How to Work For Yourself


The idea of working for yourself appeals to a lot of people because it represents freedom, the potential to make a lot of money, and self determination. Although you don’t necessarily need a formal business education to be successfully self employed, there are several personal qualities and skill sets that will increase your chances of creating a profitable, financially viable small business.

  1. Motivation: Inner drive and a strong desire to succeed can come from a lot of different sources. Sometimes it’s a matter of economic necessity. Others may be motivated by a competitive nature, a desire to prove all the naysayers in your life wrong, or simply an entrepreneurial spirit that compels you to seek out challenges and pursue opportunities. If you’re fortunate enough to have a strong work ethic and at least a moderate amount of self discipline, then you’re already miles ahead of many of your potential competitors. Belief in yourself and the value of your business idea is another cornerstone of success. Setting realistic goals, focusing on solutions rather than problems, and being committed to a high standard of quality are also closely related to building and maintaining momentum in a business startup. BTW… If you’d like to download a free goal-setting worksheet, click here.
  2. Planning and Organization: Some businesses are more complicated than others — especially if you have employees to manage, inventory to keep track of, regulations to comply with, customer problems to resolve, supplies to replenish, installment payments to keep up with, schedules to juggle, and other miscellaneous priorities, distractions, and problems. Even if you’re just a one- or two-person operation (as many of us are), it’s still necessary to plan and implement a marketing strategy, meet deadlines, reply to phone calls and emails, keep your files and records well organized, and handle dozens of other business management tasks. If you miss client appointments, incur excessive debt, or fail to meet client expectations, nothing good can come from that!
  3. Marketing: Every business is different, but all businesses need customers, the ability to be found on the Internet, and an effective sales process that converts prospects into satisfied customers — preferably ones who provide you with referrals, positive online reviews, testimonials, repeat business, and word-of-mouth advertising. While various forms of social media marketing can help generate public awareness, inquiries, client relationships, and even sales, there are two challenges to overcome: 1) Learning how to effectively use social media and discovering which social media channels (or combination) provide you with the best results and the most interaction with customers and prospects. 2) Achieving a balance between the amount of time you invest in social media marketing and the quality (and quantity) of results you achieve. To put it another way: It’s easy to waste a lot of time on social media sites without deriving that much benefit from it. In some cases, it pays to hire a freelancer, Internet marketing agency, a recent college graduate, a work-at-home parent, or even a tech-savvy college student to help you expand and manage your social media presence. Obviously, it has to be an individual or agency that’s competent, knowledgeable, competitively priced, and dependable, but there are a lot of people out there who know their way around Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, and WordPress. (As an example, I write blog posts and website content for businesses that don’t have the time or writing skills to do it themselves. However, when it comes to social media marketing strategies, I’m still learning the ropes! I just recently started an Instagram account to promote an online tee shirt store I created. Instagram doesn’t work for all businesses, but it can be an effective way to gain visibility for your products, programs, and services, and network with other business owners and potential customers online.)

Getting Started Working for Yourself

If you’re thinking of starting your own online store, Shopify offers some free business startup guides, resources, and tools that can make starting a business a lot easier. In addition to their competitive ecommerce package — which is worth looking into* — here are some free online tools and articles to help kick-start your business growth and get you started on the right foot:

Free Marketing Tools:

  • Business name generator
  • Logo creator
  • Slogan maker
  • Business card maker

Free Business Templates:

  • Gift certificate template
  • Purchase order template
  • Shipping label template
  • Bill of lading template

Other Handy Business Tools

  • Profit margin calculator
  • Business loan calculator
  • CPM calculator
  • Barcode generator
  • Refund policy generator
  • Privacy Policy generator
  • Pay stub generator
  • Image resizer for product photos

You can access all of the above-mentioned marketing tools, templates, and calculators by visiting Shopify’s free business startup tools page.

Business Guides and Startup Tips

Here are the business startup guides Shopify offers, which can help you achieve your goal of starting a small business and working for yourself.

  1. A Marketing Checklist for New Entrepreneurs (How to get your first sale in 30 days)
  2. Seven Ways to Start a Business… without quitting your day job.
  3. How to find a product to sell online
  4. The Ultimate Guide to Starting an online T-shirt Business

Books on Starting a Home-Based Business:

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Work for Yourself Ideas:

If you’re looking for additional ideas for starting your business and working for yourself, here are some options to consider:

  1. Cleaning business (residential/commercial)
  2. Pressure washing
  3. Window washing
  4. Consulting
  5. Photography and/or video production
  6. Landscaping
  7. Lawn care
  8. Catering
  9. Food truck
  10. Dog walking, pet sitting, dog training, grooming
  11. Construction, remodeling, handyman services, carpentry, siding installation
  12. Electrical services
  13. HVAC: Heating, Ventilation, Air conditioning service, maintenance, repair
  14. Roofing: repair, installation replacement, etc
  15. Plumbing services
  16. Swimming pool services: installation, repair, cleaning, monthly maintenance
  17. Website design and/or graphic design
  18. Event planning: wedding planning, party planning, corporate event planning
  19. Tutoring
  20. Vending machine leasing and sales
  21. Jewelry design and sales
  22. Making and selling crafts
  23. Interior and exterior painting
  24. Real estate sales and/or investing
  25. Rental business
  26. eBay business
  27. Home health care
  28. Baking and selling cupcakes, cookies, cakes
  29. Baking and selling dog treats
  30. Bookkeeping, tax preparation, accounting
  31. Medical billing
  32. Transcribing services
  33. Virtual assistant business
  34. Courier and/or delivery services
  35. Transportation services: Taxi, limousine, party bus rental
  36. Personal training or gym business
  37. Wholesale business
  38. Import/export
  39. Pest control services
  40. Franchise businesses
  41. Daycare services
  42. Medical transportation
  43. Photo booth rentals
  44. e-book publishing (Tips and strategies)
  45. Freight brokering (Details)
  46. Buying and selling cell phones
  47. Business coaching (Training/certification available)
  48. Buying and selling used or government-seized vehicles

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Thanks for checking on my latest blog post on how to start your own business and work for yourself. I’ll be updating this post in the near future.

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50 Side Hustle Ideas for 2019


You can’t help but admire someone who is motivated to take charge of their life — financial and otherwise — and improve their economic security. I think that’s what side hustles are all about: the desire and willingness to use ones energy, available time, and resourcefulness to get ahead in life.

What exactly do I mean by “get ahead,” though?

Well those words mean different things to different people, but typically it means to make enough money to meet your essential needs and have enough extra money available to enjoy a degree of luxury and ensure a comfortable retirement. It’s also a good idea to create a financial cushion for unexpected expenses, special occasions (weddings, for example), and possibly helping out adult children and/or elderly parents.

On the other hand, when you leave your financial security to chance or believe it’s out of your control, you invite economic instability and a life that’s marked by shortfalls, indebtedness, and struggle.

How we respond to choices determines whether we live a life of abundance or scarcity. Metaphorically, the many choices with which we’re presented is like a long hallway of closed doors. Until we identify which doors will lead us in a positive direction — and then take decisive action, life will continue to dole out the same results (or lack, thereof), that it’s been producing for us.

So whether you’re a small business owner, a freelancer, a wage earner, or a salaried professional, there are always opportunities to earn extra money on the side — if you’ve identified that as a priority.

Granted, not everyone has the desire, energy, or need to look for sources of extra income, but for those who do, I offer this list of potential side hustles. This business ideas list also includes possibilities for full-time businesses and work-at-home businesses.

