99 Home-Based Business Ideas

We’ve been helping entrepreneurs start their own businesses for nearly a decade. Consistently, entrepreneurs coming to our site look for businesses they can start from home. Whether you’re looking for a business to start on the side while you work a full-time job, you’re ready to leave your day job for a life closer to your family, or anywhere in between, we understand and we have the right business idea for you.

Working from home can be a great experience. Some people prefer to work in an environment they can control in order to be more productive. Other people’s businesses simply don’t require an office. Let’s not forget the best part of working from home, though—who doesn’t love working from the couch in their pajamas?

A home-based business can be a great way to get started without making a huge commitment. Many people start a business from home to test the waters of being self-employed; home-based businesses are a great way to try out entrepreneurship without completely draining your savings. Other people don’t want to take the dive without having a job to fall back on.

On the other hand, for some people, a home-based business is the only attractive option. Some businesses would be hemorrhaging money if they purchased or rented an unnecessary physical space. If you create beautiful artwork, great blogs, tasty treats, lovely candles, or use your creativity some other way to create unique things, a home-based business might be the right option for you.

So turn off the alarm clock, pull on your pajamas, and browse our best home-based businesses.

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An acting classes business provides group or one-on-one classes in acting for adults or children. As the owner of an acting classes business, you’ll provide training, coaching and support to those who are considering getting into the acting business or those already in the business who would like to improve their chances of landing a role. Most business owners in this field will want to find a niche. For instance, you might work with children, or with a career-oriented adult audience interested in stage acting, film, commercials, voice-over work or other areas of specialization.

Credibility is critical, so it’s imperative that you have a connections in the entertainment business. You do not need to be famous, but you need to have relationships with others in the industry, so they can verify that you have the knowledge needed to teach others the art of acting. If your specialization is in film acting training, you should be a current or retired film or television actor, director, casting director or have similar industry experience. If you’re teaching commercial acting, you should have experience as a commercial actor, director or on the ad agency commercial production side. Your reputation in the acting community and how you promote your credentials will be critical to your success.

Why we like this business:

If you want to run a business from home that costs next-to-nothing and uses skills you already possess, an acting classes business is ideal. Actors usually come from a long background of disciplined training and continue to learn on the job every day. Having that kind of experience can make teaching a whole lot easier. With enough space, you can start an acting classes business in your living room, den, basement, garage--really, anywhere you have the space! As you grow your business, you may consider expanding into a studio, but your home is a great starting point.

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2. Adult Coloring Book Company

The adult coloring book industry has exploded in recent years. In 2015, the Washington Post reports, an estimated 12 million coloring books were sold. For comparison, an estimated 1 million was sold in 2014.

An adult coloring book company helps provide grown-ups with a creative outlet by both designing and marketing coloring books. These coloring books are usually highly detailed.

People who are highly creative and have a knack for artistic expression may enjoy, and be good at running, an adult coloring book company. Business owners often design coloring books themselves, at least until their business is well established, and creating a coloring book requires a considerable amount of artistic skill.

A coloring book company doesn’t require a business owner to keep specific hours, so it’s possible to start a company while working at a traditional job.

3. App Development Company

Has every app conceivable already been invented? Not at all. There are literally millions of apps that have yet to be created. Some have an obvious demand while some apps introduce new emerging ideas. Going into this business is very rewarding because it is getting easier to create software applications. Additionally, new users tend to multiply, which continues to create more demand for apps.

Anyone who loves computer programming or general problem-solving would be great for this business. It helps if you have experience working on software development teams that produce popular applications before you try to go off on your own to start an application development company.

Software programmers often work very long hours without immediate reward, because solving the programming problem is the driver that pushes them forward. In this type of work, it is rare to have regular working hours, so you should be prepared to adopt a schedule that can adjust according to changing workloads.

4. Art Lessons Business

Art lessons may target one demographic (such as children, teens, or adults) or be offered to all demographics. Similarly, your lessons may focus on a single specialty (such as painting or ceramics), though it is in the artist's best interest to teach in as many disciplines as they can.

Obviously, this business is ideal for veteran, practicing artists. It is also educational in nature, so it is good for those who have formal or informal experience with being a teacher or teacher's assistant. Finally, it's a job that is best for a “people person,” as your entire business model revolves around prolonged contact with strangers, so being able to engage and connect with them immediately is crucial.

5. Babysitting Business

Although babysitting is not a new business venture, the earning potential, as well as the technical aspects of the business have increased exponentially in recent years. Demand for qualified and reliable individuals to monitor and interact with children is growing daily. This service is generally provided either at the client’s residence, but can be offered in hotels, event venues, or in the babysitter’s home.

If you enjoy the company of children and are able to connect and communicate with both your children and their parents comfortably, owning a babysitting service could prove to be a profitable business venture.

6. Bakery

Baked treats are a specialty of cultural cuisine throughout the world. Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh-baked bread? A bakery business typically operates out of a storefront in the commercial section of a city or town. However, many entrepreneurs have successfully run bakeries out of their homes, attracting customers via word of mouth and small-scale advertising. Still others rent space in a commercial kitchen and distribute their baked goods wholesale to local cafes, restaurants, and convenience stores.

Retail bakeries prepare their items in-house and sell their baked goods directly to customers, with some locations offering seating for their clientele.

Commercial bakeries operate without a physical storefront, acting as suppliers for businesses that wish to sell baked goods, but don’t have the capacity to produce them in-house.

A good baker has mastered the art of baking. It takes dedication over a long period of time to become successful in this business, as there is a lot of competition. As such, the baking business is ideal for people who love baking, who don’t mind working odd hours (for example, early mornings), and who have an artistic side. The best-selling bakeries not only have items that taste great, but also look so appealing that customers simply cannot resist buying them.

7. Barber Shop

Barbershops provide men and boys with grooming services, such as haircuts and shaves. They are small shops that specialize in cutting men's hair and shaving the neck and face. Since the times of ancient Rome, approximately 296 BC specifically, the barbershop has been known as a place to socialize in the neighborhood. It is a place for men to network and connect with others in the community.

Those who are dedicated to working hard and delivering outstanding customer service will find success in this industry.

8. Bed and Breakfast

A bed and breakfast business offers travelers an alternative to hotels and motels, by combining sleeping quarters with a full breakfast. Most bed and breakfasts also promise more unique, intimate settings than other lodging options.

Anyone who enjoys hosting others may be well-suited for owning a bed and breakfast business, because guests come to B&Bs for a level of hospitality that hotels and motels don’t provide. Business owners should like talking with people, cooking meals, and making guests feel comfortable.

Business owners should have a flexible schedule, so they can meet guests during the day, and take care of any issues that arise at night. Additionally, they should plan on working anytime the bed and breakfast is open, which for a typical B&B is every day. They don’t usually close down for holidays because these are busy travel times, but some bed and breakfast owners take several weeks, sometimes even a month or more, off during the slow season.

9. Beekeeping Business

For many, beekeeping starts as a hobby. It doesn’t take them long, however, to realize what a fascinating and fulfilling career it can be. Beekeeping isn’t just about collecting honey; it’s about getting to know your bees, their behaviors, and their response to the natural environment around them. How rewarding would it be to parlay your passion into a career?

While beekeeping is an edifying career, it’s also a lot of work. If you’re passionate about being at one with nature, and thrive on continuously learning and growing, beekeeping can be a wonderful business to enter.

10. Blogging Business

Lots of people read online content about topics they’re interested in on a daily basis. Blogging businesses create blog content around specific topics that inform, educate and entertain people interested in the topics the blogs cover.

Successfully starting a blogging business requires a lot of passion for a particular subject and a desire to share that passion with others. The passion is often more important than what the subject itself is, as there are blogs on all kinds of topics -- and readers interested in all kinds of subjects. Creating content for a blogging business requires a significant amount of time, but the tasks can easily be arranged around a full-time job or other obligations.

