37 Reasons to Start a Home Based Business

In today’s post, I want to share 37 reasons to start a home-based business. Owning your own home-based business can be like a dream come true. It offers so many advantages you might not find in a job or traditional business.

Check out the reasons I’ve listed below and set your eye on the possibilities of owning your own home-based business.

37 Reasons to Start a Home-Based Business

# 1 More Quality Time with Your Family

One of the best things about working from home is that you are HOME most of the time. This is great if you have children who still live at home. By working from home, you can have more quality time with your family, especially since you have no commute, and you have flexible hours. In many cases, you can even hire your children to work with you.

# 2 Location Independent

Depending on what type of home-based business you own, you can be completely location independent. That means you can work from anywhere in the world and still run your business. That is what my website business has allowed me to do. I can work from the beach, the local coffee shop or my home office. Most of the time I just work from home in my pajamas, but it’s nice to know I have that option.

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# 3 Start Part-Time

This is one of my favorite reasons to start a home-based business. Everyone needs a side hustle, something they can do part-time that does not interfere with their primary source of income. Most new businesses require you to go “full-time” from day one because you have a lot of money invested and you need to recoup it quickly. With a home-based business, you should start part-time and work it part-time until your part-time income eventually replaces your full-time income.

# 4 Eliminate Your Commute

Most people spend at least an hour a day sitting in traffic, driving to and from work. I have several friends who spend two to three hours per day driving to and from their job each day. Personally, I think that’s crazy. When you work from home, you just need to walk from your bedroom to your office. The time you save from commuting can be used as family time or can be additional time you can spend growing your business.

# 5 Flexible Work Schedule

When you have your own home-based business, you can have a flexible work schedule. That doesn’t mean you work less. It just means that you can work when you want to, an hour here, two hours there, etc. If you want to take off work and go to the gym, or watch a movie, you can do that. If you want to sleep in, or work at night, it’s possible.

# 6 Set Your Own Deadlines

When you have a job, your boss gives you deadlines. They tell you what needs to be done, how it needs to be done and when it needs to be completed by. When you have your own home-based business, you can set your own deadlines. It’s wonderful.

When you want to succeed as much as you want to breathe, that’s when you will become successful. ~ Popular online quote

# 7 No Bureaucracy

I spent 15-years in the Army. While I loved the experience, the one thing I did not like was the bureaucracy. Most employers have layers of management. The bigger the company, the more bureaucracy there is (in most cases). This means things move slow and new ideas are not always embraced. When you have your own home-based business, you are the CEO. The buck stops with you. The decision stops with you. There is no board of advisers or “committee” to give you permission. If you want to do something, you just do it.

# 8 Love What You Do

Everyone should have a career they enjoy. Life is too short to do something you do not enjoy. Create a business around an idea that you love. Do that and you will never work another day in your life.

# 9 Be Involved with Your Local Community

It’s fulfilling to be active in your local community. As a home-based business owner, you can join your local Chamber of Commerce, participate in local fundraisers and be an active member in your community. The respect and admiration you get from other entrepreneurs in your home town is awesome. It just feels good to give back and make a difference.

# 10 Learn New Skills

The purpose of life is to learn, grow and help others. The day we stop learning is the day we are on our way out of this world. As an entrepreneur, you should be committed to your own personal development. Attend workshops, try new things and learn new skills. You might find that you have a special skill you never knew existed.

# 11 Travel

As a home-based business owner, you can travel the world. You can travel to conferences and events. You can travel for fun. You can simply go to a new location each day to work on your business. If you have a laptop lifestyle business like I do, you can work from anywhere in the world.

# 12 Personal Freedom

This is one of the top things I love about being my own boss. FREEDOM. No one tells me what to do or how to do it. I call my own shots, work when I want and have complete freedom over my own time and life.

# 13 Give Your Children a Stay-at-Home Parent

Your children will only be kids once. Wouldn’t it be great to stay at home with them, yet still make money and do something you enjoy? Guys, I’m talking to you too, not just the ladies. Most kids spend more time in daycare than they do with their own parents. It’s awful. If you have young children, having a home-based business might be your ONLY option to be able to make money and still stay home with your kids.

# 14 No Formal Education Needed

In the corporate world, there is a huge emphasis placed on your formal education. Having a degree is vital if you want to move up the ranks (in most cases). Not so with your own home-based business. Having a degree will not help you and not having a degree will not hurt you. Instead, you will simply need to develop specialized knowledge about your chosen industry.

# 15 No Office Politics

Yes boss. Yes boss. You will never have to say that again. You don’t have to pretend you like someone, kiss butt, or “politic” like you have to do in a traditional job. You don’t have to worry about who is talking to you at the water cooler. No politics or brownie points needed.

# 16 No Discrimination

As a minority or woman, this is huge. While the corporate world has improved discrimination in the work force, it is still a huge problem. Not so when it comes to your own home-based business. The only thing that matters is YOU. What a breath of fresh air.

