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Home Business Ideas

Bookmark this page for home business ideas that may inspire you to start your new small business.

You don’t have to establish a separate business location in order to start a business — you can start your new company from home. Here are a few common home business opportunities you might want to look into:

– virtual assistant

– content writer

– online store owner/manager

– medical transcription

– tech support for people who aren’t computer savvy

– travel agent (setting up travel itineraries for clients)

– tutoring

– website developer or designer



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Tips for Working as an Independent Contractor

An independent contractor is a professional who often acts in the capacity of an employee to a business, but without the strings attached. As a contractor you may work with multiple clients on very different assignments. The way you market your services, manage your time and choose your clients are all key to success in this type of job.

Market Your Services

Consistently finding clients who need your services is one of the most difficult challenges of working as an independent contractor. The ideal scenario is to have multiple projects going at any given time to ensure a consistent income. Put your virtual business card down in as many different reputable places as possible. Set up a profile on the major reputable freelance sites. Send bids to businesses who request contractors online. Create an SEO-optimized website to draw traffic for keywords that specifically describe your service. Consider hiring an online advertising expert to help you use Google AdWords and other advertising vehicles to bring in serious potential clients.

Set a Reasonable Schedule

It is very easy to find yourself working well into the night as an independent contractor. After you spend a long night burning the midnight oil, you finally go to sleep at 4:00 a.m., then your client on the other side of the country calls at 7:00 a.m. To avoid this scenario, you must set firm business hours that clearly indicate time zones and make sure that all of your clients know them. Request that clients email you in advance to set an appointment for a phone call or instant messaging session so that you aren’t thrown off of your schedule with other clients.

Be Choosy

As excited as you may be to have a potential new client, sometimes it is best to pass on certain projects. Evaluate the client the same way he is evaluating you. Are his demands reasonable? Does he communicate with you in a productive and respectful manner? Does he complain about past contractors? If you ignore warning signs you might be setting yourself up for issues down the line. Work for people who have plenty of experience working successfully with independent contractors, and who communicate their needs clearly.

It takes time to get the hang of working as an independent contractor. Ideally, over time you will learn how to successfully navigate different personalities and situations. If you need help, talk to more experienced contractors and read their blogs to learn how they manage client relationships.

 





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