11. Business Consulting Firm

Business consultants provide a necessary service to startup businesses and entrepreneurs. They help the business get off to a good start by providing the know-how and resources necessary for success. A business consultant usually retains a book of clients and may limit his or her business to just several hundred (or fewer) businesses or entrepreneurs.

This business is perfect for seasoned business owners or upper level managers who are looking for a career change. A business consulting firm must be experienced in business management, marketing, and team building and management. They must also understand how to generate revenue from a wide range of businesses and expand existing streams of income.

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Businesses looking for money need to present their research-based strategies to investors and lenders in clear and concise writing. Such information is detailed in business plans, which business owners can write themselves or have written by specialists. Business plan writing services specialize in this particular type of writing.

Writers who can compose effective business plans will always be in high demand. A business’ chances of successfully growing or securing funding almost double if there’s a business plan drawn up as opposed to when there is no plan in writing.

Why we like this business:

Creating an effective business plan really only requires a computer, Internet connection, a website, and a place to meet. You could easily meet with clients in the comfort of your home office or den. Once you’ve established rapport and you understand your client’s desired direction for their company, you can help them get that on paper without having to leave home.

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13. Calligraphy Business

Many people primarily rely on calligraphy businesses to create unforgettable wedding invitations or other special event stationery that they want to have a personal touch. However, others want to be able to write in calligraphy themselves, and they will look to your business to teach them.

Obviously, this business is best for someone that is highly skilled in calligraphy. Since much of the business comes from designing things like wedding invitations, this job is also good for artists or those with an artistic vision. For both the event-planning and instructional aspects of the business, being a “people person” is very helpful.

14. Candle Making Business

Candlemakers are artisans who pay critical attention to the sensory aesthetics of their product line and pragmatic business people adept at enticing buyers through smart marketing strategies.

The ideal candlemaker should love the craft of candle making and have skills involved with sales and marketing. Candlemakers can begin modestly—in the kitchen and storage space of your home or apartment, and with a limited budget and inventory. Since candles are often thought to be commodity products, you must constantly seek ways of branding your line to differentiate yourself from competitors. Showcase your product line attractively through excellent image photography, a strong online presence and savvy sales skills.

15. Career Coach Business

Career coaching is in high demand as more individuals enter the job market and jobs continue to be scarce. Offering professional insight to others as they seek to grow their personal brand and increase their career trajectory can be a very rewarding business, both personally and financially.

If you love working with people, are a great communicator and motivator, career coaching may be a great fit. Generally, career coaches have been in the business world for some period of time, may have advanced degrees, have spent time in a consulting firm, or perhaps are retiring from executive leadership positions.

16. Caricature Business

Whether at an art fair, business convention, or community event, caricatures are a fun way to lighten the mood and get people to laugh at themselves. Caricatures are spontaneous illustrations that exaggerate or “cartoonize” the individual’s features. Initially, this artistic expression was simply done on ink and paper. The tradition has now grown to include digital illustrations, with a variety of printing options available.

Artistically inclined individuals who possess the drive and tenacity to manage their own stable business would be best suited for this business venture. As a caricature business owner, you must be both creative and business savvy, making critical financial and marketing decisions that will help your organization sustain long-term growth.

17. Cartoon Service

As the owner of a cartoon service, you can take your talent for drawing and perhaps writing cartoons in a number of directions. You could create art for greeting cards, books and magazines, digital clients, animation studios, ads, comic books, merchandise, cartoon syndicates and almost endless other sales channels both online and off.

First and foremost, you must have a talent for cartooning. For many kinds of assignments, the ability to write—especially in a humorous vein—is also necessary. Beyond that, your marketing skills and self-promotional instincts will help you commercialize your talent in a number of ways.

18. Children's Book Business

Children’s books businesses publish children’s books, bringing illustrated stories to print. For businesses that have captivating books, the industry offers plenty of opportunity. Children’s book sales surpassed those of adult books in 2014, selling more than 2.7 billion books that year.

Additionally, business owners who start this type of business are in good company. Not only do many people have successful children’s book businesses today, but one of the most successful children’s authors in modern history began by self-publishing her work. Beatrix Potter funded the first runs of both Peter Rabbit and The Tailor of Gloucester. The two stories are popular even to this day.

Most people who start a children’s book business have either already written or plan to write their own children’s book(s). Some business owners first try to publish their stories through traditional publishers, and others go directly into self-publishing.

19. Chiropractor Clinic

Chiropractic clinics are an alternative modality that supplement conventional medicine. Their aim is to improve spinal mobility. This usually also means adjusting various parts of the spine, including the low, middle, and upper back area, as well as the neck. Patients often choose this type of therapy when they are dissatisfied with conventional treatments or want pain relief that conventional medicine does not offer.

This business is right for individuals who have good spatial awareness, dexterity, and who love working to help people with medical problems.

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School counselors are often overwhelmed with the number of students they counsel each year, leaving them little time to assist in the college planning process. College planning consultants guide families through the entire process, assisting in choosing schools, the completion of application forms and essays, and preparing for standardized tests.

Those with a thirst for knowledge and who are passionate about helping others will excel in this profession. Your team’s primary focus will be to get to know these young adults on a personal level, using this knowledge to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Once you’ve tapped into this, you’re equipped to assist them in determining what schools are best for them and how best to proceed from there. Since colleges consistently change their admissions process, you must be committed to keeping up with these changes. A love of traveling is also important, as you’ll want to spend a portion of your time visiting college campuses, building relationships with individuals in the admissions office.

Why we like this business:

This business is a great way to make a positive impact without a substantial investment of capital or the need for an office. You can meet clients at their schools, their homes, or best yet, in your own home. With a college planning business you can help students find their best fit all from home.

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21. Content Marketing Agency

While a content marketing agency focuses on creating content, the nature and purpose of that content may change from client to client. Some clients primarily want to increase their customers via traditional advertising, whereas others want content that integrates with their sales funnel and improves the process of gathering leads. Still other clients may want help developing their unique brand and creating a social media presence in which their target demographic may engage with that brand.

Content marketing is, put simply, an intersection of creativity, sales, and media management. Thus, this job is ideal for someone who is already experienced in one or more of those areas. For instance, someone with a background in writing will have an easier time creating certain kinds of content, whereas those with a background in advertising will approach content from a different angle. Sales veterans will understand how all of this impacts a company's bottom line, whereas savvy social media users will understand the need to use non-traditional channels to build, maintain, and propel a company's brand.

22. Copywriting Business

These businesses are usually companies that are hired by other companies for marketing projects. They craft content such as blogs, social media posts, industry reports, and more. Copywriting companies work on a freelance basis because there aren’t many companies that hire writers exclusively. Because of this, you should aim to work with multiple clients to keep work steady.

This business is only suitable for individuals who have a passion for writing or managing writers. It helps to have excellent command of the English language, but you don’t need to be an English major. You will work long hours and work tends to be unpredictable. Some clients will demand nights and weekend work for projects.

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Cupcake shops can be structured in a number of different ways, depending upon the goals and business plan of the entrepreneur. They may involve a brick-and-mortar storefront, a delivery service, selling directly to other businesses like restaurants and shops, or a combination of all three. Retail and delivery businesses are currently leading the cupcake trend. What they all have in common, is the ability to bring a smile to their customer’s faces by way of the delectable baked treats they provide.

Are you consistently assigned the task of bringing cupcakes to every family and friends event? Does everyone praise your baking skills? Have you ever thought about how wonderful it would be to be your own boss? If you answered “yes” to these questions, and genuinely enjoy the art of baking, starting a cupcake business might be your path to personal and professional freedom.

Why we like this business:

Who doesn’t love cupcakes? This might just be the cutest, most fun business on this list. If you’ve got a talent for creating beautiful (and tasty!) cupcakes, this might be the idea for you. There might be hoops to jump through in order to get your kitchen certified for a home bakery if the zoning laws permit it. Depending on the popularity of your cupcakes, though, you may find yourself in a storefront before you know it.

