Are you eager to start your own business, but lack direction on exactly what type of business you want to start? Consider finding your niche to start and grow one of the following businesses this year.
1). Social media consultant
Larger companies usually outsource an agency to run their Facebook and Twitter accounts, but small businesses often have to handle their own social media marketing. With so many responsibilities, business owners are often too busy, overwhelmed, or undereducated about the importance of social media to spend time developing and implementing a great social media strategy. As a consultant, you can help them determine the best tactics, posting schedules, and content for their target audience. As their follower count grows, so will your business.
2). Resume/cover letter writing
It’s a tough truth to swallow, but a standout resume and cover letter can make all the difference when you’re applying for a job. While listing career accomplishments might seem like an easy task, the fine art of “humble bragging” eludes some of us. Find work by helping others get hired with the aid of stellar resumes. Capitalize on the increasingly important social media branding bandwagon, and offer to fix LinkedIn profiles as well.
3). Virtual Assistant
Do you have impeccable organizational skills? What about cleaning skills? Can you quickly and efficiently carry out these tasks? Maybe it’s time to put those skills to good use by becoming an online personal assistant or task manager. Offer companies an opportunity to sign up for tasks they want you to complete — including data research, or running errands — and begin building clientele.
4). Remote technical support
Many small businesses don’t have room in their budget for a full-time IT employee, so when their systems go on the fritz, they’ll usually call a computer-savvy friend or family member. If you have experience working on computers and networks, you can eliminate their need to call in a favor and offer immediate remote technical assistance.
5). SEO consultant
Do you know the ins and outs of search engines and have skills in platforms like Google Analytics? The owners of a lot of smaller companies don’t realize how much of an impact search engine optimization (SEO) can have on their business. Educate those business owners on the power of SEO to help transform their websites into a more SEO-friendly property. Use your skills to show business owners how to read and use their analytics data the right way, and how to properly use keywords and structure content to get more traffic.
6). e-Book author
Achieving authorship is easier than ever. With e-readers now a staple in most households, self-publication has become a reality for many writers who might never get picked up by publishing companies. With the right marketing tools, you can successfully publish your own books on anything from cooking and weight loss to real estate. Erika Gilchrist of theunstoppablewoman.net offers coaching for writing content that sells