# 17 Have No Regrets

We get one shot at this thing called life. While I can’t guarantee you will succeed with your business, I do believe it is better to attempt something great and fail than attempt to do nothing and succeed. Most people live lives of quiet desperation because they are too afraid to step out of their comfort zones.

paul zane pilzer quote# 18 Inspire Others

As an entrepreneur, you will inspire others. While your friends and family will be skeptical of your decision initially, if you stick with it and succeed, you will be admired and respected by them. You might even inspire a few people you know to start their own home-based business.

# 19 Call Your Own Shots

If you’re like me, you don’t want someone else telling you what to do. Personally, I’d rather be the Captain of my own canoe than the admiral of someone else’s battle fleet. Can you relate? As a home-based business owner, you call your own shots!

# 20 Explore Your Creativity

I personally believe we all have a creative force within us. It is our job to discover it. Many of us never tap into our creative force, because we don’t pursue our true passions. Big mistake! Having your own home-based business allows you to try new things, learn new skills and explore your creativity. You will find that you are really good at things you never thought you would have been good at.

# 21 Meet New People

Of course, you can meet new people in any profession. I’ve just found that the people I met in the home-based business industry were absolutely amazing. I’ve met people from every walk of life. I’ve connected with other entrepreneurs in other countries I never would have met otherwise.

# 22 Help People

As entrepreneurs, we get paid to help people solve problems. That’s it. Your job is to show people how your product, service or business can help others solve their own problems. They will benefit from your product or service. Plus, as your business grows, you will be able to tithe, sponsor sporting teams, help your church, etc.

# 23 Become an Expert

Over the years, I’ve become an expert in my chosen niche. No, I’m not famous, but the people in my niche know who I am and respect me. It’s a great feeling to be an expert.

# 24 New Challenges

As an entrepreneur, we get paid to solve problems. You will have new problems 24/7. You’ll have to keep customers happy, try new things, manage cash flow, face your fears and hundreds of other things. These challenges force you to step up your game and see what you are made of. There’s never a normal day at work when you work for yourself.

# 25 Recognition

As an entrepreneur, you will be recognized. You may receive awards. You may have an article written about you. You might be awarded a special award from your niche or trade. It’s an awesome feeling, considering that most people do not feel appreciated at home or at work.

# 26 Change the World

It may seem like a lofty goal for you right now, but your business really could change the world. You might create a product or service that makes the world a better place, or makes one person’s life better. Isn’t that a great feeling?

# 27 Big Office

If you’ve dreamed of having the lofty, huge, corner office, it’s now possible. You can pick the biggest room in your home and turn it into your home office, if you want to. You can buy nice office furniture, set it up how you want to, and have a nicer office than your former boss did.

# 28 Develop Multiple Streams of Income

As you grow your home-based business, you can develop multiple streams of income. You will stumble across new ideas and opportunities. If you want to, you can create additional income streams, while you still focus on your primary business.

# 29 Personal & Professional Growth

One of my favorite things about working for myself is the personal growth I have experienced. I’ve tried new things, spent time with like minded people, faced my fears, gone new places, and lived outside of my comfort zone. The person I have become in the process is my greatest reward.

# 30 Job Security

In the traditional work force, job security is a thing of the past. When you own your own business you don’t have to worry about mergers, downsizing or sell offs. You don’t have to worry about whether or not you will have a job on Monday. You  call the shots. The only person that can fire you is yourself (and your customers).

# 31 Create an Asset

To me, the whole purpose of having a business is to create an asset that you can one day sell, or continue to earn income with it, even if you stop working. You can’t sell a job, but you can sell a business. Work hard for five or ten years and then sell your business for a big pay day.

# 32 Make More Money

While many new entrepreneurs make less money in their first couple of years in their business than they did at their previous job, the sky is the limit. As an entrepreneur, you have no ceiling to your income. You can make as much, or as little, money as you want to. As your business matures and grows, you will make even more income, without working as hard as you did in the early years of your business.

tony molinaro quote# 33 Lower Overhead Costs

With most businesses, the monthly overhead costs is brutal. With a traditional business, especially one with employees, you could have tens of thousands of dollars in monthly overhead. That means you need to make that much money before you make a dollar of profit. With several of my home-based businesses my monthly overhead is less than $100 per month. This makes it very easy to be profitable, right from your first month in business.

# 34 Less Risk

Starting a traditional business is normally quite risky. Most traditional businesses require tens of thousands of dollars just to get started, and sometimes much more than that. With many home-based businesses, you can get started for less than $100. Plus, you can keep your day job while you start your business part-time, so there is little, if any financial risk.

# 35 Eliminate Debts

You can take on debt, or pay off debt, in any profession. I don’t deny that. One of the great things about starting a part-time home-based business is that you can use the money you make initially to become completely debt free, while you keep your day job. At that point, you have options and could potentially pursue your business full-time.

