10 Fun Careers to Start from Home

Author and expert Lisa Kanarek reveals ten great ideas for home-based businesses – and the moneymaking potential behind them

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Taking the first steps to starting your own business can be challenging and scary. But it can also be rewarding — especially when your idea goes from a dream to reality. While you may have the drive and determination to work for yourself, how do you know which business will let you showcase your experience, talent and skills?

Start your journey by thinking about your hobbies and interests; then, ask yourself whether you could turn them into a business. Whether you have an eye for fashion, a knack for organizing or enjoy shopping (with other people’s money), there’s a model out there for you. The question isn’t whether you’re ready to work for yourself, but rather the type of enterprise you want to start. The ten businesses in the slideshow above should spark your creative juices, help you discover skills you may not realize you have and put you on the road to home-based success.

Editor’s Note: Lisa Kanarek is one of the nation’s leading home office experts, an interior designer and the author of several home office books. She is the founder of HomeOfficeLife, a firm that advises corporations and individuals on all aspects of working from home. Follow Lisa on her work-from-home blog WorkingNaked.com.

5 comments so far.

  1. avatar Linda Myers says:

    Have the site and blogs, knowing how to really monetize – is the gray area.

  2. avatar Jane Rogers says:

    Yes I have the organizational abilities.  I use it at my real job to help co-workers do their jobs easier and help friends organize their homes, but I have no idea how to move forward.  I would love to open my own business and actually take control of my income, but I have no idea how to start nor do I have the money to start a business.

  3. avatar Mary says:

    Everytime I hear anyone, no matter the “expert” reccomend Ebay as a source of income , it gives me the willies………..I did ebay for years and at first I made tons of money.  Those days are gone and it a very very difficult way to earn money, forget the frustrations, forget the amount of postage you will pay, the trips to the post office, the numerous emails you will recieve when someone won your auction yesterday and today wonders why they haven’t received the item today, forget, the fees you will pay, and forget getting help of any kind from ebay.  You are better off having a garage sale.   I would hugely suggest that if you are inclined to go the ebay route to sell you do a lot of research on it.  I hear Etsy is getting just as bad. 

    If you are inclined to sell your wares, open your own site.  It is much cheaper and much more satisfying.

  4. avatar Linda Myers says:

    I have learned from the last few years, you NEVER rely on a single source of income – diversify according to time available, resources and the energy you are able to put into each sector you create.