14 Types of Home-Based Businesses to Consider Starting

Home-based businesses put you in control of hours worked and revenue earned. Both full-time and side hustle businesses can be a good way to earn income from your skills and expertise.

After 15 years of juggling a full-time job and a side hustle, I was burned out. It was time to launch my home-based writing and marketing business. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made!

Running my own business from home eliminated a daily commute. Since I hate driving, that’s a major benefit. The freedom to choose clients, set my own hours, and share my office with the dog are sweet perks, too.

The best part about home-based businesses is the opportunity to align your talents, skills and business goals. Whatever your motivation, there are plenty of home-based business ideas to consider.

Launching a business from home has never been easier, thanks to the internet. About half of all US small businesses are considered home-based, and experts predict that, by 2027, more than half the US workforce will be, or will have been at one time, working independently.

But there’s no need to wait. If you’ve ever wondered how to work for yourself, this list of home-based business ideas can get you started this year.

1. Pet care providers and suppliers

Many pet owners treat their animals like family members. They spend generously on products and services to pamper their four-legged friends. Walking, grooming, and pet-sitting services are the most common home-based pet businesses.

There are also more off-the-leash ideas, such as Mugzy’s Barkery, which makes organic pet treats; SleekEZ, which produces grooming tools; and Akita Handmade, which specializes in dog collars, leashes, and bandanas.

An ad for a pet supply and services business.

Selling pet supplies and services is one option for a home-based business. Image source: Author

2. Virtual assistants

Help business leaders and other professionals by doing administrative tasks for them from your home. Virtual assistants take on recurring duties, such as scheduling, business development, social media, and marketing. This can help free up entrepreneurs, managers, and small business owners to focus on larger projects.

Minimal equipment is needed to start, typically just a device for answering emails and completing tasks, along with access to the internet and a phone.

3. Writer

Got a knock for writing compelling stories or catchy phrases? Writers can run a successful home-based business with very little investment. Capitalize on previous professional experience or a hobby to land work.

Working as a writer is flexible enough to fit almost anybody’s style. Here are a few examples.

  • Author
  • Bloggers
  • Copywriter
  • journalist

4. Online store owner

Entrepreneurs often wonder how to start an online business. With the rise of technology and the internet, it has never been easier to launch an online store. E-commerce platforms, such as Etsy, Shopify, Amazon, and others, offer templates for launching an online business in very short orders.

These are three simple ways to start an online store.

  • Buy products in bulk and resell them.
  • Introduce products found during travel or on other outings that are unique to
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10 interior design trends that will shape our spaces in 2023 |

With a focus on enduring materials, sustainability and design pieces with permanence, the latest interior design trends for 2023 are anything but fashionable fads.

Of course, the very nature of trends is that they are ever-changing and developing, but the overall feeling for interior design in 2023 is curating an adaptable, comfortable, and inspiring space that can both stand the test of time as well as be at one with your identity and style.

Our edit of the 2023 interior design trends focuses on both the fresh ideas brought forward by designers as well as the long-lasting styles and influences that consistently remain at the heart of interior design. 

We cover everything from color to shape, material to styling in our round-up of the top ten biggest interior design trends for 2023 and beyond…

1. The influence of the natural world

Bathroom with dark wood doors and paneling, botanical wallpaper, dried flowers in a vase on windowsill

(Image credit: Jamie Haller)

It’s fair to say, that one of the biggest inspirations for many when it comes to interior design is the beauty of the natural world. From color palettes rooted in nature to the warmth of wood and the durability of natural stone, establishing an indoor-outdoor feel in the home can be both calming and relaxed and uplifting and energizing simultaneously. 

Chris Pask, director at Charlton Brown (opens in new tab) says, ‘our attachment to the great outdoors has increased in the post-pandemic era and we are seeing this translate into the world of interior design. Clients are increasingly looking for a greater connection to the outdoors, whether that is a literal connection via roof terraces, balconies and beautifully landscaped gardens, or more subtle nods to greenery and nature throughout the home. This can take the form of colors, materials and shapes that mimic those found in nature and are known to invoke a sense of calm.’

