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How many times have you considered the benefits of being in business for yourself? If you are like a lot of people, every time you hit that alarm clock, you are thinking about what it would be like to be the boss, make your own schedule and just basically run the joint your way! It might sound like a pipe dream, but it really is doable! You can start a business from home or even the convenience of your kitchen table or home office. Here are just a few ideas to put you on the right path.
1. Social Media Manager
Today, if businesses are not online, they are dying and if they have not entered the social media sphere, they are leaving a lot of money on the table. Never has the phrase “a whole new world” been more appropriate than in today’s business world. Consumers are turning to their computers in droves to make all kinds of purchases; from computers to their evening pizza, and for some things they rely on social media recommendations and interactions. So this means many businesses are turning to third parties to manage their online presence.
2. Online Content Creator
In days past, you could bang out a couple of keyword rich articles and hit the ground running with a hot blog or ebook. Any more, you need a full bevy of well-written pieces that are adequately keyword optimized. If you have this talent, it will not be long before you have more work than you know what to do with! Online writing jobs are very popular these days and net you some decent money. Be sure to research going prices so you can remain competitive.
3. Cooking of All Kinds
You may not want to spend every single day in a client’s kitchen preparing meals, but what about cooking up a storm in your own kitchen and delivering? Catering, home cooking, and special event cooking are all avenues the work from home entrepreneur could take. A few recommendations or references and your own cooking tools are about all you need to get started.
4. Accounting for Small Business
Big business may utilize in-house accountants and a third party company to keep everyone on their toes, but small business will often farm out the accounting responsibilities. If you have always been good with numbers and enjoy checking your addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication, accounting for smaller businesses is just the ticket.
5. Child Care In-House or Onsite
Do you enjoy caring for children? This can be a lucrative home-based business if managed correctly. If you want to put yourself on the best path for success, take the time to take a few courses at community college. First aid, CPR and early childhood development are often offered as certificate courses.
Being a Photographer can be a exciting career and one that can be as diverse as your passions. Do you enjoy photographing love? How about wedding photography. Or are you more of a child or baby whisperer? Baby photography is a booming business! You can make money selling photos online if you aren’t ready to follow one niche yet as well! Lifestyle photos, business images, flowers, fashion, etc. can bring you in some great money.
7. Auto Detailing
Does everyone always comment on your spotless ride? Keeping your vehicle’s interior in tip-top shape can be a chore and one many people would much rather pay someone else to do. Detailing does not require a lot of overhead as all you require are a few cleaning supplies and your time.
8. Virtual Assistant
Not everyone can afford or even needs an assistant who is constantly by their side. Furthermore, a good assistant can be hard to find. This has opened up the possibilities for virtual assistants. No longer must you be chained to a particular office, building or even city. You can be a virtual assistant to anyone almost anywhere.
9. Virtual Teacher
Around the world, there are parents who are seeking alternative school options for their children. This has given rise to a number of online schools and opened up a niche for anyone who is willing to teach children over the World Wide Web. You can start your own online teaching/ tutoring business or apply to a credible online school.
10. Freelance Writer
Do you have an affinity for a particular topic? Offline and online magazines hire freelance writers on a regular basis for any number of writing assignments. Each will have their own rules and requirements, but you can quickly find a long list of companies hiring or purchasing particular pieces.
11. Pet Groomer
Is bathing pets, cutting hair and trimming nails in your wheelhouse of talent? Set up your very own grooming business. Your talent and a few basic grooming tools are all you need to get started making the local canine population fabulous!
12. Seasonal Yard Work
Most people would look at lawn mowing as a teenage summer job, but did you know you can start your very own seasonal yard work business? In many areas of the world, there are jobs to be done all year round, such as mowing in the spring and summer, raking leaves in the fall, snow removal in the winter and gardening in spring, summer and even fall!
13. Aquarium Attendant
Saltwater and freshwater aquariums are popular in homes across the country. Not only are the fish beautiful, they are very relaxing to watch. Cleaning the tanks and maintaining water parameters, not so much. Do you have an affinity for our gilled friends? Set yourself up as the local attendant for all your aquarium loving neighbors.
14. Refinish Furniture
This is a business anyone can start with a shoestring budget. You should have a good deal of patience and an eye for detail, bring these elements together with proper tools and area to work, and you are in business.
15. Professional Researcher
Are you good at digging up details? Are you a stickler for verifying sources and ensuring your information is factual and correct? You could have a very lucrative career as a professional researcher.
Writers of all calibers need someone who can go over their work and search for those annoying mistakes. Whether you are a natural or have a degree in English, this is a good home-based business.
17. Party Planner
Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and babies are all fantastic excuses to throw a great party, and those who know how to make it fabulous are in demand!
18. House Keeping Services
Urban areas may have Merry Maids and similar services, but there are plenty of areas in the country where the market remains untapped. During times of economic prosperity, younger able-bodied individuals will spend a great deal of time working, leaving a need for housekeeping and cooking services. Many times, all you need to get started is yourself, a good flyer and a personal recommendation or two. Cleaning products are often provided by the client.
19. Web Site Construction
Online businesses may be changing rapidly, but one thing is still certain – you have to have a website to succeed. Those who can build them can practically write their own checks.
20. Tutoring Online Jobs
Tutoring and test prep is a huge industry and filled with parents willing to pay tons. There are some great jobs now for tutoring online jobs that offer a really good wage. These types of jobs are perfect for students, part time teachers, math lovers, and educational wizes.
Are you determined to start your own business? What are you waiting for? There are so many ways you can start small and grow. It boggles the mind why more people are not pursuing this path! Here are a few more quick ideas to put you on the entrepreneurial bandwagon:
21. Life Coach
22. Resume Designer
23. Domain Flipper
24. Affiliate Marketer
25. DJ Services
What is holding you back from starting a business from home? There is a common misconception that starting your own business means big office buildings, huge budgets and a large potential for disaster.
Business can be all these things, but it can also be a small enterprise running out of your basement where you set your own hours and go to work every day smiling because you are doing what you want (professionally) and making money in the process.
Take some time today to consider what you enjoy doing, what you are good at and what the needs around you are. Are you in a location where there are a number of aging residents who could benefit from a personal shopper?
Are your kids friend’s parents always begging you to help with their kids bday party or to help teach them a new language or a musical instrument. Perhaps you are an expert cook and can beat everyone as the master chef in the neighborhood. Find your fit and start making some money!
Opportunities exist all around you, and if you are willing to find the creative solutions, you could quickly find yourself in high demand.