Top 10 Home-Based Business Ideas and Opportunities for 2017


3. Personal Trainer

For sure you’ve noticed the increase in fitness-themed shows on TV. This is because people want to get fit but don’t have the time to go to the gym. Traffic will always remain a problem in the Philippines. On a weekday, it may take you 1 to 2 hours to get from your home or office to the gym.

These TV shows are great, but nothing beats personalized instruction. More people are hiring Personal Trainers today so they can stay on track with their fitness goals. There are many disciplines that you can offer as a Personal Trainer. These include the following:

  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Bodyweight Exercises
  • Boxing/ MMA
  • Running
  • Weight Training
  • Cross Fit

You can set up a small, private gym in your house or offer personalized instruction at the gym where the client is a member. Of the latter, take note that most gyms do not allow third party personal instruction. Make sure your client gets clearance from the gym. Another option is to pay home visits for personal training.

If you want to be a Personal Trainer, you should get licensed or certified by a reputable organization such as:

As a certified Personal Trainer, you could charge 300 Pesos to 1,000 Pesos per hour per client. If you have credentials as a champion in a related sport such as Bodybuilding, Power Lifting, Weight Lifting or Cross Fit, you can charge even higher.

4. Pet Care Service Provider

No doubt you’ve also noticed the increase in the number of pet care proprietors in malls and around the city. There is a big market for pets because there are people who consider them as part of the family.

You can offer the following services in pet care:

  • Grooming
  • Veterinary Services
  • Walking
  • Pet Sitting
  • Pet Supplies Distributor

While you’re at it and if you or someone you know has the requisite training and expertise, why not offer Pet Psychiatry services? This is what famed “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Milan and cat psychologist Jackson Galaxy of “My Cat from Hell” does, and it pays out well.

Make sure you have licensed or certified people working for you and who share the same love and passion for animals. Dog walking is a service that requires certification.

You can offer these services at your home or have mobile services available.

5. Healthy Food Delivery Service

In the past, I listed “Food Delivery” as one of the home-based business ideas and opportunities for the coming year. While it still is a viable business opportunity, I think the time is right for the market to accept a more specialized type of food delivery service.

It’s more than just an opinion but a social commentary that the food offered by retail food proprietors remains unhealthy.

You simply cannot find a place to eat healthy food in malls or anywhere around the city. Even the salads are not healthy; these are laden with mayonnaise based dressings. The options are very limited.

Thankfully some entrepreneurs have recognized the growing demand for health food and have set up delivery services.

A home based health food delivery service is a smart idea because you can keep the prices down while maintaining good margins. Healthy food is more expensive because the ingredients do not undergo food processing. These are not exposed to chemicals, pesticides, and hormones which decrease shelf life.

Food is processed to extend its shelf life, lower cost and improve taste. But food processing involves the use of refined sugars, excess sodium, high fructose corn syrup and other artificial ingredients which have been linked to cancer, diabetes, mental illness, cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure.

With a healthy food delivery concept, you should always buy fresh ingredients. It would be a better idea only to accept advance orders to give you time to shop and prepare so that you won’t compromise quality, delivery time.

Health food is a growing segment in food delivery. And contrary to popular belief, it tastes really good! You can have baked chicken fillets with vegetables and brown or turmeric rice for 180 to 220 Pesos. Compare that to the burger, fries and drink they sell at a fast food restaurant at nearly the same price.

6. Tutorial Services

There are many tutorial services providers in the Philippines. But there is always room for one more!

My observation is these tutorial centers are focused more on establishing the basics or fundamentals in each discipline rather than helping the student understand his or her current lesson.

Developing basics are good; it encourages good habits. But doing the same drills in Math will not contribute much to a student who needs help in solving Word Problems.

These types of tutorial centers are better suited for pre-school children but are next to useless for students who are deep into formal education. And they are not exactly affordable either!

There are very few tutorial centers that help students manage homework or prepare for tests. And if there are, the coverage is limited to only Math and English. Why not include Science, AP, Pilipino, Economics and Social Studies?

If you decide to set up home based Tutorial Services, you should offer instruction for current lessons. Hire teachers who can provide instruction up to Grade 12 initially.

On average, a person can maintain focus for only 90 minutes. You can schedule 1-hour classes per student or groups per subject. It would be a good idea to set up a few glass enclosed, soundproof booths in your home. Include an intercom with a headset, so parents can listen to their children perform.

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