Help! I have one week to start a creative business...?
I've been looking for a new job for MONTHS but to no avail. My employment options are limited because I don't have a car or a college degree. Any job involving customer service is a living nightmare for me because I have chronic social anxiety and depression. All I've got going for me is my somewhat amateurish graphic design and photo retouching skills.
My small town doesn't offer much in terms of employment. If I don't find a way to turn my creative hobbies into a business, I'm doomed to flipping burgers at McDonald's/Burger King/etc.
I would love to make an income off of my creativity, but I have no idea where to start, and my emergency savings account is quickly running out. I don't want to be forced into yet another soul-crushing minimum wage job.
What should I do?
Here are a couple ideas as far as working online:
Are you good at writing? If so, you could write articles and blog posts for website owners for money. A well-written, 400 word +, optimized article will bring you about $5. It may take a little practice to write an "optimized" style - including specified keywords early on in your articles, including a couple "long tail" keywords in the article, etc. but not that big of a deal after a little practice.
I think Associated Content at least used to pay for articles, there are also plenty of writing gigs on freelance websites such as ScriptLance, Freelancer, Getacoder, etc.
You could also try fiverr.com. Go there and look at some of the gigs, and copy one that you think you could do.
Maybe give eBay a shot. Ask your buddies if they have anything that they want to sell, and offer to sell it for them on eBay for a cut.
You could even try "eBay arbitrage", where you buy something off of eBay and then resell it there for a profit. Some sellers do not include important keywords in the title, give a poor description, poor pictures (or none at all), etc. All this stuff can scare potential buyers away, decreasing the competition and probably the final price.
You could possibly buy the items and make a much better listing, and possibly profit.
Sellers may misspell the main keywords in the title as well, meaning most potential buyers will never find them. You could try a misspelling search using a site like Typojoe.com to hopefully find some of these items and possibly get some great deals.
You could also use a site like Ebuyersedge.com to set up saved eBay searches. You'd get an e-mail whenever a matching item is newly listed. Especially good for "Buy It Now"s that are priced right. You could set up your saved searches and then from there all you would be doing would be checking e-mails when you get them sent to you and looking at the items, so there should not be a whole lot of time involved in setting up your "system". You'd have the jump on other potential buyers.
Or, if you find something you want listed an auction format, use a sniping service such as Hidbid.com to place your bid for you. It'll bid in the last few seconds, helping you to save money and avoid shill bidding.
You could also try your local thrift stores, Goodwill, auctions, yard sales, Craigslist, etc. to source products. Having a smart phone with internet access would be a big help with this. You could check prices of completed listings immediately, deciding if there's enough room for profit for you to buy a particular item. It seems there should always be room for smaller sellers on eBay for used items.
Or, rather than selling a physical product, maybe try offering a service on eBay. Maybe writing articles, creating graphics, whatever it is that you would be good enough at to charge for.
For longer-term, you could learn search engine optimization, social media traffic generation, etc. and then charge webmasters for your services. If you are good, you can make some serious money doing those things.
Another long-term idea, create your own website (about $10 a year for a domain name, $5 a month for hosting) and earn money from Adsence, affiliate products (you can check out Clickbank.com and Commission Junction to see thousands of products that you could promote and earn money from for any sales that you generate), selling banner space to other webmasters, etc.
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Start a logo buisness. Start off with asking what the cliante wants. What they are looking for. Do a rough sketch and show them. Then start making the logo!by Jellibeen - 1 year ago
You can move to someplace that has jobs. You might look at www.etsy.com for ideas. It is a place where people sell homemade items. Make cards, etc and put them on display somewhere even if it is an empty cornor on a busy street.by Cathi K - 1 year ago