Friday, January 20, 2006

This Entry Contains Graphic Content!

So many, many people want to work from home but a lot of them say that they don't know what to do.  As I have said many, many times before the fastest way to make money is to find a need and fill it and the best way to make money is to take something that you love and turn it into a business.

There is also a third option too.  How about taking one of the programs that you already have installed on your computer and start a business using it.  People think that that you have to have the latest software and/or the ones with the most "bells and whistles" when really you don't have to.  I am a big fan of "using what you have to get what you want."

On my consultation page
I list a few programs and how they can be used to start a business.  A simple program that came with my computer was the Windows "Paint" program which is a basic paint program.  How can you use this program to start a business?  How about designing logos?  Or specialty T-shirt designs?  You can create your picture using this program and then copy the picture and paste it into your wordprocessing program.  Just think of what you could do with capabilities like that!  You could start your own newsletter, doing desk top publishing for others......You want to hear a "strange but true fact?"  Even with all the home computers in use there are still people/businesses and organizations that still use the service of desk top publishers - publishing everything from logos to stationary!  And this is something that you can do using two basic little programs that are already installed on your computer.

What's that?  You say that you can't draw?  In a lot of instances you won't have to be a Picasso at it.  The most basic of paint programs lets you draw shapes and include text and once you start at it you will become more and more familiar with the program itself and then you can start to experiment and acquaint yourself with what your program can and can't do.

Don't think that there is a market for this type of work?  Then you're wrong.  Look at all the websites that offer these kinds of services.  What about businesses that offer this type of service in your area?  If you live in an area that doesn't offer this type of service you can use that to your advantage!

What about a niche market where you do a specific type of design?  Let's say menus, resumes, newsletters, stationary - some type of specific design?

You will have to have clients right?  There are no-cost and low-cost ways to advertise and market your business.  Why don't you design a flyer advertising YOUR business (make yourself your first customer) and distribute it around?  Prepare a business plan so that you will always have the steps that you take written down (and add enough room for the new things that you have come to learn!).  Business plans don't have to be complicated.  You can start with just a simple objective (ie: I want to make $ per month) and add to it as you progress.

You know there are people that are doing this very thing now.  Why not you?

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