If you can dream it up, you can find it in New York City, and that got me thinking about other cities and what I have seen and learned while traveling this year. When I think about the challenges of our economy, the unemployment rate, and the problems our state and local governments are experiencing trying to fix the problem, it made me think there has to be a better way. And with the rise in entrepreneurship in our country, I believe that Americans have figured it out.
You don’t have to come to New York City to see that where, when, and how we work is changing. The power of the Internet and technology, the global economy, and the pace of people’s lives are all challenging us to change who we are and how we work. Home based businesses are on the rise, and their success rate combined with the lack of certainty in the job market can only mean we will see that number continue to increase.
So what are some great at home careers and businesses? What should you do if you want to start your own business, be your own boss, and set your own hours and level of pay? Well the great thing is you can do anything you want to; the need out there is endless. But just to get you going here are a few ideas:
Meridith’s top 15 simple and easy ideas for starting an at home business or career:
1 Virtual Assistant – everything from scheduling travel, to setting up webinars, to making appointments. Professionals need assistants and there is no longer a need to have you sitting right outside the door.
2 Pet Walking or Sitting Business – we love our pets and with long hours and lots of travel, we need someone to care for them while we are tied up in our corporate jobs or just running errands.
3 Healthy Meal Creator – I love this one, as so many people want to eat healthier but either don’t know how or don’t have the time. And with the emphasis on buy local, what better time to start a health meal service than using local organic produce and meats/cheeses.
4 Image Consultant and/or Etiquette Coach – how critical this is to success! Who knew that for so many of us boomers, our mother’s constant badgering about not wearing white after labor day, or which fork to use when, would come in handy.
5 Healthy and Creative Unique Professional Gifts – gift giving is something busy professionals just do not have time to do, but see it as critical to their success both personally and professionally. While you may have to hire a little extra help (or put your kids to work) around the holidays, this is a great business for the creative individual or one who enjoys shopping.
6 Day Care – licensed – adult and/or child – while this requires a license, it is a growing business, especially in the field of senior care. The perfect thing about this business is that it does not have to be a lot of hours; most people just need a little help, support, or relief.
7 Homemade and healthy snacks and food for infants and young children – this one is a twist on the health meals, so you may want to go ahead and do both. But feeding our kids a healthy snack or lunch is critical for their development, and parents are too busy to pack lunches, and unsure of what is really going into those prepacked snacks. This is your opportunity to create a niche and offer a voluble