According to the data, 1,180 businesses registered from January 1 to August 31 this year as compared to 1,049 during the same period last year.
Incense-based product-making activities were the most registered (631) under home businesses. The others include: tailoring female dresses (216), cake, pies and tart baking (22), bread-baking (26), fast-food (15), fig, grape and date product packaging (14), abaya tailoring (19), bread products (3), beauty and hair dressing (80), catering (16), gift-wrapping (21), biscuit-making (10), dress and footwear rentals (32), perfume-making (38), event-organising (11), pastry-making (7), manufacturing frankincense oil (3), plant and flower retail (7) and document writing (8).
MoCI attributes the increase in home-based businesses to Invest Easy portal which offers 88 different services. The portal's services are a big boost to investors due to quick approvals.
MoCI also states that such home-based activities are a big support in increasing family income and preparing citizens to expand their avenues and transform these activities into SMEs in future.