By Annie Pilon
You don’t need a fancy office to start a successful small business. In fact, if the story of Apple Computers is any indication – you can start a very successful business right from your own garage.
Though you might need to check your local zoning codes to see if a garage business is a possibility for you, there are plenty of different business options for entrepreneurs looking to start their own businesses from this type of space. Here are 50 businesses you can start right from your own garage.
Garage Based Business IdeasCar Detailing
Your garage can be the perfect place to start a business where you work on cars. And if you’re not a trained mechanic, you can still start a business where you clean and detail vehicles for clients.
Auto MechanicBut if you are a trained mechanic, you can also run a repair shop out of your garage.
Bicycle RepairFor those who want to work on smaller modes of transportation, a bicycle repair shop is another business you can start in your own garage.
Computer RepairYou could also set up a computer workshop where you provide repair services to customers who could use some tech support.
Smartphone RepairAs smartphones and other devices become more popular, more people are also in need of repair services for those gadgets as well.
Tech RefurbishingOr you could take some of those tech devices that are older or don’t work anymore and refurbish them so that they’re ready for sale again.
If you have laundry facilities in your garage, you could start your own service where you offer to wash and dry clothing and other items for customers.
Pet GroomerFor those who want to spend time with furry friends, you could set up a grooming station in your garage and let pet owners bring their dogs and cats to you.
Dog TrainerOr you could set up a business where you train dogs to do tricks or listen to certain commands.
eCommerce ResellerIf you want to start an online business, you can use your garage as an office and a place to store goods that you sell on ecommerce sites like eBay or Amazon.
eCommerce Fulfillment ServiceYou could also focus on providing fulfillment and shipping services for other ecommerce businesses, using your garage as a warehouse.
Greeting Card DesignerIf you want to start a more creative business, you could set up a greeting card making station in your garage and then sell your goods online.
Or you could use your garage as a place to store antiques that you purchase and then resell online or in person.
Assembly ServiceSince so many consumers have trouble assembling furniture, tech devices and other purchases, you could use your garage as a place where you provide assembly services for a variety of different products.
Recycling ServiceYou could also start your own recycling service where you collect various recyclable goods and then organize them in your garage so that you can dispose of them properly.
Craft ClassesIf you have a craft or trade that you’re skilled in, you could set up a teaching station in your garage and invite students to classes where you demonstrate your craft.
TutorOr you could opt for one-on-one classes where you tutor students in various subjects.
Online Course CreatorYou could also create your own classes and sell them online from an office in your garage.
Virtual AssistantIf working online is your preference, you could also set up a garage office and work as a virtual assistant, helping business clients with various tasks.
BookkeeperFor the financially minded entrepreneurs, you could also start an online bookkeeping or accounting business.
BloggerIf your talents lie more in the realm of writing, you could start your own blog out of your garage office.
Freelance WriterOr you could offer your writing talents to other blogs or businesses on a freelance basis.
Social Media ManagerFor the social media conscious entrepreneurs, you can also start a business where you manage various social accounts for business clients.
PhotographerThough you might need to leave your garage to actually capture photographs, you could set up an editing station in your garage and use it to build a photography business.
Personal TrainerFor entrepreneurs who specialize in fitness, you could set up a workout space in your garage and then invite personal training clients to your space.
Yoga InstructorOr you could offer Yoga classes where you invite even more fitness students to your garage space.
Dance InstructorYou could also offer classes for children or adults where you teach various styles of dance out of your garage.
Music TeacherOr you could offer private music lessons to those who want to learn an instrument or receive voice lessons.
Furniture UpcyclerSkilled craftsmen could also use garage spaces for storing old furniture items and then giving them new life with new materials and updates.
Web DesignerIf you are skilled in web design, you could also set up your own garage office where you design websites for business clients.
Graphic DesignerOr you could start a business where you offer to design logos and other graphics for clients.
Ebook AuthorIf you are interested in writing a book, you can easily set up your own garage space and write and publish your work online.
Resume Writing ServiceYou could also offer to write or edit resumes or cover letters for job-seeking customers.
Soap MakerFor those interested in making their own handmade products, a garage can be a great place to set up a soap making station.
Candle MakerLikewise, you could set up a space where you make your own candles to sell online or in local stores.
Jewelry DesignerYou could also create your own jewelry items in your garage and then sell those items through a number of different outlets.
T-shirt DesignerOr you could upload your designs to online platforms like RedBubble and CafePress and then sell them on t-shirts and other items.
Clothing DesignerYou could also get more in-depth and actually design and manufacture your own clothing line out of your garage.
Toy MakerOr you could make handmade toys and sell them online or in local shops.
Custom FramingYou could also create more of a custom service, where you offer to frame various items for customers in unique ways.
Massage TherapyIf you’re trained in massage therapy, you could set up your own massage station in your garage.
Clothing AlterationsOr you could have clients bring or send you their clothing items for tailoring or alterations.
Data EntryFor those looking for a simple way to make money online, you could set up a garage office space and offer to perform data entry tasks for business clients.
App DeveloperIf you’re knowledgeable about mobile technology, you could also start your own app development business where you create mobile apps for businesses or other clients.
Software DeveloperOr you could develop more in-depth software programs for clients or to sell on your own.
Business CoachYou could also use your business knowledge to help other entrepreneurs succeed by starting an online coaching business out of your garage.
CarpenterIf you’re a skilled woodworker, you could also set up a workspace in your garage and use it to build wood items or work on custom projects for customers.
BarberYou could also start your own barber or hairdresser business in your garage space.
FloristOr you could use your garage as a place to create various floral designs to sell to customers.
Car FlippingIf you have the capital to purchase vehicles for your business, you could also use your garage as a place to perform maintenance and updates so that you can later sell those cars at a profit.
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