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List of the Top 10 Home Based Businesses

written by: C.D. Crowder•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 11/22/2010

Want to own your business and work out of your home? Many people now own successful home based businesses. Want to start your own home based business? Read on to find out more about the top ten home based businesses.

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    Physical Education

    With millions of people looking to get fit, starting a physical education business is a great idea. Physical education includes a variety of actual home based business ideas including personal trainers, yoga instructors, dance instructors and specialized fitness trainers. You can either work from home or meet with clients at local gyms or in their homes. You can work on your own or hire others when your business starts to grow.

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    If you have a degree or extensive experience in a certain field, consider starting a home based consultant business. You can work strictly from home over the phone or Internet, or you can visit businesses in person. Businesses prefer to hire consultants over full time employees in order to save money in the long term. Consultants often sign short term contracts to help businesses in certain departments such as computer support or accounting.

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    Medical and Legal Transcription

    Many companies are looking for medical and legal transcriptionists. Home based transcription requires a computer, high speed Internet connection and head set. You can work for multiple companies by creating your own home based transcription business. Training can be done online or at many local community colleges.

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    Web Design

    If you have a knack for web design, start your own web design business. Advertise your services and develop business, non-profit and personal websites for clients. Many web design gigs provide you with ongoing work in order to update and maintain the site. The more clients you have, the more stable business will become.

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    Event Planner

    People are extremely busy with work and their social lives. No one really has time to plan their own parties, special occasions or weddings. If you have great management and organizational skills, consider starting a home based event planning business. You can focus on certain occasions or a variety. Create a portfolio to show clients. You will also need an extensive contact list in order to organize all aspects of events such as flowers, music, decorations and catering services.

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    Interior Design

    For anyone that loves interior design, show off your creative juices by starting an interior design business. You can work from home and meet with clients as needed. Many real estate agents and those wishing to flip a home frequently require the services of interior designers to help make a home irresistible to buyers.

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    Child or Senior Care Services

    Child and senior care services are always needed. If you have the room and enjoy caring for children or senior citizens, start a home based care business. You must have the required space as required by each individual state in order to provide day care for children or seniors. You can also go to the homes of children or seniors in order to provide care as well.

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    If you enjoy making crafts, start your own home based crafting business. Crafts can include almost anything from jewelry to wood crafts and anything in between. You can sell your crafts online from your own website, on auction sites and at local craft fairs and flea markets. These type of home based businesses allow you to be creative and turn a fun hobby into a career.

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    Do you enjoy putting pencil to paper? Put your writing skills to good use and start a writing business. Sell your skills to online and offline publishers or start your own blog or website. Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even music, you can find a place for your writing. Many websites exist that buy articles and stories. You can also submit articles and manuscripts to offline magazines and publishers.

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    Carpentry and Remodeling

    Do you enjoy home improvement and woodworking? Most home owners prefer to hire someone else to do their home improvements instead of doing it themselves. This is where your skills come in. With a truck and some tools, you can start your own carpentry and home repair business from home. You can specialize in certain areas such as cabinets, roofing, bathrooms, flooring and kitchens or become a general contractor.

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    Before starting any home based business, check local and state laws concerning licensing and certification. In many states, you can receive your license or certification online with little time and expense on your part. Having the proper credentials will improve your home based business’s chances at success.