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    • Become a Landing Page Specialist

      If you have a way with words and know how to make keyword-friendly, beautifully designed, search-engine optimized landing pages, why not charge others for your services? Even a short, customized landing page is worth a couple hundred dollars or more, in most cases. Just check out what Freelance Copywriter Mike is up to for some inspiration.

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    • Event planner

      Has expansion possibilities

      One of the first things you need to do is visit every potential event location with which you plan to work. Work with the marketing manager to tour each site and learn what is available at each location. Start a database that will allow you to sort venues by varying features–the number of people each site holds, if there is AV equipment available on site, will you need to arrange for rental chairs, etc. Then when you are beginning to plan an event with a client, you can find out what the key parameters are for the event and easily pull up the three or four sites that meet the basic criteria. and engagement parties, etc.

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    • Facilities Management

      A well-managed working environment makes people happier in their work. As a result, they’re more productive. And your building works better for your users. You can start this business by entering into agreement to manage or look after their commercial building for them for a fees. The more of these building you get to management the bigger your business.

      The most effective approach to facilities management starts even before the building is built or refurbished, at the design and specification stage.  Using the latest Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques makes long-term management more transparent and efficient. Read more about this.

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    • FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGNER

      Experience, training or licensing may be needed

      Despite the proliferation of the internet, print media is here to stay for the foreseeable future! Fliers, newsletters, magazines, information sheets, letters and advertisements are just a few of the types of print media that business hire freelancers to create for them. Websites and online advertising need graphic design services as well. Even if your expertise is only in design, offer the works for potential clients, including the editorial creation and the printing and even mailing of the final piece. You can line up regular freelancers for those parts of the job you can’t do.

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    • Gift Basket Services

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      Finding a niche is the best way to start out in the gift basket business. Are you a dog lover, horse lover, or exercise guru who could put together baskets that hold the things that people with this interest would like? Do you already create a product that a gift basket could be built around? Have you made your own soaps for the past 10 years? A gift basket that included one or two of your soaps, hand lotion, a scrub brush and manicure kit could be a lovely basket to receive

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    • Hairstylist

      Experience, training or licensing may be needed

      Hairstyling is a popular business that can be quite lucrative. Generally a home based hairstylist business is likely to be started by someone who has already has a cosmetology career and wants a change. If you already have your cosmetology training and license, and loads of experience under your belt working in a hairstyling salon, you probably have a following that will follow you right home without any hesitation. You could also add beauty treatment services like manicure, nail treatment. And think opening more outlets at different locations as the business expands.

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    • Home Energy Auditor / Energy Consultant

      Experience, training or licensing may be needed

      All homeowners are always on the lookout for ways to save on their utility bills. You can come to their aid by providing them with an audit of their house and giving them a breakdown of how they could accomplish real savings in heating, cooling and electrical use. You can go one step further and do the implementation and installation of some of your suggestions in their home yourself. Do a complete appliance audit, with efficiency ratings and calculations based on the age of the appliance. And don’t forget the water heater!

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    • Home inspection

      Experience, training or licensing may be needed

      In order to be successful, you will want to establish contacts with real estate agents who can recommend your services to customers. The home inspection field is one where you will need to do constant updating of your education and knowledge. New products are constantly coming out on the market–if you only know about decks made of wood, you will not know how to inspect and assess the new materials on the market, such as composites that are made to look like real wood. Also keep apprised of all safety updates of materials and issues with things like off-gassing, carbon monoxide production, and other chemical precautions.

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    • Import/Export Specialist

      Experience, training or licensing may be needed

      If you don’t already have work experience with importing and/or exporting, you will have a longer learning curve. You can start by learning the basics and hosting educational sessions to teach others what they need to know to get started in import/export. That alone would probably gain you your first couple of clients. If you keep going with educational seminars and expand your reach to outside your immediate region, you could probably develop a sufficient and ongoing customer base very quickly, but be careful not to outpace your learning curve!