  1. Cleaning business: residential, commercial, windows, carpets, pressure washing
  2. Photography, video production, more ideas
  3. T shirt business (Platforms include Shopify and Teespring– Here’s my store!)
  4. Consulting (Blog post lists potential consulting gigs.)
  5. Landscaping  and/or lawn care
  6. Property management, property preservation, and/or maintenance
  7. Catering or other food businesses, such as owning a food truck
  8. Baking business: cookies, cupcakes, wedding cakes, birthday cakes, bread, pastries
  9. Pet businesses: dog walking, pet sitting, grooming, boarding, breeding, training
  10. Construction: building new houses, offices, apartments, additions, container homes
  11. Home improvement and/or home repairs contracting
  12. Carpentry or woodworking [Special offer: Get 50 free woodworking plans ]
  13. Electrical services
  14. Roofing
  15. HVAC
  16. Masonry services, hardscaping services
  17. Window and door installation
  18. Handyman services [Video and book offer startup tips and success strategies]
  19. Aluminum and vinyl siding installation
  20. Event planning: wedding planning, birthdays, retirement, corporate events
  21. Tutoring
  22. Conducting seminars, workshops, full- or part-time summer camps
  23. Vending machine business
  24. Retail: bricks and mortar, booth or kiosk rental,  or creating an online store
  25. Making and selling jewelry
  26. eBay business
  27. Trucking, delivery services, junk hauling
  28. Transportation: taxi services, limousine services, party bus rental
  29. Owning/renting out apartments, condos, houses, duplexes, office space
  30. Real estate business and/or real estate marketing
  31. Baby sitting, child care, day care services
  32. Painting: interior/exterior/mural painting
  33. Interior decorating/ interior design
  34. Home staging
  35. Writing [Online workshop: “Freelance Writing Ultimate Success Blueprint”]
  36. Grant writing for non-profit organizations and government entities
  37. Public relations, marketing services, social media marketing management
  38. Freelance graphic design
  39. Web design
  40. Computer repair
  41. Buying and selling cell phones
  42. Buying/selling used books, thrift store finds, garage sale items, Craigslist bargains
  43. Bookkeeping, accounting, tax preparation
  44. Making/selling crafts
  45. Recycling business
  46. eCommerce business
  47. Fitness: personal training, gym business, gymnastics, yoga, fitness bootcamps
  48. Virtual assistant
  49. Personal assistant
  50. Life coach (certification program available)
  51. Medical transportation business (non emergency) Click here for details!

That’s the short, but updated version of some of my previous lists of side hustles, business ideas, and freelancing options. My most extensive list on this blog consists of 250 self-employment ideas.

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I hope this list has sparked some good side hustle ideas that will help supplement your income, raise your standard of living, or even evolve into a profitable full-time business.

Thanks for checking out my latest post; feel free to follow this blog for future updates and lists of side hustle jobs.

Freelance writer, Internet entrepreneur, Business blogger,


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Self Employed Jobs With No Qualifications


Whether you’re looking for a gig job, a side hustle, or self employment opportunity, it does help to have some relevant experience, marketable skills, or career training. That being said, there are plenty of successful entrepreneurs who have started their own business with nothing more than a good idea, a healthy dose of self confidence, some basic organizational skills, and enough ambition to fuel their goals.

If you’re looking for ways to make money but don’t think you have any qualifications, here are three things to consider:

  1. Almost everyone has acquired some kind of experience, skills, or valuable knowledge during their life. Even though you may have convinced yourself that you have no qualifications, perhaps you’re overlooking something that could lead to a full- or part-time income. Consider the possibility that you’ve been selling yourself short.
  2. Is there service, product, or business in which you’re interested that you could learn more about? In all likelihood, there are ways you could acquire expertise in a business that interests you. Sometimes working for someone else for a period of time can give you the experience, knowledge, and training you need to eventually set out on your own. It can also be helpful to attend workshops, seminars, “entrepreneur boot camps,” webinars, continuing education programs, or introductory classes on starting a business. You may even know someone who already runs a business and would be willing to serve as your mentor or offer you an apprenticeship.
  3. Make a list of things you’d enjoy doing as a business, a freelance gig, or a self employment job. Whenever you enjoy doing something, you have a greater tendency to do it well, find ways to continually improve, and perform the job with enthusiasm. Since customers are attracted to people with those qualities, your best bet for starting a business might be to choose something you enjoy doing or that you’re passionate about.


Benefiting from the experiences of others who have already done what you want to do can be an effective way to start your own business, create multiple streams of income, and branch out into becoming your own boss.

If you’re looking for a business startup guide or other sources of information that can guide you through the steps of choosing a business, getting started, and building a customer base, here are some resources and self training materials that can help:

  1. Start an office cleaning business (part time)
  2. How to start and grow your own lawn care business
  3. Make money writing short articles online
  4. Learn how to start a home-based affiliate marketing business
  5. Become a home-based travel agent
  6. Start an online t-shirt business
  7. Launch a dropshipping store
  8. Buy and sell items at a profit: wholesale designer handbags, used cell phones, cars and trucks, thrift store finds, website domain names
  9. Become a professional blogger
  10. Transportation services ideas: food or package delivery services, courier services, junk hauling, small-scale moving services, taxi, limousine, party bus rentals
  11. How to start a woodworking business

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So even if your skills, education, and/or experience may limited, there are dozens of businesses or side hustles you can start that either don’t require specialized knowledge or can be learned with a moderate amount of self study, initiative, and networking.

The most important qualities a new business owner needs are a strong motivation to succeed, the desire to provide customers with useful products and services, and the ability to stay focused, organized, and goal oriented. With those values and qualities as a starting point, growing a business and gaining expertise often happens organically.

And speaking of starting a new business, check out my new online t-shirt store that I started through Teespring!


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Startup Guides for Entrepreneurs:


Thanks for checking out my latest blog post! Stay tuned for more ideas, potential opportunities, and marketing strategies by following this blog.

Until next time!

Affiliate marketer, freelance writer, business blogger

How to Come Up With a Business Idea


One of my favorite inspirational quotes is by the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu:

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

That saying applies to everything from goal attainment and small business success to academic achievement and career advancement.

Taking challenges one step at a time and being motivated to persist until you succeed  are among the qualities of a success-bound entrepreneur.

If you’re thinking of starting a business of any size, it helps to adopt this type of  entrepreneurial mindset. Without the right attitude, your journey into self employment  is sure to be a short one.

To put it bluntly: “An untrained mind can accomplish nothing!” (Source: A Course in Miracles)

However, if you train your mind to be both goal oriented and action oriented, then your chances of entrepreneurial success are greatly increased.

Another invaluable source of inspiration for entrepreneurs is the classic success book by Napoleon Hill, “Think and Grow Rich.” I believe that if every aspiring business owner, college student,  and entrepreneur read that book — and took it seriously — then a lot more people would be reaching their potential and having a positive impact on the economy.

For many self employed people and small business owners, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a good business idea — one that they’re passionate about and that inspires continuous action, innovation, and mental focus.

Coming Up With a Good Business Idea

So how does one come up with a good business idea? Well, in many cases, good startup business ideas are the result of being able to identify an unmet need or an unsolved problem in the marketplace — either locally or globally.

All things being equal, it’s generally best to avoid going into a business in which there’s a lot of stiff competition — especially if you’re just starting out. Although some people have done it successfully, it can be an uphill battle to try and penetrate a highly competitive or saturated market.

An exception: In some cases, however, competition may not be a stumbling block and may actually represent an opportunity. For example, if your potential customers are dissatisfied with the existing service, quality, selection, turnaround time, or responsiveness of the company they’re now doing business with, they (the prospect) would be receptive to your proposal to switch providers or suppliers. If you can provide more value, better service, and superior customer satisfaction than the competition, then you may be in a position to successfully enter a competitive market and gain a growing market share.

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Elements of a good business idea

Coming up with a good business idea usually includes the following ingredients:

  1. Identifying an unmet or inadequately served need among the general population or (better still) a specialized market segment.
  2. Coming up with innovative, compelling, and cost-effect ways to reach your target demographic and market your business. (The best business idea in the world is destined to fail if you don’t know how to effectively communicate the advantages and unique features of your product or service to your target audience.)
  3. The starting point of many successful startup businesses is the ability and willingness to leverage one’s own skills, knowledge, areas of expertise, passions, training, education, resources, personal contacts, and natural talents to acquire customers (AKA “marketing“) and provide them with superior quality, service, and satisfaction. (Satisfied customers relead to repeat business, customer referrals, and favorable online reviews and positive word-of-mouth advertising.)

If it’s your goal to come up with a viable business idea and nurture it to fruition, it’s also vitally important to associate with positive-minded people — specifically, other entrepreneurs, family members, mentors, and friends who will encourage, support, and inspire you, rather than bombard you with reasons why your business ideas might not work.

Granted, all business ideas should be carefully considered, researched, and evaluated before investing time or money in them, but business success can only be achieved when you go into it with an attitude of positive expectation.

