Working from home is fast becoming one of the most preferred career opportunity for people worldwide.  It is the best career opportunity for persons who are tired of the 9-5 routine and want to make money from home.  In this article, we will look at the best home based businesses I believe are right for you.

So if you want to avoid the hassle of peak hour traffic, escape the rat race of the corporate world or just relax in your own home then working from home could be for you.  Working from home offers independence freedom and the opportunity to do things you have always dreamed of doing.

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Starting a Home Based Business

Starting a successful home based internet business from scratch can be difficult. You might be thinking what are the best home based businesses?  If you have a lot of money to spend on adverting you can shorten the time it takes to become successful. On the other hand, if you don’t you have to be prepared to put in some extra hours.

There really is no way around making some kind of investment in starting your own home internet business. Just like in the real world it takes time to build a skyscraper. It takes time to build something real that will have lasting value and purpose. If you are going to put time and or money into building a home internet business then focus on building value and purpose into your business.

As long as you are providing valuable service people will be willing to pay for it. If you offer valuable advice people will be willing to pay for it.  So now you might be thinking, I don’t have lots of time and I don’t have lots of money, so what can I do? Ask yourself this question; if you knew that putting in say 3 to 4 hours per day for about three years would let you quit your regular job and work from home would you be interested? Three years might seem like a long time but if you don’t do something different you can’t really expect different results can you?

Give it your Best Shot

So, take positive steps each day toward building and promoting your home internet business. The reality is that you need to keep a long-term focus. Roman wasn’t built in a day and neither will your home internet business.

For many people, the internet has provided them with an excellent home business. There is no reason you should not have your own successful home internet business. It will take time and effort. But if you want to work from home then start your home internet business today.

Below I have listed my top 25 best home based businesses, however here is my #1 recommended business, the one I earn an income from consistently

25 Best Home Based Businesses

1.   Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is actually selling goods or services online for an individual or a company for a commission.  Starting to make money online with affiliate marketing is relatively quick and easy.  All that one has to do is to sign up as an affiliate for an online company that offers affiliate programs.  An alternative method, and usually an easier one, is to sign up as a member of an affiliate network.

A network hosts a variety of affiliate programs for different online merchants or retailers.  Signing up is usually free, although other companies and networks may require you to pay a particular fee.  Such fees, however, are made as payment for additional services that the company may render, like providing you with tools and assistance to jumpstart your online business.

When you sign up with an affiliate marketing program, you are usually required to fill out a form containing information about yourself.  Some affiliate programs may also require you to present the URL of your website and describe its contents.  This will allow the retailers to verify that you actually have a website with contents that are relevant to their products.  Some affiliate programs, however, won’t require you to have a website.  After filling out the form and all, you are then allowed to choose the affiliate programs you want to promote.

After signing up with an affiliate program and being an actual affiliate, you are now ready to start making a lot of money by selling other people’s product online.  How do you make money?  There are actually a number of ways for you to earn money as an affiliate, and most of these ways depend on the type of affiliate marketing program you’ve gotten into.

Some affiliate marketing programs are two-tier programs, wherein the affiliate is also allowed to recommend other affiliates to the merchant.  In such affiliate programs, the affiliate would not only be paid for the traffic or sales that he would direct to the merchant’s site but also for the traffic or sales directed by the affiliates who signed up with the program through his recommendation.

2.  Freelance Writing

There are thousands of freelance writing opportunities online, you don’t even have to be a professional writer to do this job.  All you need is knowledge of a subject, the willingness to learn and the ability to stick to a task until it is well done.

Freelance writing can be anything from writing a resume to writing speeches and presentations for professionals.  You can even write for magazines, authors, radio/television or individuals.  There’s probably some form of writing you’re qualified to do. Plus, if you’re good enough with grammar and punctuation, companies will pay you to be a freelance editor.

The key to freelance writing is never to stop selling yourself. Don’t get complacent once a project comes in—always look for the next one. Network like crazy online and in person. Ask for press passes to events in the field of your choice. Attend writing workshops and writer meet-ups; they happen everywhere.

3.   Virtual Assistant

There are thousands of virtual assistants working online but there is also room for thousands more.  A virtual assistant can be an employee, freelancer or an independent contractor who assists online to various businesses and individuals.

The work of a virtual assistant may include but not limited to:  secretarial, administrative, planner, scheduling, organizing and sorting, data entry, designing, copywriting etc. You communicate with clients via VOIP services like Skype, Google Voice etc.

4.  Social Media Specialist

Companies and individuals are always seeking persons to manage their social media pages so they can be free to do other aspects of their businesses.   Every organization that sells anything needs a presence on social media, so the market for experts is huge. However, there is also no shortage of social-media experts—or people who think they’re experts, anyway.

If you have a great presence or you have built an audience for yourself you can offer your services to others. Determine your target sector, build your own online presence in that community and start making contact with the social media elite. Twitter is a great place to start. Keep cranking out content and getting it to the right users, and you’ll find a way to get yourself hired even in an ever-expanding universe.

5.   Teaching English Online

Teaching English Online can be one of the most lucrative home based businesses.

You can start on your own by building a website and getting new students to join. You have to look out for students by leveraging social media platforms like FaceBook, Whatsup and your own network of people.