# 36 Create Jobs

Small businesses are the largest employer in the United States. Most new jobs come from small businesses. It’s a great feeling knowing that you are creating jobs in your local community. I don’t personally have any employees, but I have five to ten independent contractors who work for me. I know they appreciate the work, and it feels good to know I help provide an income for several other families.

# 37 Work with Your Family

While some people dread the idea of working with their family, I find it exciting. I love working with my wife every day. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Families in business together will work harder because of their family bonds. Those are my thoughts anyway. Of course, you don’t have to have your family members work with you, but it’s a nice option to have.

Final Thoughts

There you have it folks. These are 37 reasons to start a home-based business. I hope you found the information helpful. I’d love to know what you think. Why did you start your own home-based business? Leave a comment below to share your story.

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80 thoughts on “37 Reasons to Start a Home Based Business

  1. There’s so many great reasons that you are pointing out to be an entrepreneur and create your own home-based business. I’ve created my first website/blog talking about fitness wearables in less than a year. 

    Like you said in point 29 (Personal & Professional Growth) it is the feeling of trying new stuff and learning from normal people like us that have succeeded in the long run. I have learned so much in a small period of time, different from my full-time time job that I got right now. 

    I’m creating something that takes time to build but will last for many years. I hope to be financially free one day, but that’s not what it motivates me at first. It is more to share my knowledge with others and helping them to find their own way with concrete measures and products that works. 

    I wish you all the best. Thanks for the post! Alvaro

    • Thanks for checking out my article. I’m glad you are building a website that an potentially pay you for many years to come. I have two other websites I own that are both more than five years old. One is closer to 10-years old. Both continue to pay me a steady and predictable residual income. The time I spent building both of those websites was well worth it. 

      I know you will be successful in your home-based business as well. Just have a little faith and keep pressing forward. 

  2. This is great. I know first hand because I had my won freelance business that I ran from home.

    I enjoyed every one of these benefits. I spent more time raising my kids and had no commute time.I wore all the hats in the business, but that’s what it took to be successful.

    I had control over my finances and overhead costs and loved what I did.Now being retired I have that opportunity again with affiliate marketing.

    I can work from home and make my own hours so I don’t have to punch a time clock.Affiliate marketing is a great way to build an online business.

    • Hey Rob. Thanks for the comment. I love the idea of wearing multiple hats. That’s what business owners have to do, especially small business owners. We have lots of things to get done, but we also have to work smart. 

      Of all the business models online, I also believe that affiliate marketing offers the greatest opportunity. All you do is promote your affiliate link and the parent company takes care of all the other details. Best of all, you can do it part-time or full-time, from anywhere in the world without any financial risk.

      I think in the years to come we will see more people leaving the traditional work force to start their own home-based business. To me, that’s what America is all about!

  3. I love how you focus on the why instead of the how.  Once you have your why then the how takes care of itself generally.

    I love numbers two and three as i can get started part time and also can do it from anywhere.

    Thank you again for providing some many reasons for me to choose from!

    • Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Barry. Without a doubt, one of the biggest mistakes I see people make is going full-time way too soon. Home-based business are best done part-time, while you keep your primary source of income, so you can learn the ropes and test out your ideas, without making a big financial or time commitment. The beauty is the part-time. 

  4. Hi there Chuck, This is a really inspiring article to anyone either considering a new career or sitting on the fence contemplating. I think this is the sort of article that can inspire someone to move forward. Every reason is a good one and there are probably even a few more but you’ve put forward a good case for starting your own online business. Great work and you’ve left me with some serious thinking to do.

    Cheers mate


    • Life goes by quickly. The last thing people should do is leave the world before they’ve pursued their dreams.

      Lots of people dream of being their own boss, but very few people sit down to set goals and come up with an action plan. 

      In today’s internet age, anyone can have an online business. I recently saw a news article about a 7-year old kid who made $20 million last year on YouTube. He might be the rare exception, but it just goes to show you what is possible. And all he does is makes videos of him playing with toys. 

      Anyone can build a website. Anyone can sell on eBay. Anyone can make YouTube videos. Anyone can set up an e-commerce store. Anyone can start a blog. The possibilities are endless. 

      Thanks for the comment. 

    • I also appreciate this post!
      Dreaming is easy but following through to attain those dreams takes work, sacrifice and dedication. I know for a fact that Chuck has all 3 and he inspires others to do the same.

      • Thanks, Greg. At the end of the day, our hustle must match our dreams if we want to win big. You won’t make millions with a minimum wage work ethic. Just my two cents.

  5. I started my home-based business for all 37 reasons listed above and more!  

    And the greatest quality for me was independence.  Independence in income-creation, independence from bosses, independence from location, independence from meetings and independence from working for someone else’s dreams!

    With the ever changing and ever competitive job market, I believe in securing my future livelihood by building my own business, home-based; and am excited by all the possibilities out there! 🙂

    • Definitely. I started my own businesses for the freedom and independence as well. It’s hard work, but so worth it. I’ve had a job before and it just wasn’t the same as the pride I get from working on my own business. Even if someone has a job, I still believe they need a side hustle and should have their own home-based business as well. 