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If you've ever traveled outside the country, you know exchange rates can kill you, but only if the foreign currency is worth more than your home country's currency. For example, if $1 will only buy £0.70, then you're effectively "trading down," assuming costs for goods and services are relatively equal in both countries.

But, you can take advantage of these same exchange rates, and make a profit, if you own a currency trading business. Foreign exchange trading involves buying and selling foreign currency to make money off an international foreign exchange market. Since the value of the world's currencies are constantly changing, the purpose of the business is to time the buying and selling of currencies, trading one against another, so that the company profits from currency swings with minimal losses (called "drawdown").

This business is ideal for individuals who love high-risk businesses. You must be willing to work long hours, be good with numbers, and be willing to learn about and understand various trading algorithms. You should also be passionate about world economies.

Why we like this business:

This business is perfectly suited for the savvy entrepreneur always on the cutting edge of global economics. Being aware of the fluctuations in prices and economic strength of other nations can help you anticipate differences in currency value and trade to your advantage. This business only really requires a computer and high-speed Internet connection, so you’ll be able to manage this from wherever you want.

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25. Custom Phone Case Business

If trends hold steady, there will be an estimated 6 billion smartphones in the world by 2020. This is an incredible opportunity for those who want to break into this market, as there will be increased demand for products to protect these expensive investments from dents, scratches, and breaks. The majority of phone cases are sold online to decrease overhead costs. However, retail storefronts can be a good investment for entrepreneurs depending on the target customers.

This business is good for people who are both creative and practical. There are an infinite amount of design options for phone cases, but some will be more popular (and profitable) than others. A good business owner can both narrow down the choices, and predict trends to gain a market edge. Owners will also need some customer service and advertising experience as well.

26. Custom Portrait Business

A custom portrait business specializes in creating portraits in a variety of styles and mediums for a diverse array of clients. Your custom portrait business may specialize in mediums such as pencil, paint, or even crochet. You may run a business where customers order a portrait in advance, or you may offer to create a custom portrait on the spot for them.

Obviously, this is a business designed for an artist. However, not just any artist: you must be comfortable doing a lot of interaction with many kinds of customers (especially if you are doing portraits on the spot), and you must be able to work quickly, both to achieve customer satisfaction and to increase your margin of time and profit.

27. Pet Photography Business

With pet specialty stores and dog-friendly restaurants becoming the new norm, more and more families are embracing the idea of openly expressing their love for their pets. Pet photographers, whether working in teams or as individuals, are there to catch a family’s four-legged loved one in action. Whether at an adoption event, dog show, horse race, or private photo shoot, these moments are captured on film, delivering pet lovers a keepsake they’ll cherish forever.

Pet photography is the perfect career for an individual who understands, and is inspired by, a family’s love for their pets. Whether photography is your hobby or your current chosen profession, uniting your passion for both is the ideal way to venture out on your own professionally.

28. Data Entry Business

These businesses are necessary because most businesses have a need for data entry, information tracking, organization, and analysis. Popular websites offer jobs that can be bid on by data entry businesses, which then enter data for any company that needs it. Most large companies contract with independent data entry companies for either part-time or full-time data entry needs.

This business is best suited to business owners with strong managerial skills. If you plan on owning a one-person business, you should also be comfortable using a variety of popular spreadsheet and word processing programs. Running a data entry business is typically a “9-to-5 job,” but may also include weekends and nights based on the project.

29. Daycare

Today the vast majority of parents work full-time in addition to raising their children. Roughly four in five parents utilize some form of child care as they struggle to balance the responsibilities of their jobs alongside being a parent. Daycares provide a valuable service to these parents. Furthermore, by engaging children in fun and educational activities with peers, day care centers allow children to develop some independence from their parents, as they learn how to play cooperatively with kids their own age.

Do you like playing with kids? Do you have children of your own? A day care is an excellent business for parents who wish to spend more time with their own children, while at the same time helping other parents by providing high quality child care.

Child care providers are responsible, friendly, patient, and good communicators. Taking care of multiple children is a real challenge; it takes a special person who can give adequate attention to every child in his or her care.

30. Dog Breeding Business

Many dog lovers are very enthusiastic about a particular breed of dog. A dog breeding business lets dog lovers who like a specific breed pick out a puppy of that breed. Most businesses focus on raising one breed of dog and, thus, serve people who love that breed.

People who like dogs and caring for them may be interested in opening a dog breeding business. A business owner should be in good enough physical condition to interact with, care for and play with puppies -- which are often on the floor. Business owners also usually help female dogs with births, so owners should be able to make themselves available when a dog goes into labor. It also helps to not be off-put by the birthing process.

31. Dog Training Business

Many dog owners either don’t know how to effectively train their dogs or don’t have time to. A dog training business offers dog owners a convenient, safe and effective place to have their canines trained. A business may be located in a home or in a commercial space, or a trainer may go to clients’ homes.

People who love dogs and other people may be well-suited for owning a dog training business, as the work involves interacting with both dogs and their owners. Patience is another valuable attribute, because training dogs often requires repeating the same drill multiple times. Dog training businesses usually operate during the day, which can make it difficult to run a business while keeping a traditional day job.

32. Dog Walking Business

The ASPCA estimates there are over 78 million dogs owned in the United States. A vast majority of those canines are left alone each day as their parents go to work. Presented with the option, many pet owners would happily give up a portion of their budget to ensure their dog isn’t cooped up inside all day. Enter the dog walker.

Whether your goal is to supplement your income or set a new career path entirely, dog walking is a rewarding and dynamic profession. If you enjoy the company of dogs and are ready to be your own boss, owning a dog walking business could be the change you’re looking for.

33. Dried Flower Business

A dried flower business will sell dried flowers to hobbyists or craft stores. A flower preservation business will save important flowers, like wedding bouquets, for interested parties. Owners may do one or both of these services, but they are separate. Dried flowers do have a demand amongst a variety of people who use them to finish their craft projects. Flower preservation is perfect for those who want to scrapbook their memories, or fill boxes and chests with important mementos. Demand has increased for dried flowers over the past few years, as more people discover easy and fun DIY challenges.

This business is excellent for someone who loves to spend time in their garden, and who understands how plants react to a variety of different circumstances. You don’t need to have formal education in botany, but you should be willing to experiment with different types of techniques and plants.

34. eBay Business

An eBay entrepreneur is free to specialize in the kinds of products that they love in order to establish themselves as part of a niche market. It is attractive because the job involves very little start-up costs or ongoing costs and the minimal training required for this job is provided directly by eBay. It is also possible to begin such a job in one’s spare time and then transition to full-time entrepreneur if the part-time gig is successful.

This job is primarily successful for those who already use eBay extensively. At the end of the day, eBay is like any other market, and success requires being competitive in a market filled with other sellers. As such, being familiar with how other sellers price and describe similar products to your own merchandise will help you hit the ground running when you begin selling. The business is also ideal for those who enjoy a flexible schedule and are motivated self-starters.

35. Electronics Repair Business

This type of business repairs damaged or malfunctioning equipment such as televisions, stereos, computers, phones, and gaming devices. Repair technicians charge a fixed rate for labor in addition to the cost of new parts.

This business is right for those who enjoy learning about technology and the challenge of restoring damaged items to like-new condition. Professionals in this business help conserve natural resources while helping customers preserve treasured photos and online communications as well as valuable software and digital content such as games, books, and music.

36. Family Counseling Practice

Family counseling sessions may be conducted in a one-on-one format or involve group counseling. Counseling clients often have diverse needs, ranging from helping children cope with divorce and trauma to helping spouses repair and even save their marriages.

This business is best for those who have already trained for it via formal education. Therefore, ideal business owners are those who have successfully completed a Master's degree or higher in a field such as Marriage and Family Therapy. Such a degree is required in order to meet the strict licensing requirements for such a business in most states. Beyond that, this job is best for those who are naturally empathetic with others and who truly enjoy healing those around them.

