Working for Yourself Job Ideas

by Rick Suttle Google

Fewer than 30 percent of all businesses last 10 years, according to the latest Bureau of Census data. That's why it's essential you start a business that's in high demand by consumers or businesses. It's also prudent to investigate businesses with low start-up costs, unless you can afford a franchise. You can work for yourself by creating a job in which you have expertise, or convert a hobby into a job. Whatever you decide, be sure to take advantage of the home office deduction on your taxes.

Consultant

Start a consulting business in a field you worked in while employed. Examples include marketing, auditing, career counseling, business writing and gardening, according to "Entrepreneur." Make of list of coworkers, suppliers or former clients. Call and inform them that you are now consulting and ask if they have any projects available.
Check the going rate of consultants in your area and set your prices accordingly. Distribute fliers to residents or businesses. Advertise on Craigslist.com or in professional journals related to your specialty. For example, "Quirks" and "Advertising Age" have listings for marketing research consultants.

Pet Services

Two low-cost pet services include dog walking and dog sitting. Many couples work during the day and may need someone walk their dog or watch them during work hours. Dog walkers earn $16 to $18 per dog and more, according to "Entrepreneur." These rates are based on 25-minute walks.
Figure how much you want to earn per day and calculate how many clients you need to earn that amount. Start-up costs are minimal. You may only need a multiple dog leash for dog walking. Call pet sitters in your area to determine rates for pet sitting. Obtain customers by knocking on doors or delivering fliers.

Window Cleaner

Window cleaning is another low-cost business. The demand for window cleaning is higher with businesses. The windows are larger and must be cleaned more often. Larger businesses may already have window washers. Therefore, contact small businesses like restaurants, car dealerships, doctors' office complexes and banks.
Determine your rates and the frequency for cleaning the windows. You may soon be washing windows for 50 or 60 clients each week. Necessary supplies include window cleaners, buckets, squeegees and towels. Businesses also have mirrors that need cleaning, so don't forget health clubs, karate studios and dancing schools.

Internet Selling

The Internet provides you with many selling opportunities. Your first step is deciding what to sell. Pick items that traditionally sell well online, including electronics, toys, clothing and books. Choose unique or niche products that are hard to find at local stores. An example would be martial arts weaponry.
After selecting your products, find a supplier. Many companies sell to Internet sellers and eBay sells products for resale. You can also visit Thomasnet.com or Macraesbluebook.com for lists of manufacturers. Call some manufacturers and ask if they drop ship. Drop shippers allow you to ship by single units at greatly reduced prices. The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors have listings of drop shippers.

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