Top 27 Work From Home Business Ideas in 2016 and Beyond

Today, I want to share my top 27 work from home business ideas for 2016 and beyond.

In today’s economy, most people would benefit from having a second income via a home business.

Listed below, I want to share 27 different business ideas that offer a good potential to earn a part-time or full-time income, depending upon how much time you invest in it.

Many of these methods my wife and I use ourselves (currently or in the past).

They are listed by how I rank them (just my opinion).

You may agree or disagree with my rankings and that is perfectly fine with me.

# 27 Blogger

Blogging is very powerful if you pick the right niche, have a solid game plan and stay persistent for a period of a few years.  If you can pick a topic that is really targeted, that you enjoy and have knowledge in, you can make a nice income with a blog.  Best of all, you can get started for $50 or less.  No, you won’t start making money right away, but you can build up an asset that you can sell.  Most blogs take a couple of years to make any kind of profit, but once they are built, they are good at bringing in income 24/7.

# 26 Small Business Marketing Service

If you understand online and offline marketing, social media strategies, and/or direct mail, you can help local business owners get more customers and improve their marketing efforts. Most business owners would love to have someone help them, or take over their marketing campaign so they can get more leads and customers.  You could charge them an hourly fee or flat rate fee for your services.

# 25 Bookkeeper

If you love business finances, or have an accounting background, you can get certified as a bookkeeper and start your own bookkeeping business.  You could find 10-20 local businesses that need a bookkeeper and make a nice part-time or full-time income doing it.

# 24 Junk Removal

You could put ads in your local newspaper that you haul away unwanted junk.  You could get a second hand trailer to tow behind your vehicle.  When you clean out houses, you could keep the good stuff for resale on eBay or Craigslist and take the rest of the items to the dump.

# 23 Dog Walker

I don’t know about you, but everyone who I know that has a dog, LOVES their dog.  Many of these pet owners are very busy with their jobs and would gladly hire someone to walk and/or babysit their dog each week.  This is another low cost business with great earnings potential.

# 22 Business Coach or Personal Coach

Depending upon your education, experience and business background, you could become a business coach or personal coach.  You could take your job experience or entrepreneurial experience and offer coaching services to people in that niche.  For example, if you owned a restaurant at one time, you could coach other people on how to start their own restaurant, or how to solve a problem they are experiencing with their restaurant.

# 21 Babysitting or Daycare

If you love kids you could start a babysitting business right out of your home.  This idea isn’t for everyone, but it does offer a good money making opportunity if you like kids.  You could also do a daycare center.

# 20 Antique Buying and Selling

I’ve been doing this for over 12 years now.  You can visit local thrift stores, auctions, flea markets and yard sales and purchase stuff to resell on eBay or Craigslist.  You can also put ads in the newspaper with what you are looking to buy and have potential sellers call you.  You can buy items outright or sell them on consignment.

# 19 Computer Repair

If you are tech savvy, you could start your own computer repair business.  You could fix people’s computers for a nominal fee, or help them upgrade their computers.  Or, you could give classes on how to use a computer, or a specific software program.

# 18 Tutoring

If you are really good at a certain subject, AND you have the credentials, you could start a tutoring service.  You could do this out of your home or go to a client’s location.  There are plenty of opportunities for tutors, depending upon what your area of expertise is.

# 17 House Cleaning

Who doesn’t want someone to help them clean their house?  If you enjoy cleaning houses (yes, some people do) you could get certified, bonded and insured and start doing this.  Start with your local neighbors and expand from there.

# 16 Personal Shopping

Since so many people are busy, many of these folks would gladly hire someone to do their personal shopping for them.  This could include grocery shopping, electronics shopping, price shopping or whatever else they want done.

# 15 Dinner Preparation

If you are a good cook, or a trained cook, you could do dinner preparation for people you know. As your business grows you could expand into catering.  Some well to do people have full time chefs on payroll.

# 14 Etsy Seller

My wife LOVES selling on Etsy.  She makes and buys jewelry and sells it for a nice profit.  Etsy is designed for people who make all types of homemade crafts and jewelry and millions of other things.  Think of something you like to make and check out Etsy.  There’s a good chance someone else is already selling similar items for a nice profit.

# 13 Resume Writing Service

If you have experience writing resumes, you could take that knowledge and have a “for hire” resume writing service.  My wife has a background in HR and she does this from time to time for a nice fee.

# 12 Lawn Care Business

You can start your own lawn care business for a small budget, just using your own lawn mower. Start in your own neighborhood and see what type of demand there is.  Even if you can find 5-10 jobs a week, you can make an extra few hundred dollars per month.