37. Financial Consulting Firm

A financial consulting firm helps individuals and small businesses manage and grow their wealth. You are more likely to service individuals than large corporations, but your small business should be prepared to do both. Clients will look to you for detailed financial information, informed financial forecasting, and ways to invest to achieve their short-term and long-term goals.

This business is best for someone who understands finance inside and out. Prior experience working as a consultant for another firm is ideal, but any experience in investment and wealth management is helpful. A formal education in subjects such as finance can give you a solid knowledge base to work from, and certifications in particular kinds of financial advising will help you further your skills.

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When it comes to our mother tongue, most of us don’t give language a second thought. However, without language, almost all aspects of life as we know it would break down. Teaching foreign languages gives others access to a completely fresh perspective on human life, as seen through the lens of a new language. With today’s growing rate of globalization, starting a foreign language instruction business can offer you an exciting and profitable career.

Teaching a language generally requires a person to be fluent in that language. However, a language lover who is still learning might consider teaming up with others who are fluent in order to start this business. Definitely, one must possess a real passion for world culture, and an interest in sharing that appreciation with his or her students. This is what makes the challenges of language-learning worthwhile.

Why we like this business:

When you’ve become fluent in a language, you might find yourself wanting to share that knowledge with other people who speak your native tongue. Very few people in the U.S. are fluent in a foreign language, so there’s a large market to be tapped. Best yet, all you really need to effectively teach a foreign language is some reading material and a quiet space to practice.

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39. Freelance Writing Business

Freelance writers generate written content about a variety of topics for readers of websites, newspapers, journals, magazines, books, and other publications.

This business is right for an individual who has an affinity for the written word and language in general. If you are a voracious reader, enjoy expressing yourself, and have a way with words, you should give consideration to working as a freelance writer. This line of work is also ideal for those who enjoy autonomy. The typical freelance writer does not have to deal with an overbearing boss. However, freelance writers must meet tight deadlines, satisfy clients' nuanced demands, and create captivating content.

40. Gift Basket Business

Many occasions call for a gift, but people often struggle to find the right present. Even those who have an idea of what to get sometimes don’t have time to go shopping.

Gift basket services make purchasing and giving gifts easy. They provide both standard and customizable baskets that are appropriate for many different occasions. Many also make the actual giving of the gift simple by providing shipping or delivery options.

Anyone who likes giving presents and is creative may be well-suited to run a gift basket service. A gift basket service can be started as a part-time business and, by shipping baskets, be coordinated around other obligations.

41. Grant Writing Business

Owners of grant writing businesses are adept at finding foundations, government entities and other funding sources and applying for funding on behalf of their non-profit clients. You will, in short, serve as a matchmaker, putting together funding sources and needs. You’ll continually seek grant opportunities and write succinctly, persuasively and in an organized manner in filling out requests for proposals (RFP) to win funding.

Your talents will involve business writing and a clear understanding of the non-profit and funding worlds. In your writing, you must be able to take direction well because each RFP to which you respond requires clear and direct answers and attention to such details as word or page counts, writing style and, on occasion, even font and type size regulations.

It also helps if you currently volunteer, or have done so in the past, with non-profit organizations, or can network comfortably within that environment.

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Graphic design professionals create or maintain a visual look that might be carried out in signage, letterheads, ads, sales collateral material, website and digital content and virtually all other internal and external communications. This can involve logo design, fonts and typography, color and imagery selection and layout. The owner of a graphic design studio might work alone or have one or more employees to generate new business, work on existing projects and support the enterprise.

Ownership of a graphic design studio is ideal for artistically minded people who are adept at managing the aesthetics of the way their business and organizational clients address their various markets, communicating creative ideas and executing design decisions independently or through employees or vendors.

You should be able to work alone and in a collaborative environment as you grow or work alongside clients. And you must feel confident in both worlds—business and creative expression—because your work will span both.

Why we like this business:

Graphic design is perennially in demand. Taking on a few clients, a freelance graphic designer can run an operation by themselves. This limits the type of projects you can work on, as big projects with huge companies will require more resources than you have, but working with smaller clients can allow you the freedom to work without a team—and from home.

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43. Hair Salon

American film and TV actress Joan Crawford once said, “I think the most important thing a woman can have—next to talent, of course—is her hairdresser.”

Hair salons offer clients a safe retreat from the worries of daily life, a place to get pampered and walk out feeling ready to conquer the world.

Hair salon owners vary in age, gender, and experience. The one thing they all have in common is that they are passionate about helping people to look and feel spectacular. They enjoy working around people all day and thrive in a fast-paced environment.

44. Home Tutoring Business

Home tutoring allows you to offer individualized lessons to students of all ages regarding any special skill sets that you have. A good home tutoring business is flexible because your students will have very different needs: some are struggling with classes in school, some are studying for college entrance exams, and others may be adult learners who need to master certain skills to benefit their employment.

This business is ideal for current and former teachers, which is why many teachers begin their home tutoring business as a part-time job. You must be a people person, as most of the business regards direct, one-on-one interaction with others. It helps to be good with children of all ages, as they comprise the vast majority of your customers. Finally, it helps to be organized and self-motivated: conducting home tutoring as a full-scale business means managing many contacts, reaching out to local schools, and making sure you have enough time during each session for your various clients.

45. Illustration Business

Illustrators provide their artistic talents to a range of clients, including advertising agencies, publishers, stock image services, web content providers, and other businesses.

As a freelance illustrator, you can take your skills in a number of directions. You might work for advertising agencies, stock image houses, magazine or book publishers, record labels, greeting card companies, digital properties, merchandisers, or other businesses. Some illustrators serve such narrow specialty niches as courtroom sketch artists, or niches in fashion, medicine, or technology. Or you might primarily work in fine art to be sold to customers directly or through galleries or agents.

You must have artistic talents and an entrepreneurial drive. This means that your skill set must encompass both the ability to continually find work, to complete it to your clients’ satisfaction, and to continually find new clients.

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An Instagram business is run by someone who has a lot of Instagram followers, promoting the goods and services of other brands. Normally, Instagram business owners are paid on a post-to-post basis, representing a brand’s various goods in new, creative lights.

 

Some Instagram business owners may branch out, creating their own product lines. Others might create YouTube channels, creating cross-market opportunities for themselves. The best Instagram business owners target niche audiences, like those interested in fitness, beauty, or pets.

Why we like this business:

Like a social media marketing business, young, social media savvy entrepreneurs thrive in this business. Unlike social media marketing businesses, though, an Instagram business is more about advertising to your followers, not trying to build followers for an existing brand. Instagram users with a significant number of followers can use their reach to promote products and make a living.

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47. Jam Business

A jam business makes different flavors of jams and jellies, which are packaged into jars for distribution. Businesses may sell their jams to customers directly, or they might sell to retailers. These spreads are put on toast, used in cookies and cakes, and incorporated into many other foods. Jam businesses make different flavors of jams and jellies, which are sold to customers either directly or through retailers.

According to a report published by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food in Canada, the jam and preserve industry in the United States brings in over $1 billion annually. Most impressively, it’s grown steadily -- even through the Great Recession. The market for jams, jellies, and preserves is strong, growing, and has many opportunities for new start-ups.

Anyone who likes canning and jarring may enjoy running a jam business. Jams and jellies are frequently packaged in jars, and mot small jam businesses jar their jams by hand.

It’s also helpful to have good people skills. Being able to connect with people can, of course, help business owners develop relationships with individual customers and wholesale purchasers. It also can help establish relationships with local farmers, which may lead to unique opportunities to purchase local produce.

48. Jingle Company

Jingles are short songs that usually contain a memorable line that serves as a slogan to help popularize a brand, product, or company. The power of music is used to create familiarity that leads to brand loyalty among consumers.

This business is ideal for musically creative people who enjoy using their talents to promote business ventures.

49. Life Coaching Business

Almost everyone wants to better themselves, but many people struggle to make significant improvements. Life coaching business help people make the changes they want to see in their lives, whether those changes are related to their careers, health, relationships, or some other aspect of life.

