped up.




What is it exactly? Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing where an enterprise pays each affiliate for their marketing efforts favoring their brand or business.


If you already have a blog, you can earn some extra cash by adding affiliate links to your work. For every product purchased, you earn a cut. In other words, online promotional marketing. Want to earn more cash? No problem. Get as many referrals in as possible. It is like getting paid to tell someone about something.


Affiliate marketing has become one of the most lucrative online jobs at the moment.


Affiliate marketing has its pros and cons. Among its pros is that you do not require much to set up your marketing operations.





the truth about home based businesses




While we are talking jobs, self-employment and having a home business is the best thing that could ever happen to you. You get the once in a lifetime opportunity of pursuing your dreams, doing what you love and calling the shots while you are at it. With very little pressure to perform you get to do some of your best work. Work which is well appreciated. Do everything right and you will be on your way to narrating success stories sooner than you think. And that is the honest truth.




Self-employment could not be a better deal. So many advantages in one place make it seem almost too good to be true. From this list of all the best home business opportunities, why not give one or two a try and see how things go? Let your passions and hobbies literally free you. The best part is that these opportunities are countless these days, especially online. So do not let the man lead you into misery. Believe me, it works!


I believe affiliate marketing is one of the, if not the best home business ideas.  Check out my link below to learn more about this amazing business!







I hope you found this article helpful.  Please leave me your thoughts and comments in the section below.


To your affiliate success!


Mike Aha


6 thoughts on “Best Home Business Ideas (22 Proven Recommendations That Work!)”

  1. Excellent post you have here. One thing I like most about this post is the proper segmentation of the various opportunities. I have tried some of them out since I left college and i’ve made a good return for myself but I wish to go a step further. I like affiliate marketing and seeing it among the list provided here, I feel like its high time I tried it out. Though resume writing seems lucrative too. Thanks so much for this

    • Hi RoDarrick!

      Thanks for your comments, I appreciate you taking the time.  I am glad you found this post useful.  I have tried more than a few of the 22 recommendations and made some good money doing it.  The problem for me was that I did not really love what I was doing.  Whichever one of the 22 you choose, I highly suggest that you have a passion for it.  Otherwise it will quickly feel like the 9 to 5 that you did not enjoy.  

       I finally settled on affiliate marketing and I can honestly say that I love it.  Because I have a passion for it, I was able to sustain long periods of work, with no financial benefits to show for my hard work.  Eventually I was able to get over the hump and see some progress as well as income.  I have never looked back!

      I say all this to encourage you to pursue your curiosity towards Affiliate marketing.  My website has some many links that will take you to fanrtastic training that will help you start on the right footing.  While I cannot guarantee you success, I can guarantee you some of the most effective and comprehensive training !

      To your success,

      Mike Aha

  2. While the online programming jobs (read web design…) seem to intuitively be a good idea, me personally, I feel like those fields are difficult to get into and quite competitive, atleast online.  Literally the whole programming world speaks English, and literally all of them have thought of doing computer work from home (because who doesn’t want to?).

    Just take a look at fiverr and upwork. You’ll be competing with people who have twice (read thrice) the amount of experience from countries where they can affor to work for 10X less the pay. I feel like you’ll end up working more hours for less pay than in a regular job, let alone less reliable payment. What you can use do though, is get some experience and projects done you can further use to further market yourself as a freelancer. But getting to a point where you can work online comfortably and full-time, that’ll take a few years I fear.

    Anyway, that’s just my opinion, feel free to differ.

    • Hi Faheem,

      Thank you so much for your comments.  I will not disagree with your comment because you have a good point.  However, my readership spans the globe and I believe that someone with the  correct skills and personality can definitely make a go at programming.  There are many folks in India (as an example) and in other places that speak english as well as you and I, and have the programming skills to be successful.

      I never expected my 22 recommendations to fit everyone.  They are meant as recommendations for people to consider.  At best I was thinking that my readers would pick 1 or 2 .

      Anyhow, I really appreciate your thoughts and comments.

      To your success,

      Mike A

  3. Mike, thank you for highlighting 22 work from home opportunities that can work. 

    My research and experience shows that it is best for most people to start their work from home business part time as on average it takes time to establish yourself enough to earn an income. 

    There is always an investment of time and money however the monetary investment is much smaller for home-based business than that of conventional brick and mortar business. 

    Additionally,  it is normal to underestimate the amount of promotion that is required to establish a home-based business. Neil Patel a world renounced online business expert suggests “THE 80/20 RULE” which states that a business requires 20 percent work and 80 percent promotion. 

    Promoting your business includes both free and paid promotion. Some businesses lend more to free promotion than others. So when it comes to promoting your business experimentation is often required.

    I believe this quote sums things up nicely: “Early to bed, early to rise and advertise.”  

    • Hi Tom.

      Thank you for your comment!  I agree that the most “reasonable” way is to start part-time.  This offers several benefits:

      – You are not strapped for cash

      -You are not under pressure to provide $$$ for your income

      -You can learn as you earn (I’m a big fan of this odel)

      -You can slowly build over time until you reach the point where you replace your income or achieve whatever income you set as your goal.

      Quitting cold turkey when you have bills to pay is not the recommended way to dive into home busness.  Be deliberate, determined and smart!

      You will need to promote your business at some point.  The good news is that you don’t need to be a genius or a PHD in marketing.  As you mention, budget 10% more than you think will be required (either in time or $$$).

      I have never done paid promotions.  Only SEO, so I cannot speak for PPC.  What I can say, is that it always takes ore than you originally estimated as per your comment!  You are spot on!

      Thanks for chiming in Tom.  I really appreciate it.

      To your sucess,

      Mike A

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