Small Business Ideas List

One method of coming up with business ideas is to peruse lists of possible choices, based on what other entrepreneurs are engaged in, researching, or thinking about. I hope the following list of 115 business ideas will help you narrow down the possibilities and zero in on the right business idea for you.

  1. Photography
  2. Photo booth rental
  3. Consulting
  4. Cleaning [Start your own PT office-cleaning business*]
  5. Lawn care, mowing, yard cleanup [Free audio: Lawn business tips and tricks*]
  6. Landscaping
  7. Non-emergency medical transportation
  8. Construction
  9. Handyman business [Getting started*]
  10. Interior/exterior painting
  11. Graphic design
  12. Transportation
  13. Taxi service, limo service, party bus rental
  14. Moving services, trucking business
  15. T-shirt design and sales (online or offline)
  16. Real estate sales, investing, house flipping, rental property
  17. Tutoring
  18. Musical instrument lessons
  19. ESL instruction
  20. Catering
  21. Event planning
  22. Wedding planning, party planning
  23. Princess parties
  24. Floral business
  25. Candy bouquet business [Details here*]
  26. Retail
  27. Computer Repair
  28. eCommerce
  29. Buying and selling on eBay, Craiglist, garage sales, etc.
  30. Jewelry design and sales
  31. Pet sitting, dog walking, dog training, dog grooming, dog breeding
  32. Franchise businesses
  33. Clothing business
  34. Lingerie sales
  35. Food business, such as food truck, ice cream, hot dog cart, Italian ices, bakery, pizza
  36. Home health care
  37. Personal trainer or starting a gym business or fitness bootcamp
  38. Life coach
  39. Carpentry, woodworking*, furniture refinishing
  40. Flooring installation
  41. Plumbing
  42. HVAC
  43. Roofing
  44. Electrical services
  45. Pressure washing
  46. Pool cleaning, maintenance, seasonal openings and closings
  47. home staging
  48. Interior design
  49. Payroll services
  50. Bookkeeping
  51. Medical billing
  52. Accounting/tax preparation
  53. Personal assistant
  54. Virtual assistant
  55. Answering service
  56. Transcription services
  57. Vending machines
  58. Marketing/advertising services, including social media marketing
  59. Blogging
  60. Carpet cleaning
  61. Daycare
  62. Crafts
  63. Sewing
  64. Candle making, soap making, sales
  65. Etsy business
  66. Flea market business
  67. Art business
  68. Consignment sales
  69. Recycling
  70. Wholesaling
  71. Web hosting
  72. Mobile oil change service
  73. Roadside assistance
  74. Window tinting
  75. Property preservation
  76. Snow plowing
  77. Tree trimming
  78. Junk removal
  79. Import/export
  80. Buying and selling used cars
  81. Security guard services
  82. Home security system installation
  83. Home automation
  84. Home inspection services
  85. Home remodeling
  86. Window cleaning
  87. Rental business
  88. Antique dealer
  89. Locksmith
  90. Welding
  91. Printing Business
  92. Background checking services
  93. Safety consulting
  94. Management consulting
  95. Security consulting
  96. Career counseling
  97. Resume writing service
  98. Corporate recruiting
  99. Karate studio (dojo)
  100. Music recording studio
  101. Yoga studio
  102. Gymnastics
  103. Offering classes, continuing adult education
  104. Hair styling, makeup artist
  105. Financial planning
  106. Freelance writing
  107. Personal chef
  108. Boat charter business
  109. Guided tours
  110. Gift basket business
  111. Pest control
  112. Rental property business (apartments, condos, houses, vacation rentals, etc.)
  113. Hotel, B&B
  114. Restaurant, cafe, diner, coffee shop, coffee service,
  115. Delivery service, courier
  116. Linen rental
  117. Dry cleaning business

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on all things entrepreneurial! Stay tuned for more business ideas, marketing strategy, and motivational resources.

Best of luck in coming up with a winning business idea, this year!

Business blogger, freelance writer, marketing strategist, coffee drinker


*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of the products, services, courses, and software featured on this blog.

Cautionary note: A startup business is like a marriage: It should not be entered into lightly! Carefully evaluate all business opportunities and ventures before taking the plunge, seek out trusted and qualified business advisors, and bear in mind that all businesses entail a degree of risk.

But… with that caveat in mind, remember the following quote:

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. (John A. Shedd)



What Type of Business Should I Start?


One of the first steps to starting your own business involves developing a plan. That initial plan does not have to spell out every single thing you need to do to launch a new business, but it should reflect some careful thought and a little bit of research into whether your business idea is feasible. The feasibility of your business strategy will depend on several key factors:

  1. Competitive factors: You need to ask yourself whether the marketplace is already saturated with other companies or entrepreneurs offering the same product or service on which you want to base your business.
  2. Your skills, experience, and talents: There are very few businesses that do not require the owner to have some sort of knowledge, expertise, or natural ability. As an entrepreneur, it’s your mission to identify your strengths and passions, and to apply those capabilities to the right business venture or enterprise.
  3. Available resources: While some businesses can be run on a shoestring budget by one energetic entrepreneur, others require thousands of dollars of investment capital and/or the involvement of partners, vendors, employees, freelancers, and others. Choosing the type of business that is the best match to your resources, capabilities, and target market is one of the cornerstones to business longevity, business survival, and growth potential.


Types of Businesses Other People Are Starting

If you’re at a loss for a specific business idea, here’s my latest list of 50 self employment ideas worth considering. Many of these business ideas are inexpensive to start and can be run by one person.

  1. Cleaning services [Download startup kit*]
  2. Photography
  3. Consulting
  4. Lawn care, mowing, yard cleanup  [Order lawn business success course*]
  5. Non-emergency medical transportation [Buy 322-page business manual*]
  6. Landscaping
  7. Construction
  8. Graphic design and/or website design
  9. Real estate [Helpful tools: marketing templates and real estate training*]
  10. Catering
  11. Retail
  12. Event planning
  13. eCommerce
  14. Making/selling jewelry
  15. Pet sitting/ dog walking/ dog grooming/ dog training/ pet boarding
  16. eBay business or Amazon business
  17. Web hosting
  18. Franchise business
  19. Computer repair
  20. Clothing business
  21. Trucking
  22. Personal training
  23. Home health care
  24. Moving services, including small scale moves and senior citizen help
  25. Carpentry
  26. Woodworking as a business [Order how-to book and audio tips]*
  27. Wedding planning
  28. Interior design
  29. Payroll services
  30. Tax preparation
  31. Medical Billing
  32. Bookkeeping
  33. Transcription services
  34. Handyman services [Get tips on how to successfully run this business*]
  35. Vending machine service
  36. Marketing services
  37. Transportation: Limo services, party bus rental, taxi services
  38. Carpet cleaning
  39. Daycare services
  40. Virtual assistant services
  41. Interior or exterior painting
  42. Creating and selling crafts
  43. Recycling business
  44. Wholesaling
  45. Mobile oil change service
  46. Property preservation
  47. Junk removal
  48. Import/export
  49. Make and sell candy bouquets [259-page illustrated guide tells how*]
  50. Start a gourmet kettle corn business [Get startup materials*: business plan, training videos, wholesale order form template, label templates]
  51. Blogging [Learn how to monetize your blog*]
  52. Baking: cupcakes, cookies, cakes, bread, dog treats

Other than the main ingredients of a successful business startup, which may include a good business idea, the resources to get it off the ground, low-to-moderate competition, and relevant knowledge, business success also hinges on good people skills, organizational abilities, and problem-solving skills.

Stay tuned to this blog for more tips, strategies, and ideas for starting and succeeding as a self employed entrepreneur!


Freelance writer, blogger, affiliate marketer

*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of the products, services, and software featured on this blog.

How to Make Money Online

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Making money online should be an ongoing, deliberate process, rather than an attempt to get rich quick. Getting rich quick is generally a “pipe dream” with little or no basis in reality.

While the idea of creating passive income streams is a realistic goal, you have to be ready and willing to put in the time to create an online presence and effectively market products or services for which there’s a demand.

Easier said than done, right?

