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Finding the Right Business for You
Finding the right home business to start can be a daunting task and to a great extent, may depend on your current job and work requirements. Most entrepreneurs seeking a home enterprise don’t have the luxury of being able to quit their day job to jump in to a new full time venture without having to worry about how they are going to pay the bills with little or no immediate income from the new venture.
For most, starting a new venture means starting it part-time while continuing to work a job that puts bread and butter on the table. Exceptions to this rule occur when a spouse is the full time bread winner which can set a path for an immediate full time entry into a new venture without any financial worries. Still, for many, the initial startup phase of a new home business will be part-time and after hours.
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AFFILIATE MARKETING: For today’s mobile creatives that live and breath the internet, there is nothing like affiliate marketing. Affiliate “marketeers” join affiliate programs from manufacturers and service providers and post links on their website to those products and services. The idea behind it is that you promote other people’s products, often through an affiliate network, earning a commission if people actually end up buying thanks to your marketing. One exceptionally popular affiliate marketing business opportunity is Amazon Associates (see below).
AMAZON ASSOCIATE: Started in 1996, the Amazon Associates program was the first online affiliate program of its kind. Today, it is the largest and most successful online affiliate program, with over 900,000 members worldwide. Affiliate marketing is BIG BUSINESS and if you have your own website you can start earning up to 10% in referral fees by simply advertising Amazon products. Amazon is a highly recognized household name and having an Amazon affiliate relationship can be a perfect side business for bloggers.
AUTO BUYER / CONCIERGE: An Auto Concierge is an independent car buying service that will handle every part of the car buying or leasing process for those who do not want to deal with the auto dealers. Among other things, an auto concierge will consult with an individual regarding the right car to buy, contact dealers and negotiate price, and finally oversee and explain contracting and set up delivery. An auto concierge differs from an “auto broker” in that an auto broker is paid by the dealer and an auto concierge is paid by the buyer. Because of this, an auto concierge will typically work harder on behalf of the car buyer since that is who is paying the buying fee.
AUTO DETAILING BUSINESS: Auto detailing is like car washing on steroids and although washing the car is where it all begins, detailing includes waxing, polishing, clay bar treatments, vacuuming, treating fabrics, and much more. This is a great home-based business for those with little startup capital and who don’t mind the physical requirements of this type of home business. (More Info)
BLOGGER: Blogging has become BIG business primarily due to the many affiliate marketing opportunities that are available. This is a business that will take time to build but the effort is definitely worth it. It is also a business that definitely lends itself to travel and adventure if that is your goal.
BLOG WRITER: While the BIG money is certainly made in managing multiple blogs, professional blog writers can earn a living simply writing articles for bloggers too busy to write their own. This unique freelance business seems to be booming as more and more bloggers and affiliate marketers launch their businesses but lack some of necessary writing skills to post great, attention getting articles.
BOOKKEEPING / ACCOUNTING: As a home-based business, bookkeeping is exceptionally attractive to many due to its very low start-up costs and relatively good income potential. Additionally, other than the normal business licenses required in any jurisdiction, there are no professional licenses actually required to enter the field. You will, however, need to either have or acquire a certain level of accounting and math skills to operate but this is readily available locally through any local college and most trade schools.
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY COACH: Business Opportunity Coaching is one of the newer business opportunities we now support at DataMax and this enterprise is certainly on the rise due to more and more individuals seeking some way out of the world of the underpaid employee. Business Opportunity Coaching is a unique area of consulting but this opportunity and enterprise is one that requires almost no startup capital and one that almost anyone can do if they are willing to invest in the many hours of research and data management which is required.
CASH FLOW BROKER: Cash Flow Consultants take the business of mortgage note brokering to a higher professional level. No longer focusing on strictly owner financed mortgage notes, cash flow brokers act as middlemen on a host of additional products such as private mortgage notes, business notes, annuities, inheritance advances, legal settlement advances, etc. Cash Flow Brokers are “cash out” specialists that act as middlemen assisting individuals in cashing out of financial obligations early, making a commission / fee in the process.
