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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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Published on March 25, 2019

How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

Career advancement is an enticement that today’s companies use to lure job candidates. But to truly uncover growth opportunities within a company, it’s up to you to take the initiative to move up. You can’t rely on recruiter promises that your company will largely hire from within. Even assurances you heard from your direct supervisor during the interviewing process may not pan out.

But if you begin a job knowing that you’re ultimately responsible for getting yourself noticed, you will be starting one step ahead.

Accomplished entrepreneur and LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman said,

“If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward.”

It’s important to recognize that taking charge of your own career advancement, and then mapping out the steps you need to succeed, is key to moving forward on your trajectory.

Make a Point of Positioning Yourself as a Rising Star

As an employee looking for growth opportunities within your current company, you have many avenues to position yourself as a rising star.

As an insider, you’re able to glean insights on company strategies and apply your expertise where it’s most needed. Scout out any skills gaps, then make a point to acquire and apply them. And, when you have creative ideas to offer, make it your mission to gain the ear of those in the organization who can put your ideas to the test.

Valiant shows of commitment and enterprise make managers perk up and take notice, keeping you ahead of both internal and external competitors.

Employ these other useful tips to let your rising star qualities shine:

1. Promote Your Successes to Your Higher-Ups

When your boss casually asks how you’re doing, use this valuable moment to position yourself as indispensable: “I’m floating on clouds because three clients have already commented on how well they like my redesign of the company website.”

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Tell your supervisors about any and all successes. Securing a new contract or signing a new customer should be a cause for celebration. Be sure to let your bosses know.

2. Cultivate Excellent Listening Skills

Listen well, and ask great questions. Realize that people love to talk about themselves.

But if you’re a superb listener, others will confide in you, and you’ll learn from what they share. You may even find out something valuable about your own prospects in the company.

If others view you as even-minded and thoughtful, they’ll respect your ideas and, in turn, listen to what you have to say.

3. Go to All Office Networking Events

Never skip the office Christmas party, your coworker’s retirement party, or any office birthday parties, wedding showers, or congratulatory parties for colleagues.

If others see you as a team player, it will help you rise in your company. These on-site parties will also help you mingle with co-workers whom you might not ordinarily have the chance to see. For special points, help organize one or two of these get-togethers.

Take the Extra Step to Show Your Value to the Company

Managers and HR staff know that it can be less risky – and a lot less costly — to promote from within. As internal staff, you likely have a good grasp of the authority structure and talent pool in the company, and know how to best navigate these networks in achieving both the company’s goals and your own.

The late Nobel-Prize winning economist, Gary Becker, coined the term “firm-specific,” which describes the unique skills required to excel in an individual organization. You, as a current employee, have likely tapped into these specific skills, while external hires may take a year or more to master their nuances.

Know that your experience within the company already provides value, then find ways to add even more value, using these tips:

4. Show Initiative

Commit yourself to whatever task you’re given, and make a point of going above and beyond.

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Position yourself so that you’re ready to take on any growth opportunities that present themselves. If you believe you have skills that have gone untapped, find a manager who will give you a chance to prove your worth.

Accept any stretch assignment that showcases your readiness for advancement. Stay late, and arrive early. Half of getting the best assignments is sticking around long enough to receive them.

5. Set Yourself Apart by Staying up on Everything There Is to Know About Your Company and Its Competitors

Subscribe to and read the online trade journals. Become an active member in your industry’s network of professionals. Go to industry conferences, and learn your competitors’ strategies.

Be the on-the-ground eyes and ears for your organization to stay on top of industry trends.

6. Go to Every Company Meeting Prepared and Ready to Learn

A lot of workers feel meetings are an utter waste of time. They’re not, though, because they provide face-time with higher-ups and those in a position to give you the growth opportunities you need.

Go with the intention of absorbing information and using it to your advantage — including the goals and work styles of your superiors. Respect the agenda, listen more than you speak, and never beleaguer a point.

Accelerate Your Career Growth Opportunities

A recent study found that the five predictors of employees with executive potential were: the right motivation, curiosity, insight, engagement, and determination. These qualities help you stand out, but it’s also important to establish a track record of success and to not appear to be over-reaching in your drive to move up in your company.

Try to see yourself from your boss’s position and evaluate your promote-ability.

Do you display a passion and commitment toward meeting the collective goals of the company? Do you have a motivating influence with team members and show insight and excellence in all your work?

These qualities will place you front and center when growth opportunities arise.

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Use these strategic tips to escalate your opportunities for growth:

7. Find a Mentor

With mentorship programs fast disappearing, this isn’t always easy. But you need to look for someone in the company who has been promoted several times and who also cares about your progress.

Maybe it’s the person who recommended you for the job. Or maybe it’s your direct supervisor. It could even be someone across the hall or in a completely different department.

Talk to her or him about growth opportunities within your company. Maybe she or he can recommend you for a promotion.

8. Map out Your Own Growth Opportunity Chart

After you’ve worked at the company for a few months, work out a realistic growth chart for your own development. This should be a reasonable, practical chart — not a pie-in-the-sky wish list of demands.

What’s reasonable? Do you think being promoted within two years is reasonable? What about raises? Try to inform your own growth chart with what you’ve heard about other workers’ raises and promotions.

Once you’ve rigorously charted a realistic path for your personal development within the company, try to talk to your mentor about it.

Keep refining your chart until it seems to work with your skills and proven talents. Then, arrange a time to discuss it with your boss.

You may want to time the discussion around the time of your performance review. Then your boss can weigh in with what he feels is reasonable, too.

9. Set Your Professional Bar High

Research shows that more than two-thirds of workers are just putting in their time. But through your active engagement in the organization and commitment to giving your best, you can provide the contrast against others giving lackluster performances.

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Cultivate the hard skills that keep you on the cutting edge of your profession, while also refining your soft skills. These are the attributes that make you better at embracing diverse perspectives, engendering trust, and harnessing the power of synergy.

Even if you have an unquestionably left-brain career — a financial analyst or biotechnical engineer, for example — you’re always better off when you can form kind, courteous, quality relationships with colleagues.

Let integrity be the cornerstone of all your interactions with clients and co-workers.

The Bottom Line

Growth opportunities are available for those willing to purposely and adeptly manage their own professional growth. As the old adage says,

“Half of life is showing up.”

The other half is sticking around so that when your boss is looking for someone to take on a more significant role, you are among the first who come to mind.

Remember, your career is your business!

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