  6. My reason, my Why, is possibly unique, though it probably ties into your numbers 9 and 32, becoming active in your local community and making more money. My why is that I’d like to be able to give back. I’m a veteran and I’ve been homeless, in the past, and have received a lot of help from veterans support groups (nonprofits) aimed at helping those such as I’ve been. This would make me more active in my community, though mine isn’t so much local as it is a particular group of people and organizations focused on veterans and their particular needs. I want to give back in lavish fashion and I can’t do so until I have the cash flow that enables me to do so. But I believe that a home-based business is the way to do so.

    But you do list a couple handfuls of other reasons, all of which are very good (I notice you put family at the top; my hat’s off to you for that). Thanks for your excellent post.

    • Giving back to help veterans, or any cause you are passionate about, is a great reason to start a home-based business. I’m glad the veteran’s groups helped you out when you were down and out. Thanks for stopping by my website. 

  7. Wow!!  That is an extensive list.  Anyone needing any more reasons than that is just looking for excuses not to work on the internet.  I love being able to spend more time with family and being able to set my own hours.

    There is one thing about working at home.  You absolutely have to train your self to be discipline because if you arent you will never get any work done.

    Thank you for such a great article.


    • Hi Dale,

      Yes, discipline is the thing I see most new entrepreneurs struggle with. Fortunately, I learned discipline in the Army. You must be able to manage your time, work smart and stay on track. If you can’t do that, it’s much better to be an employee than have a home-based business. 

      Thanks for stopping by.


  8. Great motivational article. It took me time to believe that I can make money and succeed online. Have wasted money and time on quick money making sites. My breakthrough when I joined wealthy affiliate. Having met great entrepreneurs making it with ease online. I’m presently running my WA hustle on part time now but I’m seeing more need to invest more of my time to ensure that I reach my goal quick in 2019. My goal is to become my own boss and control my own time. Enough slave working for other people helping them to build their business and dynasty. 

    Thanks for this motivation. 

    • Congrats on joining Wealthy Affiliate and moving forward with your own home-based business. I think 2019 is going to be your year. Here’s to your success. 


  9. Chuck, WOW! I see you have learned very well from Wealthy Affiliates. Had I come upon your website, I definitely would have sought out WA.  Getting a second job outside the home is the last thing anyone would want to do. This is a great alternative.

    I am in the beginning stages of my website. I will definitely be following you for assistance. 

    Thanks for a great article.!


    Diversified Nana 

    • Diversified Nana,

      I am brand new to Wealthy Affiliate, but have been doing internet marketing for 10-years now. Initially, I learned the ropes from Site Build It, now Solo Built It, about 10-years ago. They taught me the basics, all of which I have expanded on during the past decade. I wish you HUGE success with Wealthy Affiliate. I’m loving it myself. 


  10. This is really inspiring.I love this and this must be shared to people for them to learn.”why and not how”.most article I see based their content on how but the truth is when the reason is there you will surely know how to explore and meet the need of the reasons but most times just bumping into how to without even knowing the reason why he is doing it maybe because people are doing it they end up not succeeding in it.

    • I always tell people, “Without a why the how does not matter!” Without a why, you will give up at the first sign of defeat. The how is actually pretty easy. The why however, is much more important. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. 

  11. Thanks for so many good reasons to escape the “go to school, get a degree, work for a big corporation until you’re 70, then retire bored and exhausted” mentality.  And even if you are still on that treadmill. good reasons to start on the side for a later transition.  I appreciated how you categorized the home-based business as more than a simple part-time job.  I read a post yesterday that addressed the difference quite well:  A side-hustle implies growth and personal expansion whereas a part-time job in the traditional sense is just a low-paying wage job with no opportunity for growth.

    • Absolutely. Everyone needs a side hustle. Everyone needs a home-based business for the tax benefits, fulfillment, and personal growth.  Life is too short to do something you hate. Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life. At this point in my journey, I am unemployable. I just love having my own home-based business. 

  12. Hello,

    This is a great list of reasons to start your own business.  I actually started about 9 months ago and I’m loving it.

    I really like #27. I did that with one of my downstairs room and it’s perfect for me. I had a hard time transitioning from a work in the office 9-5 job and creating a work space in my home made it a much easier transition for me. I really do have the biggest office in the building!

    #28 is the true blessing. Multiple streams of revenue is my goal. Right now I have one that’s working pretty well and am planning to branch out into a few others. Not only will this give me more money but it will help me to make it through any downturns that affect one or two streams.

    It’s amazing how much I find myself helping others. It wasn’t even really a thought in my head when I decided I wanted to start a home business. I was thinking of time, money and so on. I have to say I’ve found the helping others part to be one of the best perks. I don’t think I can explain it but the feeling is just awesome so kudos on #22 there.

    There are several other reasons you’ve listed here that ring true for me. I hope this post inspires others to take the step toward true freedom.

    Thank you again.

