How to Become Self-Employed: Ideas for Future Entrepreneurs

So you’ve decided you don’t want to work for “the man.” If you want to have the flexibility of working for yourself, while avoiding the dreaded commute, here are some ideas for how to start your own business.

Where to Start

Where to Start

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Before you can start, you need to decide what you want to do for your business. The best way to choose is to find something that you love and are passionate about and find a way to monetize that into a business. The following are some ideas for businesses that you can do from home if that passion is there. If you aren’t passionate about it, it will be hard to stay motivated, which is so essential when it comes to working from home.

Start a Blog

Star a Blog

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If you love writing, then pick something else you’re passionate about and start a blog. If your writing is engaging and your passion shows through your writing, you can draw in enough readers to live off of the money made through affiliate links (if you so choose to include them) and ad revenue.

Watch Kids from Home

Watch Kids From Home

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For those who love kids but want to stay home, starting an in-home daycare is a great way to make money and have fun. This is a great option for those with teaching licenses (to prove to parents you not only can take care of kids but know how to teach them too); it also helps if you get certified in CPR and other basic first aid skills and have places for the kids to play both indoors and outside.

Become a Hair Stylist

Become a Hairstylist

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Another great at-home job is cutting and styling hair. For those who are already certified, all you have to do is devote a portion of the home where you can meet with clients. Some at-home stylists use their kitchen while others use a basement or laundry room. If possible, create a website to advertise your business that includes a portfolio of before and after shots, which will help bring in clients.

Sell Real Estate

Sell Real Estate

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If you want to be your own boss but enjoy interacting with others, becoming a real estate agent is a great option. This job requires a lot of networking, but if you’re personable and able to create rapport easily, it can be very fulfilling to help others sell their homes and buy new ones—especially when helping first-time home buyers.

Create Something to Sell

Create Something to Sell

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For those who are creative and have a passion for it, you can easily sell what you’ve made. Sites like Etsy.com allow you to create whatever you could possibly think of and sell it online. It could be jewelry, hair bands, crocheted hats, toys, knickknacks, artwork, embroidered towels, quilts and so on. Really, the possibilities are endless. If you aren’t sure what to make, just go online and see what’s being sold. Something is bound to inspire you.

When you first start out to become self-employed, you might want to try doing it in your spare time. Once you’re rolling, quit your job and enjoy life boss-free!

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