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Old 08-08-2014, 04:55 PM
 
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I'm looking to get into independent contracting or starting my own small business from home. This is so after a few years I can quit my current job and work for myself. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:24 PM
 
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I'm looking to get into independent contracting or starting my own small business from home. This is so after a few years I can quit my current job and work for myself. Any suggestions?
Start the business now and hire employees using your current earnings as seed money. Independent consulting is a roller coaster of selling then working... selling then working... selling then working. It is a feast or famine situation.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:35 PM
 
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What field are you in? There is no really generic advice that will apply to everyone. I'm an independent contractor as an occupational therapist, but the way I got into it is not going to translate to a computer person or a tradesman or someone who makes and sells things.
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:30 PM
 
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What field are you in? There is no really generic advice that will apply to everyone. I'm an independent contractor as an occupational therapist, but the way I got into it is not going to translate to a computer person or a tradesman or someone who makes and sells things.
I work in non profit in an administrative position. But I have a Bachelors in Journalism, but that field has died.
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Old 08-08-2014, 11:55 PM
 
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What Should I Do For A Business - YouTube this should help you have to do your own research...
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Old 08-09-2014, 08:42 AM
 
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this should help you have to do your own research...
I've done research and haven't found anything I'm interested in yet. Asking in this forum is just another avenue to get some ideas.
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:59 AM
 
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It'll come down to something you are passionate about. That's the way to go. If you have no passion, that business is not going to go anywhere. So think about that! What are you passionate about? What drives you to get up in the morning? What makes you go out again and again after the 100th time someone already said, "No" to you.

If you go on your own, it might mean marketing and sales. Can you handle that?
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:26 AM
 
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I'm looking to get into independent contracting or starting my own small business from home. This is so after a few years I can quit my current job and work for myself. Any suggestions?

You probably shouldn't do it. A real self-starter wouldn't being working your current job and asking on City Data what to do next....just sayin'

If you do find something that interests you, get a job doing that, learning on someone else's dime and you don't spend anything figuring out if you like it or if it makes money!
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:25 AM
 
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I would say, forget passion. It is great if you have a passion for something, but if nobody is willing to pay for it, your passion will get you nowhere.

The first question in my opinion would be what skillset you have that customers would demand.

Let's assume that you have a passion, a real passion for decorating the hockeysticks the players use in field hockey. In fact, you're the most passionate guy in the world about it. Great. But how many people would be willing to pay for your services? In Holland, which is the most densely compacted market for field hockey in the world, you might find some buyers, but in the US? Forget it. Now that's just an example and maybe a weird one; but hopefully it shows you that offering something that clients would need is what matters most. As well as the size of the target market.

In the end however, I agree with City Guy997s in the comment above me. If you have to ask us what you could sell, it is probably not your thing.
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:12 AM
 
Location: Santa Cruz
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Respite care for developmentally disabled adults
House cleaning business
Own a care home
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