    • Great comment, Scott. I agree that helping other people is the best part of our business. I love helping others learn, grow and succeed. The money is just a side benefit. I also believe that the more we help and give out, the more we get back in return, in regards to money and service. 

      Your point about multiple streams of income is good. Just make sure you focus on 1-2 income streams first, until you get them going. Trying too many different things at once leads to distraction and failure. Focus is key. 

      Glad to inspire you. Thanks for visiting my blog. 

  13. These are great reasons to work from home and many more than I would have ever come up with.  I do also work from home and I enjoy the freedom that it provides me, being available for my son when he needs me and not having to spend so much time in the car getting to and from work.  

    I love that I feel that I add value by having my own business. The biggest problem that I have is there never seems to be enough time. I think that I work even  more than with a regular job. I find that every free minute I have is spent in front of my computer trying to be more successful.  

    Maybe in time after I am more established, I will realize that it isn’t a race any longer and take some breaks.  Do you find that it is hard to break away when working from home?  

    At this point, I celebrate being someone who is able to work from home, and hoping the rest falls into place as time passes.  Thanks for giving me many more reasons that working from home is a reward in itself.

    • Entrepreneurs are probably the only people who will work 80 hours per week so they don’t have to work 40 at a job. It just comes with being an entrepreneur. Every entrepreneur I know works at least 60-70 hours per week and some much more than that. 

      When it comes to managing your time, I think the simplest thing to do is come up with 3-5 big goals for the day and do those first. Once those are done, do the minutia, the less important tasks. That way you can always be productive, not just busy.

      Many of us work, just to create work. The secret is to work smart and follow a plan. 

  14. Hello and thank you for this informative article. It was really thorough and informative. What worked from me is the fact that I will not be obligated to show up on my job, exactly when my boss wants it. This is what made me create my online business.

    Of course, from reading your article, I would have to point out personal freedom, possiblity to travel, have your own deadlines, face new challenges, become an expert, make more money, eliminate debts and become a brand. The only thing that really separates you from success is time and your effort.

    Success is guaranteed if you are ready to work on it.

    Thank you. 


    • Time and effort is what separates failures from successful people. It’s the Slight Edge principle where everything you do is either helping you or hurting you. Many of our decisions seem trivial, but what you do on a daily basis over a sustained period of time is ultimately what makes you or breaks you. Thanks for visiting my blog. 


  15. Now see, all this stuff is lovely and all and I’ve had most of them in mind as I pursue jobs like these…but my family man… They still don’t see them as real jobs unless I’m getting the money RIGHT NOW. Like, you have to do training and build things up for normal jobs right? That’s why I got my degree. So, I don’t understand why taking the time to increase your online presence and work to achieve something more desirable than any desk job, in the future is concept that doesn’t make sense. If it was so easy to go online and just get a stable income, then everyone would’ve done it by now. But I want to reap the rewards on my own accords and get all the benefits later. But they just make it so hard with their constant talk of “getting a real job” (as if my country’s economy is job friendly and pays fairly. Spoiler warning, it’s not. My last job was a great example of that) Maybe you should be helping me instead of saying it’s a waste of time, hmmm?…Or are you mad because I don’t think your lifestyle of working at stressful jobs, many miles away from your home and coming home tired every day without any real social life to speak off is a lifestyle I want to get into?…This comment go oddly personal.

    • Thanks for stopping by. Whenever you start a business or try something new, those around you will try to hold you back and keep you from doing it. Either they think they are trying to protect you or seeing you change scares them. Embrace it and love on them anyway. First, they call you crazy. When you succeed they call you lucky. And when you make it big they ask if you are hiring! Build it anyway. 

  16. By the time I reach the 37th reason here in your article, I was very sold out to the idea of starting my own home based business! This article is really inspiring, and perhaps before this month ends, I will have my very own business started. I am tired of working for a ruthless boss, he always yells at us in our meetings even though we’re doing our job well. I want to be my own boss!

    Before I start, can I ask you one question? Should I register my home based business with our local municipal government? I know this is just a “home based”, I will not rent an office or business space, so this made me wonder if this is necessary to register the planned business with the local government.

    • Gomer, that just depends on what country you live in. Check your local laws or ask your accountant for some advice and they can point you in the right direction. 

  17. Agree with your all 37 reasons. I have been in the work force for 20 plus years and I find that to be tiring. You have no time for yourself. Let’s forget about family and friends, I did not even have the time for me! I need my alone time to be sane. 

    I pretty much done it all, from doing the classic corporate, working in hospitality, and being the owner of a business. They all consumed all my time and we do not have that many hours in a day. Let’s be honest we have 24 hours, sleep 6-8 hours, commute 1-2 hours and then work for 8 hours (sometimes you have to pull over time). 

    The result is we are left with no time left to mange our lives. I decided last year, in August, when I sold my business (a small Thai restaurant), that I am going to work on something that does not require my labor and hours that much any more. Now I have been doing freelance with some affiliate marketing. We will see where my journey leads me. 

