“*40% of the U.S. workforce is predicted to be independent contractors by 2019.” Owning your own business may not be for everyone, but having a plan B should be for everyone. Have you ever thought about putting your skills and/or talents to use, and make some extra income, but didn’t know where to start? THE 200 BEST HOME BUSINESSES – Easy to Start, Fun to Run, Highly Profitable – 2nd edition by Katina Z. Jones is a great place to start.
Almost everyone has been affected in some way either directly or indirectly by the volatility of the economy over the past five years. Have you been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug or just curious? Have you found yourself on the fence about you might go about starting a business? Let alone a home-based business? Many opportunities are borne out of adversity and this book helps you identify those options so that you can make better, well-informed decisions.
Use THE 200 BEST HOME BUSINESSES as an opportunity to “determine whether your business idea matches your current ideals and whether an entrepreneur’s lifestyle really is for you.” You many have a hobby or hobbies, but not sure which one might be the best option. If you are currently employed, you have the luxury of being “able to start [your] own business while still employed, thus increasing [your] capital and minimizing [your] day-to-day financial risk. However, using a hobby is not the only option, you can also consider “personal interests, or an expansion of a particular skill you might already have.”
Ms. Jones provides a very comprehensive well-researched, mini-profile of each business which serves as a go-to resource guide. She has taken the guess-work out of the process and given you the tools to get started. Each profile starts with a business description along with the start-up costs, potential earnings, typical fees, advertising, qualifications, equipment needed, staff required, and hidden costs. Also included are three sections that can make a difference in your business venture: “What you do – “Details the owner’s business demands, daily activities (including specific marketing opportunities). What you need – the depth breakdown of your start-up costs. and the Keys to Success – Points out the positive and negative aspects of each business.”
“THOUGHTS for your SOUL:
- “New technology in both the communications and computer industries has made home offices the norm, instead of the exception.”
- “Plan for the future. Keep a watchful eye on emerging trends and allow yourself to dream.”
Home-based businesses “are inspired by stay-at-home moms looking to earn extra cash, young people starting their career, previously employed middle managers, or just regular folks looking to increase their monthly income.” If you identify with any of these scenarios, then it’s up to up yo write down your vision, and make that move. With a home-based business you can create a financial cushion doing something you love to do or turn a hobby into a potential goldmine. Making a move doesn’t have to mean anything more than researching which would be your best option(s)…measure twice and cut once!…and for some people “the only place to find true job security is right in their own home.”
*Taken from CAREER MAPPING – Charting Your Course in the New World of Work by Ginny Clarke & Echo Garrett
Let’s BOND over BOOKS rates THE 200 BEST HOME BUSINESSES as MELODICALLY MEANINGFUL (151-300 pgs)…just the right mixture of content and pages.