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5 Business Ideas for New Entrepreneurs in 2017

5 Business Ideas for New Entrepreneurs in 2017

In 2016, more people chose to leave their jobs and start their own businesses. According to the Kauffman Index, the rate of startup growth was 58.5%, which was nearly 12 percentage points higher than 2015.

If you are interested in starting your own business, there are many great opportunities in 2017. Here are some business ideas that could make you a lot of money.

1. Sell Organic Looseleaf Tea

Demand for tea is growing significantly. According to data from the World Tea Expo, the U.S. market for tea rose by $10 trillion in 2014. Many young adults are also interested in loose-leaf tea. This is a market many distributors like Teavana don’t serve.

Unfortunately for tea enthusiasts, the climate in most parts of the U.S. isn’t ideal for growing tea. This is a great opportunity for savvy entrepreneurs with the right contacts.

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According to NPR, many great fortunes have been built by tea exporters over the years. However, the barrier to entry was high, so it was difficult for new entrepreneurs to enter the market. There is a much better opportunity for entrepreneurs on a low budget in 2017, since the market is growing and globalization makes it easier for business owners on a small budget to start their own tea importing business.

2. Import and Re-Sell Goods

If we learned one thing from the past election or the Brexit fiasco, it is that people are very nervous about globalization. While globalization is a threat to some people, it’s a huge opportunity for clever entrepreneurs.

You don’t have to start a new business from scratch. If you are already selling on Ebay or your eCommerce website, you can consider expanding your supply chain to China, India or another country. You can mark those items up and resell them on eBay or your own website. An entrepreneur on Reddit created a business importing goods from China and make nearly $7,000 in the first couple of months. Many other entrepreneurs are doing the same.

3. Resume Writing Service

Although the economy is getting better, many people aren’t thrilled with their jobs. Last year, Gallup reported that about 51% of employees were actively seeking a new job.

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You can create a booming business helping struggling job seekers. The easiest way is to create a resume generation business. Even many professionals have difficulty creating their own resumes, so this could be a great way to make a nice income.

Cost Helper estimates that resume writers charge between $80 and $349 per resume. Since job seekers have to tailor their resumes to different clients, you can earn several hundred dollars helping a single client.

4. Create a Coupon or Consumer Review Blog

Many people aspire to make a living as a blogger. Unfortunately, most people fail, because they create a blog about something they are interested in, even though there isn’t a large demand for it.

People that make a lot of money do so by coming up with a blog topic that appeals to a large customer base. Coupon blogging is one of the best. Reviewing products is another great way to earn a living blogging.

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Louida, an Atlanta woman that created her own coupon blog a few years ago, earns close to $10,000 a month from her site.

There are a few ways that you can earn money as a coupon or product review blogger. You can rely on advertising from Google Adsense or other advertising platforms. However, affiliate marketing is a better way to earn an income. You can encourage your visitors to visit client websites and get paid whenever they signup for an email newsletter, request a free sample or buy a product.

If you are skeptical about the money that you can make running a coupon site, then you should read about Coupons.com. In 2014, the company filed for a $100 million IPO. The site generates about $200 million in sales every year.

5. Tutoring Services

Tutoring is another great way to earn money. If you have a degree in a specialized field, you can charge $50 or more an hour to help struggling students.

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Tutoring is also a great way for professionals to make extra money on the side. During slow periods, lawyers can tutor recent law school graduates to help them pass the BAR exam. Engineers can also work with students at their local engineering school.

Start Your Own Business in 2017!

There are plenty of opportunities for intelligent people to start their own business. The hardest part is taking the plunge. Do you plan to launch a business this year?

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Last Updated on July 22, 2019

10 Killer Cover Letter Tips to Nail Every Interview Opportunity

10 Killer Cover Letter Tips to Nail Every Interview Opportunity

A cover letter is an introduction to what will be found in the resume. In a cover letter, the applicant is able to use a conversational tone, to explain why the attached resume is worth reviewing, why the applicant is qualified, and to express that it’s the best application the reader will see for the open position.

Employers do read your cover letter, so consider the cover letter an elevator pitch. The cover letter is the overview of your professional experience. The information in the body presents the key qualifications, the things that matter. The cover letter is the “here is what will be found in my presentation”, which is the resume in this case.

Something really important to point out- a cover letter should be written from scratch each time. Great cover letters are the ones that express why the applicant is the best for the specific job being applied to. Using a general cover letter will not lead to great results.

This doesn’t mean that your cover letter should repeat your most valuable qualifications, it just means that you don’t want to recycle a templated, general letter, not specific to the position being applied to.

Here’re 10 cover letter tips to nail every interview.