A life coach is there to speak with clients about any issues the clients have, help clients set motivating goals for themselves, navigate through important personal and professional decisions, and much more. Though most life coaches help coach clients in various aspects in their lives, it is possible to specialize your coaching to an area about which you are really passionate. A few examples of specialized life coaches include health coaches, special needs life coaches, relationship coaches, career coaches, and executive coaches.

Anyone who has been able to achieve their own goals and would like to help others may be well-qualified to be a life coach; however, there are courses available to teach coaches the most effective strategies to use with clients. Coaches typically have strong interpersonal skills, as the success of a life coaching business depends entirely upon the business owner’s ability to connect with and assist other people.

Business owners’ calendars need to be able to accommodate meetings with clients, but these meetings can be scheduled during business hours, evenings or weekends. Many life coaches have started their businesses by working as a coach part-time during non-business hours while remaining employed part- or full-time, and then transitioned to coaching more as their business grew.

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A live streaming business participates in the advertising revenues and subscription payments that are earned by streaming sites that have extensive online communities such as Twitch.TV. Azubu is another streaming website system that is popular for watching pro streamers.

 

Twitch.TV has over 45 million gamers that use the system each month and over 100 million unique visitors. Twitch.TV was purchased by Amazon during 2014 for about US$1 billion. There are about 14,000 high-profile streamers (also called elite gamers) on the system that generated over US$60 million in advertising revenues and subscription fees during 2015.

 

Why we like this business:

Gamers love to dream about getting paid to play video games. A live streaming business makes that a reality. Still a relatively new business, the model is evolving, but the core principle remains: people like to watch elite gamers play. If you think you’ve got what it takes, get your setup, turn on the camera, and play.

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51. Longarm Quilting Business

Longarm quilting businesses offer a unique set of services, assisting hobbyist quilters with the parts of their quilts that require a special, larger machine, called a longarm machine and frame. Many longarm quilters will also sell their own artistic creations, accepting custom work when a customer comes to them with an inspiring piece.

Those who enter this industry truly enjoy the process of helping fulfill someone else’s vision. They enjoy working with their hands, adding the finishing touches to their clients’ artistic fabric pairings, which tell a story. Most quilters have spent years sewing quilts for family and friends and, at the encouragement of others, are ready to take their hobby to the next level.

52. Medical Billing Business

Billing a patient for medical services can be complicated. Plus, not all patients can afford to pay the entire bill in full. And then there's the paperwork. With laws like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), it can be confusing and difficult to know which documents need to go where. If a hospital or doctor messes things up, it's a huge legal liability.

This is where a medical billing businesses can help. They take care of billing clients on behalf of doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers. Medical billing companies try to simplify the process by coordinating multiple providers and billing systems, while incorporating processes to adhere to changing regulations, so healthcare providers stay compliant and can get paid for their services.

This business is perfect for individuals who are passionate about running a business in the healthcare industry and want to help both patients and providers make the billing process easier and more streamlined. Business owners should be naturally detail-oriented and task-focused thinkers. Medical billing is all about systems, processes, and completing tasks in a specific order to comply with federal regulation as well as internal healthcare provider policies.

53. Music Lessons Business

Many people’s interest in music goes beyond just listening to it. A lot of people who enjoy listening to it are also interested in learning how to play an instrument. A music lessons business gives novice musicians a way to learn to play an instrument, and it provides more seasoned musicians with advanced training to help them improve their musical abilities. A business may offer private or group lessons in home or classroom settings.

People who are passionate about music and can play at least one instrument well may be interested in starting a music lessons business. Music teachers in schools and band members are especially qualified, as they both have credentials and connections to people who love music. People don’t have to be a music teacher or in a band to start a music lessons business, though.

Business owners should have a significant amount of time available for teaching lessons, but this time doesn’t need to be during typical business hours.

54. Nail Salon

Many people want their nails to look beautiful and better than they can make them look at home. A nail salon provides manicures, pedicures and other nail treatments to make customers’ nails look great. Customers may come to have their nails done on a regular basis or for a special occasion.

The ideal nail salon owner is someone who appreciates fashion and beauty. In addition, a nail salon owner must be personable and friendly, as providing customers with a comfortable, pleasant atmosphere assures that they will return in the future and increases the chance that they will recommend your salon to those in their social sphere. It is very helpful for business owners to either possess prior business knowledge/experience or the willingness to educate themselves about business practices. 

55. Nanny Referral Agency

There’s nothing in life more precious than your child. Families looking for a nanny to care for their young ones turn to referral agencies, who have the time and resources to conduct thorough background checks. For many, nannies become an integral part of their family unit, and your work is an integral part of that process.

This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who enjoys working with adults and children, helping them navigate through the challenges of parenthood. The individual looking to start a nanny referral agency should also enjoy spending time on the computer conducting research. In addition, those who enjoy connecting and interacting with people will find this type of work enjoyable and rewarding.

56. News Website

A news website brings current events to its audience that can be told from a variety of angles. For example, some websites tell the news with a financial spin, or they offer a clear right- or left-leaning tone. Offering a unique point of view is one of the best ways to draw attention to your website over your competitors.

Owners should not only keep up with the news, but also want to influence and entertain an audience as to what’s going on in the world. Owners should also have some expertise. For example, a climate change scientist who wants to cover stories about political change in different countries. Starting a news website doesn't have to involve flying to different places in the nation or the world, but owners should have some mobility and connections when it comes to getting a fresh take on a story. 

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Unlike an authority website which tries to be the undisputed expert on a broad subject such as TV shows, a niche website shrinks down the focus of the site to explore one favorite TV show or even a single character within a TV show in depth. Since a niche website's topic is very specific, it will naturally have a smaller, yet more concentrated audience base which is a perfect situation for monetization.

A niche website is perfect for someone who has an intense interest in a specific aspect of a wider topic. Because of the limited scope of the topic, a niche site does not have to have as much content as other types of sites, and the information does not need updating as frequently. It is a great part-time business for anyone who can't spend every day working on a website.

Why we like this business:

There’s something great about being able to share your love of something with other people. Creating a niche website allows you to engage with other people who share your dedication to some particular subject. Whether it’s a website dedicated to one sports team, a particular brand of fishing gear, or easter eggs from your favorite movie, a niche website can be a great way to create a community of fans. As long as your content drives traffic, you can monetize your website with ad revenue, item sales, or subscriptions.

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58. Notary Business

A notary public acts as a certified and legal witness, providing their signature in exchange for proof of identification. Standard notarized legal documents include contracts, mortgages, and property deeds. Notary public businesses serve customers either from a home office, brick-and-mortar establishment, mobile, or online.

The individual who has the drive and ambition to work hard at building a reputable and profitable career as their own boss.

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Online courses are offered for many types of learning. Global Industry Analysts, Inc. reported the global, online, eLearning industry was over US $107 billion in revenues during 2015. There are plenty of opportunities to make money with an online courses business.

Online courses may lead to earning a degree, getting certification and/or completing legal requirements. Online courses are popular for corporate training, continuing education purposes, self-improvement, learning foreign languages, hobbies, and “how-to” instructions for a variety of projects.

Why we like this business:

Online courses are a great way for people to learn a new skill, language, or even get degrees and licenses. If you have knowledge that’s in demand, you can use that to your advantage to create online courses. Sharing that knowledge is a very enriching and rewarding way to make money. At most, you’ll meet with students via video chat, so you’ll never have to leave your home.

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60. Online Dating Consulting Business

An online dating consultant helps people navigate the complicated online dating world. A dating consultant doesn't have to be strictly used for finding a spouse. They may fill a variety of needs from serious to casual. Consultants create unions that strengthen neighborhoods with positive relationships. In addition to helping to create a better community, children of well-matched couples tend to be more responsible members of society.

This business is excellent for someone who genuinely cares about what it means to interact with another person both online and in-person. Those who are most successful took a long, hard look at how they handled their own relationships before moving forward with their an actual business. Once they felt they had a good handle on their approach, they could go out and help others develop their own style.

