Yes, Dorothy, you can make a mid-life career change any time you darn well feel like it. Don’t take this to mean you should feel free to up and quit your job which supports a wife (or husband) and kids, but in the Internet Age it’s perfectly legitimate to change the manner in which you put food on the table. Life is short and our jobs frequently unsatisfying. We all know there are plenty of people either earning extra cash from a home-based hobby or full-time income from a home-based business. There’s no reason you can’t join them.
The great thing about working from home (actually there are lots of them) is the ability to start on a part-time basis, increasing the scope of the business naturally as demand grows. To a large extent this prevents the worry and financial stress of taking that leap of faith into a full time home-based job that provides ALL your income. The good news is there is no degree or schooling required to do any of the jobs listed below. As with all entrepreneurial endeavors, the main predictors of success are persistence and determination, probably even more so than great ideas and business acumen.
But first, why would you even want to undertake a home-based business? Here are a few reasons that appeal to many working Americans.
1. Get out of the rat race
2. Independence from a corporate schedule
3. Freedom to explore interests and skills
4. Cheap to start
5. Tax deductions
By the way, a home-based business needn’t fall under the narrow definition of activities which are only performed at home. We’ve loosened the description a bit and defined it as any business that can be run from home. You might perform the actual tasks associated with the job anywhere.
Here we go – home-based businesses for the newly frustrated Christian! By the way, these are all legitimate opportunities. No scammers or moral incompetents here.
1. Selling Products Online – It’s not completely out of the question to have a better idea for a product than what is currently available on the market. If you find yourself driven to invent, create, and manufacture a new and improved widget, don’t be afraid to try. The power of the Internet allows access to a global market.
2. Freelance Writing – When it comes to written content, the Internet is an insatiable beast. Forget journalism school or high falutin’ creative writing programs. The kind of content needed for most online sources is not going to challenge Hemingway. Most people who have graduated high school, maybe have a little bit of college, or simply an affinity for writing can do this kind of stuff. Blogging and article writing is only the tip of the iceberg. Pay a visit to elance.com and search for writing jobs available to understand the depth and breadth of the current demand for written copy.
3. Thrift Store Reseller – You may have noticed that there are a plethora of great deals to be had at your local thrift store or Goodwill. Like any good capitalist, you should see opportunity where there is a price disparity. Perfectly good stuff which you can buy for around a buck might go for $15-20 on Amazon or Ebay. If you have the soul of a flea market or garage store browser, this type of work from home business might be right for you.
4. Car Mechanic / Mobile Oil Changes – Maybe the automotive repair industry has received a raw deal when it comes to public perception, but there is a lot of suspicion out there. If you have good skills and, more importantly, an honest, forthright approach to life, you’ll likely have more work than you can handle. People want to be able to find one good car repairman (or woman) and give ‘em ALL their business. Also consider making house call oil changes. You heard right. Go to clients’ houses and change their oil right there in the street or drive way. For them, it’s even easier than a quick lube station.
5. Virtual Assistant – This is kind of a cool idea which seems to be growing like wildfire. Essentially it entails being an assistant or secretary or whatever the heck you want to call it from your home. With today’s technology there’s simply no reason an assistant needs to be in the same building, or even the same state, as the executive. Got mad phone, email correspondence, and general computer skills? Consider yourself in high demand!
The preceding home-based business ideas are simply a scattering designed to get you thinking. The true scope of opportunity is almost endless. All you need is an idea and the drive to make it succeed. Got any home-based business ideas that have worked out well for you? Let us know in the comments below.
The Solomon Success Team
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