What Home Based Business Should I Start?

Tips to Deciding Which Home Business is Best for You

Choosing the Best Home Business
Research to Find the Best Home Business Option for You. John Rensten | Getty Images

Question: What Home Based Business Should I Start?

I'm often asked the question, "What home based business should I start?" Many readers know they want to start a business from home, but they're not sure what business to start or how to go about finding the best option for them. 


Many people seek home business ideas based what can be fast, easy and/or profitable. However, making a home business decision based solely on profits can be a problem.

Starting a home business takes a great deal of time, effort and stamina. It's easy to get burned out especially if you've chosen a business idea that doesn't inspire or excite you. Here's how to choose the best business option for you.

1) Begin your home business idea search by inventorying the skills, experiences, and interests you already have. Buying into someone else's once-successful opportunity isn't going to guarantee your success as well. You need to tap into what good at and what you're willing to commit time and energy to build. 

2) Determine if there is a market for your idea(s). Once you have a list of ideas based on your skills, experience and interests, you need to research if there are people will to pay money for the product or service you want to offer. 

3) Research your idea(s). Before you can start a business, you need to know what's involved, such as how much money will you need, what steps do you need to take to get a license or distribute your product or service.

As this point some ideas may weed themselves out because they're scams or not a good fit for your goals. 

4) Make a choice based on what excites you and you can commit to following through on. Profits follow passion, so don't make a decision solely based on perceived income. Success comes from providing value and doing the hard work.

It's difficult to stay the course if you're not excited about what you're doing. 

There are literally hundreds of home based business ideas on this site. Don't just ask "What home based business should I start?" Do your homework and figure it out for yourself. No one can or should decide the best business option for you. 

Updated September 2015 by Leslie Truex