61. Online Magazine

Magazine publishers whose work is solely available online create and publish editorial content that might be supported by paid circulation or advertising revenue, or by a combination of both. Online magazines, also known as e-zines or digital magazines, feature articles, photography, typography and graphic layout design that can resemble print magazines. Some blogs are also published like e-zines, with guest post writers and advertising support.

The successful online magazine publisher has a skill set that includes the talents of a writer, editor, web developer, webmaster, advertising salesperson and business person. Your goal is to develop a niche audience and content to regularly fit your theme.

You should be highly motivated and driven to continually provide fresh, rich content that will make readers come back for more and also recommend it to their friends.

62. Online T-Shirt Business

Online t-shirt businesses design, customize, print, sell, and ship t-shirts to paying customers. They display their designs on a website storefront where customers can view and purchase them. Some online t-shirt businesses own the equipment used to print the shirts, while others partner with a separate company for that service.

Those who enjoy keeping up with current trends do exceptionally well in this business. A single timely slogan or artistic design that becomes popular can generate substantial profits. The ever-popular smiley face is a good example.

63. Packaging Design Business

A packaging design business enhances packages with visual graphics while also designing existing product packages. A package design business, ultimately, protects products for sale, transportation, distribution, storage, and use. A package’s design includes both its structural and aesthetic design. Ideally, a package design will be enhanced by graphics. In most cases, a package’s design is product-centric. From all angles, a package exists to serve the product.

The package design business is great for creative individuals. Products need both physical protection and visual representation, and a package can do both. A successful package design business owner will have a good perspective for branding, packaging, and forward-thinking designs. Typically, package design business owners are imaginative and hard-working. They also have a good eye for environmentally friendly designs. Package design business owners need to pay attention to regional packaging federations and they must similarly pay attention to the many packaging associations and institutes at play.

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Many dog and other pet owners are concerned about what’s in the food they feed their pets. Pet bakery businesses cater to these owners by providing specially formulated pet foods. The ingredients that pet bakeries use in their pet foods are usually healthy and natural, and they often come from known sources.

Anyone who is passionate about pets and nutrition may be interested in opening a pet bakery business. Pet bakeries usually start out selling through other retailers or online, rather than their own brick-and-mortar store. Because business owners don’t need to keep specific retail hours for customers, it’s possible to start this business up while maintaining another job.

Why we like this business:

We might’ve spoken too soon when we said cupcake business was the cutest idea on our list. What could be cuter than combining tiny baked goods and our favorite furry friends? Much like a cupcake business, if you can get your kitchen certified, you can sell nutritious treats to pet owners in your area. And when it comes time to expand, you may even be able to sell to different markets by shipping your goods.

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65. Pet Grooming Business

The most basic service for a pet grooming business is, of course, basic grooming and cleaning services. However, there is a growing market for services such as facials and other pampering services for the animals as well. Some grooming businesses focus on a certain kind of animal, such as only working with dogs, while others offer more diverse services for a more diverse range of animals.

First and foremost, this is a job for animal lovers. Both cleaning and grooming the animals require that the animals be relatively calm, so someone who is good with pets will have an easier time completing these tasks. On the flip side, this job is also good for those who are good with people, as you must be able to convince pet owners who highly value their pets that you will take care of their beloved animal without hurting it.

66. Pet Portraits Business

People love their pets, and many pet owners want to memorialize their non-human friends through artwork. Pet portraits businesses create custom portraits of pets for customers. Many businesses are run by a single artist, but businesses can also have several artists on staff. The mediums these artists create offer a different feel than photographs -- which pet owners can take themselves -- provide.

Anyone who is artistically inclined and enjoys animals may like running a pet portraits business. For those who like to draw, paint, or work with another medium, doing commissioned portraits is a great way to earn an income creating art. Loving animals helps business owners stay interested in their work even when they’re working on animal portraits several days in a row.

This is a business that can be started as a part-time business. It’s easy to schedule taking orders, working on portraits and shipping completed pieces around another work schedule or a class schedule. Ramsey Beyer, for instance, go into this line of work as a “side hustle.”

67. Pet Shelter

Every year, about 3.2 million dogs and cats are adopted. Most of these adoptions are done through non-profit pet shelters. It’s possible to run pet shelters as for-profit businesses, though.

For-profit pet shelters take in unwanted pets and pets that people can’t care for. Shelters provide veterinary care for these pets. Then, they find new owners who will adopt the pets.

Anyone who loves pets and has good business sense might enjoy running a pet shelter business. A heart for animals is needed because these businesses focus on helping pets. Business acumen helps owners transform a traditionally non-profit model into a for-profit business.

68. Pet-sitting Business

Pet sitting businesses offer pet owners a variety of animal care services, including exercising their pets while they are at work. They also provide an affordable alternative to boarding pets at a kennel during vacations or business trips. Being able to remain in their own home environment can reduce separation anxiety for both pets and their owners.

This illustrated Field Guide to Pet Sitting is a cute and humorous overview of what it takes to be a stellar pet sitter.

This is a great business for animal lovers who enjoy walking and staying active. It’s ideal for people who prefer lower stress levels, since spending time with pets has been shown to reduce stress. Those who are compassionate and responsible, yet prefer to work alone and be their own bosses as well as make their own schedules thrive in this type of business.

69. Photo Editing Business

A photo editing business specializes in editing or retouching existing photos for clients. These services may range from simply cleaning up blemishes or lighting issues all the way to complex Photoshop work. Such a business is a major part of any community because of the constant need to have good-looking photos for publications, seasonal cards, social media profiles, and more.

This business is good for photographers, as they will already know a lot about improving an image via specific editing. It can also be good for those with extensive skills in editing software such as Photoshop. Finally, it's good for those who use social media extensively, as such a person will be able to offer creative editing services to help customers build their online brand through unique visuals.

70. Photo Restoration Service

Are you a master of digital photo editing? Do you have a passion for history and family stories? A photo restoration service combines all your passions while helping your customers rediscover and preserve their past through transferring beloved snapshots, photo albums, and old wedding images into a digital format and repairing damage caused by time and light.

You will actually enjoy working on your business if you like correcting many tiny details, working independently, are self-motivated, and are always learning how to fully employ the latest digital image editing software. In order to be successful, you do need some serious background in image manipulation before you open your doors to the public.

71. Podcasting Business

A podcasting business provides entertainment by uploading audio files online for listeners to subscribe to. Normally listened to over a smartphone app, a podcast generates money for the creator via advertisements. Listeners can also pay to get access to ongoing podcasts, bonus material, and extra episodes.

The podcasting business is perfect for those who enjoy public entertainment. Podcast creators can join a slew of commercial and public networks, connecting with listeners, celebrities, and industry specialists. A good podcast business owner will have a niche subject to discuss, be tech-savvy, and understand modern entertainment.

A good podcast host can also focus on being clear, not clever. Those with pre-existing businesses often make great podcast hosts. They’re also skilled with artwork, news gathering, and equipment management. On every level, a podcast host needs to be a capable interviewer. Those who’re great at networking are often great at hosting podcasts.

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A portrait photography business provides high-quality, professional photos of individuals and families. Many businesses offer specialized services for things such as school photos, holiday cards, and family portraits. Because of the ability to offer these useful services year-round, portrait photography businesses play a vital role in the communities that they are located in.

Obviously, this business is perfect for photographers. By extension, it is also great for those who have some formal training in photography or have any formal education in photography. Finally, because the job involves interacting with many different demographics, the job is ideal for a “people person.”

Why we like this business:

Portraiture is one of the most popular forms of photography. Many people want professional quality photographs for many occasions, like modeling headshots, weddings, school pictures, and more. Besides meeting on location for shoots, you won’t really have to leave home. All your pictures can be edited and delivered from the comfort of your home.

 

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73. Pottery Business

Many potters dream of turning their talents into a full-time business venture; of ditching the suit and corporate world to spend their days in the studio creating pieces that will bring joy to others for years to come. Such a business leaves the soul fulfilled and offers the opportunity to interact with other artists within the community.

