start-up-marketing-brainstorming-250x300Do you hate waking up and going to your job each day? Are you ready for a change? Do you want to start your own business? You are not alone. In fact, approximately 500,000 new businesses are started every month. Granted, most of these are home-based side businesses ran by people who work full-time jobs. But the fact that so many people decide to take a leap of faith underscores the value of entrepreneurship. It’s the chance to control your income and be your own boss. But what are your options?

If you’re looking for a unique business that’s easy to startup and doesn’t require a huge upfront cost, here are three options.

1. Errand service. If you have reliable transportation and a trusty GPS system, you can earn a living running errands for busy professionals, college students and anyone else. Most people complain that there isn’t enough time in the day, and many would love someone to handle their grocery shopping, dry cleaning and other personal errands. Solicit your services and charge by the hour. Depending on your location, you can charge between $15 and $25/hour (on average). Print business cards and flyers, and then visit businesses and homes. Want to take your business to the next level? Create a website and build an online presence. Like on Facebook and discover ways to increase your online reputation.

2. Flyer marketing. Restaurants, real estate agents and other small businesses recognize the importance of consistent advertising, but they don’t always have the funds or time to invest in a campaign. If you have a computer, a publishing program and a laser printing, you can start your own flyer marketing company. Get contracts with local businesses and offer to design a custom flyer specifically for their company. Once the company approves your design, print and distribute these flyers to homes in the local area. Charge a flat fee that includes designing, printing and distributing the flyers.

3. Translating service. Are you fluent in another language? Put this skill to good use and freelance as an interpreter for different businesses. With the influx of foreigners moving into many areas, many companies will pay good money to have a translator on hand. This includes city governments, banks and real estate companies. And if you have a word processing program at home, you can translate documents for your clients or create documents in a foreign language.

Being your own boss can free up your time, and depending on the venture, you can make a livable income in less time. The key is finding a venture that suits your personality and providing a service that people need.

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