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Adhering to a schedule makes self-employment a more organized endeavor.
A broad range of self-employment opportunities make working for yourself an enticing and sometimes lucrative option. If you're a motivated self-starter, there are many jobs that allow you to take advantage of the ability to set your own schedule and salary goals. Choosing your line of work requires careful consideration about your skill set, combined with your ability to think on your feet without the guidance of a manager or supervisor.
With an initial investment of $5,000 to $8,000 for liability insurance, a trailer and equipment, you can start your own landscape maintenance business and build your clientele through word-of-mouth and minimal advertising. You'll need an efficient, reliable lawn mower, gas powered edger, spreader and roomy trailer for hauling your equipment. Other tools, such as a tarp for hauling leaves and trowels for planting flower beds, will come in handy as your business grows. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of 2010, the mean annual salary of a self-employed landscape maintenance worker is $53,000, with an employment projection hike of 18 percent to 2018. Salaries vary greatly depending on your location and company growth rate.
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If you excel in specialty baked goods, take advantage of marketing opportunities.
Selling home-baked goods requires a permit and the appropriate steps to comply with government regulations. Government health and sanitation inspections will be an on-going aspect of maintaining a successful home-based bakery. Start-up costs are relatively low if you already own baking supplies such as pans, measuring cups, spoons and an electric mixer. Purchasing your baking ingredients in bulk or from a wholesaler will save time and money. A small investment of $400 to $500 covers your initial supplies and marketing tools, such as business cards and brochures. As of 2010, the BLS reports the mean salary of a bakery owner at $23,860, with a projection of 0 percent through the 2008 to 2018 decade. A home-based bakery allows you to market your creativity and significantly expand your clientele and salary through supplying restaurants or hotels.
Invest in quality supplies and keep them clean between jobs.
This is an ideal self-employment opportunity for individuals or couples who work well together as a team. A low initial investment of $900 to $2,000 covers liability insurance and cleaning supplies, including a quality, light-weight vacuum cleaner. As of 2010, the mean salary of a house cleaner is $29,240 with a 5 percent projection to 2018. The business of cleaning houses can often expand to cleaning newly-constructed spec homes as well as commercial and government buildings. These opportunities offer room for financial growth and company expansion. Cleaning houses is physically demanding and you must be able to determine how many houses or establishments you can effectively clean on an average work day. Over-booking jobs will cost you clients while starting off slowly allows you to build an excellent reputation through word-of-mouth.