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Starting Your Own Small Business

Updated on July 9, 2010

Start Your Own Home Based Business

If you are currently doing an office job that you know doesn’t fulfil all the dreams and expectations you had career-wise then maybe it is time for you to do something about that. There are so many stories about people who have started their own businesses and are now having the time of their lives. They may find that they are earning less money than they did when they were salaried and in permanent employment for a big corporation. However they have changed their focus and have realised the dream of a great work-life balance. There are of course stories of great success where people have gone on to make an absolute fortune by making the choice to be brave and to take a different path.

These days you can start up a small home business in your spare time making money from your hobby and once it takes off you can choose to either carry on working on your hobby during your spare time or you can decide to take it to the next level. You can choose to be bold and take the brave decision to leave your full time job and be one those lucky people who are happily self-employed.

Starting your own business can be liberating
Starting your own business can be liberating

Make Money From Your Hobby

Think about the type hobby you have. There could be a possibility of earning a little extra cash on the side from something you really love to do.

If you like baking, for example, you could start up a cake making business. Cup cakes are very much in vogue at the moment. If you start small by offering to make cakes for friends and family then you can start getting the word out there that you offer this as a service. Find out about local fetes and fairs in your area where you could sell some of your products. To make sure people know how to get in touch with you create and print some business cards. If you search online you can find companies that they will produce free business cards for you. There are several companies to choose from.  Pick a design and layout that you like and place your order. The online business card company will send your order very quickly.  All you pay for is postage.

Get The Word Out About Your New Business

There are other places where you could let people know about your new enterprise. You could go to your local library and the shops in your area. Make up a simple little card or poster and pop it on their display wall or in the window. If you are internet savvy, you could think about creating a website for your new business. You can choose to use the free websites like, or This would enable you to keep your costs down to a minimum. Post lots of photos of your cakes so that people can see what you have to offer.

Get Your Small Business Started Now

To get more motivation, read books about people who started their own businesses and are now very successful. A good example is Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin empire and Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop.

The most important factor is to take action. You can change your career destiny if you really want to. Starting your own small business could change your life for the better. Just take a deep breath and go for it.

Good Luck.


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