25 Small Business Start-Up Ideas

25 Small Business Start-Up Ideas

If you dream of clocking out of your nine-to-five job for the last time and becoming your own boss, you’ve probably considered a variety of small business ideas. But, while you have plenty of passion, direction can be hard to find. 1. Handyman Are you always fixing things around the house? Often on call when friends need small projects completed? Put together a website, figure out what your time and expertise is worth, and start asking those thankful friends for referrals. 2. Woodworker Similarly, if you have a passion for crafting beautiful furniture or other home goods out of wood -- there’s demand for that. List a few of your pieces on sites like Etsy, eBay, or Craigslist. Once you build a following, consider starting a website, accepting custom orders, or expanding to refinishing work and upholstery. 3. Online dating consultant Dating consultants usually charge for their time. They help people create successful online dating profiles, source possible matches from outside normal online channels, and offer a level of...
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Escape the Hidden Enemy of Small Business Growth

Escape the Hidden Enemy of Small Business Growth

As small business owners, we sometimes have days in which we run short of time, money, patience, or expertise. Resources seem to be stretched thin or gone altogether. I recently watched a fascinating documentary which reminded me that we always have one unique resource on tap. We need only decide to use it. In the beginning of the Werner Herzog film, Little Dieter Wants to Fly, Dieter Dengler is shown habitually opening, closing, and re-opening doors—his car door, the front door to his house, interior doors.  An ex-prisoner of war, he does this as an intentional reminder to be grateful for the fact that he can open a door. His house is full of paintings of open doors and the exterior walls are mostly made of windows. No one is ever again going to lock him up or keep him in the dark. The film speaks volumes about the man’s life that can’t be conveyed in a short article. What I can relay however, is...
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Reasons Why WordPress is a Great DIY Web Platform for Small Businesses

Reasons Why WordPress is a Great DIY Web Platform for Small Businesses

This article offers detailed insight as to why you should handle marketing for your small business with a WordPress website. WordPress is Free What’s better than having the chance to market your business for free? Especially when it’s on a small scale, it’s very likely that you’ve already invested a lot and you’re dreading the thought of another cash outflow. With that in mind, using WordPress is similar to using a free pass to establish your business even further. You get to design your own virtual store on WordPress, setting and organizing content with your preference and with no complexities since it is user friendly. WordPress Is a Vast Community WordPress is an online platform consisting of a large community that is widespread. It is used by more than 22% of the 10 million top websites such as Forbes, CNN, and Sony. It’s also known for its amazing support community, with a variety of skilled developers, innumerable active users, and online forums helping and guiding...
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WHAT MARK ZUCKERBERG’S LEADERSHIP MEANS FOR MILLENNIALS

WHAT MARK ZUCKERBERG’S LEADERSHIP MEANS FOR MILLENNIALS

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan recently pledged to donate 99% of their Facebook shares to charitable causes over the course of their lives. The news came via an open letter published on Facebook that the couple wrote to their newborn daughter, Max. The couple hopes that the donation—worth about $45 billion—will help make the world a better place for their daughter. Zuckerberg is undeniably a leader of his generation—Generation Y, or “Millennials”—and his donation is setting an important precedent for his peers: that supporting social causes is more important than accumulating tremendous wealth… And yes, he’s keeping quite a lump sum, but his commitment to giving most of it away is rare and unique. His actions say it all: That helping others is of paramount importance. That we are all responsible for making this world a better place. Zuckerberg is certainly setting a positive example for his peers, but this a generation already inclined towards philanthropy. Millennials were raised during an era that...
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