Being able to craft a quality clay piece is only half the challenge. You must also possess the creativity and drive to continuously seek out new avenues for displaying and selling your work. An artist who has a knack for self promotion and networking amongst other artists and clients is an ideal match.

74. Professional Meditation Business

A professional meditation business provides a location for clients to practice different forms of meditation in order to become more relaxed and focused. Different clients seek out meditation centers for different purposes. Some clients merely want to achieve a better sense of relaxation and peace. Other clients see meditation as a path towards performing better in their careers and relationships.

Obviously, this business is best suited for someone who has a long history of practicing meditation. If you have your own experiences as part of group meditation, it can be easier to transition those experiences as a student into being a kind of teacher for your clients. Finally, a background in business can help you both establish your business more quickly and make running its day-to-day operations even more smoothly for you.

75. Proofreading Business

A proofreader reviews the written word in its various forms for clients and corrects for spelling, punctuation, and typos. To start a proofreading business, you must have a strong command of language usage, spelling, and punctuation. Depending on your clientele, you might be reviewing and correcting the language used in books, magazine articles, web content, ads, packaging, student assignments, or virtually any other vehicle of written communication.

In addition to being a meticulous writer from a mechanical standpoint, you must be the kind of person who pays close attention to detail. Keep in mind, a proofreader is not the same as an editor. You’re not reviewing what your clients are trying to communicate, but rather how they write it in terms of spelling, punctuation, typographical errors, and word usage.

76. Psychic Business

A psychic business offers personal advice and prediction services for its customers at an hourly or flat rate. These services can include palm reading, tarot card readings, trance-channeling sessions, seances, and other metaphysical services. Readings may be done in person or over the telephone. Business owners charge either a rate per minute or a flat rate for each call.

To be a psychic you should really have a genuine interest in and understanding of the supernatural. Many people in the business put on a show for their clients, but true psychics have a powerful intuition that allows them to serve others in a variety of situations. A person who is able to empathize with others, listen to them describe their problems, and then offer advice that is relevant to the circumstances and the situation will succeed in this business. As the nature of the services is very personal, customers need to trust the psychic who is offering these services. And, likewise, a professional psychic should also be trustworthy, always careful not to exaggerate their abilities.

77. Public Relations Agency

According to Forbes Magazine, "PR is the Persuasion Business. You are trying to convince an audience, inside your building or town, and outside your usual sphere of influence, to promote your idea, purchase your product, support your position, or recognize your accomplishments."

Public relations professionals are responsible for enhancing the image and promoting the viewpoint of their clients. They do this through what is called "earned media." Unlike paid advertisements, this type of media, such as news or journal articles, carry much more weight among consumers.

As a public relations professional it’s your job to interest the media in subscribing to your clients’ viewpoint, interviewing them and writing stories that will positively impact your client organizations or individuals in the eyes of their target audiences.

Public relations agencies also act as advisors in establishing or improving the relationships between clients and their clients' various audiences and influencers. In this regard, they might suggest changing practices or embracing new policies that will enhance reputations. If that effort fails or comes too late, some PR firms specialize in crisis communications, which involves salvaging client reputations when events take place that put them in a negative light.

Public relations professionals are typically adept at communicating verbally and through various media. You should be a good writer and have a background in journalism or business. An instinct for sales is also important since you’ll need that tool to establish client relationships, bring your message to the attention of the media and create messaging that advances the viewpoint of your clients. Related to your sales skills, you should have a thorough understanding of how company practices, policies and culture impact customer relationships and be able to help your clients make positive change in this area.

Working in a public relations firm before starting your own business can help you gain better insight into the process, enhance your credibility and maybe put you in touch with future clients.

78. Professional Speech Writing Business

A speech writer will write a script for a speaker to follow when they address a crowd. While most people think of politics when it comes to speech writing, there are plenty of other markets for this skill. Everyone from business executives to motivational professionals may need someone to help them create a speech that speaks to their audience.

This business is excellent for someone who loves inspiring people with words. It’s a niche form of writing that is far more dependent on choice of vocabulary and syntax than it is on technical writing skills (e.g., formal grammar, etc).

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Public speaking instruction may be one-on-one or in small groups or in larger classrooms. The clients may be preparing to speak for special events, upcoming presentations, or simply become better communicators at their job.

This job is great for those who are good at public speaking. Former teachers do well in this job due to their experience writing and conducting lectures. Writers are also good at this job because part of good speech instruction is knowing which words will have certain effects on certain audiences.

Why we like this business:

Public speaking is a skill many people struggle with. While it may come naturally to some people, others need instruction in order to increase their confidence, improve their writing ability, or just refine their skills. As a public speaking instructor, you’ll be able to help these students. Keeping class sizes small,  or even teaching one-on-one, allows you to run this business from home.

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80. Publishing Company

Publishing companies have historically focused on physically printing books, but now, that is shifting more toward digital publishing. This works for both the consumer and the publisher because the consumer's desire to read text via digital devices dovetails nicely with the publisher's desire to keep costs down.

First and foremost, this is a business for those who love books. In addition to working in a field you'll love, the fact that certain books are hits and other books flop means you will need a keen eye when deciding to publish what may become the next big thing. The job is also good for a multi-tasker because, especially when first starting out, you will be doing many things besides “only” publishing books. This includes setting up book tours, book-related events, and handling most of the marketing of the text. Finally, this job is good for a “people person,” as you will be dealing with a wide variety of authors, bookstore managers, and advertisers.

81. Quilt Business

A quilting business translates customer’s ideas, fabrics, and other materials and transforms them into beautiful and functional pieces of art. Through the process of creating the quilt, the quilter and customer decide an overall pattern and color scheme and the quilter then completes the quilt by hand or on a consumer or “domestic” machine.

For individuals who enjoy sewing or seamstress work, have some artistic talent, or have an eye for patterning and organizing ideas into a tangible object, quilting can be the perfect career. A background in sewing is preferable, although some quilters started because of a love or passion for creating and quickly found their niche in the quilting community.

82. Recording Studio

A recording studio is useful for recording music, sound effects, and voice-overs used for advertisements, animation, and soundtrack dubs in different languages. A recording studio may also serve as a place to teach and train others the audio-engineering skills necessary to make quality recordings.

People who love music and like to be around music typically gravitate to this business. It helps to have computer skills and to enjoy working with music recording software and electronic equipment.

83. Recruiting Business

This type of business requires the recruiting agency to establish positive relationships with its clients, by matching businesses with professional, well-qualified candidates.

Recruiting agencies do best when they establish positive relationships with candidates, by providing them with significant interviews with suitable companies.

As distinguished from temporary work agencies, recruiting agencies typically focus on sourcing skilled professional individuals for full-time, long-term positions.

This business is good for people who like to reach out to others, enjoy talking on the phone with them, and want to support the development of those with professional careers by placing them with organizations looking for top talent.

84. Reiki Business

Reiki patients across the globe have achieved relief from medical conditions ranging from the common cold to cancer and leukemia. The practitioner transfers healing energy to the client by placing their hands near the prescribed position for several moments. While several sessions may be required, the patient walks away feeling relaxed, radiant, and more balanced.

While everyone has the ability to learn the techniques, the practice of Reiki requires an open, balanced mind and a passion for healing. Those who are disciplined enough to handle the day-to-day activities of running a business, while always striving for growth in their practice, would be best suited for this career.

85. Resume Writing Business

A resume writing service will assist job seekers by creating a resume that clearly communicates a candidate’s skills. Those who perform this service will have to interview candidates, and construct resumes that positively catch the attention of those reviewing the candidate’s resume. This service can include cover letters or thank-you letters to potential employers.

People with English or journalism degrees will be attracted to the writing aspect of this business, but there's more to it than that. A resume is like a sales letter, and it needs to be easy to read. When most hiring managers spend only a few seconds on each one, the format and word choices have to count.

