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Best Self Employed Jobs For Introverts

Based on the number of Internet searches there are for the words “jobs for introverts,” I’m going to make an educated guess that there are a lot of people out there who consider themselves to be introverts! What exactly is an introvert? Well, besides looking up the dictionary definition, you can gain a lot of insights into the word’s meaning by looking at a short list of Internet search terms people use to get information on the topic of jobs, careers, and businesses for introverts. “work alone jobs for introverts” “quiet jobs for introverts” “jobs for sensitive introverts” “jobs for shy introverts” Those four sets of Internet search terms pretty…

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Things to Make and Sell

If you’re looking for ideas of things to make and sell, the possibilities are almost endless. Although there are easy things to make and sell, it does help to have artistic, woodworking, or other creative talents to create things people want to buy, use, or display. When you consider the many ways there are to market hand-made products, crafts, and gifts, it opens up a world of opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs and craftspeople. If you can develop a reputation for creating quality products at a competitive price, then you may have the basis for a profitable part-time or full-time business. Here’s a list of things to make and sell that…

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Business Startup Ideas and Resources

Based on my personal experience as a business writer, entrepreneur, and inquisitive human being, I believe that there are several key qualities people need to possess or cultivate in order to start their own business and have a strong chance of succeeding. Let’s face it: Anyone can start a business, and many (unqualified) people do. The question is: “How many people have what it takes to succeed in business?” Although countless books have been written on the topic of succeeding in business, I’m going to attempt to boil down those volumes of wisdom to the following two concepts [drumroll, please!]: A good business idea: This first category opens up a rather large “can of worms” (yuck)…

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20 Hobbies That Make Money

The ideal work-at-home business would involve doing something you enjoy or that you find challenging. In compiling lists of ways to make money, I noticed that a lot of home-based businesses begin as hobbies. Hobbies that make money — or have the potential to do so — are especially attractive to stay-at-home moms, college students, senior citizens (retirees), and anyone else looking to make extra money in their spare time. After doing a little research on the ways entrepreneurs are making money, I came up with the following list of hobbies that can and often do make money. List of Money Making Hobbies Photography Jewelry designing [Related: How to start an online store]*…

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How to Start a Gift Basket Business From Home

Learn how to get started! Even thought I’ve never personally started or owned a gift basket business, I like the concept of it and believe it has a lot of potential as a viable home-based business. Here are a few compelling reasons why this business idea appeals to me — and why it may be a great home-based business for entrepreneurs on a limited budget.  Gift basket services provide a valuable solution to many people’s gift-giving problems. Many potential customers have trouble thinking of and buying appropriate gifts for friends, family, business associates, clients, new homeowners (housewarming gifts), expectant mothers, and dozens of other gift-giving situations and occasions. Think of the number of…

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How to Start a Cleaning Business

Starting a cleaning business is one of the most popular ideas among people looking for ways to make money, generate a steady income, and be their own boss. Although it’s not exactly a “glamorous business,” there is almost always a high demand for cleaning services — both residential and commercial. Nearly everyone needs their businesses or homes cleaned on a regular basis, and most people are willing to pay for it. Two other reasons so many people consider starting a cleaning business are the relatively low startup costs and the fact that you generally do not need college degrees, professional certification, or specialized training. That being said, I believe successful…

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Work at Home Business Ideas List

As I see it, there are two kinds of work-at-home businesses. In a home-based business, your office is in your home, but you generally meet with clients or customers at their place of business, in their home, or at another location. In the other type of home business, everything you do takes place in your home — often in front of your computer and on the phone. For people who consider themselves to be introverts, that can be the ideal way to make a living. Working at home can also be a good career path for professionals who are tired of commuting, being limited by the constraints of their job,…

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Business Ideas and What is Trending

If you’re looking for good business ideas for creating a full-time income or making extra money on the side, here’s a recent list of what other entrepreneurs are searching for online. Hopefully, it will provide you with the inspiration to clarify your goals, create a proactive marketing plan, and get started in your own business. Photography business Consulting Cleaning business (house cleaning, office cleaning, or janitorial services) Lawn care business Landscaping Construction T-shirt business Real estate business Catering business Retail business Jewelry business Event planning Pet sitting Franchise business Web hosting business Ebay business Computer repair Trucking Clothing business Home health care Tutoring service Personal training Web design business Carpentry…

