Believe it or not, it is possible to actually reach a woman named Peggy (and not a man with a Russian accent) when you call customer service. That’s because of the homeshore movement, which is trying to hire more independent contractors to work from home on customer service issues. If you’ve got a phone line and an internet connection, you can work from home as a call center rep. Median salary: $30,460.
What’s the upside to an exclusive distributorship? In the mid-1950s, the brother of my grandmother’s third husband was co-owner of a small car repair garage in Brookline, Massachusetts, when he agreed to import a funny-looking new small car into New England. It was called the Volkswagen, and he retained exclusive regional distribution rights for decades to come, making a lot of money in the process.
Starting as a franchise can give you an upper hand by buying into an already established brand. You can leverage the brand’s already established customer base to drive sales as well as use their knowledge and proven marketing and operations strategies to run your business. However, within the online boutique space, there are not a lot of options. In many cases it is more cost effective to either start your own brand or buy an existing one.
Amazon partners. Many affiliate marketers have success with Amazon. There are literally millions of products to choose from, and it can be quite profitable. For more information, you can check out the Amazon Associates Program.
While licensing requirements for massage therapy can vary from state to state, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork can help any budding masseuse fulfill their local requirements. Massage therapists can either work out of their own home or make house calls with a portable massage table. Median salary: $34,900.
Anyone can sell goods on Amazon, provided you have products to sell (or buy low, then resell). If you’re the type to hit all the local garage sales each weekend, there’s all sorts of valuable things that can be resold online as a side business idea. If you want to step your Amazon selling game up, check out this detailed guide to Amazon and eBay retail arbitrage on Entrepreneur featuring an interview with Julie Becker and several drop-shippers who’ve grown this home based business idea from side business idea into a lucrative money-maker.
But most importantly, it helps you start to contextualize your ideas by how they will play in the real world. Not how you HOPE they will work out or not by what you’re the most excited about — but by what has the best chance of working.
You have an eye for clothes and know what styles look best on what body types. So turn your passion for fashion into a business by becoming a personal stylist/shopper. You’ll feel good about making others look great.
But that’s a bit too simple. What happens if the best selling teapot is just a big brand name that is rubbish but they are spending a lot on advertising? People are still buying it but they are giving it bad reviews.
Put together a comprehensive marketing plan including signage, online and local newspaper listings, and neighborhood flyers. Don’t be shy about contacting everyone in your email database and trumpeting your event on social media!
When you’re talking to your customers listen to what they saying about your industry, products and services. What are their frequently asked questions? Experiences? Frustrations? Feedback and complaints?
Who can be a Statutory Agent? The statutory agent must be a resident of Ohio or a corporation authorized to transact business in Ohio. You may elect an individual within the company including yourself.
As I have gone over in a number of my presentations, website design is very important for many businesses – especially when it is the first point of contact with potential customers. Even if you don’t have experience, if you study up a little bit you can quickly become very proficient in the process of designing websites that help businesses attract and hold customers.
Thanks to the power of the technology, internet is now improving many different aspects of of our daily lives. One of this is an app called Uber which is now becoming popular in metro manila. Because of this app, people can now summon a private car service.
There are many areas where you can cut costs when you run a business, but marketing materials shouldn’t be one of them, owners say. Effective marketing materials — including your Web site, mailings, and ads — should project a professional, unified image.
If you’re a longtime reader of Foundr, you’ll be familiar with this simple tool. If you’re not, the business model canvas is basically a worksheet that helps break down the nine essential elements of your business. It’ll allow you to take an objective look at your business idea and consider areas that you might not have thought about before.
Using your skills for profit is a common trend with all of the best side business ideas. If you’re an expert at something, there’s likely an audience of people online who would be willing to pay to become an expert in your field—just like you. If you want to take your skills and turn them into an online course that teaches others how to get the same results you’ve achieved in your life, career, or business, start with How to Create an Awesome Online Course on Udemy, where instructor Miguel Hernandez covers how he makes over $90,000/yr teaching online. You’ll learn from more than 8 hours of video instruction.
Candidly, if you’re struggling financially, I would not try to start a business first. I would get a good job, get financially stable, THEN try to create one. I have tons of free material around finding your dream job here — just use the free material for now.
These people spend a lot of effort buying properties for great prices. They tend to focus on one town and one type of property, getting to know the ins and outs of that particular market. They don’t necessarily wait for properties to be advertised. Instead, they might approach potential sellers of rundown properties before they hit the market.
If you’re excellent at crafting amazing resumes that ultimately result in people getting the job, consider marketing those services. Most of your work will revolve around writing, editing, designing, and proofreading, so you will need few supplies outside of your computer and basic software to get started.
While you could start out doing the rehab work yourself, my friends have typically contracted it all out. However, finding reliable people to do the work for reasonable prices and on a reasonable schedule is not always easy.
If you’re never happier than when you are landscaping your yard, landscape design might be the home-based business for you. This is a relatively new field, so you can get some background knowledge through a degree, although schools that offer these degrees are somewhat rare, or you can intern with another landscape designer.
Another huge issue in the rental business can be cyclicality. When the business is booming, it can be great. When the economy turns, it can be a disaster. I know a highly experienced construction equipment operator who couldn’t pay his bills and nearly went under during the last economic downturn. Eventually, however, he survived and became hugely successful. Another friend did very well renting out Dumpsters in the construction industry even though he had no experience whatsoever when he started.
“I have true agency over my work, because I know what I stand for and I have tools to fix the things that I encounter in my life,” Kanyi Maqubela told Fast Company about the course he took as a Student at Stanford.
As the owner and the boss, it’s easy to feel isolated. Form alliances with other business owners, attend networking events, and keep in touch with past mentors. When you’re in need of some advice during a tough situation, you’ll be able to pick up the phone and ask.
Determine your cost of operation. You will need a solid business plan to present to any investors and the best place to start would be with determining your basic cost of operations. This will outline and help you determine how much money is needed to produce the product or offer the service you intend to offer or produce. It includes production costs, shipping, taxes, worker’s wages, rent for workspace, etc. 
Many small businesses have gaps in what their employees can take care of. Hiring a full time employee to fill in those gaps isn’t necessarily feasible, which is where your work-at-home business comes into play. Here are some work-at-home ideas that every business needs:
This online tool is part of the Irish Government’s Supporting SMEs campaign, to increase awareness of the range of Government supports for start-ups and small businesses. Answer eight simple questions to find out which supports could possibly fit your business.
This is one of the business ideas that doesn’t feel like doing business. If you’re into arts and crafts, you like tinkering memorabilia, personalized bracelets, anklets, and etc., this is a good opportunity for you. A business you can start at the comfort of your home and can be a good source of income if you’re a student. Your target market can be your classmates, other students, weddings, team building, outings, get-together, reunions, and etc.
5. Action: While I think learning is great, there comes a time when it becomes irrelevant. At some point you have to stop buying courses and reading more books. You have to apply what you’ve learned to get real results. You have to take action. You have to constantly ask yourself what you can DO with what you’ve GOT.
Validate the book by giving a survey to friends, an email list, and/or survey sites like Pickfu. By validating your idea before you write the book, you’ll improve the odds of people willing to buy your book (and you’re not wasting your time by writing it.)