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The Entrepreneur's Guide to Typing Services

 

Planning to start your business, why not consider typing services? It is a lucrative business for work-from-home moms. Typically, a typing service will include your traditional secretarial service, data entry and other clerical jobs. You can also be a virtual assistant to some business owner.

Requirements

You can start your typing services from your home. All you will need is computer, high quality printer, Internet connection, a telephone and a fax machine. Also, make sure you have a professional sounding email ID and a website.

Qualifications

Basic qualification needed to start your typing service is that you have to excellent command over English and a thorough knowledge of word processing software.

Know Your Competitors

Like in any business, research plays an important role here too. You need to know who are your competitors in your field and what kind of services are they offering. You can pose as a potential customer to get the intimate details of their business.

Identify Your USP

After your research, you are aware what are your competitors in your area are offering. Now you need to identify your USP i.e. your unique selling point that will tell you apart from others in the business. You can choose from the services listed here

  • Word Processing (term papers, correspondence, reports.)
  • Resume writing
  • Desktop publishing (newsletters, brochures, flyers, business cards.)
  • Database maintenance
  • Mail services (mailing list maintenance, bulk mail.)
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting
  • Tax preparation
  • Transcription (legal, medical.)
  • Graphic design
  • Notary service
  • Fax service


Business License

Since the licensing requirements vary from state to state, town to town, it is advisable to find out the requirements in your area. You can call the nearest Small Business Administration, Service Corps of Retired Executives (also known as SCORE) or Small Business Development Centre for information. These are government run organizations and offer free help in starting your business.

Salary

So you have applied for a business license, you have decided on the kind of services you will be offering so now come your charges. How much should you charge for each service and on what basis? You can charge on an hourly basis or on page number basis. Depending on the individual services your charges will vary. So consult your local Chamber of commerce to help you decide on your charges. On an average you can charge from $10-$12 for simple jobs, and increase the rates to $45 per hour for more complex jobs like graphic design or creating and managing websites.

Network

Now that you have everything under control, spread the word about your business. You can do it online by having a website depicting your services, along with your charges and contact information. You can also advertise in yellow pages and online directories (and job sites).

Avoiding Pitfalls

Beaming with enthusiasm, you are ready to start your services. However, beware of these typing scams:

  • Application processing fee to get a job
  • Demand for money from you
  • Charges for a software program you may need


Avoid these advertisements like the plague, as they are false and out to dupe your money.

Meeting clients

Most people usually meet their prospective clients at their homes. But in case you are not comfortable you can meet them at a public place like restaurants, café houses, or even business centers in your area.

Above is typing services described in a nutshell. Opportunities to work from home abound in this field--good luck getting started!

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