Home-Based Business For Dummies
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Whether you like working with the latest technology or you prefer working with people, you’re sure to find a home business opportunity that meets all your wants and needs. If you want to start a business out of your own home, but aren’t sure what to pursue, use the following information as a platform to launch your research into finding out what’s best for you.

Here are just a few high-tech home businesses that are hot today:

  • Computer consultant for small and home businesses: This type of job can involve anything to do with computers, from minor computer and software troubleshooting to full network installations.

  • Technical writer: Many different businesses use technical writers to (re)write scientific and technical articles so they’re easier for most readers to understand. Common clients include hospitals, insurance companies, and financial institutions.

  • Virtual assistant: You can use your home-based technology to deliver services to clients globally. Business areas include marketing, graphic and Web design, IT support, and even language translations.

  • Web merchant and auction trader: You can sell goods to clients online, whether through an auction site like eBay or through your own virtual store via a personal Web site.

  • Webmaster: This position involves setting up Web sites and managing servers, hardware, and software for other businesses from your own home.

Here are some of the hottest high-touch home businesses:

  • Bodywork or massage therapist: You can specialize in many different massage and bodywork therapies. Be certain that you’re properly certified for the type of therapy you choose to provide.

  • Provider of elder services: You can choose from a myriad of businesses in the elder services field — from providing medical assistance to the elderly to assisting the elderly with legal issues. Do your research to find out how you can make the best use of your skills in this ever-growing field.

  • Financial advisor: Many people need help managing their estates and plans for retirement. With the proper education and certification, you can provide the personal financial services your clients need.

  • Pet sitter: Taking care of pets can be as simple as caring for one pet in either your own home or your client’s home, or as complex as running a doggy day care. Be sure to get proper accreditation and licensing for the type of operation you want to run.

  • Tutor: Use your expertise and teaching skills to help students of all ages improve and excel in class performance.

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Paul and Sarah Edwards are award-winning authors of 17 books with over 2 million books in print. They have also hosted radio and TV shows. Peter Economy is a home-based publishing consultant and is the best-selling coauthor of more than 50 books, including Consulting For Dummies.

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