In the past few years I have started two small businesses based at home. The first was designing and creating jewelry, tiaras and fascinators.I ended this for practical reasons. The second is a freelance writing business. I choose these based on my skills, experiences and what is was possible to do working from home. I am wondering why other people started their business in a particular area. Was your decision based on your skills and previous work experience or did other factors come into play, such as a lifelong dream to be self-employed, necessity due to the employment market or if you identified a gap in the market for a particular product or service?