CLEANING SERVICE BUSINESS: Cleaning residences and small businesses can be a very profitable home-based venture and one that is very easy to start. Don’t, however, overlook the fact that this can be physically demanding work, especially when you first start out and are likely to be doing most of the work yourself. The great news is, however, that this is a business which can be started on a shoestring investment and also one that has never been more in demand. In today’s economy, working families find it necessary for both spouses to be employed to make ends meet and setting aside time for domestic chores has become difficult if not impossible. In short, many of today’s “moderns” need a house cleaning service.
COMPUTER TUTOR: If you are one of those people who have a natural fondness and compatibility with all things computer, a home-based computer tutoring business might be just the right niche for you. And although teaching others can often be challenging, this is a business that offers so many niches and specialty applications that it’s almost certain you can find one that with match up with you.
COURIER SERVICE: A courier service is a business with minimal investment requirements and one that can be started by almost anyone that is mobile. This is a high profit business and advantages such as high demand for services and a wide range of potential customers.
ELDER CARE SPECIALIST: This is an in-demand job due to the “graying” of America and a subset of Personal Concierge. In most cases, work-from-home elder care professionals make daily or weekly house calls to their clients to help them with such things as meal preparation, minor home repairs, and transportation to doctors, dentists, etc.
FACTORING BROKER: This under-the-radar home business is perfect for those that are looking for a little prestige along with a new career path. In a nutshell, factoring brokers help business owners source working capital when getting a loan from a traditional bank is not an option. For referring clients to factors, brokers are paid commissions on a residual, life-of-account basis. (Find out more)
GIFT BASKET BUSINESS: Gift baskets are bought throughout the year for various reasons and occasions and could well be the closest thing to the perfect gift since they can be constructed to suit both the giver and receiver. Gift baskets are typically low to moderate in cost and can be customized to suit any occasion, making them a very unique and personal gift option. If you are artistic and creative and enjoy making presents, starting a home-based gift basket business can be a great way to make some serious cash.
HANDYMAN BUSINESS: If you can swing a hammer and tend to be “Mr. or Mrs. Fixit around the house, a handyman business might be just right for you. And, in many cases, you do not need to actually do any work yourself as you can build a solid group of licensed sub-contractors to actually do work that you develop.
LAWN CARE SERVICE: Lawn Care businesses can be exceptional in warmer climate areas where you will be performing year round services. In other areas, with an abundance of snow, you can supplement caring for lawns with other services such as snow removal. In areas with extended winter months but minimal snow, you will need to take on other “handyman tasks”. Still, opportunities in lawn care abound and many in this business find they can earn enough money during the spring, summer, and fall months, to easily carry themselves through the winter.
MOBILE NOTARY BUSINESS: A notary public acts as a certified and legal witness, providing their signature in exchange for proof of identification. Standard notarized legal documents include contracts, mortgages, and property deeds. Mobile notaries drive to the home or business of the individual needing their services and charge per document and per mile. This can be an exceptional business for those willing to invest the time into networking and building relationships.
MORTGAGE NOTE BROKER: The brokering of private owner carry-back mortgage notes is a popular home business and a subset of the note investing industry. While most who become involved in this industry focus on investing in notes (and in particular, mortgage notes) for high-yield returns, there is a popular related industry of brokers or “finders” who seek out notes for note investors and in return, earn a finders fee or commission.
RESTAURANT MENU DESIGNER: Menu designing is a great specialty side business for those that have mastered Adobe Creative Cloud’s InDesign which even has restaurant menu templates. Restaurants are always changing pricing, creating new menu items, or in need of special holiday menus updates and few have the time to create such items themselves. In addition to InDesign skills, you will need a quality digital camera and a color printer but this is a business that can be built rapidly as restaurants are always in need of menu updates.
PERSONAL CHEF: This is a perfect business for those that have a passion for cooking, culinary skills, and people. Personal chefs spend their days preparing food onsite in the homes of their clients as well as in their own kitchen. The various niches for this business are almost endless and those that tend to be “people” oriented as well as avid explorers of gourmet cooking can thrive at this business. There are dozens of niche markets for a personal chef to focus on including food preparation for events, parties, the elderly, etc. This business tends to be a word of mouth business and targeting niches such as the affluent elderly can often lead to referral after referral.
