The traditional 9 to 5 scenario of driving to an office, sitting in a cubicle for hours, and then forgetting about work at the end of the day may soon be a thing of the past. According to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, 45 percent of U.S. employees now work from home and 53 million people work as freelancers. From being a massage therapist to an event planner, get the scoop on these four oh-so-fulfilling businesses you can run out of your apartment.
1. Massage Therapist
The massage therapy field is booming. In 2015, massage therapy was estimated to be a 12.1 billion dollar industry, according to the American Massage Therapy Association. All you need to get started is a relaxing space to pamper clients, some massage oils, and your own two hands! However, most states do require that you first obtain training and get certified as a massage therapist. Check the regulations in your state before setting up shop. Once you get certified, you can start charging the industry average of $68/hr and rake in the dough.
Freelancing has become one of the most versatile and popular ways to escape the 9 to 5 hustle. From writing and website design, to marketing and programming, the possibilities are endless. Best of all, most freelance work doesn’t require special certifications or experience, though a well-rounded portfolio that you can share via your website or a digital link will certainly help.
3. Event Planner
Turns out, meetings and parties are kind of a big deal. Event planning and business meetings generate well over 1 trillion dollars in revenue every year, and the industry is anticipated to continue expanding at least until 2020. You can get a slice of this action by starting an event planning company out of your apartment. Start off small with a birthday party or a corporate shindig. As your experience grows, so will your business!
4. Airbnb Host
If you have a spare bedroom (or a place to crash in your living room) you could earn some extra cash by renting out your apartment on Airbnb. Depending on where you live (some cities attract more tourism than others) you could make a tidy sum. To get going, set up a guest room, take some decently stylish photos, and make a host profile on Airbnb.com.
No matter what your entrepreneurial aspirations are, you’ll need a comfortable place to do business (or some nice furniture to set up your guest room for tourists). Rent furniture you need to jump start a fresh, work-from-home career. Desk, office chair, bed, you name it — rent just the pieces you need or an entire room. Get the details and get started on CORT.com today!