10 In-Home Business Opportunities You Can Start From Your Smartphone

10 Ideas to Start a Business on Your Phone

You no longer need tons of expensive equipment to start a business. Today’s smartphones are so sophisticated and have so many different features that you can actually use them as the main tool for running a business.

If you want to start a business from home without putting a lot of investment into equipment, here are some businesses you can start with just a smartphone.

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App Developer

Mobile apps have become incredibly popular. So it’s an increasingly popular business idea as well. From your own smartphone, you can build and test mobile apps for your own venture and sell them for a profit, or you can even contract with other companies to create apps for them.

Vine, Instagram or Snapchat Marketer

Social media platforms and apps like Twitter’s Vine, Facebook’s Instagram, Snapchat and more offer plenty of new and unique opportunities for marketers. If you want to start a social media business from your smartphone, you can offer to post content for business clients on their accounts. Or you can become an influencer and work with brands to spread the word about their offerings on your accounts.

Event Planner

Working on events, from weddings to corporate functions, requires a lot of planning and organizational skills. Luckily, there are plenty of mobile apps that offer the ability to manage schedules, lists and more. And of course, you can use your phone to keep in touch with clients and vendors, through both phone calls and emails.

Chatbot Developer

Chatbots are computer programs that use artificial intelligence to mimic human conversations. This technology has many potential business applications. And you can actually work to develop some of those solutions from your smartphone and then sell them to businesses and clients.

mCommerce Seller

More and more consumers are shopping from their smartphones. So you can also now set up those mobile shops right from your smartphone or similar device. Doing so will actually give you a better idea of how your shop will look to potential mobile customers so you can make sure the shopping experience is compatible with popular mobile devices. Or you could even use mobile apps for popular retail sites like eBay and Etsy to sell your goods.


If you have expertise in a particular area, you can share that expertise with others right from your smartphone by working as a consultant. You can communicate with potential clients via email and then set up phone calls or even use the Skype mobile app to set up video conferences with clients.

Tech Support

Tech savvy entrepreneurs, you can offer your expertise to clients needing tech support for a set fee or hourly rate. You can have customers contact you with queries and then respond to them via email, phone or Skype with solutions or any further questions you might have to help solve their tech related issues.


No longer do you need lots of expensive equipment to make and edit videos. Today’s smartphone cameras are often HD quality. And you can download editing apps right onto your phone. So you can create your own videos or even offer your videography services to clients.

Airbnb Host

Home rental services like Airbnb let anyone with some extra space in their home, or a separate income property, make extra cash by renting it out. With the Airbnb app, or others like it, you can create a listing for your home or room and manage communication with renters right from your phone or mobile device.

Life Coach

Life coaches work with clients to provide general help with things like career, relationships and even health and fitness. You can communicate with clients via email, phone calls or Skype. And you can even set up a website and social profiles to offer your services right from your phone.

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Annie Pilon Annie Pilon is a Senior Staff Writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles, interviews, feature stories, community news and in-depth, expert-based guides. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.

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  1. I have seen so many people make money from the comforts of their homes. This is really a technology driven generation.

    • Hi Aira

      I want to start a digital business from home and work as a pharmacy assistant, also have some computer repairs,insallations and networking knowledge.My sole challenge is a business idea that I can put in motion.

      Any ideas?

      Warm regards
      South Africa

    • totally agree! It’s great to see

  2. I agree, some of these are very viable businesses that require minimal startup or equipment.

  3. Maybe lifecoach is my calling in the future? 😉

  4. I am 47 and the whole life I was working for myself.Somebody will tell it is a silly stuff but nowadays I have good cars,big villa. To 34 years I have the all I wanted thanks to Internet and online job. From one side, depositing money into perspective idea , time spending and additional Seo proffessional will lead to profitable stuff. But do not forget that your business has millions of rivals, wished to make it ,ore profitable.The most part of humans feel the desire to get smart, popular and expensive gadgets. However recently we need only one phone for connecting others. From one side the new opportunities make our life simpler and from the other we find less time for communication with each other. To my mind without iMoneySlots.com I won’t be able to find a job because of the health problems. New technologies are the new opportunities! I am so happy!

  5. So cool, I should give it a try to some of it. Thanks for the tip.

  6. Inspiring article Annie. Many people will be looking at their list of skills after reading it, especially Millennials. Mobile is the way of the future.

  7. Nowadays smartphones become our helpers in earning money from the Internet. For instance, you can open your own shop. And it’s really popular to make your own blog on Instagram and make money from the ads. I think such inventions are really awesome!

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