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Home Occupation Permit. Many city or county governments require home-based businesses to have a “Home Occupation Permit.” These permits are designed to prevent a business from adding significant traffic, noise or other environmental conditions such as dust or odors that would interfere with the surrounding homeowners’ use and enjoyment of their property. As a result, most local ordinances describe the types of home-based occupations or businesses are permitted and the limitations imposed on the operations. These restrictions often include: the amount of space that can be used within the home; the number of clients or customers that can visit the home each day; the number of vehicles that can be at the home; the modifications that can be made to the property; and, the number of employees the business can have.

Publishing is dead; long live the e-reader! Now that anyone can have their work e-published, it is possible for anyone to make a fortune off their writing. The biggest recent example is the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, but there are many authors taking advantage of the ease of e-publishing. If you love to write and are willing to do your own promotion (and having a blog can really help in that case), writing an e-book is an excellent way to make money at home.
Do you have experience writing grant proposals? As a grant writer, you’ll specialize in writing persuasive proposals that persuade individuals to donate money to a specific cause. You can find grant writing jobs on Freelancer.com and Upwork.com.
The key to get going with this business is to build relationships with schools and school music directors, who can recommend your services. Chances are a larger school isn’t going to recommend you unless you have a track record, so you will probably have to start with some very small schools. Musical instruments, especially those that are rented out, are highly financeable for low rates, so this is a business you can get into with very little money, and expand aggressively.
If you have the right touch, this business can be a goldmine, and very personally rewarding. One of my business school classmates changed into this career later in life and did very well, specializing in putting together highly talented teams for well financed startups, and early stage ventures. The typical head hunter makes endless cold calls–but at the higher end firms networking is much more important.
People will pay a lot of money to get their dog trained and you can provide the service. To get going you can read a book or take a dog training class yourself. This business would also be a great source of clients for dog walking services, if you want to expand your dog services empire!
Television repair is not a dying business. Consumers don’t want to throw out their TVs at the first time of trouble. Furthermore, if you start this business you may want to expand into related businesses such as servicing computer monitors.
Investment: Depending on where you live and the services offered, you may need to obtain a business license or be registered with your state. The startup costs could run high if you need to purchase tools and a work truck.
Believe it or not, eBay is now more than two decades old, but it’s still the most viable platform for setting up a home-based business online. Big success stories have been around for years now, but there is an enormous amount of competition on the site.
Of course, photography can take many forms, from photojournalism to portrait photography to general-interest stock photography. You’ll most likely go for either setting up a studio in your home or taking pictures for use as stock photos, as true photojournalism requires years of experience and almost never involves actually working from home. Keep in mind that stock-photo sites work on a revenue-sharing model, so simply selling pictures to one is unusual.
Today, Franchising is available to service businesses, manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, and even professionals services in the medical health care, fast food and beverages hospitality, educational services, training management, business support, estate management, health, beauty and so on.
I’ve seen promoters begin in this business by first promoting regular nights at established night clubs, then by working a deal with a club to have their own exclusive night, then eventually launching their own club venue.
Are you artsy? Make and sell hand-made goodies for profit! People are selling everything from homemade candles, and handbags, to jewelry, soap, tutus … and the possibilities are endless for those who have a creative flair.
This seems like a fun and easy business and it can be very rewarding. However, it is very competitive and can be hard to break into. Interior design is also increasingly sophisticated, with software design simulation and specialized educational backgrounds becoming more common.
Organize your business as a legal entity. When setting up for business you have several options in determining the structure of your business. The easiest is to simply act as a sole proprietorship where you, the business owner, are legally the business. In this case, you would use your SSN for tax identification purposes. However, if you plan to have partners or hire employees, you will need to organize your business as a separate entity like a corporation. Doing so will require you to incorporate your business with you state and obtain an employer identification number (EIN) from the IRS.
Advertising and marketing companies are always looking for freelance copywriters to help with their creative projects. You can set up a home office and put your creative and marketing savvy to good use.
I’ve rented boats and bicycles and this can be a decent business. For canoes, you don’t need a waterfront location. You can rent canoes from a highly-trafficked location on the side of the road, and then provide roof racks for your customers’ cars.
This is a boom or bust business. One relative went into this business out of college and just couldn’t get any momentum going. Whereas a friend of mine who had sold his retail store business has quickly become hugely successful at commercial real estate. My friend is highly charismatic, he could carry on a conversation with a tree, and he is always meeting new people. He also worked for an established broker for a year or so before going on his own, which is a typical path in this business. While it can be difficult to build momentum initially, the potential upside is much higher than selling residential real estate.
What’s the upside to an exclusive distributorship? In the mid-1950s, the brother of my grandmother’s third husband was co-owner of a small car repair garage in Brookline, Massachusetts, when he agreed to import a funny-looking new small car into New England. It was called the Volkswagen, and he retained exclusive regional distribution rights for decades to come, making a lot of money in the process.
More and more businesses are allowing customers to order products online, such as your local grocery store or pizzeria. Not all of them, however, deliver. That’s where you can into play. You can deliver these products.Or, you could start your own business like Door To Door Organics – which is an online grocer of natural and organic products that’s delivered to your home. The company started in 1997 for just $700 and is posting around $40 million in revenue.
If you know how to play an instrument well then you could teach others and charge them for doing so. This business could be run in your spare time with little start-up costs and you could charge a good amount for one to one tuition. There are plenty of local online classifieds such as Gumtree where you could advertise.
A great advantage of moonlighting is that your job can provide not only the capital for starting the business but also ongoing income and fringe benefits during the early days of getting your business started. So if you are working, it is a good idea not to quit your job. Unfortunately, many times this approach is discarded because:
Do you hate dirt and grime? Offer cleaning services to friends, families, and neighbors, ranging from laundering clothing and house cleaning to meal prep and washing windows. You can also check out sites like Care.com for house cleaning gigs.
In regards to the comment above about not listing any network marketing companies in this article, it’s no secret that one of the fastest ways to get into business is to either join a turn-key business in the network marketing industry (I personally only recommend certain kinds) or be an affiliate for a product/service that’s already been created.

Do you want to be your own boss, but you’re not sure where to start? Then perhaps a Home-Based Franchise is what you’re looking for. With franchise opportunities you’re given a detailed roadmap on how to start and run a successful business — and many franchises have well-established names so you don’t have to spend a fortune on marketing and brand recognition.
Believe it or not, there are still lots of folk; including many senior citizens and retirees who don’t have a clue how to access the internet or where to go once they are on it. If you’re a tech whiz and you like nothing better than tinkering online; then you can teach these individuals learn how to navigate the information superhighway with ease as an internet trainer.
Potential challenges: There are plenty of wedding photographers out there already, so you need a good business plan to stand out from the competition. It may also be seasonally dependent, with higher demand in warmer months.
This article will explore some of the obvious—and not-so-obvious—rules and regulations that are frequently imposed on home or online businesses. It will also touch on considerations that are specific to operating a commercial enterprise in a residential area, such as zoning restrictions.
Take the stress out of someone’s day by offering travel planning services. Search for the cheapest holiday flights, car rentals, and hotel accommodations, you can even add extras in like things to do and see while they’re visiting another part of the country.
But even if you don’t need an EIN, get one anyway: It’s free, takes minutes, and you can keep your Social Security number private and reduce the chance of identity theft, because if you don’t have an EIN, your SSN identifies your business for tax purposes.

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