Do you wish that you could earn a living without ever having to leave your house? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. A large percentage of the American workforce wishes that they could telecommute on a regular basis. With perks like being able to work on something you’re passionate about, set your own hours, be your own boss, and be present with your family its no wonder the work from home concept has grown over the past few years.

There are lots of reasons to want to work from home and thanks to modern technology, there are a lot of businesses you could start. Considering factors like your talents, education, experience, finances, and lifestyle, here are some popular home based business ideas you might want to give a try:

Freelance Writer – Do you have a passion for writing? Whether you’d love to write editorials for major magazines and newspapers, start a blog on your favorite subject, or help draft content for websites, social media pages, and miscellaneous blogs, you could make a decent living as a freelance writer. You don’t need much to get started either. If you have a laptop or computer and an internet connection, you can write from virtually anywhere.

Massage Therapist – Alternative healing is becoming a trending topic of interest as individuals look for more effective and less evasive treatments for common ailments to life-threatening diseases. If you have any prior experience in massage therapy or are willing to take a few courses to gain the experience you’ll need, you could start a massage therapy business in your home. You’ll need to get licensed, certified, and insured first. Then you can invest in equipment like massage tables, chairs, linens, candles, essential oils, stones, and more and create a spa right in the comfort of your home.

Virtual Assistant – If you have general office management skills and the passion for assisting business execs then you might want to become a virtual assistant. Often, there’s a need for additional support in general office tasks that might include answering phones, managing calendars, sending out correspondence, accounting, client support, and more. All you’d need to get started is a computer with internet access.

Cleaning Services – If you’ve been referred to as a neat freak or a great organizer for the better part of your life you might enjoy starting a home-based cleaning service. You can opt to service residential or commercial clients. To get started, you’d need to have adequate cleaning supplies and equipment.

Event Planner – Love the idea of planning birthday parties, corporate events, or private shindigs? Not everyone has the patience or the creativity to pull it off which is why they rely on event planners. Again, you wouldn’t need much more than a computer and the internet, but you’ll also want to start networking to get a lot of professional connections including venues, vendors, caterers, and more.

The above-mentioned ideas don’t even begin to cover the number of opportunities there are to start a home-based business. Whether you want to be exclusively virtual like starting an online store or you’d like to be more hands-on with massage therapy or cleaning service, it’s possible to launch an idea in a few weeks without the need for the commercial property, tons of assets, and a workforce you can’t afford. You can essentially become an entrepreneur, freelancer, or business owner in a matter of days. Simply review your talents, finances, and experience and determine which idea would be best for you.

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Michael Ali