    • Good for you. Yes, time is our most precious commodity. Most business owners have very LITTLE time for themselves. Many corporate executives and professionals have the same issue. Ultimately, you need a leveraged, residual income, whether it is network marketing, a website or something else. I wish you all the best in your new journey. 

  18. Thank you for sharing with us this great article on 37 reasons to start a home based business, not get a second job.I have a full time  job and to be frank I am very miserable. I can’t give my family time ,I never travel, I have a limited salary,….

    It has been 3-months since I started my online business, but I started earning money through it and for sure I can say that in one year I will be working at home and leave the job I am doing nowadays.

    Financial freedom is my dream and I have to work for it.

    • Exactly. Anything worth accomplishing takes time, money and hard work. It’s worth fighting for your freedom. All successful people have paid the price. Thanks for visiting my blog today. 

  19. 37 Fantastic reasons Chuck! 

    I can say that they all apply to why I decided to start a home based business but if I had to choose the ONE most important reason, it would be that I value my freedom above all else. 

    Sometimes newbies interpret this word to mean not doing anything or being lazy, but as anybody who starts a home based business will know, you’ll never succeed if you come at it with such a mindset. 

    Rather for me it means the freedom away from the restrictions of a job environment, the ability to choose what my business is about, when and where I work on it, how much money I make etc. 

    If anybody didn’t have an idea about why it’s such an amazing way to live life, they sure will do after reading your post.



    • That’s how I feel, Mark. I work a lot, but I love what I do and I work in my pajamas with my wife by my side. FREEDOM! It’s something everyone should truly experience, owning your life and living life on your terms. You’ll never get that with a day job or traditional business, but you can with a home-based business. 

  20. Great list of reasons to start a home based business. When I first decided to start home-based business is was to satisfy the entrepreneurial urge to create something that I could be proud of. I look forward to the day that I will be able to hire people to work within my newest business. Not everyone has the entrepreneurial drive, so it will be wonderful to help our economy through the creation of new jobs.   

    That said, my favorite perk of owning a home based business is not having to waste time commuting to work every day. Plus, I save a lot of money on gas and vehicle wear and tear.   

    As you mentioned in item #17, “We only have one shot at this thing called life.” If your readers have been dreaming of starting their own home-based business, I encourage them to go for it. Don’t live life with regrets. Many home based businesses can be very affordable to start up.    

    • Great comment, Sondra. I’m glad you stepped out of your comfort zone to start your own home-based business. I’m sure you will accomplish great things. Here’s to your success. 

  21. Being in the corporate world for more than half of my life, I really wish to start a business that I can operate while at home Other than wanting to earn an income while spending quality time with my kids and working at my own pace, I really hate travelling to work and back to home everyday because of the traffic; it’s terrible! Imagine having to wake up very early everyday just to avoid the traffic during the rush hours and getting home very late for the same reason.

    When I found out about affiliate marketing more than a year ago, I immediately jumped in. I’d say I had a very slow start because of the my hectic schedule at work. It’s really difficult to balance my time between my current job and family so I wonder if I should just quit my job so I can focus on growing my online business. What do you think?

    • I wouldn’t quit your job quite yet. Most home businesses are better done as a side hustle. You work them part-time until you make enough to go full-time. I’ve also found that if you can’t find a way to make it work part-time, it will be almost impossible for you to find a way to make it work full-time. Just my two cents. You might just want to get a little more focused and create a schedule for your home-based business, so you can stay on track. 

  22. I agree with you on most of the reasons listed. What I really enjoy most about having my own home-based business is the freedom attached to it. No more working for a boss. Work at your own pace. Nobody looking over my shoulders, of course except for my spouse.

    You can start part-time and use your creativity. And you will be surprised to find the talent you posses, which I found out when I started writing content,

    • Saj,

      I agree. Working for yourself, especially from home, is the dream lifestyle. Not everyone can do it, mostly because they don’t have the discipline, but if you can manage your time well, stay on track, and put in the work, there’s nothing like it. Thanks for the comment.


  23. Great post! 

    I love these types of posts because they get you to be grateful for the opportunities we have as people who work from our computer. I started working from my laptop almost a year and a half ago and I keep finding new reasons to love it.

    I heavily agree with it being less risky than starting an offline business and scaling it can also be a lot cheaper. Really nice post. Hope to see more content in the future.


    • Rogier,

      Thanks for the comment. I’m glad you enjoy having your own home-based business, working from home with your laptop. Here’s to your continued success. 


  24. I believe there are dozens and dozens reason to start home based business. I totally agree with the big list you have provided on your post.

    Personally, I used to fear starting the so called online business as I considered them to be scam and thought they were insecure due to that I had learnt from a friend whose bank account was hacked and he lost all his savings with having anyone to blame, later 

    I decided to make some reviews on the home based business and I found that there are many operating in good faith. I also learned that it’s of great importance to work on home business than being employed and reporting to an office.

    I really enjoyed going through your post and must say it’s of great value for anyone think of starting a home-based business. Thank you for posting this article as I am sure it will be of help to many.