Although I wouldn’t say that making money online is easy, it can be relatively simple — depending, of course, on what type of online business you pursue. In many cases, the first key to success is getting started. It can also be an insurmountable hurdle if you perceive it that way. A lot of would-be entrepreneurs don’t even take that all-important first step because they’re afraid of making mistakes, failing, or losing money.

There’s no question that starting an online business — or any business, for that matter — involves an element of risk. But if you adopt an entrepreneurial mindset and resolve to persist until you succeed, your chances of creating a viable business are immensely increased.


Developing a marketing plan is one of the cornerstones of a well thought-out, viable online business. It’s extremely helpful, if not essential, to determine the composition of your target market and give some thought to why they’d want to buy products or services from you, rather than from the competition.

Sometimes the key to getting your business idea off the ground is to gather information, become familiar with business models other entrepreneurs have created or refined, and learn what specific steps you need to take to successfully sell products and services online.

Here are some free guides and articles from Shopify* that can help you take the plunge into a profitable online business of your own:

Success in an online business requires a personal commitment to gather relevant information, create a viable plan, and then implement that plan as if failure wasn’t an option.

Stay tuned to this blog for more small business ideas, marketing tips, and motivational strategies.

May the year 2019 be a prosperous one for you!

Freelance writer, entrepreneur, marketing strategist


*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of Shopify and other online products and services mentioned in this blog.

Ways to Make Money on the Side


Why do so many people look for ways to make money on the side? A typical reason would be to improve one’s standard of living. Many people also need extra money just to pay their bills. Others want to sock away money for a vacation, a new car, or a down payment on a house.

If you’re living from paycheck to paycheck, then making money on the side can provide you with extra cash to catch up on bills, accumulate money in the bank, update your wardrobe, create a college fund for your kids, take courses to advance your own career, and have some additional money on hand for occasional luxuries.

Extra money also comes in handy for gift-giving purposes. Everyone needs money for holiday gifts, birthdays, anniversaries, wedding gifts, graduation gifts, and so on. Also: If you have kids, outstanding student loans, or expensive hobbies, then there always seems to be a need for more cash flow!

Is a Side Hustle Always Feasible?

For those who already work 60-80 hours a week at a demanding job or self-employed business, you may not have the time or energy to pursue a “side hustle.” However, if you have weekends, evenings, holidays, and even early mornings (yawn) available, then earning money on the side can often be a realistic goal.

Granted, everyone needs time for rest and relaxation, but if you can find part-time gigs that fit into your schedule — especially from the comfort of your home (teaching online*, for example) — then opportunities exist to bump up your income. If you’re fortunate enough to be able to make extra money doing something you enjoy, then there’s much less of a chance you’ll end the week feeling drained, frazzled, or overwhelmed.

One of the biggest challenges for people pursuing part-time work, work-at-home opportunities, or freelance gigs is maintaining a balance in their lives. Since everyone’s schedules, energy levels, and family responsibilities are different, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to making extra money on the side. Each person has to decide for themselves.

If you’re looking for low-cost business ideas, self employment tips, or step-by-step instructions on how to start your own business, here are some resources* which will help you start your own business, make money online, and/or generate extra income from home:


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Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on ways to earn extra money or start your own home-based business. Stay tuned for more small business ideas, tips for freelancers, and informative business guides for entrepreneurs.

If you’re looking for more entrepreneurial ideas and ways to make money on the side, visit my blog post 250 Ideas for Self Employment .

Contact me if you have any questions or comments.

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25 Side Hustle Ideas for Entrepreneurs


I like the term “side hustle,” because it’s loaded with implications about what it means to be an entrepreneur. There are a lot of different kinds of entrepreneurs, but you’d have to look long and hard to find one that is lazy.

From my perspective, an entrepreneur is someone who’s an ambitious, high-energy, independent business person. I also see entrepreneurs as being inquisitive, trail blazing, and motivated to create value.

As I write these words, I’m reminded of famous quotes by George Bernard Shaw and Bobby Kennedy — both of whom are considered thought leaders of their time (and beyond).

“There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”

To me, that philosophy embodies the entrepreneurial spirit.

For some people, coming up with side hustle ideas happen spontaneously. Others may need to approach it in more of a methodical way, such as brainstorming, doing online research, or networking with other entrepreneurs.


Side Hustle Ideas

If you’re looking for ways to make extra money, the following list of potential side hustle ideas can be a valuable — if not profitable — starting point:

  1. Make money selling products online. Here’s how to find a product to sell*
  2. Over 1,000 freelance writers have used this resource* to succeed from home, without the usual costs, competition or low-paid hustle. Here’s how*
  3. Being a videographer or photographer can be a creative and profitable sideline
  4. Personal trainer
  5. Entertainment gigs: Musician, Disc Jockey
  6. Food blogger, fashion blogger, travel blogger, lifestyle blogger
  7. Freelance graphic designer/website designer
  8. Cosmetologist, hair stylist, and/or esthetician
  9. Academic tutor
  10. Notary
  11. Consultant: Safety consultant, IT consultant, or dozens of other specialties
  12. Medical billing
  13. Home automation business
  14. Mobile oil change
  15. Lawn care
  16. Recycling: plastic,  metal, gold
  17. Event planning, princess party planning, wedding planning
  18. T-shirt business: [Free guide to getting started.*]
  19. Answering service
  20. Delivery service — either independently or through an established company
  21. Being a home-based travel agent
  22. Providing small-scale, local moving services
  23. Giving music lessons
  24. Making money on YouTube [Here’s one strategy*]
  25. Becoming a driver for Uber or Lyft
  26. Offering handyman services [Here’s how to make it work.]

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Thanks for checking out my business ideas blog. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.

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How to Become an Entrepreneur


There are a lot of different kinds of entrepreneurs in the business world, but they all have several things in common. Those attributes may include a desire to be their own boss, an inner drive to create success on their own terms, and a business idea they believe in.

The big question is: “Can you become an entrepreneur or do you have to be born with entrepreneurial qualities?” It’s sort of a “nature vs nurture” issue — or maybe the age-old chicken and egg conundrum (“Which came first?”).

While most people are better suited for traditional employment (working for someone else), entrepreneurs seem more inclined to generate moneymaking ideas, acquire the knowledge and resources they need to increase their chances of success, and they have the ability to take action when the time is right.

In many cases, entrepreneurs have a knack for identifying emerging trends and capitalizing on them. Sometimes they have a unique idea for a new product or just a new new twist on an old idea.

Although the entrepreneurial community is as diverse as society itself, you’ll generally find most entrepreneurs to be creative, motivated, and passionate about a particular thing, like a business model, a product or service, an investment opportunity, or a self employment idea.

So getting back to the main topic of how to become an entrepreneur, here are a few suggestions that can help further your entrepreneurial aspirations:

  • Cultivate a positive, optimistic attitude. If you don’t believe in yourself and your ideas, then your efforts will be half hearted and tentative, at best. Success in your own business has to be based on clarity of purpose, persistence, and determination. Success takes work, mental focus, and planning. Conversely, get rich quick schemes are unrealistic pipe dreams, which are comparable to  a house of cards.
  • Identify people, resources, and organizations that can help you reach your goals. Being a successful entrepreneur is rarely something you can do in a vacuum. Developing cooperative, synergistic business relationships is one of the cornerstones of being a successful entrepreneur. On the other hand, trying to do everything on your own without the support and cooperation of other people can be a frustrating and self-limiting strategy.
  • Seize opportunities to increase your skills, knowledge, and expertise. When you continually expand your value as a business owner, consultant, deal maker, organizer, negotiator, and advisor, you’ll not only strengthen your own confidence — which is an indispensable asset — but you’ll become a more effective decision maker and leader.
  • Associate with like-minded, entrepreneurial people. Positive people will help fuel your ambitions and energize your plans. Negative people will have the opposite effect.

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Entrepreneurial Business Ideas and Information

If you’re looking for a business idea to pursue and information to help you get started, here are some e-books, startup guides, and websites that can assist you in achieving your entrepreneurial goals:

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Stay tuned for additional insights into how to become an entrepreneur.

Best of luck in 2019!

