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10 Best Home-Based Business That You Can Start Today

10 Best Home-Based Business That You Can Start Today

Are you up for a home-based business? Many of us do, but the question is, how do you start? Here, I will provide you with some great home-based businesses to start today. The criteria to make this list were based on high ease of entry, relatively low cost, high future demand, and potentially high return. Individuals and couples must exercise great caution in pursuing home-based business opportunities simply because they show up here. You should first choose a business because you love it and you’re skilled in doing it.

1. Internet sales and marketing

Yes, indeed, there are dot-com failures around. But the Internet train keeps gathering steam. If you have a product to sell, this is very likely the way to sell it (or auction it). If you don’t have a product, you can sell someone else’s from the confines of your home. Opportunities such as e-stores, e-auctions, and site selling have moved this category into the number one position – that and more than a billion dollars in sales last year. Get a website built and you’re off and running. Or, if selling is not for you, then an alternative career would be to start your own digital marketing agency, which is apparently a profitable client-based service business that is getting more popular lately. Of course you need to be knowledgeable about this, but there are plenty of resources out there by which you can equip yourself easily.

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2. Children’s products and programs

From toys and furniture to educational programs, this category sizzles with possibilities. The US birthrate is stagnating, but median family incomes are rising and so are parents’ efforts to do more while having less time for their children. With so many working parents, after-school and summer programs with substance are desperately needed. Children’s furniture, painted murals, and training and exercise programs are other items that will be in demand. Profit potential is moderate, but you will be doing something important.

3. Home Inspector

Home sales depend increasingly on the results of a professional inspection. The inspectors generally are independent contractors who are trained and certified; many also have past experience as homebuilders or in the construction trades. While that experience is helpful, it is not mandatory. But certification is necessary if you want to move beyond having your mother-in-law and best friend as clients. Not only do buyers need home inspectors, but real estate companies, home association management group, insurance firms, and banks do, too.

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4. Informational Detective or Researcher

Have a bit of Sherlock Holmes in you? You can make good money by sleuthing for information that corporate executives and others need but don’t have time to search for themselves. Government regulations and intelligence regarding competitors are but two areas to pursue. Technology has made information-gathering easier but also has stockpiled the amount of information to plow through. Solve someone’s time problem by offering to locate and retrieve the information they need and you’ll have people knocking on your door!

5. Event Planner and Organizer

Life won’t become one big party, but it could become many little ones. Talented organizers for weddings, bar mitzvahs, morale events, and the like are in high demand if they are strong marketers as well. But it takes a creative bone, an entrepreneurial spirit, and an indifference to the traditional workweek.

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6. Internet Web Developer

Get started by developing websites for your church, your child’s school PTSA, or your politician friend. But building sites for businesses is where the money is. Training is available through the Web (naturally) at low cost. Some do require you a scanner, additional disk storage, a faster internet connection, and other equipment, but some do offer just downloadable materials on their course which you can print out or save in your smartphones. You can also get some recommended books that has everything from building website to optimization, but if this part is too much for you then carefully seek for a legitimate internet marketing service provider that can do the job well. If this is a labor of love for you and you know how to market yourself, you will never be out of work. You can earn $50 and $100 an hour and hire out as a contractor businesses for large developments.

7. Home repairs and landscaping

Home equity enhancement. Cute name, but the real words here are painting, repairing, and landscaping. The more you can do to increase the value of a home in the real estate market, the more you can make. Selling yourself to real estate agents is a good first step. How can a PC help? New technology allows you to provide potential clients with a look at their home – with your improvements added.

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8. Virtual Assistant

For many business people today, time is more precious than money. You help them, not by unplugging their clocks, but by doing their shopping, running errands, walking their dogs, chauffeuring children, and doing other tasks that effectively give them more personal time. The most ambitious here will also see ways to become virtual business assistants by providing services such as word processing, newsletter writing, even digital photography or web design. Serve your clients in as many ways as you know how.

9. Personal Coach

Corporate chieftains, entrepreneurs, and most everyone else could use an objective listener to identify and correct weaknesses. The key here is that you must possess the ability to help someone from skills and experience you have developed in your own life. You also must be a good listener and a good self-marketer.

10. Technical Support

Those who troubleshoot computer system problems at businesses big and small will never be out of work. But you can build a similar business out of your home, offering training and support (even security consulting) to small offices, home offices, and residential customers with computers. Prerequisites (besides a demonstrated knowledge) include a passion for technology, a customer service bent, hourly rates, and a flexible – but not too flexible – schedule.

Now that you have some ideas, are you ready to quit your job and work for yourself? Which home business sounds the most appealing to you?

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

50 Great People To Follow On LinkedIn, No Matter Your Industry

50 Great People To Follow On LinkedIn, No Matter Your Industry

LinkedIn is an excellent platform to network with great people to help you in your career and businesses. However, with over 575 million people on the site, who should you follow? This list will steer you to the right people to follow, organized by categories of expertise.

Job Search Experts

You will likely have several jobs throughout the course of your career, and you will constantly need advice on new trends and strategies out there in the job market. Here are the LinkedIn experts who you should follow on these matters.

1. Liz Ryan is the CEO and founder of Human Workplace. Her articles on job searching are filled with creative and colorful cartoons.

2. Lou Adler is the author of The Essential Guide for Hiring and Getting Hired.

3. Dr. Marla Gottschalk will help you make an impact in a new job.

4. Hannah Morgan runs CareerSherpa.net, where she gives expert advice on job searching and how to be more visible online.

5. Alison Doyle is the CEO and Founder of CareerToolBelt.com.

Management Experts

They say that people leave managers, not jobs. These experts in LinkedIn will help you become your employees’ dream manager.