    • Joy,

      Having a home-based business might not be a great fit for everyone, but it would benefit most people. It does take tremendous discipline to be able to come home from a job every day, and then commit one to two hours to your business. However, if you can do that for a few years, you can change your life for the better, and have options. Just my two cents. 


  25. Going by the 37 reasons stated in this article no one would want to have a job again. After reading this, someone once described a job as being the Journey Of the Broke.  Is this statement completely true? Well, I’m yet to find out, but I also think its relative depending on the kind of job you are working at. On the other hand starting a home-based business has it’s own requirements and characteristics, its not for everyone.

    • Thanks for the comment. Jobs are good. They help people pay their bills and it keeps the world going. That being said, most people who do have a job are struggling financially. It’s like a double edged sword. Having your own business is definitely not for everyone. While the idea sounds sexy to most people, most people do not have the skills, drive, discipline or work ethic to succeed as an entrepreneur. And that’s okay!

  26. Hi! Yes, having my own business sounds like a dream. But, I have been discovering it now is possible because we can build our own business online.

    And this list has really encouraged me. I’m so glad I could read your post.

    I love the fact that we can create jobs. Exploring our creativity and helping people is fulfilling. And it’s a dream come true to be able to work with my family!

    • Awesome, Henry! I’m glad you can work from home and work with your family. That’s what I do and I love it. Thanks for the comment.


  27. Incredible post about 37 reasons why to start a home-based business. Actually, for me, the first two reasons are more than enough. While having two kids I wish to spend all my free time with them. 

    Time is running so fast and sometimes we just forget about our sense of life: our family and kids. The second reason is my little dream, traveling all around the world and earning money at the same time. 

    What can be better than working on your own without spending two hrs daily in public transportion and waiting for your precious (very limited) holidays? I love your first suggestion, this Wealthy Affiliate company looks like a legit place to learn and finally to earn money. 

    Thank you for a great post and suggestions.

    • Hey Snap! Thanks for stopping by. Internet marketing can allow someone to live a great life, with total freedom. It is difficult to succeed and do, but it is possible. The key is to get started, do something every day, keep learning from each mistake and never quit. Over a period of four or five years, you can completely change your life for the better. 

  28. Hello,

    Thank you for this inspiring article on 37 reasons to start a home-based business. I think the one that stood out to me the most was TRUE job security. We don’t have to fear the mistakes that the company leaders make. We control our destiny and if we make mistakes, it’s on us to be resourceful and figure out the problem. This is truly a pay-it-forward and thank you economy. 

    I love the flexibility of the schedule and being able to work from anywhere. Those benefits are huge for me. I think the only issue would be focusing on goals and being productive in scaling the business when you have so much free time to do other things. We still have to find a great work/life balance in order to remain successful. There are also extra things that we need to provide for ourselves like health insurance and retirement savings. We also have to stay on top of the bookkeeping and tax benefits in order not to lose too much of our hard earned sales at the end of the year. 

    I really like the idea of having the big office that we can create for ourselves. It is important to treat your workspace like a real professional office and not mix it too much with home life. We need an area to lock down and focus at times away from the family activity. 

    I also really like the benefit of becoming debt free. At the rate I was going at my regular job, it would have taken me a long time to pay off students loans and a home mortgage. I think the ability to scale our business to grow exponentially gives us the power to really take control of our financial life. Then we can really start to make investments that will pay larger dividends, like real estate and the stock market. Thank you for providing these excellent reasons to start a home-based business. 

    • Hi Daniel. I’m glad you enjoyed my post. Having your own home-based business is definitely a great option for a lot of people. To your success.


  29. There are so many reasons why the home-based business lifestyle is so appealing to people. I just started my blog 2-months ago, though I’m not ready to quit my day job, I’m gradually getting there. 

    With all these great benefits one can get from working at home, I don’t see the reason why I should spend my time working t a job. Working at home will give me full independence over the choices I choose to make. I wouldn’t have to worry about my boss bullying me or meeting a late deadline. However, working at home doesn’t mean I’ll become lazy, it only means I’ll have more freedom to enjoy life with my family.

    I know it will take time, and a lot of effort. I’m pretty young, so I can take my time now and invest in an industry that has even bigger potential. In the years to come, I can chill on a beach, knowing I took the right steps years ago.

    • All great points. Pay your dues now so you can enjoy life even more, later on down the road. 

  30. This is truly one of the most encouraging and inspirational articles I have read in a long time. I say this because you touch on so many things in my own personal  journey, and I know you probably touch on so many things in everyone’s personal journey.  

    We all have reasons for wanting to work at home, to be independent, to spend time with our loved ones, to have the time to volunteer and do things for the community. I love it! Thanks for reminding me why I’m doing this!

    • Great points. There are so many good reasons to start a home based business. You just need to figure out what moves you and focus on that. 

