With no end in sight to the Covid-19 pandemic, starting a business from home is an attractive prospect for many. Even before the pandemic, starting a home-based business seemed perfect for people who wanted a healthy work-life balance, earning full-time pay while still being able to look after kids at home.

Fortunately, working from home has never been more accessible. With numerous online freelance platforms like Fiverr and Upwork, plus a growing mainstream acceptance of home-based work, earning money off your hobbies has never been easier.

With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what type of business you’d like to start, let alone how to start it. If you’re having trouble making up your mind, here are some home business ideas that you can use to begin making a profit from the comfort of your home.

Blogging

Starting a successful blog has never been simpler. If you have a hobby or interest that you are truly passionate about, there’s probably an interested audience that wouldn’t mind hearing your thoughts and opinions.

Popular blogging platforms such as WordPress, Blogger, and Tumblr offer robust customization options to help you personalize your blog’s look, as well as payment options to net you a free domain name. WordPress, in particular, has several articles that guide you through constructing your blog, making your first post, and keeping up with the trends of your niche.

Profiting from a blog can be a long process, so expect to put in some time before you see returns on your hard work. Keep in mind that as a beginner blogger, your number one priority is building an audience. There are several ways to do this, but they boil down to writing quality content consistently.

Sticking to a posting schedule builds your blog’s identity and gets the audience familiar with your writing habits quicker so that they, in turn, share your works with others. You can also spread the word yourself by marketing yourself on other blogs that fit into your niche, even writing guest posts on them to attract new readership.

With time, you’ll be able to monetize your blog with advertisements, affiliate links, and sponsorships. You might expand your site to include an online store where you sell products or services. You will require some good ideas for products to sell but if you hit it big your blog can go from a part-time gig to your main source of income. Earnings for bloggers can vary widely, but the average take-home pay is around $40,000 to $50,000 annually.

Freelance Writing

If you’re looking for something a bit more structured, you can sell your writing skills to earn some money. Many websites are looking for quality freelance writing, either offering compensation for guest posts or longer-term contract work. Sites like Upwork or Freelancer function as middlemen between businesses and skilled writers looking to make some extra cash.

The type of job most typical of freelancing is copywriting, where you write a company’s marketing material. This can include the content on a web page, articles, newsletters, and brochures. Many clients are looking for freelance writers who are familiar with search engine optimization (SEO), which is a method of making online articles more likely to appear in search engine results, so taking the time to learn these skills can make it easier to find freelance writing jobs.

Freelance writing is another home-based career that requires a lot of dedication to make it profitable but, unlike blogging, you can start making money right away if you work off a job board. Eventually, with some experience, you’ll be able to pull away from those websites and advertise your skills at a cost more representative of your abilities.

The take-home pay of freelance writers is generally determined by your experience, but the average salary has been calculated to be around $52,000 annually.

Selling Handcrafted Goods

If you have a talent for making handcrafted products like jewelry, clothes, or toys, why not start selling what you’ve made online? You can do this by setting up your own website but, if you’re just starting out, it might be better to sell your merchandise through third-party craft vendors. Going through those sites means that there’s a built-in audience for your craft, so the things you produce can start getting attention as soon as possible.

Etsy is one common marketplace, hosting millions of craft stores and attracting even more sellers. However, its size and the variety of stores it contains can prove a detriment to artisans just getting started, since their businesses can easily get lost among the crowd.

Fortunately, there’s a wide range of third-party websites that you can choose from such as Bonanza, Artfire, or RedBubble that cater to specific niches. Selling on these sites – with smaller audiences but better chances of standing out – could be where you really get your start.

Like most home-based businesses, the amount of money a craft producer earns varies widely, but in 2019 their median pay was around $50,000.

Customer Service

While Covid-19 has made public-facing retail ill-advised, there are still plenty of opportunities for a home-based customer service position. These jobs don’t require many prerequisites beyond a landline, internet connection, and quiet space to work. Some may ask also for at least a high school degree or equivalent and a few years of experience in a similar position.

Online customer service positions include call center agent, online chat agent, and technical support. The average salary is about $28,000 annually, with on the job training or an in-depth manual on company policies generally provided upon being hired. The pay for an online customer service job is likely to be steadier than some of the jobs above.

Graphic Design

All businesses want to stand out from the crowd, and one way of accomplishing that is graphic design. If you have an eye for design and skill with a computer, people will hire you to make or revise their websites, app layouts, or marketing materials.

In the beginning, offering your services through a third-party platform like Fiverr or Upwork gives you an easy-to-use framework to show off your portfolio and learn how to sell your craft. Once you’ve started to build a name for yourself, you can advertise your services away from those sites so that you can earn your full pay without a middleman getting a cut.

Graphic design is a versatile skill that makes you qualified for many other job opportunities – animator, illustrator, UI designer, product developer, and many more – if you feel like branching out. A freelance graphic designer can rake in about $60,000 annually, all in the comfort of their home.

Social Media

In this day and age, social media has become a ubiquitous presence in people’s lives, and most companies use it to connect to their customer base. To this end, some of them hire social media managers, individuals meant to represent the brand across one or several social media accounts.

If you’re the type who’s always glued to your phone, this might sound like a dream job. To excel in this position, you’ll need a thorough knowledge of the biggest social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Representing a brand on social media means having many interactions with customers each day, so top-notch communication and writing skills are a must. You’ll have some leeway in how you do this, so don’t be afraid to be creative with your posts, as long as you maintain a professional tone.

Becoming a social media manager is unique in that, while a degree in marketing or public relations will certainly help you get the job, it’s not a hard-and-fast requirement. Often these opportunities are available to people with lots of real-world experience with social media. Social media managers make, on average, $50,000 annually.

Tutoring

Thanks to the internet, one-on-one tutoring has become a much more accessible position than it might have been in the past. If you’re an expert on an academic subject, there are several online tutoring services that can pair you with students who are struggling and could use some extra help.

The qualifications you need to apply for an online tutoring platform can vary, so there are options regardless of your skill level. Cambly, an English teaching platform that specializes in more informal instruction, only requires a decent internet connection and a short introductory video.

Wyzant, a more typical tutoring platform, requires proof of proficiency in a subject – but that can be a tutoring certification, a degree, or previous experience. Most of the major tutoring platforms, such as Chelsea International Education and ElevateK-12, do require some form of degree.

The better your qualifications, the more money you’re likely to make as an online tutor. The minimum/maximum payout also varies between platforms. On average, tutors can make anywhere from $14,000 to $42,000 a year.

As you can see, there are many home-based business ideas available to earn a full-time wage from the comfort of your home. Of course, there are many more jobs than what we’ve written about here; some honorable mentions to explore further are virtual assistant, personal trainer, or dog walking.

It’s reassuring that there are so many different routes to pursue even during these trying times. All you have to do is be diligent in seeking out opportunities.