If you are willing to work hard and able to get the right kind of students then you can easily make a lot of money.  Although you can teach other subjects also but English courses are in great demand because there is no dearth of clients who are willing to pay.

6.  Working on Fiverr

Fiverr is the place you get an opportunity to serve clients who are looking for quick jobs to be done.  For example, a client may want you to design a logo or transcribe a 30 minutes audio tape for a price ranging from $5 to $40.

You can offer your services ranging from $5 to any reasonable amount.  At Fiverr you will be able to find all kinds of gigs to choose from.   There are a lot of Jamaicans earning daily on Fiverr, I am one of them.

7.  Start a Youtube Channel

Starting on Youtube is fairly easy you can start making videos with your phone.

Choose a subject you want to focus on, put your ideas together and make videos that are interesting, engaging and relevant.  If your video goes viral then you earn for every 1000 views you get. You can also promote products and merchandise and earn commissions.

Just discover your passion like music, dance, cooking, teaching, sports, political commentary etc record videos and upload on YouTube.

8.  Become a Transcriber

A Transcriber basically listens to an audio file and types out what he/she hears.  It is usually much easier to get started doing general transcription than it is medical transcription because medical requires experience and/or transcription certification before most companies will hire you.

If you are good at typing with a good ear and you are comfortable using your computer for things like downloading files, doing research, etc., then transcription may be a good option for you. It also helps if you are a patient person. Sometimes the files are very hard to understand and it will take a lot of patience to get through the more difficult audio.

9.  Telemarketer

Telemarketing is a marketing tool that helps businesses to reach out to their customers on phone. Unlike other forms of marketing here you directly talk to your potential customers on phone.

You will help companies to grow their customer base. You can hire two or more telemarketers who will call customers from a list and pitch them products/services.

The database of customers with their name, an address will be provided by the company. You don’t have to worry about the data.

10.  Web Designing

If you have good knowledge of web designing then you can start a home business.  You can work as a freelancer and design websites for the thousands of bloggers and business that require this service.

11.  Event Planner

Are you good at planning events? Are you the one always planning the family get to together or the office socials.  Then you can start a home based business in events planning.

12.  Marketing Specialist

Do you have any marketing knowledge or skills?  Are you persistent? Detail oriented? If you do then you can help with tasks such as writing press releases, creating newsletters, blogs, podcasts, offering copywriting services, marketing research, or integrating social networking into a marketing strategy.  The services that you can provide are endless, and all depend on your specific niche and background experience.

13.   Open an Online Boutique

There are hundreds of manufacturers and distributors who are seeking partners to market and sell their products.  Starting an online boutique could be a very lucrative business. (I operate a successful one).

14.  Photographer

Do you love taking pictures?  Do you have a knack for taking unique pictures, then there is a business for you.  You can sell your picture online or to various publishing houses.

15.  Data Entry

If you like typing you can definitely start a freelance business where you can do data entry for various companies or agencies.  There are a lot of opportunities out there.

16.  Proofreading and Editing

Proofreading and editing work can also be done from your home. However, you need to have good knowledge of English language and grammar.

17.  Blogging

Blogging means creating your own blog and write something useful that can solve problems of others. If you have an interest in sports, then start a blog based on sports. If you have good knowledge about health-related topics then start a blog on that

18.  Do Online Surveys

Although this is not very popular in our region there are international companies that offer opportunities to people in Jamaica.  You might not be able to make a full-time career from this but it is a helpful part-time income earner.

19.  Graphics Designing

Businesses always need graphic designers to help them convey information visually, through logos, advertisements, posters, websites, and the like. While it is possible to be an entirely self-taught graphic designer, most have either a certification or a degree. Other than the cost of design software, this business has very little overhead and can be done anywhere with a dedicated computer.

20.  Accounting

This is a perfect business idea for trained accountants who would like to work from home.  It is necessary to have the background knowledge in accounting. This kind of freelance work is especially helpful for small businesses that do not need or cannot afford a fulltime bookkeeper

21.  Call Centre Representative

The advent of the internet age has made the world into a global market so you could call a company in Jamaica and a representative answered you from India.  So working as a call centre representative has just gotten easier.  More and more companies are trying to hire more independent contractors to work from home on customer service issues. If you’ve got a phone line and an internet connection, you can work from home as a call centre rep.

22.   Selling on E-Bay

The other option for online sales is to simply become the eBay middleman. Millions of vendors sell their wares on the online auction house. If you can find an inexpensive source for (legally!) saleable merchandise, you can get into the business.

 23.    Start an Amazon Online Store

Amazon is one of the largest and most trusted sellers in the US.  You can become an Amazon affiliate and open your own Amazon store.

24.   Write and Publish eBooks

You don’t have to be an expert writer you just need knowledge of the subject and a little help in putting down your thoughts and ideas as clear and concise as possible.  There are always people for any subject you can think of

25.   Stock Trading

Earning opportunities are really great but only if you know how to analyze markets and stocks.

If you do then you don’t need much to get started, just a computer with internet connection and an account with a brokerage company would be enough.

The investment amount is so low that you don’t even need $5000, just $1000 is enough if you know to leverage your position.

So there you have it my 25 Best home based businesses with little or no investment. You can pick just one idea out of 25 and start your home business right now.

Best of Luck!


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