  31. Quite perhaps the best thing about working from home is the freedom. You can wake up when you want, work when you want, have no boss, work in your pajamas, etc. It’s like a dream come true. That being said, you must be very disciplined with your time if you want to be successful. 

    • Yes, discipline is key if you want to work from home and be successful. It sounds easy, but for most people it becomes a struggle. 

  32. I can see why so many people are scared to make the switch from employee to entrepreneur. Even though the benefits of being an entrepreneur are awesome, most people want certainty and security, even if it doesn’t provide the lifestyle they want. A steady paycheck and good health benefits sound great compared to starting a business and not knowing what might happen to you. 

    • Yes, there is some risk with starting your own business. However, if you keep your day job and start your business part-time, as a side hustle, you really can’t go wrong. 

  33. I just recently started my own home based business, mostly because I want more time at home with my kids. Work takes up so much time once you factor in the commute and extra hours. One day, I want to spend more time with my kids each week than most people spend at work each week. 

    • That is a great goal. There is nothing more important to our society than being a parent and raising great kids. Sadly, most people farm their kids out to the cheapest day care they can find. Everyone needs a home based business. If nothing else, it gives them options. 

  34. All of those are so true. No one tells me when I have to go to bed or wake up (unless something else in my life is dictating that). You get to work when its the best time for you to work. Different people are more vibrant during different hours of the day. The only boss I have is the one that is staring back at me in the mirror. She’s probably the meanest boss I ever had, and makes me work constantly. She’s relentless LOL. 

    In emergencies when I can’t work, no one is going to be waiting for me back at work telling me I missed too many days and I’m fired. I can’t fire myself or I’ll be broke. With most JOBS you are the acronym, Just Above Broke. Why would anyone want to spend their day working so someone else can make money and you just work like a robot? 

    All of your reasons you give are so point on. There’s so many reasons to be your own boss. The list to why not, is much shorter. 

    • For some people, being their own boss is definitely the best approach. I’ve also found that most people struggle with self-discipline and time management skills. They say they want to be their own boss, but at the end of the day they can’t manage their time effectively to make it work. 

  35. I’ve always wanted to work for myself. No one in school or college ever taught me how to do that. I’m sure a lot of people have the same experience. I prefer a home-based business for many of the reasons you listed in this article. I just have no desire to have employees or go in debt to start a business. Plus, I like being home.

    • I feel the exact same way. People should be taught entrepreneurship in school and college, if for no other reason, to know that having a job is not the only way to make money. 

  36. I never looked at the reason for starting your own home based business online this way until now. You are absolutely right, the freedom that comes with working for yourself, from home, is priceless.

    Yes, it takes time to build your business and get going, but once it starts making money, life does get easier. The first couple of years in any business are tough. You just have to press forward and remember WHY you are doing it in the first place. 

    • Definitely. I always tell people that if you think building a home based business is tough, try starting a traditional business where you have to invest six figures, hire employees, manage teenagers, buy or lease a building, etc. 

      Most traditional businesses don’t even break even for several years, if they survive that long to begin with. Having a home based business is where it is at, if you can be patient, have vision, and stay the course. 

  37. The personal freedom is what attracts me to having my own home based business. I just do not have the desire to have a boss. I don’t want to be told what to do, how to dress, or when I need to show up for work. I don’t want to have to “get permission” to take vacation. I want to call my own shots and be the Captain of my own ship. 

    • I totally get it. The reasons you described are the reasons I work for myself and have my own home based business. 

  38. These are 37 great reasons to start a home-based business, and I enjoyed reading through this post. I remember clearly years ago as I was considering getting into the online business going through a mind mapping exercise to see what advantages and disadvantages were there.

    This post reminds me of that time, as many of the things you have added were also on my list. From the setting of my own deadlines to more time with the family, plus having flexibility as to the work itself, to the personal freedoms it offers, I decided to take the plunge.

    Now more than 4 years later, I am making a decent living, I have more time, the flexibility I did not have with a regular job, and a lot more satisfaction with what I am doing. I am working for myself, and the more I work the more I can make (not like when you work a regular job, where you get paid for doing a lot or a little the same wage in many cases).

    I think we both agree that starting a home-based business is a smart thing to do, and it is something that everyone can consider starting, for very little investment and a little bit of effort on a consistent basis over time. If people do this and have the proper training as to what to do, they can build their own empire right from home.

    • Thanks for the comment, Dave. Working from home is great. It’s not for everyone, but if you really want your own freedom, and more satisfaction in what you do, I can’t think of anything better to do. 

  39. Chuck,

    These are all great reasons to start your own home-based business. I started my business because I don’t like being told what to do. I like making my own hours and I like working at night. I don’t mind hard work. My only regret is not starting my own home based business sooner. I put off the decision for several years because I wasn’t sure if I could do it. 


    • Idara,

      I’m happy for you for starting your own home based business. Most people fear the unknown. The beauty of home based businesses are that you can start part-time, without quitting your job or giving up your primary source of income. You can test the waters to see if you enjoy it and to see if it has the potential to be what you want it to be. 


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