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 career coach, speaker, and author of the new book Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement (Random House, 2013). In private practice since 1996, Nancy gained national prominence in her tenure as the Career Transitions columnist for Oxygen Media. She has spoken at venues ranging from Harvard Business School to the California Governors Conference on Women. Please connect with Nancy on Twitter @NancyCollamer and on her website at MyLifestyleCareer.com.