6. Jeff Weiner. How can we leave out the CEO of LinkedIn himself?

7. Nozomi Morgan is an executive coach. She can help you transition from a boss to a true leader.

8. Mickey Mikitani is the CEO of Rakuten. He constantly shares his expertise in managing a global player in e-commerce platforms.

9. Andreas von der Heydt was the head of Amazon’s Kindle Content and now the Director of Talent Acquisition. He has extensive experience in management, branding, and marketing.

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Productivity Experts

By maximizing your productivity, you can win in all aspects of life. The following LinkedIn experts will help you win big in your career.

10. Gretchen Rubin is a happiness coach and the bestselling author of the The Happiness Project.

11. Carson Tate is the founder of Working Simply. She advises us to include play in our schedules.

12. Greg Mckeown is an essentialist. Part of being an essentialist is saying no to many things so that we can focus on the things that matter.

13. Brian de Haaff, CEO of Aha! Labs Inc. provides strategies on how to be productive and happy at work at the same time.

Marketing Experts

14. Sujan Patel is VP of Marketing at When I Work, an employee scheduling software. He is an expert in content marketing and he even shares his ideas on content marketing in 2020.

15. Megan Berry is the Head of Product Development at Rebelmouse, a content marketing and AlwaysOn powerhouse.

16. Sean Gardner will help you navigate the social media landscape. This includes how to use different platforms to help accelerate your career. He is also the bestselling author of The Road to Social Media Success.

17. Christel Quek is an digital and marketing expert. She is the VP of South East Asia at Brandwatch. Their products help businesses utilize social media data to make better business decisions.

18. Jeff Bullas is a digital marketing expert. His blog has over 4 million readers annually.

19. Michael Stelzer is the CEO and Founder of social media powerhouse site, Social Media Examiner.

20. If you’re looking for inbound and content marketing expertise, follow Dharmesh Shah, Founder and CTO of Hubspot.

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21. David Edelman is a McKinsey partner and is at the helm of the Digital Marketing Strategy Practice Department.

22. Dave Kerpen leads the social media software company Likeable Local. He is the author of Likeable Social Media: How to delight your customers.

23. Clara Shih is the CEO of Hearsay Social and the author of The Facebook Era.

24. Aaron Lee is Grand Master of Customer Delight at Post Planner. He is an excellent resource for everything social media.

25. David Sable is the CEO of Y&R, one of the largest advertising firms in the world.

26. Content marketing trumps traditional marketing these days, and who else better to lead you in this area than Joe Pulizzi, Founder of Content Marketing Institute.

Personal Branding Experts

Part of what we market in our personal career is our brand. When people hear your name, what kind of brand comes into their mind? What traits and qualities do they associate with you?

Here are some personal branding experts from LinkedIn to improve your own brand.

27. Dorie Clark is the author of Stand Out and Reinventing You. He can help you craft the professional image you’ve always wanted.

28. Dan Schawbel is the managing partner of Millennial Branding. If you’re a millennial, Dan is the guy to help you craft your personal brand.

Other Notable Experts to Follow

29. Lisa Gates is the expert to follow if you’re negotiating for higher salaries and promotions.

30. If you’re a Baby Boomer, Marc Miller will help you navigate the continually changing landscape of the workplace.

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31. To avoid getting your resumé moved to the “No” pile, read Paul Freiberger’s excellent advice.

32. James Caan provides insightful ideas on careers in general. He is also a serial entrepreneur.

33. Jeff Haden writes on various topics, such as leadership and management. He is the owner of Blackbird Media.

34. If you’re looking for expert business advice on getting new customers and keeping them, follow Jay Baer.

35. Suzanne Lucas, aka Evil HR Lady, is a great human resources specialist.

36. If you need help in using Twitter to boost your career, Claire Diaz-Ortiz can guide you in the right direction.

37. Ryan Holmes is the CEO of Hootsuite, a social media management tool.

38. Customers are the lifeblood of a business and Colin Shaw focuses on revolutionizing this customer experience.

39. Brian Solis often reflects on the future of business and how technology can disrupt our world.

40. Nancy Lublin provides advice on more lighthearted topics, which are perfect after a long day’s work. She is the CEO behind Dosomething.org, a portal designed for social change; and the founder & CEO of Loris.ai and Crisis Text Line.

41. Katya Andresen provides advice on how to manage your career. She was the CEO of Cricket Media and now responsible for the SVP Card Customer Experience at Capital One.

42. Gallup has created a system to test what your strengths are and how to use them at work. Jim Clifton is the CEO of Gallup.

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43. Adam Grant is a Wharton Professor and the author of Give and Take, which provides advice on why being helpful at work can accelerate your career.

44. Hunter Walk is a partner at Homebrew Venture Capitalist Company and has specialty in product development and management.

45. If you’re running a nonprofit organization, follow Beth Kanter for expert advice on this area.

46. Emotional Intelligence is necessary to succeed in your career, and Daniel Goleman is your expert for that.

47. Rita J. King connects science, technology and business.

48. Tori Worthington Rose is a Creative Director at Mary Beth West Communications, LLC. She has extensive experience in sales and digital media.

49. If you’re looking for some advice on how to use writing and personal content marketing to boost your career, follow Ann Handley.

50. Tim Brown is the CEO at IDEO and shares his insights on Leadership and Creativity.

These are just some of the key thought leaders and movers in various industries. They will provide you with constant inspiration, as well as the willpower to pursue the career that you’ve always wanted. Their stream of expert ideas in their respective fields will help you become well-equipped in your professional pursuits.

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