Small Home Business Ideas
that Really Work

If you’ve been thinking about starting a small home business, then you may be overwhelmed by the number of choices that are available. By this point in your research, you probably also realize that there are at least as many, if not more, scams and bad business ideas as there are good small home business ideas.

You’ll find this list of proven home-based businesses to be very helpful as you search for the right business.

Small Businesses Online

You might consider taking the leap by joining all the small businesses that are going online. Virtually anyone can be a store owner these days. All you really need is a website and a little bit of sales sense.

Just look around the web for examples of people who began an online store and turned it into a successful small home business. One such example is the owner of

You can take virtually any idea you have and turn it into an online store. If you don’t want to go out on your own, you may opt to take part in an affiliate program.

For example, Market America (and all of its international counterparts like Market Australia, Market Hong Kong, etc.) provides a great opportunity for almost anyone to become an online store owner. By joining their team, you’re positioned for success by following their model, which includes setting up your affiliate website.

Market America’s track record of success is well-documented. Its revenue in 2009 was $284.4 million, and Internet Retailer listed it at number 70 on its Top 500 List of online businesses.

Soon your small home business could become a large online one!

Create Your Own Small Business Opportunity

Another possibility for a home business is to become a virtual assistant. There are executives and business owners all over the world who could use your services.

A virtual assistant is someone who handles basic tasks like making phone calls, answer emails, and performing other tasks that can be done remotely. All you need is a phone and internet connection.

Then you can get your start by bidding on a few jobs at sites like or Build up your skills and work on getting great testimonials from customers so that your business can grow as more and more people trust you to handle their to-do list.

A Small Home Business in Photography

If you have an eye for what looks good, another home business idea that you should consider is photography. Some photographers have a small studio set up in their home, while others only offer outdoor shots.

Try advertising your services online, in the newspaper and in other places like a local bridal shop if they will allow you to do so. Build a portfolio and create a website to show off your talent.

This is one small business that doesn’t require you to have a lot of official experience as long as you can show a portfolio of top notch photographs. Ibis reports that photography is a multi-billion dollar industry, so if you’ve got the skills for it, you can make money doing it.

Planning for Success in a Home Based Small Business

You also might consider starting a home business to become a party planner or wedding coordinator. This is perfect for people who are very organized and love working with others.

To get started in this industry, you may want to get a little bit of experience in a related industry first. Try working with a florist or a baker who works a lot of weddings or other big events. This will give you the contacts you need to establish your home business as a party planner.


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