Realistic Home Businesses
Did you know that more than half of all U.S. businesses are either based out of or
started in a home? This book is for all of you who want to know where to begin in your
quest for starting your own business. This book will guide you through the steps, for
not only finding your niche, but tips for becoming self-employed. Each business listed
may have numerous specialties to choose from or there will be enough information to
come up with a new idea of your own. Most of these businesses can be started with a
very small investment working part or full time. Many entrepreneurs started
multimillion-dollar businesses in their garage or on a kitchen table.
Reader S. Fox says, "This book shows the artistic person how to make money doing
what they love, as in designing jewelry, woodworking, etc. For the animal lover,
selling eggs, raising chickens, pet sitting, dog walking and grooming might be your
bag. You have a list of supplies you will need to get started and an estimate of how
much money you might make.
"In the computer world, this book has many at-home jobs, saving babysitting, clothing
and transportation expenses. The author has actually experienced many of the jobs she
writes about, so you are getting first-hand information in this book. I would recommend
this book to anyone that wants to work from home, out of the home, add a part-time
income or become an entrepreneur."
Finding Work That Matches Your Skills and Passions
You may have forgotten or buried some of your passions while you were too busy
looking for any job that would pay the bills. We may not acknowledge all of our
abilities until we think about all we have accomplished. List all your past jobs
and hobbies and the skills it took to accomplish each one. You may be surprised to
see how many there actually are on your list.
Now list your passions. These passions might be things you may have left behind
years ago or interests you still have. List anything like music, crafts, causes,
or artistic endeavors ... anything you have or had a passion to try.
Pick the top five skills and mark your five most important passions. Everyone
is different but you should get some idea of what you would like to do with your
passions and what are your best skills. Do your top skills and passions spark any
long forgotten ideas?
It is OK if no ideas come to mind yet. We have more work to do to decide on a
direction or number of directions where your interests lie. Even though you may
already have a particular type of business in mind, these lists may help you drill
down on the subjects and help you find a niche you have not thought of before.
Narrow your search by selecting your preferences on the following list of different
kinds of work. You may be restricted physically or your personality may dictate
some kinds of work that you may be better at than others. Select your preferences
from the following list.
• mix of indoors and outdoors
• on your feet
• physical stamina
• desk work
• telephone work
• face to face
• little or no contact with customer
• work directly with customers
• need staff
• part time
• full time
• work at home
• work from house
• work at customer's location
• travel involved
• geographically transferable
• contract work
• job to job
• inventory required