By Kimi Clark
A new year is on the way, and at a time that most people are reevaluating their goals in life, what better time to start your dream business?
Sometimes all it takes are a few good business ideas, and you'll be on your way to launching an enjoyable career and doing meaningful work that you love.
We've broken down these popular work-at-home business ideas into specific niches that are sure to meet people's needs in the coming new year.
With the new year approaching, people are looking for ways to improve their lives on all levels. Coaching is an opportunity to help people in many different ways. You might help them create a plan to get in better shape physically, mentally, spiritually, or to overall get their life going on the right path.
Fitness Coach – If you're all about exercise and good health, you might want to consider helping others reach their health and weight loss goals by becoming a health and fitness coach. Catering to clients who might not be comfortable going to a gym is an excellent way to get started. You can even hold your own classes if you can find a venue such as a local community center or an outdoor area such as a park (as the weather allows).
Nutrition Coach – Some people really struggle with eating the right kinds of foods. If you know a lot about food and how to eat healthily, this might be a good option for you. You can work in groups or one-on-one with clients and help them with tasks such as setting nutritional goals and developing a healthy menu. Some coaches even take their clients grocery shopping to show them exactly what they need to be eating!
Wellness Coach – A wellness coach helps clients achieve overall balance in their lives. You help with things like goal setting, decision making, and identifying the steps needed to transform goals into actions. Many people are looking for guidance, and it's so valuable to have someone to bounce ideas off of. You could be that someone, and earn a living by helping others.
Business Coach – If you've achieved success in business, you can teach others what you know. Sharing your knowledge and skills about business topics is a very popular business idea right now, and will only continue to grow. With so many people setting out to work for themselves and run their own businesses, business coaches are a very valuable resource.
Plus there are so many ways you can help as a business coach. You can work one-on-one with clients, host webinars with a group of people, and create courses and ebooks. The sky is the limit here!
Maybe you've thought about starting a blog but weren't sure how to go about it. Blogging is a great business idea that has brought many people success while allowing them to run a business from the comfort of their home. Blogging is hard work, but it's also exciting! There's always something new to learn, and if you want your blog to be a business, you should start learning from the beginning.
Believe it or not, many bloggers make a living (some make a mighty fine living!) from their blogs.
Here are a few categories that you should consider when choosing what to blog about:
Lifestyle Blog – Lifestyle bloggers come in many different forms. The common denominator here is that they usually talk about more than one topic. If you want to write about family, health, DIY, products, and more, then you'd likely call yourself a lifestyle blogger.
Niche Blog – A niche blog is when you're hyper-focused on a single topic. For example, you could write about coffee. It could be anything to do with coffee, such as places to get it, how to make it, and related products (such as coffee cups). You can also niche down even further and write only about organic coffee, or further still and write about organic coffee available in a particular part of the world. The ideas are endless; there are so many possible topics to write about!
Business Blog – Maybe you have a business already, but you want to work harder at getting the word out there about your products or services. Creating a business blog can help with that, and it might even wind up becoming another side business that generates income for you. Creating posts about your business and products and working social media can help your business get noticed online in places it wouldn't have without a blog.
Blogging Blog – Creating a blog about blogging is very popular! Bloggers who have skills that they can teach other bloggers are killing it these days. You can create courses and ebooks and have membership sites and private groups that will help bloggers learn the skills they need. Everything from writing and graphics to social media and monetizing your blog are subjects that other bloggers need to learn. If you can show them how to replicate your success, you've found an amazing way to earn a living!
Find out more about how to start a blog here.
3. Direct Sales
I think direct sales sometimes gets a bad rap because people sign on without really knowing much about the business. That, and they're not taught how to market themselves properly. Spamming every person you've ever met with your business opportunity or products is not a good business practice. You have to be genuine with people and show them that you care and that you are not just out to make a buck from them.
That being said, direct sales businesses have helped many people have the work-at-home business of their dreams!
A few good ideas for direct sales home businesses you could join in the new year are:
You can find even more Direct Sales ideas here.
Make sure to do your homework before joining a direct sales business as they all have different start-up costs and requirements.
Are you thinking about starting your dream business this year? We'd love to hear about it in the comments!
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Kimi Clark is a career stay at home mom turned writer and blogger for hire with a passion for business. She specializes in posts about writing, blogging and entrepreneurship, as well as all things parenting and motherhood. Owner & Founder of The Mom Shopping Network, she helps moms find great tips, amazing products, money saving deals, fun entertainment and what's trendy and hip for moms, dads, and kids! A devoted wife and mother of four, she loves the beach and NEEDS her early morning coffee.
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