Looking to start your own business. Looking for ideas, well here's a couple that do not take much to kick into action ... add your ideas below in the comments section.
Do you have strong organizational and time-management skills?
You could make good money doing secretary service for small business. Everything from taking phone calls to making customer/patient contacts to coordinating travel arrangements or maintaining databases.
You will be able to charge per call or on an hourly basis if you are providing exclusive services. ($20-$35 per hour)
You will need a Computer, high-speed internet access, fax/printer/scanner, office software and a phone line. Expenses will vary. A place to work from, nil if you set aside space at home and a phone line.
Phone lines can be done on a very cost effectively basis using a VOIP provider to source phone lines. (These usually have a cost of about $5 for each line. Varies between providers)
You could even do individual lines for each customer making it a chargeable service and have customized answering scripts for them.
What ever service a secretary does, you can offer as a service as well. Small businesses don't have the budget to hire someone full time, but still want to maintain a professional presence.
If physical work is more for you and you don't mind working out of hours then a commercial cleaning business may be for you.
The simplest way to get into started in this industry is to purchase an already established business with a base clientele and use this as a base to start building from.
Some people actually start cleaning businesses from scratch and build it up for the sole reason of selling it as a going concern. Selling it and then building up a new one. They continue to repeat the cycle making a profit on each sale.
Normal rates range from $25 - $35 an hour depending on the type of work.
Expenses will depend on the job and what you have to supply. Make sure you have this worked out and it is clear what expenses you will be covering and what expenses the customer will be covering.
i.e. Cleaning equipment, supplies, machinery, workers.
This will determine what your final price will be.
Computer Service Technician.
This will involve fault finding and fixing other peoples and businesses computers.
It is advisable to do some industry training or gain some experience in the industry before undertaking this sort of business.
Costs can include travelling if you are supplying onsite service. Also a phone billings and a place to work from needs to be factored in.
This has a very low entry level costs but can take a while to build an income. Basically all you need is a computer, decent internet connection and a bit of nous.
The are many facet's that you can leverage on with Internet Marketing to generate income.
One area is commission sales. For every product you sell of someones, they pay you a commission. You promote the product through your own website and refer the customer to the supplier who completes and sends the order to the customer. You get a commission on each sale that is completed. Amazon.com are leaders in these sorts of sales programs.
Another is affiliate marketing. This is when you are paid a commission for each signup the owner gets. It is achieved by the owning website assigning you and affiliate ID. You provide the ID when you refer someone to the owner website and if they signup you get some sort of commission. A good example of this type of marketing is Wealthy Affiliates. They are an online university they teaches about Internet Marketing and the various options. They also have a generous affiliate program that pays well and you can also learn the ropes of the trade with. It costs you nothing to join and you have access to all the resources you need to get started.
You will need to build a website. It also pays to build an email list that you can market into regularly.
Well I hope this has given a small insight into what is available to you when choosing to start a small business. Make sure it is something you know you will enjoy. If you have some ideas add them in the comments below.
You may also want to take a look at this article as well. Starting Out.
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