Starting a Business: 10 Lucrative Home Service-Based Business Ideas

lucrative home service-based business ideas

Starting a business can be a difficult endeavor. There are just so many service business options out there to consider! Let's go through ten home service-based businesses for you to consider.


1. Babysitting and Nannying

Are you a fan of kids? Parents always need childcare, and the possibilities are endless.

Whether you're looking to cater to people who need last-minute babysitting or for you to take care of the same children for years at a time, there's tons of money to be had in the business of kids.

However, there are some things you should look to if you want to start a childcare business. Some parents will want to make sure you're certified in CPR, or other first aid or safety courses. That's so they can ensure the best possible care for their little ones.


2. Lawn Mowing and Maintenance Services

If you're in a suburban area, a lawn mowing business is a very lucrative business you could try out. If you have the equipment already, lawn mowing services are pretty easy to set up and operate.

Make sure you know how to operate lawnmowers or other lawn maintenance devices before you start your service-based business.


3. Catering and Food Services

Do you love to cook? Or are you just a big fan of eating? Well, either way, there's one type of business where you can do both — the magical world of catering or food services!

Starting a catering service from your kitchen might be a great fit for you.

However, if you're starting a full-fledged catering service, you'll likely need more help right off the bat. So, why not start a business with one of your food-loving friends or family members?

Or, if you're looking for something more specialized, you can pick one food and perfect it — like lasagna, or sauce! There are so many approaches you can take when starting a catering or food service business, so feel free to get creative with it. 


4. Bookkeeping and Accounting

Are you a math whiz? Bookkeeping and other accounting services are always in demand. And, they are much more specialized skills, so there's far less competition in the marketplace.

You'll have a much easier time starting one of these businesses than some of the others on this list. Be warned, though — depending on where you are, you may need certification to provide these services (or at least to get hired!).


5. Website and Graphic Design Services

Are you handy with a computer? Do you know a coding language? Are you familiar with Adobe Creative Cloud? Well, those are some very marketable skills that are perfectly suited to a new website or graphic design business.

You'll need to make sure your technical skills are perfectly on point, and you'll have to make sure all of your hardware and software is up to date. That can be an expensive proposition, but if you have the capital on hand the rewards can be endless. 


6. Event Planning

Everyone needs an event planned once and a while, but often people don't know where to start. That's where you could come in, if you're interested!

Weddings, B'nai mitzvahs, baby showers, anniversaries, birthday parties, and more — the possibilities are endless!

You'll have to have strong skills though, and know-how to coordinate, plan a budget, wrangle many different people, and incorporate different ideas. But event planning can be endlessly rewarding and lead to more and more work, if you play your cards right.


7. Pet Walking or Pet Sitting Businesses

Are you an animal lover? Do you want to hang out with even more furry friends? Well, good news — there's a business you can start to do just that, for money!

Dog or cat walking or sitting services are almost as in demand as childcare services, and they're just as cute. And, if you offer care for more exotic animals (like lizards, or snake) you may be able to capitalize even more!


8. House Cleaning

Everyone's house needs a good clean once and a while. And, if you enjoy cleaning and organizing someone's space, and you have the equipment, why not start your own house cleaning business?

You can ask your customers to provide cleaning supplies, and you should be able you use their tools (such as vacuum cleaners) so your upfront costs should stay low. 


9. Beautify Your Customer's Makeup and Hair

If you love YouTube beauty videos or are skilled in the art of hair-styling, you may want to start a makeup and hair business to help out your friends and neighbors.

You'll definitely want to make sure you get plenty of practice before you begin charging for your services, though!

Plus, you'll need to be very careful about hygiene when you do makeup and hair on others, and keep your tools clean. If possible, use the products your customers already own, so as not to risk cross-contamination.


10. Furniture Assembly and Repairs

Ever had trouble with an IKEA cabinet or bookcase? Well, good news— so have most other people. You'll be able to save your neighborhood a lot of time, energy, and stress with your brand new furniture assembly business.

Or, if you're a handy repairperson, you may want to help out with fixing broken appliances or furniture around people's houses.

Assembly and repairs are areas that are really hard to gain skill in, and your community will be grateful that they don't have to deal with it themselves! 


Service-Based Businesses Aren't as Complex as You Think

As long as you do your planning and care about the business you choose, a service-based business can really be a successful venture for you. 

Are you interested in other related articles on starting a home service-based business for entrepreneurs and solopreneurs? Check out some of our other blog articles on the Bootstrap Business Blog under the Startup section to learn more about launching your business.

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