People constantly ask me how they can start earning a steady income from home relatively quickly. The inevitable answer is to try providing a service that is in demand.
Recently, one of our members told us she has been working her candle business for over a year with little return and 2 days after starting her V.A. (virtual assistant) business, she was profitable.
Not surprising at all. She had some connections and was able to find business owners that needed her help. She fulfilled a need and was paid for her time.
If you are still struggling with the online business thing and need to put food on the table or have extra funds to invest in your business, you can offer a service too.
Here are some ideas to consider:
Advertising Answering Service Architect Aromatherapist Astrological Charts Baby Sign Language Bookkeeping Business Financing Business Opp Leads Business Plan Consultant Calligraphy Career Counselor Collection Agency Craft Business Computer Animation Computer Consultant Computer Training Copywriter Credit Consulting Database Consultant Dating Service Dental Claims Processing Desktop Publishing Directory Publisher Efficiency Expert Employment Agency Event Planner Event Promotion Ezine Publishing Family Tree Researcher Freelance Artist Fundraiser Graphic Design Greeting Card Artist Greeting Card Writing Service Herbalist Home & Small Business Consultant Image Consultant Internet Marketing Internet Researcher Internet Training Job Listings Market Research Marketing Consultant Medical Claims Processing Medical Coding Medical Transcription More on: Medical Transcribing Menu Planner Mystery Shopper Mortgage Business New Product Researcher Newsletter Publishing Notary Nutritionist Online Dating Party Planning Pattern Making Personal Coaching Personal Santa Letters Personal Shopper Poetry Product Development Consultant Proofreading Reminder Service Resume Writing Roommate Finding Scopist Search Engine Optimization Software Developer Song Writer Tax Preparation Technical Writer Telemarketing Time Management Consultant Transcription Translator Travel Tutoring Virtual Assistant (VA) Web Design Website Hosting Website Promotion Word Processing Writing
If you are going to start a service-based business and want to get it going right away, I’d recommend the following:
1. Choose something where you likely have access to a client base.
For example, if you want to be a VA and already have a bunch of Internet business owners, you might have a pool of interested people. That doesn’t mean you can’t start from scratch in something that interests you, but realize it might take longer to get up and running.
2. Set up a website right away.
Even if it is a basic website that tells people why they need your service and a way to contact you, get that up right away. As a home business owner, you need to have an office where people can visit you. Your website is your office. You can tweak and improve it later.
3. Ask people for referrals.
If you know somebody might be in touch with your ideal client base, ask for referrals. Also, ask the clients you acquire for referrals. Satisfied clients are an amazing source of new clientele.
4. Do a great job, but don’t overload yourself.
Remember, you are getting paid for the time you work with your clients, but a business has other obligations as well. You need to schedule time (or hire someone) for administrative tasks, marketing, etc.
The only thing to consider now is that if you start a service-based business, you’ve set yourself up with a JOB that you do from home. In part 2 of this article, youll find tips to turn your home job into a full-fledged business.