–Joel S.
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Small Business Ideas for 2019


With the new year just weeks away, many entrepreneurs are looking for ways to make 2019 more prosperous than 2018. One of my main objectives in writing this blog post is to help answer a couple of the most frequently asked questions that crop up about starting a new business:

  1. “What kind of business should I start?”
  2. “What is a good business to start?”
  3. “How can I start a business with no money?”

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Clearly, the most popular business ideas people are researching and starting up include the following:

  1. Online business [Try Shopify for free!*]
  2. Cleaning business
  3. Photography business
  4. Selling T-shirts [Free startup guide*]
  5. Starting a consulting business
  6. Landscaping and/or lawn care
  7. Catering
  8. Construction
  9. Real Estate  [Click Here for Realtor® Training Courses*]
  10. Event planning business [Get started with an “Event Planning Blueprint“*]

Other small business ideas people are considering for 2019 include the following options:

  1. Vending machine business
  2. Food truck business
  3. Jewelry business
  4. eBay business
  5. Trucking business
  6. Painting
  7. Home health care
  8. Retail
  9. Carpet cleaning
  10. Bookkeeping

The great thing about being an entrepreneur and looking for small business ideas is that there’s no shortage of them. Although there are literally hundreds of ideas for starting a business — many of which can be started for a couple hundred dollars or much less — some people get bogged down in choosing a business idea to pursue. Once a choice has been made, the next stumbling block for many is getting started!


Since a lack of motivation or self belief can be an obstacle, one has to work with the ebbs and flows of their motivation. The best time for an entrepreneur to start a business is often at the end of the year (2018) or at the beginning of another (2019). There can be a psychological advantage to pursuing a goal at the end or beginning of a new year.

Whenever your motivation is slightly elevated (for whatever reason) or your psychological resistance is lowered, your chances of getting started and gaining momentum are greatly enhanced.

Even though new year’s resolutions don’t work for everyone (or even most people), starting a new business is different than, say, joining a gym, quitting smoking, or trying to lose weight. Starting a business requires more planning, organization, and — in some cases — more of a financial commitment.

Clarifying your business goals for 2019

There’s no simple answer to the question “What kind of business should I start?” but here are a few common-sense guidelines to help identify and clarify business ideas that might be best for you in 2019:

  1. Do a self assessment of what you’re good at, what you enjoy, and what you have marketable experience in. For example, you might realize that you have excellent organizational skills, which could be applied to a variety of business ideas — including professional organizer. If you’re good at fixing or installing things around the house, becoming a handyman could be a great way to start your own business.
  2. Make a list of your interests, passions, hobbies, areas of expertise, and opportunities for gaining new skills, marketable knowledge, and professional certifications.

Reviewing your resume, doing a thorough self assessment, and giving some thought to your natural talents can help clarify your strengths and bring viable business ideas to the surface.

The best way to get started in a new business or freelance practice is to TAKE THE FIRST STEP. As you continue to move forward, you’ll find yourself making progress, identifying new opportunities, and learning exactly what you need to do to successfully be your own boss. It’s a sometimes challenging process and does involve a degree of risk, but the rewards can be well worth the effort!


Stay tuned to this blog for more startup business ideas, motivational tips, and marketing strategies. You can also gain a lot of relevant knowledge about starting your own business by visiting Shopify, a well-known and highly regarded ecommerce platform with which I’m affiliated.*

Whether you’re interested in launching a drop shipping business, starting your own clothing line in 2019, teaching an online course, making money buying and selling thrift store items, publishing your own book, starting an online T-shirt store, or becoming a freelance writer, designer, or software developer, this article can point you in the right direction and help you get started.

By the way… here are a few more business startup ideas to consider (around 100, actually) which I hope will help inspire you with new business ideas, moneymaking goals, and entrepreneurial possibilities in 2019:

  1. Import/export
  2. Dog walking services/ Pet sitting
  3. Party planning/ Wedding planning/ Princess parties
  4. Handyman business
  5. Computer repair
  6. Appliance repair
  7. Web design/graphic design business
  8. Marketing services, including social media marketing
  9. Personal training or gym business
  10. Pressure washing
  11. Courier services
  12. Daycare center
  13. Wholesaling
  14. Window cleaning
  15. Etsy business
  16. Amazon business
  17. eBay business
  18. Pest control services
  19. Franchise business
  20. Interior design
  21. Non-emergency medical transportation
  22. Photo booth rental business
  23. Cookies and cupcakes
  24. Recruiting services
  25. Welding
  26. Hair styling/ hair salon
  27. Making and selling candles
  28. Tax consulting/ tax preparation
  29. Life coaching
  30. Pool cleaning/ maintenance
  31. Virtual assistant services
  32. Dog breeding
  33. Dog training
  34. Dog grooming
  35. Homecare business
  36. Property management
  37. Distribution business
  38. Screen printing
  39. Plumbing
  40. HVAC
  41. Home improvement/ Remodeling
  42. Roofing
  43. Electrical services
  44. House flipping
  45. Janitorial services/ Office cleaning
  46. Limo business
  47. Pizza shop
  48. Printing
  49. Medical billing
  50. Flea market business
  51. Selling art
  52. Background check services
  53. Home inspection services
  54. Sewing business
  55. Restaurant/ Hotel/ Bed and Breakfast
  56. Web hosting
  57. Party bus
  58. Car rental
  59. Bail bonds business
  60. Carpentry or making furniture
  61. Private tutoring
  62. Locksmith services
  63. Security consultant
  64. Roadside assistance/ towing
  65. Moving company
  66. Personal chef
  67. Floral business
  68. Snow removal/ plowing/ shoveling/ snow blowing
  69. Accounting/ tax preparation
  70. Vacation rental business
  71. Payroll services
  72. Security guard business
  73. Financial planning services
  74. Web development company
  75. Solar energy/ solar panel business
  76. Selling used cars/ car dealership
  77. Lingerie
  78. Balloon business
  79. Music business
  80. Sports business
  81. IT consulting
  82. Counseling service
  83. Makeup artist
  84. Linen rental business
  85. Mobile oil change service
  86. Home automation consulting/ sales/ installation
  87. Trash collection/ junk hauling/ dumpster rentals
  88. Entertainment business
  89. Recycling: plastic, metal, etc
  90. Gymnastics business
  91. Dance studio
  92. Karate dojo
  93. Boat charter
  94. Horse training/ boarding
  95. Safety consulting
  96. Freelance writer/ editor/ proofreader/blogger
  97. Voiceover talent
  98. Uber or Lyft driver
  99. Garage sale coordinator
  100. Translator
  101. Gift basket or candy bouquet business*

Best of luck in 2019!


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How to Make Money Without a Job

Although it’s entirely possible to make money without a job, not everyone has what it takes to make it happen on a consistent basis. It’s not enough to have a great idea for starting your own business. You also need to have the psychological resources to be able to  identify a good business idea, create a plan to launch it, and then pursue that plan with motivation, (realistic) optimism, and mental focus.

When you start out with a good idea and then fuel it with positive intention and determination, your chances of succeeding are greatly enhanced. Although success is never guaranteed in any venture, one of the best ways to motivate yourself to try and put yourself out there is to remember the words of John Augustus Shedd, an early twentieth century American author and professor: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”


So if you’re ready, willing, and able to take some calculated risks in order to the be the master of your fate and the captain of your soul (to borrow a quote from 19th-centery British poet William Ernest Henley), then here are some realistic ideas for starting your own business or simply making extra money on the side:

  1. Start an online business. Shopify* can get you started for free!
  2. A cleaning service is relatively simple and inexpensive to start.
  3. Photography is a creative field that offers a lot of potential opportunity
  4. A t-shirt business can be a fun, profitable way to make money. Here’s how*
  5. Lawn care and/or landscaping
  6. Catering, starting a food truck business, or selling produce
  7. Consulting
  8. Dog walking/pet-sitting business
  9. Real estate
  10. Event planning or party planning
  11. Tutoring
  12. Starting an ebay business
  13. Making and selling jewelry, crafts, or pottery
  14. House painting
  15. Bookkeeping
  16. Property preservation or property management
  17. Handyman services
  18. Becoming a personal trainer
  19. Pressure washing business
  20. Graphic designer and/or website designer
  21. Courier service
  22. Daycare business
  23. Pest control services
  24. Interior design and/or home staging
  25. Being a freelance writer, editor, or blogger

If you’ve been thinking about starting your own business or supplementing your income with a part-time gig on the side, there is no time like the present! As a matter of fact, the present moment is the only time you can take action.

