9 Examples Of Home-Based Businesses

 Judging by the volume that some of these businesses have reached, it may seem a lie that they started in the home of the promoters themselves, but they did. 

Buguro 

Buguroo has developed a holistic online fraud prevention solution called bugFraud. Thanks to this solution, banks and financial institutions around the world protect their clients, in real time, from Phishing, Malware and identity theft attacks. Based in Madrid, Buguroo is already an international company that has different offices in Europe, North America, South America and Europe. They completed their Series A financing in 2019 and now claim to help protect more than 50 million bank customers around the world from online banking scams. Buguroo's global leadership in the fight against online fraud led Gartner to name buguroo a "Genius Vendor" along with the CyberSecurity Breakthrough Award for Best Anti-Fraud Solution of the Year "in 2019. 

The idea of ​​founding Buguroo belongs to Pablo de la Riva Ferrezuelo, who usually admits to being interested in cybersecurity from a very young age, since the first computer his parents gave him was hacked. As a result of this, he began to mess around his house until he became an expert in what is known as an ethical hacker. His first computer-related jobs began at a very young age, setting up networks in educational centers and internet cafes. At the age of 21, he created a small company dedicated to server maintenance. This company grew, which allowed it to save some money and undertake new projects. This will be the germ of Buguroo, currently one of the largest national businesswomen in cybersecurity. 

Mox Group 

The Mox Group is a logistics company specializing in last-mile solutions that has more than a thousand distributors on the payroll and that expected to close 2020 with a turnover of close to 12 million Euros, something that, not even in its best dreams, would have could imagine Gregorio López Martos, its CEO and founder.

After some time working in Madrid, he decided to return to Andalusia, specifically to Granada, with the intention of founding a delivery business with the 20,000 Euros saved that he had as his only capital. With that, he registered as self-employed, bought a motorcycle in which he attached a drawer to make the deliveries and opened four Gmail accounts for as many fictitious corporate departments. The intention was to pretend that it was an already consolidated company when in reality he was the one who answered the phone, who answered all the emails and who made the deliveries. On the verge of declaring the project failed, the same day that he was going to withdraw from self-employment, he received the communication of the granting of a participative loan that he had requested in Enisa. From there, the stage changed color. 

Wetaca 

Andrés Casal and Efrén Álvarez were roommates in Madrid. They met at the University, studying Business Administration and Management. In addition to the business world, they were also interested in cooking, especially Efrén Álvarez who came to participate in the MasterChef contest. So when they started talking about building something together, the idea that came up was to serve healthy dishes at home that could be heated in the microwave at home without losing their properties. The trick was in the packaging. According to them, it took months of testing to find the right process. 

The laboratory was set up in their own kitchen and the testers were the same roommates because they could not cope with consuming as much of the dish as they prepared. "Since the food was free, they didn't complain," Andrés Casal joked. As is customary, in this case it was they themselves who were in charge of making the deliveries within a radius of action that grew as the business prospered.

To this day, Wetaca is one of the most popular brands for delivery of food prepared in tuppers at home with a high recurrence rate. They have their own logistics, they distribute around 150,000 meals every month, they are in a 3,500 m2 warehouse and, what is better, and they are already in profit. with an expected turnover in 2020 of 7 million Euros. 

Help T SMEs 

The first steps to develop the business idea of Ayuda T Pymes were taken by its founders, Alfredo Pérez (graduated in Mathematics) and María Vera(graduated in Law), from their respective homes. They wanted to set up, from El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz), a digital native consultancy that would allow small companies and freelancers in the country to streamline all procedures, labor, tax and accounting. For this, they articulated a platform in the cloud with a monthly subscription service without a commitment to stay. The first customer entered those 10 or 12 days after going on the market, a Valencian footwear entrepreneur. He remained with them until his activity ceased, but it was the trigger for the avalanche that would come later, until reaching the current sum of 15,000 SME and self-employed clients from all over Spain. 

Before finishing their studies at the University Alfredo and María already knew clearly that they wanted to put something together. Each one residing in the home of their respective parents, they began to analyze the opportunity and configure the business plan. When it was more or less clear, Alfredo Pérez decided to rent a flat that would act as his own office and home. From there they increased the client portfolio until it was necessary to hire 10 or 12 people. "So much movement in the house was beginning to arouse suspicions in the neighborhood," said Pérez. 

Currently, Ayuda T SMEs has its own building of approximately 5,000 m2 in the Port and offices in Cádiz, Córdoba, Jaén, Mataró and Barcelona. Among all of them there is a workforce that exceeds 350 people who serve the different lines of business that have been incorporated as this original idea born 12 years ago progressed. 

