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Use Your Skills to Start a Home Business

Successfully starting a home business often involves recognizing your existing skills and building around them.

by Cheryl Demas

You want to be home with your children, yet you still want (and need) to work and make money. Perhaps it is possible to transfer your current skills to a home business.

For some careers, writing for example, it's easy to see how you can do your work from home. For others, however, you may have to be a little more creative. Here are some home-based ideas for careers whose home business applications may not be as obvious:

Accountant -- Tax Preparation, Small business accounting and bookkeeping services.

Administrative Assistant - Secretarial support for small businesses, Desktop publishing services, Typing/word processing services, Prepare resumes for college students.

Attorney - Business consulting and incorporation, Freelance writing on legal issues, Trademarks, Wills and trusts.

Engineer - Contract engineering work, Software support for small businesses, Freelance programming, Computer training, Website design.

Librarian - Information retrieval, Internet information searches, Book review columnists, Website publisher.

Marketing - Public relations, Copy writing, Marketing plan preparation, Event planning.

Nurse - Personalized weight loss consulting, Teaching childbirth classes, Lactation consultant, Review charts for insurance companies, Home healthcare, Nutritional supplements or vitamin sales.

Office Manager - Professional organizer, Bookkeeping, Virtual office manager.

Retail Saleswoman - Direct sales, Online auctions.

Teacher - Tutor, Provide classes for homeschool students/evaluate student's writing, Write curriculum for homeschool students, Teach standardized test preparation classes.

Use these suggestions to get started, and get together with your friends and family to brainstorm more ideas. Be creative, there are so many possibilities and the rewards are unequaled.

Cheryl is the founder and publisher of She lives and works at her home in California with her husband and two daughters. She is also the author of It's a Jungle Out There and a Zoo In Here and The Work-at-Home Mom's Guide to Home Business.

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