Why not make 2019 the year you decided to take charge of your financial destiny?

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post.

Best of luck in all your business and personal endeavors!

–Joel S.
Freelance writer, blogger, marketing consultant


BTW… I invite you to peruse other posts on this blog for additional business startup ideas, inspiration for entrepreneurs, and marketing strategies.

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100 Ways to Make Money From Home


Primarily because of the growth of Internet, the option of working from home has become a reality for more and more people.

Having a home-based business or a telecommuting arrangement with your employer provides a lot of advantages — not the least of which is saving money on gasoline, highway tolls, automobile maintenance, dry cleaning bills, business attire, and buying lunch every day.

By working at home, you can also avoid other unpleasantries, such as office politics, gossip, annoying coworkers, unreasonable bosses, personality conflicts, rush hour traffic, and having to go out in rainy, sweltering, or wintry weather.

Self Employed Business Ideas for Entrepreneurs

Although I’ll be posting more work-at-home ideas to this blog in the near future, here are some of the top self-employment options I found in my research.

  1. Freelance graphic design services
  2. Web design business
  3. Web hosting services
  4. Web development
  5. Tutoring business [Tutor Jobs Online*]
  6. Freelance writing [Get training at Freelance Profit Academy*]
  7. Resume writing business
  8. Virtual assistant business
  9. Social media marketing business
  10. Sell jewelry online [Start a Shopify store*]
  11. Sell t-shirts online [Free online business guide*]
  12. Make money on YouTube [Here’s how.*]
  13. Pet sitting service [Find gigs and paying customers at]
  14. Medical billing and coding business [Resource: medical coding study guide*]
  15. Bookkeeping
  16. Import/export business
  17. Tax preparation
  18. Financial planning
  19. eBay business
  20. Consulting
  21. Daycare business
  22. Party planning
  23. Life coaching business
  24. Counseling business
  25. Background check business
  26. Gift basket business
  27. Sewing business


List of Freelancing Jobs and Self Employment Ideas

If you’re thinking of developing a freelance business, there are quite a few services you can offer to customers and clients. Here are over 80 examples, many of which can be done from your home.

  1. Computer programmer
  2. Drupal developer
  3. App development
  4. Mobile app developer
  5. Software engineer
  6. Software developer
  7. Front end developer
  8. Java developer
  9. Game developer
  10. Coder (medical coding)
  11. CAD drafter
  12. Data scientist
  13. Data entry specialist
  14. Database developer
  15. Graphic designer
  16. Freelance photographer
  17. Web designer (website builder)
  18. Freelance illustrator
  19. Logo designer
  20. Composer
  21. Musician
  22. Artist
  23. Model
  24. Hair stylist
  25. Makeup artist
  26. Fashion designer
  27. Fashion stylist
  28. Event planner
  29. Cartoonist
  30. Packaging designer
  31. Digital artist
  32. Animator
  33. Comic book artist
  34. Game artist
  35. Book cover designer
  36. Computer repair technician
  37. Instructional design specialist
  38. Attorney
  39. Accountant
  40. Financial advisor
  41. Academic tutor
  42. Teacher
  43. Paralegal
  44. Translator (interpreter)
  45. Business analyst
  46. Business consultant
  47. Public Relations consultant
  48. Social media consultant
  49. Marketing consultant
  50. Management consultant
  51. Sales representative
  52. Telemarketing
  53. Recruiter
  54. Copywriter
  55. Grant writer
  56. Researcher
  57. Powerpoint designer
  58. Industrial designer
  59. Jewelry designer
  60. T-shirt designer
  61. Patent agent
  62. Product designer
  63. Personal assistant
  64. Administrative assistant
  65. Audio transcription specialist
  66. Mechanical engineer
  67. Electrical engineer
  68. Cinematographer
  69. Cameraman
  70. Video editor
  71. Video producer
  72. Videographer
  73. Creative director
  74. Painter
  75. Cartographer
  76. Blogger
  77. Journalist (freelance news reporting)
  78. Editor
  79. Proofreader
  80. Fact checker
  81. SEO/SEM specialist (search engine optimization/search engine marketing)
  82. Freelance writing: travel writing, sports writing, medical writing, technical writing, legal writing, science writing, resume writing, health writing, food writing, entertainment writing, fashion blogging, diet and exercise writing, news writing, Web content writer

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For more ideas on how to make money from home, subscribe to my free weekly email newsletter. You can also peruse a list of 250 self employment ideas I included in a previous blog post.

By the way, if you happen to live in or near a major U.S. or UK city, you can register with Task Rabbit and find customers who need help with everything from closet organizing to minor home repairs. Getting gigs through Task Rabbit appears to be a great way to supplement your income, start a home-based business, or find self-employed jobs. For many  entrepreneurs with skills and capabilities in the following categories, this website is a useful resource. It’s especially geared for providing handyman services, hauling, furniture delivery, furniture assembly, moving and packing services, yard cleanup, painting, minor home repairs, home improvement, help with laundry, TV mounting, picture hanging, light installation, and personal assistant services. Visit the website for details, current locations, and steps for being approved and getting started.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on self employment ideas and starting your own home-based business.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments!

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List of 50 Good Businesses to Start

When it comes to the topic of making money and being self sufficient, there are two types of mentalities that people cultivate:

  • a scarcity mentality
  • an abundance mentality

Both are self-fulfilling prophesies. Whatever your dominant thoughts are, that’s what tends to manifest in your life.

If you’re not into all that spiritual “mumbo jumbo” about the Law of Attraction (as I am), don’t worry. That’s not the topic of this blog post!

However, I would like to point out that there is a tremendous amount of economic opportunity in this world. All you need is personal initiative, a strong desire to succeed, a sufficient amount of self confidence, an entrepreneurial mindset, and a money-making idea that’s compatible with your personality, your interests, and your skills.

So, if you have an abundance of motivation, but a deficit of good business ideas, the following list of self employment options will hopefully inspire you to get started!

  1. Residential cleaning/housekeeping service
  2. Photography
  3. Consulting
  4. Landscaping
  5. Catering
  6. Lawn care/lawn mowing
  7. Dog walking/Pet sitting
  8. Real estate
  9. T-shirt company
  10. Event planning/Party planning/Wedding planning
  11. Vending machine business
  12. Tutoring
  13. Food truck
  14. eBay business
  15. Trucking
  16. Jewelry
  17. Retail
  18. Painting
  19. Transportation, such as a taxi business
  20. Home health care
  21. Cupcake business
  22. Import/export business
  23. Recycling
  24. Property preservation
  25. Handyman business
  26. Credit repair service
  27. Carpet cleaning
  28. Craft business
  29. Bookkeeping services
  30. Web design business
  31. Computer repair
  32. eCommerce Business
  33. Pressure washing
  34. Office cleaning/Janitorial service/Commercial cleaning
  35. Courier service
  36. Cell phone business
  37. Window cleaning
  38. Wholesale business
  39. Tax preparation services
  40. Restaurant, coffee shop, bakery
  41. Pest Control services
  42. Daycare
  43. Interior design
  44. Rental business
  45. Recruiting services
  46. Photo booth rentals
  47. Home staging service
  48. Manufacturing
  49. Hair salon
  50. Fitness: Gym business and/or personal training services

This is just a small sampling of the many entrepreneurial possibilities that are worth considering. Subscribe to my free newsletter for an ongoing supply of business startup ideas that can help put you on the road to gainful self employment. An extensive list of  250 self employment ideas is also available elsewhere on this blog.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post. “Follow” this blog if you’d like to receive email notifications of new articles, lists, and small business startup tips!

Best of luck in all your entrepreneurial pursuits!

–Joel S
Affiliate marketer*, freelance writer, ghost blogger


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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.

  1. “work alone jobs for introverts”
  2. “quiet jobs for introverts”
  3. “jobs for sensitive introverts”
  4. “jobs for shy introverts”

Those four sets of Internet search terms pretty much sum up the essence of what it means to be an introverted person in the workplace. There is, of course, much more to it than that, but those four categories distill several key issues introverted people face.


