This post is dedicated to a friend of mine who has wondered what the next step in her life is. She is 22, earns about $40 000 a year, drop dead gorgeous and yet something is missing. She loves her job but wonders if it’s for her. She thinks it lacks room for achieving current career goals she has set for herself. I told her keep your job if you love it; and then create a very small business. She responded she didn’t know what she would be good in so I told her not to worry I’ll help her out. Here are a few things you can do to enhance your professional life:
There are so many businesses you can start that can also be a hobby and that are not too demanding on your time. You can even use some of these to replace the work you have now if you’re not entirely happy where you are. Here we go:
1.The first thing you need to do is decide what your true hobbies are such as my friend, she loves to do story telling. So I suggested starting writing a blog. There are people in this world who make a lot of money just from having a blog. They use their blog as an advertisement tool. If you see a blog with a brand name advertising on the side; that company is paying for it, or the writer just really likes them. Either way, you can make a descent $300 off a blog that gets 300 views a day, and that isn’t a hard goal to make. John Chow earns $300 000 a year for spending 2 hours a day rambling about nothing. He got famous because he was apparently the go to blog if you wanted to learn about making money off of social media. Pretty cool hmm?
If you think blogging will take up too much time then perhaps opening a small e-commerce website! My sister is currently running one. Check out her website to get a better idea and understanding at minarinshop.com she also maintains a blog to increase her SEO minarin.livejournal.com she has hired an assistant to help her with the work while also attending school as well as working for a website company doing web development from home. She works perhaps 3-4hours a week on her business which is nice & relaxing while bringing in an extra yearly income of $7200.
2.Take that hobby and find out if you have enough knowledge to pursuit it. For example, my friend Tassia, does she have the right grammar and an extended vocabulary to write and appeal to readers? Does she know how blogs work? Does she know what to write about? She would need to research and read many blogs then decided if she should register for a night course in English at a Montreal university such as Concordia: http://english.concordia.ca/ OR she can teach herself. How? Over the internet! The internet as taught me so many things – there are so many professionals who blog about their work, why not take advance of the endless learning possibilities!
For the e-commerce find out what is required and learn what advantages come from being a business owner! For example: If your business is in your own name you DON’T need to register it. And if your business makes under $30 000 you DON’T need to charge taxes on your products!
Do enough research so that you can benefit. Also if you need my help in anything just send me an email and I’ll write a blog post about it firstname.lastname@example.org
3.Figure out what you’ll do with your business if you’re going to blog, what are you going to blog about? How far do you want it to go? Will your
blog end up in a magazine? Will you send it to the newspapers? Are you planning on making a profit off blog?
For e-commences which product will you sell? How will you stand out from others? Who will you target be? What will your sales goals be? What will the store’s personality be? How will you sell it?
Other great stay at home fields are:
- Social Media Maintenance
- Photography or film
- Recruiting ( A friend of mine runs a website development company and he constantly gets contacts for animation and social media. He charges (let’s assume) $400/month and then hires a sub-contractor and pays them $200 a month. He just made a profit by doing nothing at all.
- Marketing (in design)
- Tax Return/Accounting
Start planning and good luck! Let me know how this blog helped you!
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