TicTacToys: educational toys 

After taking his son to school, Joaquín Plana Belmonte returns home to start the working day. The bet has always been to live according to your life principles and beliefs. From this perspective, he decided to create TicTacToys, an educational toy company that he himself designs and creates in a traditional and ecological way from the living room of his home. 

Its main source of income is the craft fairs, although it also sells something through the internet in different countries of the world less than it surely could because the objective is not to enter an industrial production to earn a lot of money but, already he has said, live according to his principles. 

Pepe & Cro 

After two ventures that led him to ruin due to the crisis, the first in 1992 and the second in 2010, when he had to close a gourmet restaurant business, José Camacho was not willing to give up. He started working on his own in everything they offered him and when he had raised some money he decided to undertake his third project with other partners. But, before doing so, he made sure he had a fitting product on the market. 

It was about some croquettes that he prepared himself at home, highly praised by all the friends who visited him. Some of them began to order them for their home. While the orders were reduced to a group of friends, he was able to supply the demand from his kitchen, with a simple deep fryer. But when the fame of its croquettes began to spread through word of mouth, that's when the possibility of riding something bigger began to be considered. The same thing happened when he was 46 years old, that he 'threw the blanket over his head' and founded Pepe & Cro , homemade croquettes of the most sophisticated flavors that today are served in large hotels, restaurants, bars and that, according to with great pride, they have even tried it in the Royal House. 

Abanlex 

Surely many remember the name of Abanlex, the law firm specialized in technology, winner of the award for the best sartorial and international litigation in New York for having promoted the case that gave rise to the recognition of the Right to Forget and in which he directed the defense of the individual. Before the Court of Justice of the European Union. But this is just one of the many awards that this Madrid law firm has received today as part of PwC Tax & Legal Services. 

The firm was founded in 2008 by three friends by profession: Pablo Fernández Burgueño, Joaquín Muñoz and Oscar Prieto. With the newly released economic crisis, they had a lot of desire but little money. "As we had no resources, we opened the office in a house that Joaquín's grandmother left us, in Arturo Soria, all very formal and with many crucifixes," Fernández Burgueño joked in an interview. As things soon went well for them, they soon decided to move to the Plaza de Castilla area, near the courts, a mistake because theirs was not procedural law. The next move was to the seventh floor of a tower on Velázquez Street (Madrid) "and the change was brutal." From here they reaped their main successes, but none of this would have been possible without the house of Joaquín's grandmother. 

Minderest 

Minderest is a Spanish company that emerged in 2012, a pioneer in Price Intelligence and assortment for retailers and manufacturers that already has more than 300 clients in 30 countries. Telefónica, The Nielsen Company or L'Oreal among others, are companies that are among its clients. 

Antonio Tomás, CEO and founder, recalled in another medium what the company's first challenge was: hiring the first person. The difficulty was that they did not have an office but were occupying a room next to Tomas’s bedroom, it is his own house. Making a good signing with this cover letter was a bit embarrassing. He had no choice but to do the interview at his private home, which was not very big either, more or less like the salary they could offer in those initial moments of the startup. The good thing is that he also met people willing to face new challenges and who are not guided much by appearances. This is how he hired his first employee, César Serrano, who joined as the first signing and commercial of the company whom Tomás defines as a person "capable of selling whatever it takes". The proof of his courage is that, later, César Serrano set up his own entrepreneurial project, the Monique fashion chain, with his partner, which works quite successfully. 

After that first hiring, in the 8-meter room from which Minderest started, there was no more room for more people so the next they had to find another place that would become the company's first office. 

Los hacedores 

Los hacedores is currently a digital fabrication studio and school. It is located in the central Santiago Bernabéu street in Madrid, although this was not always the case because its founders, Adam Jorquera and Javier Gordillo, began creating the academy at home. “What we do is digital manufacturing, which makes all the sense in the world to start in a house because part of the digital revolution is precisely that. I have 3D printers, which are capable of manufacturing anything and I have them on my table”, explains Adam Jorquera, for whom, “the house has two rooms so I could start there until I made a transition to the next level, which is the step we are taking now. We just moved in. The maker world is very homey. Hedo it yourself enters that dynamic of doing it yourself, at home, with your tools and resources”, they declared at the time to Entrepreneurs. 


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Taking advantage of the do it yourself trend, little by little they were creating a community of makers whose fundamental tool is the 3D printer. Now they continue to teach children, professionals and people of all kinds to make what they need through technology, but from larger facilities.

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