Bootstrap Your Project: 6 Best Ideas for Home-Based Businesses

1. Freelance Writing

Use your wordsmithing skills to quit your day job and start a freelance writing business. We have advice for how to pitch a story if you’re looking for your first byline.

To make writing your full-time business, you’ll benefit from expanding your repertoire to incorporate multiple types of writing (adding editing skills also increases your value). Here are just a few options:

2. Musician

Let’s start with the assumption that you aren’t a rock star musician prepared to tour the world.

3. Sewing

Sew you want to start a business (sorry, couldn’t help myself).

Turning your threads into a profitable business can start with adjusting hems and making alterations for family and friends, but there are plenty of other ways to use your needle and thread to follow your passion. 

4. Pet Sitter

Prefer your clients to be the four-legged variety? Starting a dog walking business could be an easy way to start a profitable business in your own neighborhood. 

Connect with fur babies and their parents through apps like Rover to build up a client base. There, you can add your profile and let owners see your experience.

5. Seasonal Operator

Maybe you’re more of a fairweather businessperson. Or rather, a fair-weather businessperson. (Hyphens matter!)

Seasonal businesses offer you the chance to operate when you prefer to be outdoors — think shoveling snow during the winter or hauling beach gear during the summer.

And if the holiday season offers more free time for a business venture, think Christmas lights. 

Light installers make the majority of their money hanging those twinkling lights during the holiday season.

6. Garden Consultant

You’ve probably heard of business consultants, who bring their decades of knowledge to advise a company on whatever their issue is. You might not be a CEO, but if you’ve had years of growing gardens, you could turn your planting know how into a garden consulting business. 

Home gardening is, ahem, growing in popularity as 77% of American households says they are gardening, according to a 2018 National Gardening Survey.

But although people may dream of growing their food, most backyard gardens end up a little on the sad side, if alive at all. Your knowledge of soil acidity, fertilizer composition and sunlight needs — plus a willingness to dig around in the dirt — could pay off as a garden consultant.