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Many people dream of writing full-time as a career and quite often from a beach or a place of their choosing.
Here is a brilliant list of 67 Places to look for writing jobs online.
And proper jobs, not scam ones where you have to pay for the privilege of giving your email address and hoping something comes of it someday, which is quite often never.
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It is great to see the statistics over and over.
More people are starting their own business over the age of 55 than ever before apparently in the United States
Some want to fill the extra time they have on their hands while others want to increase their retirement fund and most just are not ready to give up work and go gardening full time...
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3 Steps To Turn What You Know Into Income is full of useful tips and questions to ask yourself so you can come up with a business idea based on who you are and how you want to live your life.
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Remember what Zig Zaglar said:
If you can help people achieve what they want, you can achieve what you want
You can be that person who goes from dreaming to doing.
To your success!
Meet Jeffrey Elefante, a character creation who first came to life as a healing project and now has been turned into a book with a whole series planned and a new merchandise store.
If you think you can't write a fiction book whilst in a full-time job then think again.
The purpose of this interview was to demonstrate, you just need to believe in yourself and let go of the fear.
You don't have to have it all planned out, you just need to commit to something, move forward incrementally and all of a sudden you have created something worthwhile and other people just may love it too...
Are you approaching 35 and getting weary of working for others.
Apparently, it is a "thing" so this article tells us.
Well, at least it is long before midlife so you save yourself 15 years of extra pain and heartache along the way.
It could be life is telling you it is time for a change, so fear not and get that business idea off the ground...
My coaching trainer Valerie Young published a really useful article on her blog.
It is about really profiting from your passion by working with the big corporations.
That may be a dirty word to some but you just might be missing a financial trick by closing your mind to this option
I want to become a digital nomad and I am sure many of you do too.
And it appears it is not just limited to young things heading off with their Macbook and life savings.
I felt this was a timely article because so much of what is written about becoming one, for me seems to be all about how wonderful it is, how easy it is, and completely glosses over the reality of such a radical change in most peoples working lives.
I wonder what you think...?
If you have ever wanted to start a travel business on line, look no further than the story of Tony & Boo Peel from Zimbabwe.
They live and work in one of the worlds most beautiful places, Victoria Falls.
They had to flee their home country after they lost everything but managed to then create a super successful online travel business a few years later.
If you are looking for inspiration to start a travel business then this is it...
How you spend your time outside of regular life stuff speaks volumes about you. Don't ignore it.
Free Spirit Unleashed Interview shares the life of Cherry Sewell, born in the UK, brought up Africa and resides in Australia and started her life coaching business.
Over 50 Market rated an untapped source of business start up ideas
Just to let you know this website will be changing its name to Novicepreneur.com and there will be more of a focus on small business ideas.
I found people were confused by the word career and assumed it was about finding a new regular job, or cv production and so on.
So with this in mind the focus is definitely about small business ideas and helping you come up with them, sharing case studies of people who have had them and implemented them and more.
I will be in the very near future be putting up a free download for you, a booklet to help you come up with your own ideas.
It runs to 25 plus pages so you have some really actionable content to help you come up with your own ideas.
Following on from this will be a much more details book to take you further and if demand is there I will come up with a course as well.
I will be driven by you the reader, so please, don't be shy, let me know what you would like to see and what you need.
Speak soon ... Jackie x
I was having a chat with someone I know due to leave their Civil Service post at age 55 without any clear idea where to go next.
By the end of our visit to the pub they had come up with a plan on a napkin in 5 minutes and a business idea completely suited their personality, based on a trend casually heard about a couple of weeks before.
Sometimes it can be that simple!
If you want to start a photography business you might be interested to know how Saskia Nelson went a different route to the normal niches of weddings and portraits.
She chose a much more current trend of dating photography because it suited her personality and also it was under exploited
Career tests, I believe are the framework around the canvas of your talents.
There are a few available online, here are my 4 favorites I have found more than useful in the search for meaningful work...
Sometimes it never occurs to you about something about yourself but other people can see it plain as day.
Tony was an engineer by trade but actually, he would have made a brilliant tour guide.
He might have excelled with a spanner but his natural personality and local travel knowledge was a treasure trove waiting to be exploited
The trouble with fear is either it propels you forward or stops you in your tracks and kills any momentum.
I coincidentally met two people on the same floor, whilst on a temporary assignment. Both had the same dream there were two very different outcomes...
Sometimes you need a bit of lateral thinking about an idea before dismissing it out of hand as either too hard, too complicated or impossible.
Here is an article about a chat I had with a colleague in work, who thought his catering idea was madness in January
Apologies if you have seen this before on my about me page but I have added this page to share any useful resources with my readers.
Ones I will be using as the site develops.
For now, I only have the one, which is related to SBI, the programme I am using to build this site, and I don't actually need to go anywhere else to use any other products.