Beautifully shown in this small bathroom by Jamie Haller (opens in new tab), the House of Hackney (opens in new tab) Zeus wallpaper perfectly complements the original dark wood features and creates an immersive, indoor-outdoor look that feels classic and modern all at once.

2. Layered lighting

Small modern living room with modern chandelier, cream sofa with decorative colorful cushions, two matching table lamps, square artwork behind sofa, coffee table with plant

(Image credit: Albion Nord)

Piero de Marchis, director at Detail Lighting (opens in new tab) says, ‘homeowners are paying far more attention to the way spaces in the home make us feel, as well as their function. Our homes are having to work harder for us than ever before, with an increase in spaces having multiple functions. From open-plan living areas to kitchen-dining zones, the trend for installing multifunctional lighting that can be adapted to suit the room as it’s being used is set to continue to rise.’

Gone are the days of simply turning on the ‘big light’, 2023 lighting trends prioritize using a combination of various light sources in a space. From welcoming pools of light created through cozy table lamps and floor lamps to practical task lighting in a kitchen or study, the right use of layered lighting can

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A commercial real estate crash? Analysts, Elon Musk sound alarm

There’s a growing chorus of investors and economists — along with Elon Musk — who are warning of a looming crisis in the commercial real estate market.

Analysts with Morgan Stanley recently joined the chorus sounding alarms for the commercial real estate sector, which began facing challenges more than two years ago when the COVID-19 pandemic spurred a sudden shift to remote work and turned downtown offices into ghost towns.

Now, the sector could be the next in trouble amid banking turmoil, which led to the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank last month.

Commercial real estate crisis?

“Commercial real estate, already facing headwinds from a shift to hybrid/remote work, has to refinance more than half of its mortgage debt in the next two years,” Lisa Shalett, chief investment officer for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, wrote in a weekly Global Investment Committee note issued Monday.

Shalett wrote Morgan Stanley strategists are noting the commercial real estate sector faces a “huge hurdle: More than 50{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} of the $2.9 trillion in commercial mortgages will need to be renegotiated in the next 24 months when new lending rates are likely to be up by 350 to 450 basis points.”

Shalett also noted commercial real estate has “primacy on the balance sheets of the regional banks, which in the past cycle accounted for 70{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} to 80{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} of all new loan originations.”

Commercial real estate prices, Shalett noted, have “already turned down and office vacancy rates have moved toward a 20-year high.”

Morgan Stanley analysts are forecasting a peak-to-through commercial real estate price decline “of as much as 40{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018}, worse than in the Great Financial Crisis,” she wrote.

“Distress of this type has historically not only hurt the landlords and the bankers who lend to them, but also the interconnected business communities, private capital funders and owners of any underlying securitized debt,” Shalett continued. “The tech and consumer discretionary sectors will not be immune.”

Morgan Stanley analysts “fear stresses in other asset classes” like commercial real estate “will become another headwind for megacap stocks alongside those posed by a profits recession and/or economic recession.”

Venture capital and private equity could also face hurdles, wrote Shalett.

“Venture capital faces markdowns, a cash crunch and a challenging funding environment. In private equity, recent-vintage funds are susceptible to markdowns and a slowdown in raising new funds,” she wrote. “Consider rebalancing portfolios with an eye toward markdowns on illiquid investments. Venture capital and commercial real estate are especially vulnerable.”

While many stock investors have “declared the bear market is over,” Shalett wrote, those calls ignore “the realities that corporate earnings are vulnerable, and turmoil in regional banking could tighten loan standards.” That could turn trickle down and reverberate across business communities and the economy.

“Stock investors are dismissing the potential effects on the economy from the recent regional banking turmoil such as greatly tightened lending standards, which could increase the probability of a near-term recession,” she wrote.

Elon Musk on commercial real estate

Last week, Tesla and

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Silicon Valley Bank collapse will ‘definitely’ impact real estate, developer warns

Real estate could be the next economic crisis for big banks.

SILICON VALLEY BANK COMMITTED ‘ONE OF THE MOST ELEMENTARY ERRORS IN BANKING,’ LARRY SUMMERS SAYS

During an appearance on “Cavuto: Coast to Coast,” Thursday, Royal Palm Companies CEO Dan Kodsi warned Americans that the Silicon Valley Bank collapse has contributed to the growing vulnerability of the real estate market – placing yet another economic burden onto consumers.