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Things to Consider When Starting a Business

The idea of starting your own business and being your own boss is immensely appealing to a lot of people because it’s often equated with freedom, unlimited potential, and the ability to control your own destiny. The reality of being successful in your own business is a lot different the fantasy, however. I’m reminded of a musical line from the 2003 movie School of Rock: “It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll!” (It’s actually a classic rock song from the band AC/DC, but I associate it with School of Rock.) But whether you want to be a rock star, a published author, or…

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Self Employment Ideas for Entrepreneurs

The formula for small business success is relatively simple, but applying those steps and having the ability to follow through (over and over again) is the part that trips most people up! The first step to starting a business or making extra money involves coming up with a viable idea. If you’re stuck at the starting gate when it comes to narrowing down the choices, here’s a list of some of the most popular business ideas to consider. Hopefully, the following list of entrepreneurial ideas will provide you with the inspiration and clarity to become gainfully self employed — either on a part-time or full-time basis. Photography Consulting Cleaning (commercial…

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FAQ: What is a Good Business to Start?

A frequently asked question on the Internet is “What is a good business to start?” My short answer to that question is: “It depends.” Here are ten variables (in the form of questions) that could impact your ability to start and succeed in your own business: Do you possess marketable skills, experience, degrees, certifications, training, and strengths? Do you have passions, interests, talents, and abilities that could be applied to a business? What is the competitive environment in your local area? Is there capital and other resources you have access to (or can get access to)? How much time, energy, and attention are you willing to devote to a business?…

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FAQ: What Business Should I Start?

I’d make an educated guess that there are millions of people, right now, who would love to start their own business, but they’re hindered by a lack of focus and resolve. In my opinion, a lack of clarity is one of the top reasons aspiring entrepreneurs do not follow through and take the first step to starting their own business. The second reason is fear. They’re afraid to fail. They’re afraid of being criticized. They’re afraid of losing money. And that’s the short list! Are those fears realistic? To a certain extent they are realistic, although people often magnify the risks in their minds and blow them out of proportion.…

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Entrepreneurial Success Begins in Your Mind

How powerful are your thoughts? Psychologists, philosophers, and spiritual teachers have been saying that the quality and content of our thoughts has a direct bearing on our potential for happiness, success, and self realization. Many books, such as Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, go into great detail about how this power can be harnessed to achieve success in any endeavor. The title of the book intrigued me, as did the first chapter:”Thoughts Are Things.” Even though that’s an ancient metaphysical concept that’s been around since forever, it may seem like a revolutionary concept when you first stumble upon it. For most people, it’s an unfamiliar premise because society…

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4 Basic Steps to Starting a Business

If you’ve ever read about or reflected on Zen philosophy and the Law of Attraction, you realize that pursuing and achieving goals is more of a journey than a destination. If you don’t find the journey itself to be engaging and motivating, then there’s a good chance you’ll lose your momentum and quit. Having faith is also a component of making progress in life and getting ahead: faith in yourself… faith in your unlimited potential… and faith in unseen forces that motivate, inspire, and propel you forward every day. Did you ever see the Christmas classic movie Miracle on 34th Street? A line spoken by the character Fred Gailey distills…

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How to Come Up With a Business Idea

Here are ten questions to ask yourself when trying to come up a business idea that will be realistic, sustainable, and profitable: Do I have any marketable skills or ideas for marketable products for which a demand exists or can be created? Do I have the money I need to start and develop a business, and, if not, can I borrow or otherwise raise the capital I need to get started? Do I possess the self discipline, motivation, organizational skills, temperament, and salesmanship skills needed to set up a business, handle setbacks, and persist until I succeed? Do I believe in myself and possess the ability to persuade others to…

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10 Reasons to Start a Business in 2017

Millions of people are thinking of starting their own business, right now. Unfortunately, the majority of them are going to procrastinate, talk about it endlessly, and ultimately do little or nothing about their lofty goals. So “Why,” you may be wondering, would the year 2017 be a good time to take action on your goal to be your own boss… or at least create a nice part-time business to supplement your present income (and set the stage for more financial freedom, security, and independence in the future”)? Here are a few of my off-the-cuff thoughts on that very subject: 2017 is a new year, a fresh beginning, and a clean…

