30+ Down-to-Earth Ideas for At-Home Businesses You Can Start

Jun 2, 2020

30+ Down-to-Earth Ideas for At-Home Businesses You Can Start

Starting a successful at-home business is the entrepreneurial dream. At-home businesses let you earn a living from the comfort of your home and eliminate the need for costly office space and lengthy commutes (fun fact: commuters spend, on average, 408 days of their life driving to and from work). 

Today’s increasingly connected world makes it possible (and relatively easy) to make money without ever stepping outside. The accelerated growth of remote work is a testament to the fact that high-quality performance and strong business results can be achieved without expensive real estate.

Working from home and being your own boss is no longer a pipedream—it’s a realistic future. If you’re on the fence about whether a home-based business is your cup of tea, here are a few pros and cons to consider:

Pros:

  • Fewer overhead costs (office space, transportation, warehouse rentals, etc.)
  • Time saved without a commute
  • Flexible work-life balance
  • Income tax advantages

Cons:

  • Harder to separate your business and personal life
  • Possible  local government regulation of home-based businesses
  • Isolation difficult if you’re more of an extrovert

If you’ve decided the pros outweigh the cons and you’re ready to start your at-home business venture—congratulations! Now, it’s time to figure out what kind of business you’re going to start. 

Fortunately, you have endless options. To help get your creative juices flowing, we’ve created a list of practical (and profitable) at-home business ideas. This list may contain your dream occupation, and if that’s the case, our job is done. If not, use these ideas to inspire your own one-of-a-kind business.

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Jesse Sumrak

Jesse Sumrak is a Social Media Manager for SendGrid, a leading digital communication platform. He's created and managed content for startups, growth-stage companies, and publicly-traded businesses. Jesse has spent almost a decade writing about small business and entrepreneurship topics, having built and sold his own post-apocalyptic fitness bootstrapped startup. When he's not dabbling in digital marketing, you'll find him ultrarunning in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Jesse studied Public Relations at Brigham Young University.

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