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The closure of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) was announced by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) on Friday, marking the worst US financial institution failure in nearly 15 years. (Reuters/Nathan Frandino / Reuters Photos)

“People, in general, are worried. As we were talking about the regional banks, that’s a major issue,” the real estate developer said to host Neil Cavuto. “We’re developers. And so, a lot of our construction financing comes from regional banks. And so, the impact of the fallout here of something like this happening with the regional banks is definitely a big concern.”

“There’s definitely going to be an impact on the real estate market.”

– Royal Palm Companies CEO Dan Kodsi

“Mortgages, of course, [are] going to be a concern because, are people going to be able to get mortgages? There’s definitely going to be an impact on the real estate market. But, you know, it all depends, again, where you are,” he continued.

Following an increase of more than 0.5{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} over five consecutive weeks, mortgage rates fell for the first time in six weeks, according to data compiled by Freddie Mac.

During an earlier appearance on “Mornings with Maria,” Thursday, fellow real estate developer Steve Witkoff discussed the Silicon Valley Bank’s shocking implosion, detailing its predicted impact on the already feeble commercial real estate sector.

“I don’t think there’s a big boogeyman out there within the bank balance sheets, that’s for sure. But I do think that certain sectors are vulnerable – clearly, offices. We’ve changed the way we work, it’s sort of strange to me. And then, of course, regionally, there are some issues,” Witkoff said Thursday.

“I think there is, for example, as an example, Maria, there’s very little, little liquidity in the California marketplace, just because all the regulatory policy that’s been enacted out there. And I think that changes it for many. However, if this crisis began to metastasize, I think you could see banks pulling back from the lending market. So, that’s the one variable that I think the Fed has to keep its eye on.”

FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo inquired

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Local Couple Grows into Gardening Experts

(Valerie Zangardi)

WILLIAMSBURG- It took patience, time and a lot of mistakes but the Zangardi’s now have enough expertise to host classes and assist others with garden layout and know-how.

In the beginning, the couple started growing vegetables in 5 gallon buckets, now they have a large teaching garden where they welcome the community to come, sit and hear the tips and tricks they have learned over time.

“We tell people that you don’t have to have a garden this big. Just grow something,” said Vince Zangardi, “Not only will you be super pleased you did but it reduces the pressure on the global food system. Start small. Dream big but, start small.”

The couple enjoys hosting classes in their lovingly named Zangarden space and watching new gardeners blossom with potential. And, standing in their backyard, it is easy to see they have an abundance of knowledge to share.

“No doubt this is a full-time hobby. We will put up to 30 hours a week of work out in the garden during the prime season,” Vince continues, “but, we have learned a lot of things to do that reduce maintenance.”

In order to maximize space, Vince suggested looking for ways to vertical gardens and utilize space. Fences become trellis’ and they have installed an arch for cucumbers to climb.

(Valerie Zangardi)

And with cucumbers, there are also pickles. Lots and lots of pickles.

“In the height of summer, we are harvesting cucumbers twice a day,” said Valerie Zangardi, “probably anywhere between 20 and 30 pounds at a time.”

Pickle-making is definitely something they do together. Stating it can take up to several hours at a time, and during the season they produce pickles several days a week. Valerie helps by washing and slicing but contrary to popular belief, it is Vince that actually makes the pickles.

(Valerie Zangardi)

“People are always saying, tell your wife these are great,” laughs Vince, “and I just say, ‘no problem, I’ll tell her!’”

“The nice thing is we feed ourselves, our neighbors and family. So, we are eating vegetables for free but, also, the operation itself completely pays for everything we want to buy every year,” said Vince.

During peak season, you can find the Zangadi’s selling their produce and pickles in a variety of locations across town.

In addition to the large array of fruits and vegetables Zangarden currently cultivates, this year they are adding loofahs, strawberries and several new varieties of tomatoes.

(Valerie Zangardi)

Two Zangarden workshops are scheduled for April, space is limited and reservations are required.

“We want people to get excited for the growing season and get ahead of the curve so they can plan and prepare to have a successful season,” Valerie said.

Follow the Zangarden on Facebook to learn more about workshops and pop-up market locations.

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