Being a Borderline Introvert

Prior to being a blogger, a freelance writer, and a home-based entrepreneur, I worked in busy office environments for around 20 years. During that time, I observed a lot of conditions that made my job — and/or the jobs of others — stressful, uncomfortable, or distracting.

In countless jobs, it’s necessary to participate in meetings, deal with difficult clients, and give sales presentations or progress reports. In many work environments, you also have to deal with unreasonable bosses, annoying co-workers, and potentially awkward social situations.

Although I wouldn’t necessarily label myself an introvert, I can relate to an introvert’s point of view.

I’m not exactly an extrovert either, though, so I probably fall into some murky, in-between category! However… the fact that I’m a writer and would prefer to work independently, rather than in a group situation, probably means I’m closer to being an introvert than an extrovert!

But enough about me…


Self Employment Options

For many introverts, being self employed is the best way to be in control of your work environment and the extent to which you interact with other people. It’s also possible to exert more control over whom you work with.

If you can make a living as a writer — which is more of an attainable goal than you might imagine — then you can spend the majority of your time working alone. As is the case with any small business or self employment situation, you still have to be organized, self disciplined, focused, goal oriented, hard working, persistent, and able to effectively market yourself. In other words, if you don’t spend time and resources marketing yourself (getting clients and customers), then you’ll have a hard time building your business and making ends meet.

Whether you’re thinking of starting a bookkeeping business, an ebay business, or website design business, finding and keeping customers is a necessary element of economic survival.

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Self Employment Ideas for Introverts

If your objective is to avoid being around annoying co-workers, intrusive bosses, and noisy work environments, then being your own boss is a logical and potentially viable way of making a living.

While self employment isn’t for everyone, here are 20 freelancing and small business ideas to consider in your search for the ideal work-at-home situation.

  1. Graphic design and or web design business
  2. Web development
  3. Writing, blogging, editing, proofreading [Online training available*]
  4. Resume writing business
  5. Grant writing
  6. Social media marketing
  7. Web hosting
  8. Medical billing
  9. Bookkeeping
  10. Online T-shirt business [Free guide to getting started]*
  11. Online jewelry business
  12. Shopify eCommerce business*(online retail business)
  13. eBay business
  14. Etsy business
  15. Dropship business [More details on this option from Shopify]*
  16. Import/Export
  17. Janitorial or office cleaning business (usually done ‘after hours’)
  18. Background check business
  19. Virtual assistant services
  20. Information Technology services
  21. Data entry work

Although you’d be pretty hard-pressed to find a self employment opportunity, work-at-home job, or freelance business that never involved any interaction with other people, there are certainly many work environments and home-based businesses that are comparatively low-key, low pressure, and less interactive than your typical office environment.

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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 runs the gamut from easy to complex. Some items are more in demand and marketable than others, but a lot depends on your ability to reach your intended target market, your customer service, your pricing,  and your sales skills. The challenge is to determine which handmade products will sell the best and make it worth your time, effort, and investment in materials.

Learn how to eliminate much of the guesswork from choosing profitable items to make and sell. This e-book* sheds light on this and other crucial questions that can make the difference between success and failure in craft sales, woodworking, and other entrepreneurial small businesses.

Below are some ideas (and resources*) for making extra money or getting started in your own business. I’ve listed more than 20 ideas for things you can make and sell:

  1. T-shirts  [Shopify provides the online tools to get started quickly*]
  2. Jewelry: necklaces, earrings, bracelets
  3. Stuffed animals
  4. Wind chimes
  5. Coffee cups
  6. Ceramic candy dishes
  7. Paperweights
  8. Signs or plaques with inspirational or humorous sayings
  9. Caricatures, portraits
  10. Bows
  11. Baskets
  12. Ornaments
  13. Garden figurines, frogs, turtles, squirrels, rabbits, angels, cherubs, gnomes
  14. Jams, jellies, preserves
  15. Personalized wire name jewelry [more information]*
  16. Candy bouquets [learn how]*
  17. Edible fruit bouquets [more details]*
  18. Candles [tips and techniques]*
  19. Dog treats [how to get started]*
  20. Gifts, clothes, blankets, or quilts* you can knit or crochet: more info*

If you’re a woodworker or carpenter, there’s a long list of wood products you can make and sell, including everything from picture frames and children’s toys to flower boxes and bee hives. Here are two dozen other woodworking project that you can make and sell:

  1. Bird feeders and birdhouses
  2. Bookcases
  3. Benches
  4. Storage chests
  5. Cutting boards
  6. Mail boxes
  7. Serving trays
  8. Coffee tables
  9. Beverage coasters
  10. Adirondack chairs
  11. Coat racks
  12. Recipe boxes
  13. Jewelry boxes
  14. Towel rack
  15. Artist’s easel
  16. Craft table for kids
  17. Clocks
  18. Mirrors
  19. Umbrella stands
  20. Wine rack
  21. Magazine rack
  22. Laundry drying rack
  23. Dog houses
  24. Picnic tables
  25. Changing tables
  26. Desk accessories: pen holders, letter holders, etc.

As far as making crafts you can sell online or at festivals, craft shows, the choices range from making and selling dream catchers and pillows to pottery and pot holders. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination, your mental focus, and your belief in yourself.

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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!]:

  1. A good business idea: This first category opens up a rather large “can of worms” (yuck) because it raises more questions than it answers. For example, pinpointing a good business idea is like trying to hit a moving target. It depends dozens of variables, some of which change over time. Regardless, I’m going to take a stab at answering that question. In a nutshell, a good business idea would be one that you’re not only passionate about, but one for which you possess relevant experience. Being strongly motivated to acquire expertise can sometimes substitute for actual experience. When you’re committed to becoming an expert, then you’re providing yourself with a competitive advantage and an inside track to achieving your goals. In assessing a potentially good business idea, it’s also necessary to examine whether there’s an actual demand for your product or service, and whether you  have the organizational skills, marketing abilities, and financial resources to get your business up and running. While there are businesses that require little or no money to get started, it almost always takes weeks or months before you’re able to build up a customer base and generate a steady cash flow. Some people either give up before they get to that point or are forced to abandon their business because of financial or other reasons.
  2. “Knowledge is Power!” The first time I heard that expression was from my father when I was in grade school back in the 1960s — yeah I know, I’m old! The second time was when I went on a class trip to the town library. Those words were affixed to the front cover of a book I picked up. Once I got over the shock that my father did not originate that saying, I developed a deep appreciation for the acquisition of knowledge — especially practical knowledge that you can use to improve your life. When it comes to starting and succeeding in a business, knowledge is one of the cornerstones of success.

How to Choose and Start Your Own Business

In addition to helping you come up with good ideas for starting your own business, another purpose of this blog is direct you to useful information, start up manuals, and other practical resources. Here’s a list of some of the most popular business startup ideas and where to get more information* on effectively starting, managing, and marketing your own business.

  1. How to start an online business on Shopify
  2. Starting a dog-walking and/or pet-sitting service
  3. Lawn care and/or lawn mowing business
  4. Event planning business startup kit
  5. How to start a tutoring business
  6. Start a craft business
  7. How to run a profitable handyman business
  8. Starting a fitness training business
  9. Detailed guide on running a non emergency medical transportation service

Other possibilities for starting your own business include a Web design business, a property preservation business, party planning, bookkeeping, a recycling business, selling cupcakes, landscaping, construction, trucking, transportation, house painting, interior decorating, clothing business, retail, import/export, ebay business, business marketing services, cell phone business, courier services, personal assistant service, delivery service, florist, HVAC services, home remodeling, plumbing, electrical services, roofing, floor installation, hardwood floor refinishing, gardening, home staging, food truck, daycare, wholesale business, freight broker, bakery(cakes, bread, cookies, pastries, donuts, cupcakes), window cleaning, starting an Etsy shop online, taxi service, tax preparation business, restaurant, coffee shop, pest control services, a franchise business, interior design, greeting cards, pool hall, gym business, photo  booth business, corporate recruiting, life coaching, career coaching, manufacturing, gift basket business, welding, swimming pool cleaning and maintenance, virtual assistant, dog breeding, dog training, doggie daycare, furniture, clothing, shoes, renovation, marketing services, and much more.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments, ideas, or suggestions.

