The Best Home Business Opportunities

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Best Home Business Opportunities for Now and Tomorrow

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Best home business opportunities: dog walking. your personal camera obscura/Getty Images

If you're searching for home business ideas, then this list of the best home business opportunities -- based on current and future trends -- may be just what you're looking for.

Notice the "may be". These home businesses are not suitable for people who are looking for "a money-making machine" or who "want to make money in their sleep" or any of those other phony promises.

Nor are these for people who expect to just make an initial investment and then just watch the money roll in. Successful home businesses are real businesses. To turn a home business opportunity into a success, you need to be prepared to work at it and have the appropriate knowledge and skills that you need to run any business.

But those caveats aside, here are the best home businesses you can start - best because of their potential right now and because there's going to be even greater demand for these products and/or services over the next few years.

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Home Renovation Services

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Best home business opportunities: home renovation. Jochen Tack / Getty Images

Home renovation services are hot, hot, hot — and there's no sign of this trend slowing down. Home improvement and repair expenditures in the U.S. topped 326 billion dollars in 2015, according to . And as the population ages, even more people are going to want to make their homes more livable by investing in the renovations they need to stay where there are.  will reach 8 percent by the start of 2017, according to a report from Harvard's Joint Center for Housing (the historical average is just 4.9 percent).

If you have carpentry, plumbing, electrical, or other home improvement expertise and the requisite tools and equipment, home renovation can be an ideal business to operate from home. The best home renovation to focus on for the long-term? Bathroom renovations. My recent bathroom renovation included cabinets that were installed by a local contractor who operates his cabinetry business from his home.

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Pet Products and Services

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Best home business opportunities: pet products and services. Dave Mcleod / Susan Ward

Is there anything that indulgent pet owners won't buy for their pets? If you can come up with a product for dogs or cats that you can produce in your home, you'll have a real winner of a business opportunity on your hands. From designer collars to "organic" pet foods, the sky's the limit. 

Pet food is where the most lucrative home business opportunities are. Total spending on pets in the US reached US$66.75 billion in 2016, a US$6 billion increase over 2015 and Pet food accounted for much of the increase, up more than US$5 billion according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA) ().

But pet services are also in high demand. Travelers require pet/house sitting services. And people who enjoy owning dogs but don't always have time to give them proper exercise need dog walking and even doggy day care services.

See 18 Pet Business Ideas for more home business idea inspiration.

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Catering Services

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Best home business opportunities: catering services. Koji Hanabuch/Getty Images

Think dinner for eight. Not just delivered, but served. Catering services aren't just for weddings, trade shows, birthday parties, and business lunches anymore. Career couples are having almost every social occasion catered, and busy families who are tired of living on take-out are spending more on having food brought in.

If you have a well-equipped kitchen and a knack for planning and preparing nourishing, appealing food and can deliver it hot, this is the home-based business for you.

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Cleaning Services

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Best home business opportunities: cleaning services. fatihhoca/Getty Images

Along the same lines, there's currently a heavy demand for cleaning services, and the demand for domestic cleaning services will only increase with our aging population. If you're good at organizing and comfortable with the thought of running a crew, this home business opportunity has the potential of turning into something big.

For example, the cleaning service I use is a man and wife operated home-based business that has multiple cleaning crews and over 150 residential and commercial customers.

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Fall Prevention Products - Sales and Service

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Best home business opportunities: fall prevention products. Silvia Jansen/Getty Images

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among elderly American and Canadians? And did you know that the death rates from falls among older men and women have risen sharply over the past decade? ().

Now, what if you developed or distributed a product related to helping seniors prevent falls? Think of the growing size of the potential market!

One of my business associates distributes a variety of fall prevention products from her home, including a padded hip garment that prevents hip fractures from falls. Another sells and services electric scooters as a home-based business.

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Wedding Planner Services

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Best home business opportunities: wedding planner. Jetta Productions/ Getty Images

People are still getting married. In 2014, 6.9 people per 1,000 married in the United States, meaning there were 2,140,272 marriages (). And these numbers refer only to the traditional kind of marriage; there's also a growing demand for gay marriages, providing even more opportunities for wedding-related businesses of all kinds.

You need to be good at planning and have a mind for details, but if you are, becoming a wedding planner could be your dream business - and there's no reason you can't do it from your home.

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Ecommerce

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Best home business opportunities: ecommerce. Freudenthal Verhagen/ Getty Images

In the U.S., ecommerce spending totalled $97.3 billion in the second quarter of 2016 alone, an increase of 4.5 percent from the first quarter of 2016 (). Online sales in the United States are expected to reach $523 billion in the next five years, up 56% from $335 billion in 2015, . Canadian companies sold more than $136 billion in goods and services online in 2013, up from $122 billion a year earlier, according to . Obviously more people than ever are shopping online.

And it's an ideal home business opportunity, especially as ecommerce is so easy to get into now. One of the main barriers to operating a successful e-commerce business is finding the right product or products to sell; the other is providing the kind of online environment that will make people want to buy from you rather than competitors. 8 Rules for a Successful Ecommerce Website provides information on how to do this.

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In-Home Beauty Services

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Best home business opportunities: in-home beauty services. Kohei Hara/Taxi Japan/Getty Images

This home-based business opportunity combines two trends; the insatiable demand for services that make people look and feel younger and better and the growing desire to have those services delivered. And why not? Having someone come to your home and cleanse and tone your skin and do your makeup is the height of luxury.

And caring for and making up the face are only two beauty services you could offer to provide; manicures, pedicures, massages and acupuncture could also be provided to people in their homes — or in yours.

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Sewing and Alteration Services

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Best home business opportunities: sewing and alteration services. Hero Images/ Getty Images

Sewing is on the way to becoming a lost art as more and more people find they have less and less time. But as not everyone is the regulation size, the demand for other people to provide these services will only increase.

If you're really skilled, tailoring and alterations could be another potentially lucrative home-based business.

And what about combining your seamstress skills with the inner fashion designer you've always wanted to release? Find and develop your niche, such as custom-designed wedding dresses, medieval clothing or Halloween costumes and loose your talent on the world!

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Business/Life Coach Services

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Best home business opportunities: business/life coaching services. love you very much/ Getty Images

Coaching has been hot for a while now, but this is still a growth industry. Remember when everyone had or wanted a personal fitness trainer? Now everyone has or wants a personal coach.

In the last ten years the coaching industry has exploded says ; membership of the International Coach Federation has more than tripled. A report by the market research firm at the end of 2014 said coaching is a $1 billion industry in the U.S. alone.

If you have the skills and training necessary, this is a great home-based business opportunity because it can be done remotely as well as in person. Here are the pros and cons of being a life coach.

And remember, coaching people to be more successful business people or executives is not your only option; there are many different ways you could specialize. Tzabia Siegel, for instance, is a nutrition coach. Read her tips for startup success.

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One Last Home Business Opportunity Tip

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Invest in a home business opportunity. zoranm/ Getty Images

And a last tip — Most of the home-based business opportunities in this article call for specialized training or skills. If you don't have the specialized training or skills needed to start a business you want to start, you can still "be a part of it". Find a person with the appropriate training or skills and invest in his or her business. Being an angel investor can be rewarding in so many ways.

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