8 Home Business Ideas that Provide Local Services

home business ideas that provide local services

When people think about home based businesses it’s often associated with providing services via computer or providing handmade or digital products via an eCommerce platform.  But what if neither of those avenues are for you? Maybe you prefer getting out and about rather than being in the home office all day, every day.  Does that mean working from home is out of your reach?  Absolutely not.  Here are eight home business ideas that provide local services.

Product Photography

If you’re a great photographer, don’t think your only home business option is wedding or portrait photography.  There’s a rapidly growing need for product photography.  Just about every local business out there can benefit from product photography.  Great photos are needed for websites, marketing materials and social media.  Even those Etsy sellers out there can benefit from awesome product photography. 


More and more local businesses are seeing the wisdom in video.  Whether it’s promotional, the recording of seminars or events or even just a behind the scenes video for social media, the need for good videographers is growing.

Coffee/ Lunch Delivery

Sure, Uber Eats, GrubHub and Door Dash are already doing food delivery, but only in large metropolitan areas.  If you live in a smaller city or town that’s not covered, you may want to consider offering this service to local businesses.  You could even consider combining it with business shopper or courier services.


Lot’s of businesses need things delivered or taken to mailing services on a daily basis.  Getting out of the office to do this, isn’t always easy. That’s when they need a courier service. 

Business shopper

Running out of office supplies is a pain in the butt.  That leaves local businesses either ordering large amounts they may not need through a service or finding time to leave the office to purchase them.   Offering an office supply delivery service can not only save them time but money as well.

Home staging

Homes sell better, quicker and at a higher price when they are staged.  If you have an eye or background in interior design, home staging may be perfect for you.  Connect with local real estate companies and offer your expertise!

Mobile pet grooming

People love their pets, but often have little time to take them to be properly groomed.  If you’re a pet groomer, consider offering mobile services.  Not keen on grooming in someone else’s home, offer a pickup service, groom them in your home and then take Fluffy back all pretty.

Mobile salon

Speaking of grooming, busy people often put their own hair cuts and manicures on the back burner due to crazy schedules.  Mobile salon services allow people to be pampered in their own home or business.  

These eight home business ideas that provide local services are by no means the only ones out there.  All it really takes is to think outside of the box when it comes to what type of services you can provide to your local community while running your business from you own home office. No matter what the perception may be, a home business doesn’t mean your services always have to be provided in your home. 


Tina Marie Hilton provides online technology services to forward thinking businesses. She writes on her Tips from T.Marie business blog to share insight and information with other small businesses and entrepreneurs. It also makes her feel like that certificate in creative writing isn't going to waste completely.