# 11 Direct Mail

Direct Mail is like a dream business.  I love it.  Yes, the price of mail has gone up every year, but there is still plenty of opportunity to make money with direct mail.  There are countless books on the subject with ideas about what to sell and the best way to do it.  You could use direct mail to sell your own product or service or you could create a marketing campaign for another business owner.

# 10 Newsletter Business

Newsletters are big business.  You could offer a free newsletter, or low cost newsletter in a specific niche.  You could sell advertising or sell affiliate products (or your own products and services).  You could also help other business owners create a newsletter to send to all of their customers.

# 9 Affiliate Marketer

Affiliate marketing is when you sell someone else’s product or service for them and get a commission from the sale.  Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money online, especially if you have a good understanding of internet marketing, list building, SEO and blogging.  Here is my favorite affiliate marketing program.

# 8 Telemarketer

Good telemarketers are still in high demand.  You could be an independent contractor for hire and do telemarketing for small businesses.  Of course, you need to educate yourself about the DO NOT CALL laws and have a good long distance phone service.  But if you like selling on the phone, there is plenty of opportunity to make money.  You could even sell your own products or services by phone.

# 7 Virtual Assistant

Most business owners would love to have a virtual assistant.  I’m still looking for a good one. A virtual assistant can do all of the petty tasks for someone else, such as answering emails, editing, organizing, or doing specific time consuming tasks the other person doesn’t want to do or doesn’t have time to do.

# 6 Freelance Writer

If you love to write, you could write content for other bloggers and webmasters.  Good writers are ALWAYS in high demand.  Start out by visiting or to learn more.

# 5 YouTube Channel

If you love making videos and posting them on YouTube, you can make a nice income. Plenty of folks make a full-time living just with their YouTube videos.  YouTube has a partner program where they allow you to have ads in your videos, in which they do profit sharing.  As an alternative you could do video editing for someone else, if that is your specialty.

# 4 Amazon Seller

If you can find or create a good product of your own, you can put in on Amazon and be an Amazon seller.  You can ship the items yourself or let Amazon handle everything via their Fulfillment by Amazon program.

# 3 Kindle Book Publisher

Kindle books are here to stay.  If you enjoy writing, you should consider writing and selling Kindle books.  Amazon offers generous royalties compared to traditional publishers AND they will do a lot of your marketing for you.

# 2 eBay Business

I’ve always been a big fan of eBay.  You can start selling your own items on eBay to learn the ropes and then you can look for a good drop shipper or local distributor to provide you items to sell.  You can also sell items for neighbors on a commission basis, or visit thrift stores, auctions, flea markets and yard sales like my wife and I do.

# 1 Direct Sales/MLM

I’m a big fan of direct sales and MLM.  Many folks hate the industry, but I honestly believe it is the best work from home business idea in 2015 and beyond because you can earn immediate income AND residual income.  You can get started for a low price and have successful people mentoring you and helping you.  See which company I work with.

Final Thoughts

In summary, there are TONS of different business models you can use to have your own work from home business in 2016 and beyond.

The real key to success is to find something you understand and are passionate about.

Look for a need in the marketplace and FILL THAT NEED.

By all means, keep your day job and focus on your side business outside of work hours, either during the evening or on weekends.

Also, it’s important to know that there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Regardless of what business model you choose from, you will need a game plan, some capital and lots of hard work.

Individual results will always vary.

Who knows how your business will turn out.

While there is no guarantee of success, you might find something you do really well in.

What are your thoughts?  What do you think about my top 27 work from home ideas for 2015 and beyond?  Leave a comment and let us know.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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6 thoughts on “Top 27 Work From Home Business Ideas in 2016 and Beyond

  1. Diamond Grant

    I became aware of how profitable babysitting could be when I went away to college. I wanted extra spending money and there were a surprisingly large number of people in the area who needed childcare and were willing to use college kids. I had three families I babysat for regularly and I was really making enough money to do whatever it was I wanted (and needed) to do. You have to have a heart for kids though because they sense it when you aren’t really into it.

  2. Greg Boudonck

    This is a very good list Chuck.

    I had recently found an idea that utilizes the Amazon Fulfillment Program that you also may want to consider. The trick is creating your own brand. Search Amazon and find a basic item that sells well. I will just use the example of a plastic water bottle. At this point, you see these water bottles sell well, now search a wholesale supplier that will put your brand on the outside of the bottle. You could even use the water bottle to attract buyers to a website or blog. Have the wholesaler manufacture your water bottles and ship them direct to Amazon Fulfillment. I believe you “get the picture.” Head to the bank and deposit your royalty checks.

  3. Mark Scott

    These are all great business opportunities. Thank you for listing them. In addition I would like to talk about my from home business. It is Seattle-Bellevue town car service. What I did for step 1 is developed a limo-travel related website and optimized it for search engines. Step two established a network with reliable drivers. And dispatch the reservations made on website. Hope this adds on to this article!


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