According to the Small Business Administration, “The 23 million small businesses in America account for 54% of all U.S. Sales.” There’s a whole lot of opportunity in that statistic which is good for you if you’re thinking about starting your own small business in the future. So, where do you go from here? How do you take a concept and make it into something successful?
What if you don’t have the funds you need to hire a large staff and rent an office space? Rather than give up your dream, be creative. You can start a number of small businesses from the comfort and convenience of your own living room. People have been doing it for decades and now with the Internet at your disposal, it’s easier than ever before.
Here are five businesses you can start in your living room:
- Freelance Writing, Marketing, and Social Media Management. You can help other small businesses get the recognition that they deserve by providing writing and marketing services to them for a fee. All you need to get started is a computer and Internet access. If you have those two things, you can utilize the myriad of tools specifically designed for freelancers. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn provide a platform for you to market a business’ products and services.
- Online Arts and Crafts Marketplace. If you have a creative mission, you can sell your wares through websites like Etsy, ArtFire, Meylah, and Zazzle. It’s low cost to get started and you’re often not required to keep track of all the minute details. The website usually does it for you. This gives you more time to create inventory for your online storefront.
- Tutoring and Mentoring. You can get paid for tutoring. Websites like WyzAnt, Tutor.com, and Craigslist are great places to advertise your services and land clients. Keep track of your tutoring sessions through an application like Google Calendar. You can synch it with your phone or tablet which will prevent you from booking two clients at once.
- Photography. If you’ve got a good eye, you can sell your photos on stock photography sites like iStock Photo or Shutterstock. You can also do portrait, wedding, food or nature photography. Magazines and online publications pay well for great shots.
- Pet Sitting, Babysitting, Elderly Caregiver. Sittercity and Care.com are two places where you can find work sitting or caregiving. You can also rely on referrals from other clients or purchase a subscription to the Caretaker Gazette, a publication that is filled with caregiving opportunities.
There are so many options for small business owners to consider. You don’t need lots of money to gain an online presence. All you need is a great idea, a few tools, and a healthy amount of determination. In a matter of no time, your business will get its wings and you can consider expanding outside your home once your business has grown and is thriving.
A little creativity can help you keep costs down. After all, there are millions of people just like you who start and own small businesses. Make use of all the services available to you and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. The SBA notes that, “The number of small businesses in the United States has increased 49% since 1982.” The world needs your unique vision, products, and services. Clear out space in your living room and show them what you’ve got. There’s no better feeling in the world than being your own boss. Just ask the 23 million small business owners in the US how they feel about it.
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