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Home Staging or Styling
Home staging has become a booming business in some areas and the demand for home stagers is on the rise. Home staging is often a combination of home decorating and organizing but knowledge of the current real estate market is a must. There are no formal requirements to become a home stager but there are staging organizations that offer training, resources, a newsletter, meetings and more. Many decorators and real estate agents have taken up the call of home staging but all this creative job really requires is a keen eye, a knack for organization, a warm personality when working with others and a firm grasp of your area's real estate trends. Home staging is a job you can easily do from your home, whether part time or full time. For more information on starting a home staging business from home, see our article.
An interior decorating career would be an easy career to manage from your home. Office space is a bonus but isn’t required. However, most decorating fields require a degree. If you think you are interested in the fascinating world of decorating, see our article on how to become an interior decorator and information on the wide range of jobs available in this field.
Interiors Photography or Illustration
Competition is fierce but regardless, this is still a great field to get into. The top notch photographers get paid big bucks, but not only that they also love what they do. If you have photographic or illustration skills and a love for design or real estate - and a knack for self-promotion - then the first step is to build a portfolio... and get ready to network. Even if the big bucks don't come your way there are plenty of interior and design photographers and illustrators that make a decent living, or at least some pocket cash on the side.
Many who have a love for furniture, decor, art or antiques are attracted by the idea of a resale shop. And yes, you can work mainly from home within this career since you don’t need an actual “shop” to do this. Furniture and decor can be sold through online stores such as Etsy and Ebay, from personal blogs and/or websites, and from other retail spaces such as flea or antique markets that rent booths to resellers. Some experts even sell directly to dealers. For more information, see About’s Antiques site and Flea Markets site.
Specialized Interior & Furniture Finishing
Decorative painters, upholsterers, furniture builders, painters and refinishers make up the bulk of this type of interior decorating careers but the choices don't stop there. If you have a talent that fits, the decorating world will take you. Herein lies the wonderful world of decorating, full of talents galore. So you can paint murals on ceramic tile and make a bathroom look like a Roman bathhouse fit for a goddess? Then get going and sell yourself. If you have a talent in an area, use it. The decorating world welcomes you.
Working from home can be lucrative and enjoyable, but before starting any business be sure to do your research and know your market. Regardless of how exciting working from home sounds, your business will still be a job. In order for you to be successful, it must be treated as such. Overnight success is possible but not probable. However, the most successful business ventures are ones where the owner has smart business sense, is skilled at what he or she does and is assertive at offering their valuable expertise to others. For more information on starting your business at home, see About's Home Business site.