5 Home-Based Business Ideas for Detail-Oriented People

by Susan

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Are you a detail-oriented person looking for home-based business ideas?

Well, first of all, if you are a detail-oriented soul, then you have lots of opportunity! “Detail-oriented” is one of the most commonly requested skills by hiring managers.

But…we’re not talking about getting a job in this particular article. I’m going to share 5 home-based business ideas that could be a great fit for a detail-oriented person (you!).

And, if any of these ideas interest you, be sure and grab the bonus download at the end of this article that will give you more resources and tips on how to get started with each of these ideas.

Could one of these businesses be a great fit for you?

1. Freelance Bookkeeping

If you are a detail-oriented person and like working with numbers, then starting a bookkeeping business could be a fantastic option for you.

I’m a bit partial to this one because I have been working in accounting and bookkeeping for most of my working career. I started my own bookkeeping business years ago and worked virtual for one client who had an e-commerce business for over six years.

I’ll tell you more about my bookkeeping business story in another post (let’s just say I made a lot of mistakes with this business, but in hindsight, I see what a great opportunity I had).

Small businesses all need good bookkeeping help, but most don’t have the budget to hire a bookkeeper full-time, which leaves a huge opportunity for those who have bookkeeping skills.

Of course to be good at bookkeeping you need to be meticulously detail-oriented and enjoy working with numbers. But the huge benefit of this type of business is it’s a recurring service, which of course means recurring income.

Most bookkeeping is done on a monthly, on-going basis. This is good news because you can establish a relationship with clients and potentially work with them for years as I did with my diaper bag business client. That helps make your income much more predictable.

If you want to learn more about starting a bookkeeping business, be sure and download my bonus guide at the end of this article.

2. Proofreading

If you have an eye for detail, then proofreading is a fabulous way to earn money from home.

Think you can’t make decent money proofreading? Think again!

Caitlin Pyle of Proofread Anywhere will prove you wrong. She is a proofreader for court reporters. Who knew there was such a niche! But she backs up her story with data. She earned $40,000 in a year working 20 hours a week as a court reporter proofreader.

Caitlin created an online course to help others follow in her footsteps.

Curious and intrigued, I bought the course as an experiment to see if I could actually make money as a proofreader. I had my first client within a few weeks of completing the course and made $100 rather quickly.  Caitlin definitely knows what she is talking about when it comes to teaching this craft in a tight niche.

I share more thoughts on the course in the free guide you can sign up to download at the end of this article.

Will you get rich proofreading? Probably not. But we’re not talking about getting rich on this site. We’re talking about finding work that allows you some flexibility, no commute and the ability to be more present for your family while earning a living.

3. Virtual Assistant

As someone who worked as virtual assistant (VA) for many years (yes, I’ve done a lot of things :)), I can tell you that if you are organized, detail-oriented, a good communicator, and have some marketable skills, you can become a virtual assistant.

Virtual assistants are in high demand and you can specialize in areas that compliment your skills. For example, you can be a tech VA, a VA who does writing, a social media VA, or a general VA that does a variety of tasks.

I do want to stress that being organized and detail-oriented are key skills you need to succeed, especially if you are juggling multiple clients, which many VA’s do.

I can tell you from experience that you can make a nice full-time (or part-time) living as a virtual assistant. When I started my VA business, I had enough clients within a month to quit my day job. I was making $50,000 a year at the time from my day job.  Getting that many clients that fast isn’t typical, but it can happen if you have the right contacts.

4. Resume Writer

Do you love updating your resume and helping others snazz up their resume? Most people find this an overwhelming, but necessary task. This is where you could come in and save the day.

Resume writing requires meticulous attention to detail. The last thing you want to do (or have a client do) is submit a resume with typos and spelling errors. There is a definite level of creativity that goes into resume writing as well.

Personally, I love writing resumes. I have a weird knack for it. And while you do need to be detail-oriented, for me it’s a different kind of detail from accounting.

And yes, being a resume writer is a real job. It’s a whole industry of professionals with certifications, associations and all!

If this type of work interests you, you can always start by doing resume writing for a company to get your feet wet, or you can launch your own home-based business as a resume writer. Obviously, it will take some time and a lot of networking and marketing to get clients flowing in, but you can do it.

I would also suggest getting a certification from one of the various associations, like the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW). A certification isn’t required to offer this service, but will give you a higher level of credibility. If you plan to work for a resume service, they may require you to have a certification.

5. Freelance Writer

My good friend Mary became a freelance writer a few years ago when she decided to leave her corporate job. She decided she wanted to be home more with her kids who were getting busier and busier with activities outside of school.

She told me recently that she has more business than she wants. Nice problem, eh?

With all the content marketing happening on the internet these days, there is a huge demand for good content writers and copywriters. Even brick-and-mortar businesses are using blogs and email marketing to reach their customers and acquire new ones.

This is where you could use your fabulous writing skills and detail-oriented skillset to earn a living.

It will help you to market your writing services if you have a particular style of writing or a niche in mind. For example, my friend Mary does a lot of writing for career, business and life coaches who have blogs and need content. You could also specialize in social media writing or tech writing.

The sky is the limit for writer’s these days, so don’t sell your writing skills short!

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Do any of these businesses appeal to you?

There are a ton of other side hustles, home-based businesses and remote jobs that you could pursue with your detail-oriented skill set. This is a small sampling of home-based business ideas to get your creative juices started.

Have more ideas? Share them in the comments below!

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