Today, I want to share my top 27 work from home business ideas for 2018 and beyond. In today’s economy, most people would benefit from having a second income via a home business. When you factor in the extra money and tax savings, it’s really a no brainer.
Listed below, I want to share 27 different work from home business ideas that offer a good potential to earn a part-time or full-time income, depending upon how much time and money 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.
Top 27 Work from Home Business Ideas for 2018
# 27 Blogging
Blogging is very powerful if you pick the right niche, have a solid game plan and stay consistent and persistent for three to five 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 eventually sell. Or, just have something that provides residual income. Most blogs take a couple of years to make any kind of profit, but once they are built, they are good at bringing in money 24/7. Learn how to start your own blog.
# 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. This is a huge market with tons of potential. After all, what business doesn’t want and need more customers?
# 25 Bookkeeper
If you love business finances, crunching numbers, 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 or buildings, you could keep the good stuff to resell on eBay or Craigslist and take the rest of the items to the dump.
# 23 Dog Walker
I don’t know about you, but most people love their pets. 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. Check with your local county clerk to see what type of licensing requirements there are where you live. You might also have to get bonded and buy insurance.
# 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 current restaurant. You could charge people a monthly fee for your service, or by the hour. When I do coaching, I charge $100 per hour. There is money to be made in coaching if you are good at what you do and you can help people solve their problems.
# 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 start your own daycare center. Before you go this route, I highly suggest you work at another daycare for a few months, to get some experience, and see if you actually enjoy it. If you decide it is for you, contact your local county clerk to see the legal requirements to start a day care in your local area.
# 20 Buy & Sell Antiques and Junk
I’ve been doing this for over 15-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 sell your stuff at auctions and flea markets. You could put ads in the local newspaper with what you are looking to buy and have potential sellers call you. You can buy items outright or sell them on consignment. This is one of my favorite work from home business ideas.
# 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 Shopper
Since most 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. Other people would hire you to come in and prep a week’s worth of meals for them.
# 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 on their website 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. I do a resume service for people in the military. The options are endless.
# 12 Lawn Care Business & Snow Removal
You could 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. Removing snow in the wintertime can also be a great side hustle.
# 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) in each issue. You could also help other business owners create a newsletter to send to their prospects and 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 to help them. 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. Greg, one of my writers on this website makes a full-time living as a freelance writer. Start out by visiting upwork.com or Craigslist.com to learn more.
# 5 YouTube Channel
If you love making videos and posting them on YouTube, you can make a nice income with your own YouTube channel. 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. You could also promote your business or sell your product or service through YouTube videos. As an alternative you could do video editing for someone else, if that is your specialty.
# 4 Amazon Seller
If you can find a product to resell, 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 for you via their Fulfillment by Amazon program.
Lots of people are doing this right now. What many people do is visit local stores and scan the bar code on each item to see what it is selling for on Amazon. If they can make a profit they buy the item, ship it to Amazon and make money. There are a ton of videos on YouTube if you want to learn how to sell on Amazon. It will take some initial capital to source your inventory, but you can start small and work your way up to whatever level you desire.
# 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. You can write books yourself, or even higher a ghost writer to do it for you.
# 2 eBay Business
I love eBay. I started selling with them back in 2003. 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. eBay is very inexpensive to start and can be very profitable. It’s a lot of work, but once you learn what you doing, you can scale your efforts.
# 1 Get Paid to Shop
This new business model is taking the world by storm. Basically, you get paid to shop at all of your favorite stores, including Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot, Office Max, Sam’s Club and more.
There are hundreds of stores to choose from. These are places you already shop at. Just keep shopping there, keep paying the same prices, and start earning money back.
Not only can you earn cash back on all of your own purchases, but you can also earn matching cash back on the purchases of people you refer. To me, this is a no brainer. After all, how much money are you getting back right now to shop at your favorite stores? This is a great way to save money and make money. Learn more here.
In summary, there are TONS of different business models you can use to have your own work from home business in 2018 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, you will need a game plan, some capital and lots of hard work. Individual results will always vary.
Who knows how your new business venture will turn out? While there is no guarantee of success, you might find something you do really well with.
What are your thoughts? What do you think about my top 27 work from home business ideas for 2018 and beyond? Leave a comment and let us know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you.