1. Take a few minutes to learn about the company so that you use an appropriate tone

Like people, every company has its own culture and tone. Doing a bit of research to learn what that is will be extremely beneficial. For instance, a technology start-up has a different culture and tone than a law firm. Using the same tone for both would be a mistake.

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2. Don’t use generic cover letter terms — be specific to each company and position

Hiring managers and recruiters can easily identify generic cover letters. They read cover letters and resumes almost every day. Using words and terms like: “your company” instead of naming the actual company, and “your website” instead of “in your about us section on www.abc123.com”, are mistakes. Be as specific as possible, it’s worth the additional few minutes.

3. Address the reader directly if you can

It is an outdated practice to use “To Whom it May Concern” if you know the person that will be reviewing your documents. You may wonder how you’ll know this information; this is where attention to detail and/or a bit of research comes into play.

For example, if you are applying for a job using LinkedIn, many times, the job poster is listed within the job post. This is the person reading your documents when you “apply now”. Addressing that person directly will be much more effective than using a generic term.

4. Don’t repeat the information found in the resume

A resume is an action-based document. When presenting information in a resume, the tone isn’t conversational but leading with action instead, for example: “Analyze sales levels and trends, and initiate action as necessary to ensure attainment of sales objectives”.

In a cover letter, you have the opportunity to deliver your elevator pitch: “I have positively impacted business development and growth initiatives, having combined two regions into one and achieving 17% in compound growth over the following three-year period”.

Never use your resume qualifications summary as a paragraph in your resume. This would be repeating information. Keep in mind that your cover letter is the introduction to your resume- the elevator pitch- this is your opportunity to show more personality.

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5. Tell the company what you can do for them

As mentioned above, this is your chance to explain to the company why you are the best person for the open position. This is where you tell the company what you can do for them: “If hired as the next (job title) with (company name), I will cultivate important partnerships that will enhance operations while boosting revenue.”

Many times, we want to take the reader through the journey of our life. It is important to remember that the reader needs to know why you are the best person for the job. Lead with that.

6. Showcase the skills and qualifications specific to the position

A lot of people are Jack’s and Jill’s of all trades. This can be a great big picture, but not great to showcase in a cover letter or resume.

Going back to what was mentioned before, cover letters and resumes are scanned through ATS. Being as specific as possible to the position being applied to is important.

If you are applying for a coding position, it may not be important to mention your job in high school as a dog walker. Sticking to the exact job being applied to is the most effective way to write your cover letter.

7. Numbers are important — show proof

It always helps to show proof when stating facts: “I have a reputation for delivering top-level performance and supporting growth so that businesses can thrive; established industry relationships that generated double digit increase in branch revenues”.

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8. Use testimonials and letters of recommendations

A cover letter is a great place to add testimonials and information from your letter of recommendations. Mirroring the example above, here is a good way to use that information:

I have a history of consistently meeting and exceeding metrics: “(Name) rose through the company and became a Subject Matter Expert, steadily providing exceptional quality of work.”- Team Manager.

9. Find the balance between highlighting your achievements and bragging

There is fine line between telling someone about your achievements and bragging. My advice is to always use facts first, and support that with an achievement related to the fact, as shown in the examples above.

You don’t want to have a cover letter with nothing but bullet points of what you have achieved. I can’t stress this enough — cover letters are your elevator pitch, the introduction to your resume.

10. Check your length — you want to provide no more than an introduction

The general rule for most positions is one page in length. Positions such as professors and doctors will require more in length (and they actually use CV’s); however, for most positions, one page is sufficient. Remember, the cover letter is an introduction and elevator pitch. Follow the logic below to get you started:

Start with: “I am ready to deliver impeccable results as (name of company) next (Position Title).

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What you know and like about the company, what initiatives, missions, goals resonate with you: “I read/listened to an interview that your Chief of Staff did on www.abc123.com. His/her statement regarding important up and coming employee engagement initiatives really resonated with me”.

Overview of your qualifications and experience: “I have a strong background in developing, monitoring, and controlling annual processes and operational plans related to community relations and social initiatives”.

Highlight/ Back up your facts with achievements: “I’m a vision-driven leader, with a proven history of innovation and mentorship; I led an initiative that reduced homelessness in four counties and received recognition from the local Homeless Network and the County Commissioner”.

Close with what will you do for the company: “As your next (job title), I am focused on hitting the ground running as a transformational leader who is driven by challenge, undeterred by obstacles, and committed to the growth of (name of company).

Bonus Advice

When applying for a job online or in person, a resume and a cover letter are standard submissions. At least 98% of the time, both your resume and cover letter and scanned via ATS (applicant tracking systems). You can learn more about that process here.

The information provided in a cover letter should be written and organized to be compatible with these scans, so that it can make to a human; from there, you want to make sure that you capture the recruiter and/or hiring managers attention.

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