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Essential Qualities of an Entrepreneur

Being your own boss and starting a business is a very enticing idea — especially when jobs are hard to find and decent paychecks seem few and far between. In theory, running your own business means you can generate income without the benefit of a traditional job and a consistent paycheck. In reality, however, entrepreneurial success requires specific  attitudes, values, habits, qualities, personality traits, and skills. Here’s a list of some of the more important ones: Strong work ethic: Running your own business is anything but easy, but if you get a sense of accomplishment from it, then it can be satisfying and profitable. There are a lot of details…

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250 Ideas For Self Employment

If you’re out of work, not meeting your financial goals, or frustrated with your present job, self employment is an option that may be worth considering. Self employment can either serve as an income supplement or an income replacement — depending on your objectives, your skills, your motivation, and the demand for your products or services. Starting Your Own Business Below are articles, business guides, websites, and other resources that offer ideas, tools, training, and proven methods for starting and succeeding in your own business: 7 Ways to Start Your Own Business (without quitting your job)* Free newsletter shares tips and ideas for making money as a freelance writer* How to start a profitable online T-shirt store (Six…

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What Constitutes a Good Business Idea?

There are a lot of good business ideas out there, but there are none that offer a guarantee of success or a road map to riches. Whether a business startup idea could be considered good or great depends on a lot of variables. Here are a few of them: Demand for the product or service: Do you have reason to believe that there is a strong and ongoing demand for the product or service you’re thinking about offering? Feedback from one or two people (or a “hunch”) is usually not enough of a reason to forge ahead with an idea for a new business. Competitive factors: If there are already…

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Small Business Marketing Ideas for Entrepreneurs

  Marketing Ideas for Small Business How you market your business depends a lot on the kind of business you’re pursuing, who your target market is, and whether your marketing your business on a local, regional, national, or global basis. If you’re in the process of developing a service business, for example, one of the most important marketing tools that will help you win clients in the commercial, government, and organization sectors is a well-written, professional business proposal. A leading sources of business proposal templates is a website I’ve been affiliated with for a decade or so, called Proposal Kit. For more information on what an effective proposal consists of…

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Questions to Ask When Starting a Business

 “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” ― William G.T. Shedd (1820-1894) That quote by 19th century theologian William Shedd sums up what it means to be an entrepreneur.While it’s true that there’s a lot of risk involved in starting your own business, it can also be an opportunity for growth, prosperity, and self determination. There’s nothing wrong with working for someone else — and a lot of people need the security of a steady paycheck and company-provided benefits.  Entrepreneurs are a unique breed, however, and are not content having someone else call the shots and place a limit on their potential. There’s Nothing…

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What Makes a Business Idea Successful?

As I began to reflect on the topic of this blog post, the first thing that came to mind was the old expression “Necessity is the mother of Invention.” Before I looked it up online, I assumed it was a saying coined by Benjamin Franklin. (Either him or Frank Zappa). Although Ben Franklin has been quoted as saying “Diligence is the mother of good luck,” it was the Greek philosopher Plato who came up with the quote about necessity. What I’d like to take a look at, though, is how that concept relates to the goal of creating a successful small business. In many cases businesses become successful for the…

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Starting a Photography Business

When it comes to starting a business, one of the most popular searches on the Internet is “How to start a photography business.” According to one data base I use, more people are interested in starting a photography business or learning how to become a photographer than almost any other small business or form of self employment. This raises a lot of questions including “Why is this profession so popular?” and “Does the competition make it difficult to break into the business and make a living at it?” I think the widespread appeal of becoming a photographer is based on several things, including the fact that it’s often associated with…

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20 Pet Business Ideas

When you think about the enormous popularity of pets throughout the world, it’s no wonder that there is a large market for products and services that cater to dog and cat owners — and their furry friends. If you’re looking for pet business ideas, there is no shortage of possibilities. Here’s a list of ideas that other pet entrepreneurs (“petrepreneurs”?) are now pursuing: Pet sitting business [Learn how to start, manage, and grow your own pet services*] Starting a pet shop Pet waste removal service Pet photography Dog grooming and/or mobile pet grooming Dog training Pet food delivery Pet boarding (dog kennel) Cat and dog daycare services Dog walking [Learn the proven…

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