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Home-Based Businesses Are Nothing To Scoff At

Jul 7, 2010, 07:10 AM by
Read our article, 'Home-Based Businesses Are Nothing To Scoff At' at 'Time to Start Up,' the small business blog by BizFilings.
laptopguyThe days of viewing home-based business owners as envelope stuffers or telemarketers are over. Home-based businesses have busted out of their traditional confines and labels. Now home-based businesses encompass everything from technology to ecommerce.  According to Small Business Trends, about 6.6 million home-based businesses contribute to at least half of their owners' household income. In fact, more than half of all U.S. businesses are grounded in the home. Economic turmoil in recent years has ignited interest in home-based businesses even more, especially for those individuals suddenly finding themselves out of work or dismissed from traditional roles. Following are some home-based business ideas, bucking the trend of sitting in a 9-to-5 cubicle:
  • Fitness - If you love to work out or better yet, if you love to motivate others to work out, you may be able to find a niche in the great big world of physical fitness. Personal training, yoga instruction and dance instruction are just some of the physical education fields you could pursue by inviting clients to your home or meeting with them at the gym.
  • Web Design - Starting your own Web design business may be for you if you have the flair for it. You could focus on developing websites for small businesses or non-profit businesses.
  • Writing - Do you have a passion for the written word? Put your creativity to work for you through blogging and freelance writing. There are plenty of opportunities advertised online for solid writing opportunities.
  • Event Planning - Do you have the knack for eyeing how many appetizers are needed just by scanning a crowd? Well, there's definitely a need for people like you. Planning parties, weddings, special occasions and fundraisers, take lots and lots of time - which nowadays people don't have a lot of.
  • Arts & Crafts - If you can spin yarn, design jewelry or create brilliant works of art, there is certainly a marketplace at local craft fairs, on auction websites and at flea markets for your wares.
There are many, many more creative ways to transform your dream of working at home into a reality. Just remember that working at home is not for everyone, and self-analysis is highly recommended in making the transition. We'd love to hear from the people who have made a go at working at home. What do you do? What made you decide to start a home-based business? What advice do you give to others considering the transition?