Caught in a layoff? Replaced with machines or robots? Tired of office politics and not getting ahead in your company? Working for the government and fed up with the current policies? Want to travel around the world and make a living while doing it? Are you happier working for yourself than someone else? Now’s the time to start a business.
When I ask people who are unhappy with their current situation, “Have you thought about starting a business?, most of then say, “I can’t do that, I don’t have the money. That takes years of saving and planning.”
That is not the case today. You can start a business almost immediately with the resources you already have and little or no investment. One man, for example, who loved to repair things around the house and who had worked for a construction company, felt ready to go out on his own. He designed and printed a handful of flyers promoting his business at an internet cafe for $10. He then went door to door in a neighborhood telling people about his services. In two days he was getting work and getting paid in cash. Within a month, he was living off of the money he was making.
The internet has made starting a business easier than ever. You can create an enterprise with almost no investment and begin generating income immediately! You can literally build a business and make money doing anything. This article is the first in a series to discuss How to Start a Business. It will open your eyes to how easy it is and tell you about some of the possibilities available to inspire you to take the leap of faith and do your own thing.
Do What You Love to Do
Love to write? You can write articles, blogs, web content, and ebooks, get them published, and begin making money off of them immediately.
Collect books, CD or DVD’s of music or movies? You can sell and trade them online. You can ship them off to companies and they will store and sell them for you and then pay you on Paypal or in your bank account.
Are you creative and love art, photography, graphic design? You can build a website and sell your work, or, for example, post photographs on sites such pixels.com and they will sell them for you. You can even design your own photo sharing app.
Don’t have the money to get started on your plan? Here’s an easy solution, post your own creative projects on kickstarter.com. Chances are someone will fund it for you. Millions of people visit this site looking for endeavors they want to invest in.
Do you dream of designing a game or app and raking in the prestige and money that goes along with launching one? It’s simple to do it online and you don’t even need to know how to code. Find out how.
Enthralled with style and fashion? You can sell consulting services on sites like Fourrer and design clothes online. Some of the sites listed will even manufacture your clothing for you.
Are you a car, motorcycle, or bicycle affectionado? Sell parts or services on ebay or your own website. One man who loves bicycles and bicycle racing builds custom made bicycles and sells them all over the world for $1000 to $20,000 each.
Love to watch TV, cook, eat, go to the movies, invest in stocks and the market? Start a blog telling people about the best shows, foods, flicks, and companies to engage with.
Do you work for a company or are an expert in a field and feel you have accumulated enough knowledge and skills to venture out on your own? One woman who started a consulting business, began selling her services while she was still employed. When she quit her job, she already had customers to take with her. She then was able to sell her consulting to her previous employer.
Whatever you love to do, you can turn into a business. And if it’s something you like to do, it won’t feel like “work”, it will be “play” and you’ll enjoy every minute of it.
Secrets to Starting a Successful Enterprise
Choose a business you are passionate about. Your energy and enthusiasms will motivate you and keep you going. Your work will be fun and you’ll love of it will carry you through the start-up and keep you motivated.
Select a field you want to learn about. All businesses require a certain amount of knowledge and research. In addition to learning how to set up and run a business, you’ll need to learn about the range of products and services available in your field, your competitors, how to market and sell your products or services, and a hundred other details. When it is something you want to learn, it will make the process so much easier.
Consider starting a concern that generates passive income. Many of us work at a job and get payed for our work with an hourly wage. Passive income is the generating of money without repeatedly putting in the labor. Ebooks are a great example. I write and publish my ebooks only one time, yet they continue to generate income 24 hours a day, years into the future on www.amazon.com and other major ebook stores. This allows me to write more books or get involved in other activities, either leisure or money making. Of course with any business today, the web allows us to sell and market 24 hours a day.
Start a business, especially the first one, that requires a small investment and can generate an immediate income. You’ll quickly see your progress and be motivated to continue. If your ideal enterprise is manufacturing a new “green car” that competes with Tesla, for example, and will take years and millions of dollars to start and build, begin another business first, such as helping people select hybrids, and then begin saving your money. The customers you gain will remain your customers and buy from you when you manufacture your own vehicles.
If you want to start a business that requires a large start up investment, such as becoming a photographer, you can rent equipment and studio space from an established company until you save the money to buy your own. Better yet, this site https://www.crowdfunding.com lists organizations that find people who will give you money to start your business.
Dear reader, why not take the challenge? Start a new and better life today and a business that is fulfilling, rewarding, and fun.
Ken Wasil is a writer of books and a freelance writer. He has started and run several small businesses. He has written The Quick Style Guide for Writing for the Web and English Usage, A Great Escape: Short Stores for Travelers, Mr. Thoreau Goes to Boston, Rivers of Words, and African Safari Bootcamp for Women. His books are available on www.amazon.com and most major online bookstores, just search for Ken Wasil.