Below is a guest post by Linda Hampton. If you are saying, “There are no jobs out there,” read on!
Did you know that many super successful businesses have been started during economic downturns, including Hyatt, Burger King, IHOP, The Jim Henson Company, Microsoft, and even MTV. They started on a wing and a prayer with low start up costs, even in the garage of a parent’s home, and are now recognized the world over just by their names.
Aside from these well known businesses, people just like you created solo ventures, finding a new and exciting way to support their families and themselves. They might not be multinational billion dollar corporations but they do quite well supporting their family and their retirement years. Contracting, consulting, and other types of “home businesses” or entrepreneurship have exploded during this last recession just as they have during every other economic downturn we have had in our country.
Many boomers are looking to start a business with low start up costs that they can take their first steps while still working another job orwithout breaking the bank while a spouse works. Either way, there are so many different ways to use your skills today that there is certainly something that you can start part time and build to a lucrative full time income over time. The trick is to look at what skills you bring to the table now, what skills you may need to learn, and how you can put that all together to come up with a business you can be proud of doing.
With the uncertainty in the economy today boomers want to minimize their financial risk by starting a business they can do from home. Having a home office is no longer considered an unprofessional thing to do. Many people are doing it, successfully, every single day. With the technology available today, and the increase of broadband access and high speed Internet which allows a sole practitioner to outsource to others who are also working from home, there isn’t much you can’t do remotely while appearing to others as a huge corporation with an entire staff at your fingertips.
Opportunities are created by changes in the marketplace, so it’s to your advantage to keep your eyes open to the needs that you can fulfill based on your unique skills and interests. You can turn these skills into working as a consultant or virtual assistant, or even a coach to help others find their way to starting a business. There are so many ways that you can help people from your home office or kitchen table if you just start looking at what benefits you can offer others. Right now is a great time to do it because many businesses cannot afford to hire you full time, so why not work for four companies 1/4 time each? You’ll likely end up making more money than you do now, as well as feeling more fulfilled. Because, when you are the owner of your business you become the master of your fate.
About the Guest Blogger
Small business expert and author Linda Hampton founder of “Attract Clients Out of Thin Air.” Linda teaches smart, simple ways boomer women can use their skills, knowledge and experience how to attract more clients, create profit-making products and services, make more sales and ultimately live the life they desire and deserve. To learn more about how to Attract Your Ideal Clients sign up for more FREE tips like these, visit her site at: http://clientattractionmentor.com.
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