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    • Interior Decorator

      Experience, training or licensing may be needed

      Market your talents to building contractors. People purchasing new homes can often be overwhelmed with the choices and possibilities in home decorating. Design some questionnaires for each major element and each major room in the house. Find out how the homeowner will use the home–are there children? Pets? Does the woman of the house wear high heels? Do the home’s residents neglect to remove shoes? How will each room be used? Where might task lighting and ambient lighting be most appropriate

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    • Moving Services

      Lots of people who are moving want to hire someone to do the heavy lifting for them. You can leave the large-scale, long-distance moving to the big moving companies. Your work can be the local, moving-across-town or to the town-next-door jobs. These are the ones that people start off thinking perhaps they could do themselves, and it will be your job to convince them otherwise. Your signs around town will tempt them to let you take care of that part of the move, while they are busy taking care of those other 500 items on their list.

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    • Music Lessons & Dance Company

      Experience, training or licensing may be needed

      You want to stick to the instrument(s) you know, but you may be a skilled enough musician to offer lessons on several different instruments, or those in a particular class, e.g., stringed or woodwind.You can decide to take on individuals or classes, depending on space and availability of instruments. Public schools are continually reducing their commitment to art and music classes for students, so you can try to work with the public school system to supplement their efforts in those areas. You can expand your services to cover dance classes including lessons for wedding couples etc

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    • Personal Trainer

      Experience, training or licensing may be needed

      Advertise your services in places where everyone goes, like restaurants and grocery stores. Having a website is a good idea–people want some privacy in their decision-making when it comes to getting fit. They can go to your website and determine if your approach to personal training is an approach that would work for them. It is important to emphasize the safety aspect of using a personal trainer. You can help clients get fit and avoid injury

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    • Photographer

      Experience, training or licensing may be needed

      The photography industry is big and making money as a photographer can be done in a number of different ways. You can specialize in one area, the most common being weddings. There are niches you can explore for photography: portraits of people and their pets, families, and homes; photographs of holiday events, birthday parties or Christmas cards; the possibilities are endless. Think of how you can start this with your own online portfolio that displays the quality of your work.

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    • Sell 3D printers, accessories or supplies

      Even if you do not have experience in 3D modeling or 3D printing, you can still make money with a successful 3D printing business. Brush up your sales skills, and offer 3D printers, 3D printer accessories, and 3D printer materials for sale. Most 3D printer purchases happen online, since there are very few brick-and-mortar retailers offering 3D printers today, however if you live in an area where 3D printing is coming popular, it could be worthwhile to set up a shop to offer personalized, face-to-face service. Rather than selling 3D printers themselves, you could also open an online or retail shop for 3D printing filaments and accessories, since these are less expensive, yet always in demand.

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    • Solar Energy Consultant

      Experience, training or licensing may be needed

      Has expansion possibilities

      As a solar consultant, you can basically conduct a home inspection and give clients a report on their solar options for their particular home and site. This can range from full-fledged general solar installations that generate electricity to simple solar walkway lighting. You might want to start by working in a solar products company to become knowledgeable in the solar energy field. However, to be a consultant, it is often best not to be affiliated with any one company or product and be able to recommend products and options across the field of solar energy. Read more about this.

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    • Tax Advisor /Preparer

      Experience, training or licensing may be needed

      Most tax preparation franchises offer courses, seminars, and training to get you ready to work for them. You will learn a lot about tax preparation while working for them before going out on your own. There is a lot of educational support out there to learn tax preparation and all its complexities. And there are lots of individuals and businesses willing to spend a few cash a year to have someone else prepare their taxes and keep watch for tax breaks or tax burdens on their behalf.

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    • Website Developer

      Experience, training or licensing may be needed

      Many courses exist (many of which, logically, are offered online) where you can learn the language of website creation and can learn about the details, like how to set up shopping cart systems, security concerns, etc. You will, of course, need to learn about each company you design for. What is the atmosphere of the company that you need to reflect in the website design–is it wild and contemporary, meaning brilliant colors and fun graphics? Or will more classic colors like black, navy blue and maroon be more appropriate?

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    • Wedding Planner

      You will need to be up-to-date on wedding trends and fads, dress styles, color trends–almost everything under the sun! Offer your customers an ala carte menu of services, from helping pick flowers, the wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses to picking the venue and hiring the caterer. Before you open your business, shop at all the wedding shops, and even pretend you are a bride-to-be to see what kinds of services the wedding gown shop provides and how they treat potential customers. You need to know every detail of the business to give the accurate impression that you are the go-to person for anyone planning a wedding

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