I transitioned to freelance writing after working in the banking industry for fourteen years. The decision to change tracks was both professionally and personally motivated, but it is one that I have rarely regretted. I shared my experience of starting as a freelancer in my first eBook called ‘Guide to Becoming a Freelance Writer – How to Use Freelancing Websites to Source Jobs and Make Money from Home, which was published on Amazon Kindle in April 2016.
Being a freelancer has taught me so much about managing a business, cause that’s how you have to view any money-making venture. In my case, the key decisions to be made were deciding what type of content writing I was good at, which clients I should work with and where do I find them, how much to charge for my writing services, and which online channels I could use to promote myself.
In addition, over the last six years, I have read and written loads of content on starting a business, the challenges of being a business owner, and the technologies available to manage and promote a business. A couple of friends have also sought my guidance on freelancing and starting their business.
My experience as a former corporate employee, business writer, and an adviser to friends, led me to write my second eBook. The eBook is tentatively titled, ‘How to Choose a Home Business Idea and Become a Homepreneur. Plus 50 Home Business Ideas’ and should be available on Amazon Kindle within the month.
What’s the eBook About?
Most of us would love to give up the drudgery of a job and become a home business owner. But the transition from employment to becoming a homepreneur, as you probably already realize, is not an easy one.
For many aspiring home business entrepreneur or homepreneurs, the biggest roadblock is their inability to decide which business venture to pursue. After all, potential business ideas are a dime to a dozen.
You will find loads of business ideas on the internet. You could draw inspiration from your personal interests or professional experience. Perhaps you have learned of a business opportunity from a friend. A personal problem that you faced, may offer insight into the idea for a new business.
But which home business idea is right for you?
And once you decide the business idea, how do you make a start?
If you too are grappling to find answers to these questions, then my second eBook is just what you need. ‘How to Choose a Home Business Idea and Become a Homepreneur’ has been written specifically to help you choose a home business idea and take the first steps towards actualizing your home business idea.
The eBook will give you food for thought on how you need to think strategically about every aspect of your home business. It will help you –
- Assess whether you are ready to become a home business owner.
- Understand the advantages of home business ownership.
- Understand how to overcome the disadvantages of managing a home business.
- Evaluate which home business idea works best for you.
- Create a workable business plan to get started.
- Understand what it takes to succeed as a home-business owner.
As a homepreneur, you are about to embark on one of the more rewarding phases of your life. Not having a boss to answer to, the joy of making all the decisions and growing your business from scratch, and the possibility of becoming an employment generator, the path to becoming a home business owner is certainly exciting.
A home business may be a small-sized venture, but starting it will require all the time, energy, positive attitude, resources, and creativity you can muster. As an entrepreneur, the stakes are always high, especially if you are the primary bread- earner of the family, or if you plan to dig into your savings to fund the business.
The transition to becoming a homepreneur must, therefore, be made with a clear understanding of what your business stands for, who are your customers, how will you sell, and how will you ultimately build a sustainable business.
The eBook is about 10500 words spread over eight chapters. Good friend Hazel Kamath @ TangleWithHazel has graciously agreed to provide doodles for the eBook. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the images.