Best of luck with all your business ideas!

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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

  1. Photography
  2. Jewelry designing [Related: How to start an online store]*
  3. Making and selling crafts
  4. Selling hand-made items on Etsy
  5. Cookie business (Don’t eat all your profits!)
  6. Candle business
  7. Soap business
  8. Creating spa and beauty products
  9. Beekeeping
  10. Greeting card business
  11. Starting an art business*
  12. Video game business
  13. Knitting and crocheting
  14. Flea market business
  15. Woodworking
  16. Social media business:
  17. Making Candy Bouquets (for Fun and Profit)*
  18. Seven hobby farm ideas* :
    1. Aquaponics
    2. Growing mushrooms
    3. Growing grapes
    4. Raising swans
    5. Raising quails
    6. Raising chickens
    7. Raising boer goats
  19. Baking business: making and selling homemade bread, cupcakes, birthday cakes
  20. Writing from home: writing blogs, articles, web content, ads

How to Turn Your Hobby Into a Business

If you’re interested in creating and selling your own artwork, either in-person or online, there’s an inexpensive course that can teach you to do it profitably.

These 16 modules* walk you, step-by-step, through everything you need to know about selling your artwork and crafts.

The course, called “Turn Your Hobby Into a Business,” covers strategies for selling part time for extra cash, as well as running a full time art/craft business.

Nolan Clark, the creator of this course, shares many of the insights and marketing techniques he’s learned over the past 15 years as a full time professional artist.

The valuable information* he shares includes:

  • Pricing techniques to maximize your profits
  • Selling to family and friends
  • Selling through social media
  • Selling at craft markets
  • Selling your artwork through galleries
  • Arranging exhibitions
  • Marketing to customers via your own website
  • Collaborating and working with other artists and crafters
  • Getting other people to sell for you
  • Conducting market research
  • Effectively managing your business to ensure survival and growth

The course consists of over 500 pages of practical money making strategies and business management techniques. Visit Nolan’s website to learn more!*

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on self employed business ideas, entrepreneurial strategies, and business startup tools and resources.

Stay tuned to this blog for more lists of business ideas, marketing techniques, and small business success principles.

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*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of some of the products, services, business  manuals, membership websites, online courses, and other entrepreneurial resources featured on this blog. Unless otherwise noted, I do not endorse specific digital products or services.

Note: Keep in mind that all business ideas involve an element of risk, and that it’s usually advisable to consult with a CPA or other experienced tax professional when setting up a business and preparing your tax returns. Depending on the nature of your business, it may also be necessary to obtain legal advice, insurance coverage, and/or professional licenses. Government compliance is another priority for many small businesses. Agencies such as the U.S. Small Business Administration are good sources of helpful and reliable information.


How to Start a Gift Basket Business From Home

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 times you’ve been at a loss for gift ideas or ways to acknowledge someone who’s celebrating a milestone or has gone the extra mile to help you. Customized gift baskets are always appreciated!
  • Consumer demand: While the demand for high-quality, reasonably priced gift baskets will vary from one location to the next, the availability of a gift basket service can be a real “life saver” for people who need either a last-minute gift or a personalized gift.
  • Almost everyone enjoys receiving a basketful of edible, drinkable, or otherwise useful gifts that are geared to their tastes, gender, a milestone, a special occasion, a holiday, a celebration, or even a personal hardship. Gift baskets make people feel special, supported, and appreciated. It can be the perfect way to acknowledge someone, provided it’s customized and appropriate to their situation, needs, and personal preferences.
  • Gift baskets are versatile and can be used for almost any occasion. Some examples include birthdays, Hanukkah, graduation, Easter gift baskets, Purim, Thanksgiving gift baskets, baby gift baskets, new mom gift baskets, pregnancy gift baskets, get well gift baskets, valentine gift baskets, corporate/executive gift baskets, retirement gifts, thank you gift baskets, Fathers’ Day and Mothers’ Day gift baskets, housewarming gift baskets, Wedding gift baskets, and condolence/sympathy gift baskets.
  • The startup costs for starting a gift basket business from home are relatively low
  • The complexity of running a gift basket business is less than many other home-based business ideas.
  • There’s an element of fun and satisfaction in preparing custom gift baskets that you know will be appreciated by both your customer and the person they’re buying the gift basket for.

Two of the main challenges of starting a successful gift basket business — whether it’s from home or rented office space — is effectively marketing your business and establishing a reputation as a company that provides quality products, great customer service, and prompt delivery.

While you will be competing against well-known national gift-basket websites and mail-order companies, you can carve a niche for yourself by being unique, competitively priced, locally based, and/or distinctively branded. There are dozens of ways you can stand out from the competition — even the large, well-established companies.

Gift Basket Ideas

While you can’t be “all things to all people,” you can offer specialty products, unique combinations of gift items, and food baskets that appeal to specific groups. Here are a couple dozen popular (and specialty) items that are often searched for online by gift basket customers

  1. Chocolate
  2. Cookies
  3. Coffee
  4. Tea
  5. Fruit
  6. Cheese
  7. Candy
  8. Popcorn
  9. Nuts
  10. Meat, sausage
  11. Seafood
  12. Vegan gift baskets
  13. Kosher gift baskets
  14. Healthy gift baskets
  15. Sugar-free gift baskets
  16. Gluten-free gift basket
  17. Organic gift baskets
  18. Candle gift baskets
  19. Spa products
  20. Bath gift baskets
  21. Relaxation gift basket
  22. Beach gift baskets
  23. Golf gift baskets
  24. High end gift baskets
  25. Local gift baskets (some customers prefer buying local)
  26. Vermont gift baskets

So with some basic supplies, a good marketing strategy, and the determination to succeed in your own home-based business, you can start creating, promoting, and selling customized gift baskets, candy bouquets, crafts, candles,  spa products, and much more. All it takes is a little knowledge, a bit of creativity, and the mental focus to create a plan and follow though with it!


Info on Starting a Home-based Business

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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 business owners always look for ways to expand their knowledge, discover more efficient ways of doing things, and learn how to implement cost-effective marketing strategies. Although a general business education would be helpful in running a cleaning business, it’s not a prerequisite for starting a profitable cleaning business. If you are considering starting any kind of cleaning business, it does help to have some sort of business background or at least work experience in small business management, customer service, human resources, bookkeeping, accounting, and/or marketing.

Other requirements for being able to launch and operate a profitable cleaning service include a strong work ethic, problem-solving abilities, and tenacity. If you’re the kind of person who gives up easily, doesn’t get along well with people, or loses their patience when things don’t go smoothly, then a cleaning business may not be the right type of business for you. Although it can be both profitable and personally satisfying, owning a cleaning business is definitely not easy; I have yet to discover any legitimate, feasible business idea that doesn’t involve planning, hard work, and commitment.

If you do possess people skills, business management experience, and organizational skills needed to succeed in this kind of business, then a cleaning business may be an affordable and practical way to become your own boss.

Whether you decide to start a specialized cleaning service or multi-faceted cleaning business, there are quite a few different options to choose from:

  • Carpet cleaning
  • Commercial cleaning (janitorial services/office cleaning)
  • Window cleaning
  • Home cleaning (residential house cleaning /housekeeping services)
  • Rain gutter cleaning
  • Foreclosure cleaning business, which may include junk hauling
  • Parking lot cleaning
  • Pressure wash cleaning
  • Roof cleaning
  • Drain cleaning
  • Construction cleaning
  • Boat cleaning
  • Vehicle cleaning: cars, trucks, RVs, etc.
  • Swimming pool cleaning

Like any business, one of the secrets to success is to identify a need — especially one that’s not being adequately served in your community or target market — and fill it to the best of your ability. To be competitive and generate repeat business and referrals, it’s also necessary to continually focus on customer satisfaction, quality improvement, marketing, your bottom line, and plans for future growth.


Cleaning Business Tips and Techniques

Sam Rodman, owner of “Edison Office Cleaning” in Florida has put together an informative startup manual* describing how he achieved success in the cleaning business. The “Instant Office Cleaning Kit” tells how anyone can start and/or expand their own office cleaning business with little or no money! The manual comes complete with “ready-to-use” documents and easy-to-understand methods. Order it here*.



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