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Free Online Course: Choosing a Home Business Idea

Learn how to quickly generate ideas and an action plan for a realistic home business. Then learn how to earn extra money.

This free online course is designed to help you identify a home based business idea to earn extra money or supplemental income. This is not a course about getting rich quick or about developing the next million dollar invention. If you faithfully complete the sections and worksheets in this course, you will be well on your way to starting your own home based business!

The learning objectives for this course include:

  • Identify your personal interests and skills.
  • Match your personal interests and skills to marketable services and products.
  • Determine which service or product can become your home based business.
  • Develop a quick plan and to-do list to get your home based business started.


Over 1,600 people have completed the Choosing a Home Based Business Idea online course.

What people are saying...

"Great course information for the home entrepreneur. It is very thought-provoking and encourages you to brainstorm."

"The course length is adequate and straight to the point. I learned valuable techniques for making a business plan that has proven to be challenging in the past."

"I feel more confident in my business idea after using these tools to analyze the options and my personal strengths."

"I've been looking for something like this for a while.It is often offered for a very high cost. Thank you for offering it free of charge."

Your Instructor


Treye Rice
Treye Rice

Visit TreyeRice.com for more free tutorials and digital marketing resources.

I provide freelance web design and hosting services through my company, TopSearchWebsites.com. Since 2002, I have provided web design, advertising and content marketing services for over 100 small businesses located across the United States. I graduated from Texas A&M University and hold a BA in Environmental Design and a Master of Science in Visualization Sciences.

Since 2007, over 3,000 people have taken my online courses about Home Based Businesses, Web Design and Marketing.



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Course Curriculum


  Getting Started
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  Section 1
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  Section 2
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  Section 3
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Frequently Asked Questions


Who should take this course?
People interested in making extra money or supplemental income from a realistic home business.
Who should not?
People interested in full-time businesses, get rich quick schemes, or spammy Internet businesses should not take this course.
What will students need to know or do before starting the course?
No experience or prior business knowledge is required to complete this course.
What will students need to take the course?
This course includes very short text instructions and worksheets. In the future, videos might be added. To watch the course videos, a smart phone, tablet or computer with an Internet connection, speakers or headphone jack is required. To complete the worksheets and exercises, a tablet or laptop is recommended and you will also need a free Google account to complete worksheets and exercises using Google Drive (previously Google Docs). However, you can also use other word processors like Microsoft Word or Apple Pages to complete the worksheets.