If you're looking for a home-based business idea, but don't have a clue what type of business might be a good fit, take a look at your resume for inspiration.
You'll be surprised to discover that the skills and accomplishments associated with your former jobs could provide a strong foundation for a winning home-based business.
I am a big fan of choosing a business that builds on your work-related experience for several reasons:
Now, I know some of you are thinking, "I don't want to do what I did before!" But, before you dismiss the suggestion outright, let me emphasize that I am simply encouraging you to select the parts and pieces of the jobs that you enjoyed most - and then build on those skills in new and interesting ways.
Let's take a look at how this might work in the real world:
Old Job Title: Classroom Teacher
Related Home-Based Business Options: online teacher, tutor, curriculum development, SAT preparation tutor, educational birthday parties, educational consultant
Old Job Title: Corporate Accountant
Related Home-Based Business Options: bookkeeper, private tax preparation service, online accounting teacher
Old Job Title: Administrative Assistant
Related Home-Based Business Options: virtual assistant, personal organizer, desktop publishing, personal assistant
Here are some questions to help you explore your work history for clues about your entrepreneurial future:
Remember, your old jobs are only a starting point in the brainstorming process. Once you know what you enjoy most and do well, then you can move on to exploring exciting ways to blend your skills with a need in the marketplace, and go on to create a winning home-based business concept.
Nancy Collamer, M.S., is a semi-retirement coach, speaker, and author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement. You can now download her free workbook called 25 Ways to Help You Identify Your Ideal Second Act on her website at MyLifestyleCareer.com (and you’ll also receive her free bi-monthly newsletter).