Best Home-Based Business Ideas to Profit from in 2021: by Guest Contributor Emily Moore

South San Francisco, CA  February 21, 2021 by Emily Moore, Guest Contributor

Not sure how to survive the global pandemic crisis? Starting a home-based business can prove an excellent solution for any financial troubles. Check out the list of the best home-based business ideas that can start bringing profit in 2021.


The pandemic has changed the way we live and work. Sadly, too many people working traditional office jobs have been left on the brink of survival. The good news here is that the world is changing, and business is adapting as well. Remote work, including home-based businesses, has been common even before the Covid-19 outbreak. If you did not get the slice of the digital business pie before 2020, you can change this in 2021. After all, being a businessman does not always mean running multi-million dollar enterprises or even companies that require on-site presence. Here is the list of home-based business ideas you can try in 2021.

#1 App & Web Development

The IT sphere has always been famous for its remote capabilities and home-based business schedules. Even if you had an in-house position before, you can easily switch to a home-based business in 2021. Some companies looking for app and web developers are ready to welcome remote employees. Plus, it is always possible to start as a self-employed freelancer — not necessarily in development, but also in quality assurance (software testing).

#2 Translation & Content Writing Services

Another great example of a legitimate home based business. In the past decade, few translators worked from on-site offices — many of them have been working from the comfort of their homes or favorite coffee shops. The same is true for content writers, so no need to despair if your foreign language proficiency is far from perfect. You can always start creating quality content in any language you are comfortable with.

#3 Digital Marketing & SEO

Digital marketing is a vast sphere that includes SEO (Search engine optimization), SMM (social media marketing), email marketing, and many other spheres. Creating keyword campaigns and managing your clients’ social media accounts can be a great example of a home-based business. The same is true for creating and sending marketing emails, so digital marketing is one of the best home based business ideas.

#4 Online Tutoring

Many people study online today. Even if you are not a teacher whose students are currently in the ‘remote mode,’ you can still offer tutoring service in any subject you are proficient with. Foreign languages, web development, even music lessons and fitness classes — all of those hit the list of home based business opportunities.

#5 Consulting as a Home-Based Business

Just like online tutoring that does not necessarily call for face-to-face contact, consulting is another great example of online home-based business ideas. Depending on your expertise, you can offer business, accounting, and legal consultations. Therapists can also easily move online — here, everything depends on your niche.

#6 Accounting & Bookkeeping

Speaking of accounting, you can start a bookkeeping business from the comfort of your home. Accountants can manage several clients from home, and since most tax reports are digitized anyway, you should not have any problem finding clients in this niche. With proper experience, home-based business taxes can be a profitable niche.

#7 Dropshipping (Online Reselling)

Another great idea for a home-based business is to resell some staff. E-commerce platforms have been doing this for decades anyway, so now may well be your turn. Dropshipping is a great idea for those who want to sell goods online but have no funds to start a business platform of their own. Start a basic online shop and find partners who are willing to sell goods. Pack every order separately and deliver it to your clients — as simple as that.

#8 Photography & Video Production

With so many people advertising online, photographers and video creators are always in demand. Besides, this job does not call for staying in an office nine-to-five. You can try selling some of your photos to stock sites or offer independent services to online magazines or companies in need of image curators. This way, you combine home-based business with passion.

#9 Craft-Made Sales

Craft-made goods are a thing now, and you can join the hype. Anything — from home-made greeting cards and T-shirts to basement-brewed beer — can be sold online. The trick is to figure out what you do best and find customers interested in your business.

# 10 Courier Services

Courier services are also booming right now. You do not necessarily have to join a food delivery company, but you can start a small-scale delivery of your own. For example, you can arrange medicine delivery or even offer your service as a personal shopper.


This list is just the tip of the iceberg. In practice, many more jobs and skills can serve as the basis for a home-based business. You can advertise from home, but come to work at your clients’ home as a pet- or a babysitter. You can start a moving and packing business or start a home cleaning and organizing service. The opportunities are enormous, and not all of them call for IT skills or any specific business expertise. Today, the key to running a successful home based business is a touch of creativity and desire to work for your goals.




Emily Moore is an English teacher with a passion for space and blogging. She believes that current exploration should be focused on preserving our planet’s resources. With satellites circling the orbit, it is easier to get relevant data on any environmental changes. This, in turn, should help people quickly address any challenges.


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