"Along with the rise in popularity of the less is more philosophy, more and more people are embracing home-based business."

How to Start a Business from a Tiny House

A vast majority of the population is downsizing when it comes to housing, and in recent years, the tiny house movement has boomed! Along with the rise in popularity of the less is more philosophy, more and more people are embracing home-based business. And when you successfully start and run a tiny home-based business, you also need to make less money to sustain your lifestyle. It’s a win-win situation!

But let’s suppose you’re ready to get the ball rolling. What are the requirements for starting a business from your tiny home, and what are some valid business options? Let’s find out.

Step 1 – Get into the Cloud

Cloud-based resources are fundamental in the digital era, and for anyone looking to start a home-based business from their tony home, it might be mission-critical. The cloud is a great way to gain access to shared resources and services that you can access with minimal effort. You can also access the cloud through your laptop and smartphone to store data, retrieve information, and collaborate with others. In order to make cloud computing work for you, you’ll need to secure high-speed internet, which might well be your primary expense, depending on which type of business you’ll run.

Step 2 – Consider which Businesses Are Viable to Run from Tiny Houses

Although we can drag this article out and list 199 ideas for starting a business from home, there are essentially only two main areas of business we’ll focus on, which include eCommerce and service-based businesses.

eCommerce Store

Naturally, you can’t stock and distribute products from your tiny house since it’s such a small space. But you don’t need any stock of your own to get into the eCommerce game. Although you don’t need to physically stock any products as an eCommerce seller, you will want to partner up with a reputable drop shipper. You can partner up with a legal business entity such as a business process outsourcing (BPO) services provider for offshore solutions but remember that you must treat your online business like a brick-and-mortar business that operates based on specific objectives and goals. The mistake that owners of many small businesses make is treating it like a part-time job. But successfully running ventures from tiny houses requires dedication and commitment.

The options for what you can sell are virtually endless, but the success of your eCommerce business will all depend on whether or not you structure your business right from the start. You also need to comply with business law and ensure that you can afford the overhead costs of running an online store from your tiny house. Make sure you do your homework on your target customers and their social preferences, so you can target your potential customers and effectively market your products online.  

Service-Based Tiny House Business

As long as the service you offer doesn’t take up much space, you can run it from your tiny house. A quick glance at resources like Entrepreneur.com will serve as proof that the possibilities are abundant and mainly fall into one of the following categories

  • Business services – like translation services and administration
  • Personal services – secretarial services and virtual assistant
  • Marketing and sales – social media marketing professional, remote sales services
  • Home services – house sitting and maintenance services
  • Computer and technology – IT services, web hosting, software design
  • Children’s services – remote tutoring services

The kind of services you offer to your audience from your tiny house will depend on your skills, so you need to consider what you’re really good at and how that skill can add value to the lives of others. Platforms like Upwork and other relevant websites make it easier than ever to get into the freelance market and start earning an income from digital services without incurring major business expenses.

Step 3 – Sort out a Business Bank Account and Tax

Taxes can be confusing, to say the least, so if you’re going to earn an income working from your tiny house, it’s always best to hire an accountant. You’re also going to have to come up with a business plan if you’re not selling digital services like social media management or IT services, so this is yet another legal detail you’ll have to consider.

Other aspects to pay attention to include a dedicated business banking solution, business insurance, and a business name for your tiny house business. It’s important not to combine your personal and business accounts since you’ll want to separate personal and business expenditures. When you hire an accountant, they should be able to assist you with the basics of setting up a company bank account as well as accounting and tax filing basics for tiny house businesses.

Wrapping Up

The three steps we mentioned in this post are by no means a complete guide to starting your tiny house business, but it is enough to help you gain a better understanding of the process you’ll need to follow.

Our modern world offers many opportunities for venturing into a home-based business that allows you to be both a homebody and a traveler. With thousands of online business ideas, all you need is a little creativity and the determination to make it work for you!

Are you a small business owner from the tiny home community with some ideas to add? Let us know what your thoughts are!

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About the Author
Jennifer Hahn Masterson
Jennifer Hahn Masterson
If one thing is true about Jennifer, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of green living/home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on.
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