Those who have experience in HR and a thorough understanding of Applicant Tracking Systems  (ATS) will do well. You will need a certain amount of people skills to attract clients, but the results will matter far more than how friendly and personable you are. If 90% of your clients find a job in their field after paying you a visit, these numbers will speak for themselves.

86. Screenwriting Business

Screenwriters write scripts and stage directions for the film industry. Screenwriters may either write their own original stories, or they may adapt their scripts based on previously written stories (e.g., from books, short films, etc.)

This business is excellent for someone who loves film and understands how a movie comes together on the big screen. They should love to put their own creative twist on stories, whether they're new and bold or a tale as old as time. Writers need to understand what audiences are looking for, and how to merge their creative vision with public demand.

87. Sewing Business

In addition to making and altering clothes, sewing businesses also customize clothing through the use of embroidery and other decorative arts to create one-of-a-kind personalized fashions.

This business is ideal for people who enjoy creating fashion and helping people achieve the confidence that comes with looking their best. Many fashions are not ideal for all body types and sizes, and sewing businesses provide an alternative for people who do not conform to existing rigid size measurements.

88. Shoe Repair Business

Shoe repair businesses specialize in restoring high-quality footwear by replacing heels and soles, repairing worn seams, and eliminating discoloration caused by exposure to the elements. Many shoe repair businesses also repair and restore purses, belts, and other leather accessories as well.

This business is ideal for those who want to preserve the tradition of quality workmanship as well as conserve natural resources. Those who recognize the sentimental as well as economic value of restoring their customer’s favorite accessories will enjoy this type of business.

89. Skateboarding Lessons Business

A skateboarding lessons business focuses on providing lessons (typically lasting from half an hour to one hour) that help customers improve their skateboarding skills. Such lessons are typically taught at public skate parks, which also helps this business easily establish itself as a community presence.

Obviously, the business is good for those who are already very good at skateboarding. It is also good for current or former teachers or others who are good at working with children and young adults, as these will be your primary customers.

90. Soap Making Business

As a soapmaker, you'll formulate soaps and perhaps other personal cleansing and beauty products according to your own recipes. You will market your offerings along sales channels that might include ecommerce, farmers markets, arts festivals, wholesale placement in spas and boutiques, and even door-to-door sales. You'll explore a range of options to see where you can find a loyal customer base.

You should have an interest in crafting a handmade product, and a knack for discovering scent combinations that your customers will love. You must have strong sales and marketing instincts and a talent for finding and maintaining good customer relationships.

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A social media marketer provides ideas and content for their clients. Some owners may specialize in a particular type of platform (e.g., Facebook only), but most work with all platforms to create a cohesive strategy for a business. Owners may work with one particular type of business (e.g., social media for real estate only) or with a variety of businesses or causes.

People who love social media and marketing will thrive in this business. However, this love must extend beyond just checking Twitter and Facebook every 15 minutes. If you want to start your own social media marketing business, you should know how people interact with different platforms, where your target demographic is most likely to live, and what type of content will spark the most interest. You should also know how (and why) different platforms evolve over time.

Why we like this business:

This business is well-suited for young, business-minded professionals. People in the 18-35 age range tend to be quite savvy with social media, which means they will have a huge advantage when crafting a social media marketing campaign. There’s more involved in this industry than being good at social media, though. People with marketing backgrounds will do exceptionally well in this type of business. The social aspect of this business will allow you to work anywhere you can access your clients’ social media accounts.

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92. Survey Business

A survey company creates, distributes, and analyzes surveys for a variety of businesses or special interests. The purpose is to collect feedback before deciding to alter policies or processes to improve efficiency and overall satisfaction. Owners may either work on a per-case basis, or choose to specialize in a specific niche. For example, a survey company that only administers surveys to students about their professors.

People who love data will be an ideal match for creating a survey company. They should be interested in the core needs of people to better understand how to structure questions. Potential owners should also be proactive in terms of giving advice or ideas to clients based on the formal analysis.

93. Transcription Business

A transcription business can serve a wide variety of clients. This is because transcripts are necessary in fields such as law, medicine, and business. The nature of the work means that it is manageable with limited time, as one can easily start doing it in their spare time or as a part-time job before undertaking it as a full-time endeavor.

This business is great for those who like to work at their own schedule and pace. While certain transcription services, such as court reporter, may require stricter scheduling requirements, most of the work involves transcribing audio or video that has been provided to you. As such, the job is also ideal for those who type fast and are comfortable using computers and other related software and technology.

94. Virtual Assistant Business

A virtual assistant (VA) provides remote services to busy professionals who need someone to support their business, cause, or special event. The duties of a VA can include anything from answering emails to performing web development for a new website. VAs usually establish a specialty to help distinguish themselves in a somewhat flooded market.

People who are organized, attentive, and responsible will do well in this position. VAs need to do more than just take directions, they’ll also need to be proactive without stepping on their client’s toes.

95. Voice-Over Service

A voice-over business provides custom recordings for clients based on a diverse set of needs. The business works well as an offline as well as online service. Your clients may need voice-over work for many different things. These include movies of varying lengths, presentations, video games, and various other services. The ability to operate the business fully online if you so choose makes this an attractive business with potentially very low investment and overhead.

It's no surprise that a voice-over business is ideal for those who are naturally good speakers. This may include people who have experience giving prepared lectures (such as teachers) as well as people who often have leadership roles in their work environment. This is because confidence is one of the most important parts of your voice-over delivery, no matter what the assignment.

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As a web design business owner, your company’s primary responsibility is to ensure the client’s website is visually pleasing. Depending upon the customer’s needs, the designer will either use a site template or create the design and develop the site.

In our current business environment, websites are a major component to an enterprise’s success. As a web design business owner, it’s critical to possess determination, meticulousness, and creativity. If you’re a technological innovator, who’s ready to begin building towards success, web design is a tremendous industry.

Why we like this business:

Web design is a crucial component of most new businesses’ success. A well-designed website can be the difference between successful advertising, customer retention, etc. and a failed business. As a web designer, you will likely maintain contact with the web developers while working on a project. This may involve meeting in person, but you can opt to stay in touch via email, phone, video chat, or whichever other methods you prefer.

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Web development companies differ significantly from web design businesses, in that a web design company creates layouts and visuals for a website owner. The web designer is more concerned with user interface and design, while a web developer creates software and applications that power the website using basic and advanced coding.

However, some developers offer both design and development services. Web developers usually start as freelancers and enlist the help of other developers. Other developers can be contractors or in-house employees, depending on the size of your business.

Why we like this business:

Web developers are the opposite side of the coin to web designers. A web developer spends time creating the code necessary to make a site run smoothly. Just like web designers, though, web developers meet with clients occasionally, but you could work from home the rest of the time.

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98. Woodworking Business

Wood, being both beautiful and practical, has always been a popular material to make products from. Today, many people continue to seek out -- and pay good amounts for -- wood products. A woodworking business specializes in producing such products, carving furniture or other items from wood.

According to IBISWorld, the wood product manufacturing industry is a $6 billion industry that continues to grow. The top 50 companies in the sector command only about 30 percent of the market, leaving plenty of opportunities for new and smaller wood shops.

Anyone who is detail-oriented, decent at math and skilled with their hands may be well-suited for running a woodworking business. These skills are necessary when carving wood and building products.

99. Yoga Instructor School

Yoga has a long history, dating back over 5,000 years, to the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India. This meditative, low-impact exercise has evolved over time, combining a variety of techniques, beliefs, and ideas. As Eastern medicine gained merit across the world, yoga followed, with studios being introduced globally. With its popularity growing, so has the need for qualified, reputable yoga instructor schools. Many of these schools offer a combination of services, each centered on the concept of reducing stress and holistic healing.

Are you a yoga instructor who is ready to take your professional transformation to the next level? One of the many beautiful aspects of yoga is that it calls to many for continuous growth. If you are a passionate learner who yearns to share your teachings with others, opening a yoga instructor school may be exactly what you are looking for.

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