PERSONAL CONCIERGE: Working as a personal concierge is much like working as a “Girl or Guy Friday”. As a personal concierge, you’ll work as an independent contractor, taking on clients who need your services. The needs of your clients will vary greatly depending on circumstances and some may require only a few hours of assistance every week while others require many hours. The “aging” of America makes this business an exceptional one as the number of seniors in need of assistance is growing exponentially.
PET SITTING BUSINESS: If you are an animal lover, you can make money from home easily doing something you love. Pet sitting and dog walking are always demand! Pet owners are looking for a safe place to leave their animals when they go on vacation, a trustworthy individual to watch their home, or simply pet daycare services (dog walking, pet grooming, etc.) as well as many other services that are related to their beloved pets.
POOL MAINTENANCE SERVICE: Pool cleaners visit the homes of clients or businesses to check and adjust the water’s chemical balance, maintain the pumps and filters, check the skimmers, and clean the pool. Pool cleaning is not a “seat of the pants” business since you will be dealing with some relatively dangerous chemicals. If you have gained experience working with others in the industry, however, this can be an exceptional home business and especially in the warmer states.
PHOTOSHOP EXPERT: Adobe’s Creative Cloud products can provide endless home business opportunities for those willing to take the time to master them and one of the most important products to master is Photoshop. Becoming a Photoshop experts will take time and training but opens incredible doors to hundreds of side jobs working with photographers or creating standalone advertising content for businesses. Your initial cost here is under $50 per month but opportunities for selling services and content are endless.
PRINTFUL ONLINE T-SHIRT BUSINESS: If you know clothing you know there is big money in cleverly designed t-shirts. This is a business you can start on a shoestring budget since there is no inventory and you can simply let your creative juices flow. You can sell your t-shirts on your blogs or / and an online store. You design and sell your t-shirts and Printful does the rest.
QUICKBOOKS PROADVISOR: A QuickBooks ProAdvisor is a person, typically an accounting professional or a business consultant, who completed the Pro Advisor course, takes the test and becomes certified in QuickBooks. QuickBooks ProAdvisors help business owners and their accountants get the most out of QuickBooks by setting up QuickBooks properly and customizing it for the needs of an individual business. This is a great “add-on” for those starting a bookkeeping business that will set you apart.
SELF PUBLISHING E-BOOKS: Since anyone can have their work published online, it is also now possible for anyone to make a good living off their writing. A well known recent example of self published success is the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, but there are tens of thousands of other examples that may not have reached such high levels of success, but still provide good income for authors. Once written, it’s easy to market your work through your blogs.
STOCK PHOTO CONTRIBUTOR: This is a unique photography related business that always falls under the radar. Web designers, magazines, advertising professionals buy stock photographic images from stock content providers such as Shutterstock. photographers that submit images to Shutterstock earn a commission every time one of their photos is downloaded. Selling photographs to stock providers is a great side profession and a good fit for other home businesses such as travel bloggers and Creative Cloud Specialists. Your investment here will be some quality photographic equipment along with a laptop and support equipment. In general, stock photos earn approximately 25-45 cents per image, per month. This obviously depends on many factors, including how many agencies you upload to, your skill in keywording, and the uniqueness of the images.
UNCLAIMED FUNDS FINDER: Unclaimed money is often released to the unclaimed property fund of a state or province. Such money may come from a variety of sources and is held as a public service. Funds may sit for years before persons claim them, often because the money’s rightful recipient does not know it is theirs. Money finders are professionals who help people find and collect these funds. They perform searches for clients and earn a fee for their services.
WINDOW CLEANING BUSINESS: This is one of the businesses that seems to fall through the cracks when people think of a home business but for individuals not afraid to expend some elbow grease, window washing services can be solid revenue producers. You will need the right vehicle (van or pickup truck) for this business since ladders will be involved but this is business that enjoys repeat customers that schedule cleaning monthly of sometimes even more often.