Everything so far is included in the very reasonable package price I pay monthly for.
I am so passionate about how good it is I have written a bit more about it on this separate page.
Could you imagine buying a tank and then making over 13 different income streams from it?
Well neither could I, but this is what Nick did.
He had the added asset of having farmland, so what would you do to create income?
Rent it out of course...!
Once you get the formula right, you just keep repeating it, adding new streams until they are successful...
Short on ideas for your next career move. How about serving the world's wealthy population.
This industry was created by ex-cons who realised there was a market for their knowledge of the federal prison system.
And who better to serve than the worlds wealthiest people, some of who, have got themselves into a tight spot.
Rent a Ruminant is a Washington State USA unique business idea with very green credentials and a unique franchise opportunity
I Do Now I Don't is a brilliant simply business idea from a guy who was engaged then he wasn't. What do you do with the ring?
Flirty Aprons are not just something to cover you up when cooking, they are a fashion accessory anyone would love to wear in the kitchen or at the BBQ
If you are looking so start a coaching practice you may find some inspiration from Cherry.
She started her practice and followed along the path, but decided after heading that way for a while she needed to alter her course a bit.
She wasn't frightened to change horses halfway through the race to move towards a more authentic niche that felt more like "her".
She believes in looking inside rather than outside for what it is you want to do with your life and business and has found having her own coach really helped her take giant steps rather than baby ones.
And she started on a shoestring...
I caught sight of a tiny article recently that made me think of you.
My attention was drawn to my own demographic, the over 50 market.
It is noticeably underserved and ready for someone like you to offer a product or service specifically tailored for the age group.
It appears we are completely invisible to marketers who haven't yet cottoned on to a tech savvy, very enterprising yet commercially ignored sector of society.
Perhaps this market is an area you had not thought about but might be drawn to.
What do you think?...
A while back I published an interview with David Gibson of Goldvu. A company that helps you invest and become your own central bank.
Below is a video podcast of David, I thought you might like to watch it and gain a little more insight to how he arrived at his own small business idea.
Initially, he was unexpectedly "medially retired" from the British Army but adversity turned into a positive outcome for him and he now happily resides in Cyprus in the Mediterranean following his online/offline business dream...
Winning homebrew gave Bobby Don Johnson his inspiration for his small business idea. He was a trained oil man, who went on to train in finance but then the recession hit.
He headed back to the oilfields but with one eye looking for an exit from the business, and after ultimately being laid off, he decided to turn to his down time hobby into an online business. He felt qualified to go for it after winning awards for his American Barley Wine
I was fascinated to meet with Irina on line.
A native of Mexico but living in Berlin with a young family, she was trained in IT and programming but frankly, she hated it.
She decided to engage her creative skills instead and came up with a business making baby gifts, specifically Diaper Cakes.
Now as a British person, I know that diapers are the same as disposable nappies but making them into a cake?
Well that alone was enough to pique my interest. Little did I know I would spend ages on her site and even longer on her Pinterest account looking at the wonderful creations she has made.
She also teaches others how to do it too!
I simply love the idea of these as presents for a new mum. Such a practical gift presented quite beautifully and even the simplest of cakes looks adorable.
I also love the fact as a business the options to create are endless. The only limitation is how far an imagination can go.
If you are a work at home mom, or mompreneur wannabee then head into this interview and meet Irina, she is such a warm and engaging person I am sure you will be inspired to come up with your own creative small business ideas.
If she can do it with little ones, so can you...
Health is very much at the forefront of people's minds these days.
I believe there is a definite march towards a more natural lifestyle, healthier food and I also believe more and more people are looking for alternative remedies to conventional drugs to fix certain ailments.
People are educating themselves in the old ways our ancestors dealt with their health issues, long before commercial drugs became available.
Karen Alison in Canada is a huge proponent of the natural way, if it suits the condition...
I love a clever idea, and when John Opperman had his heart broken and his engagement ring returned, he found his own clever unique business idea.
Putting buyers and sellers together of romantic jewellery that was surplus to requirements.
With a fabulously catchy name, I Do Now I Don't he was off to the races
I have added another case study, I love this business idea.
I never knew it was possible to fall in love with the common or garden kitchen apron, but I have.
I am hoping their brand/product will have you buzzing with ideas for your own business...
I thought I would share a little about myself, where I come from, who this site is for and why I started it.
I am sure you are just like me, wondering about the future, how I am going to manage financially, after all the economy always seems in crisis and also from a personal point of view, what is my purpose in life.
Why am I here and what am I supposed to be doing.
Well, I decided after years of doubting myself I would just go ahead, take the plunge and go with my strengths,and novicepreneur was created.
What are you going to jump in with and create to bring value to your world?
I can't wait to see you blossom...
I think many people want to start a business for the wrong reasons, pressure from family or friends, they left college with a degree and think it would be a cool thing to do to impress their peers. Some people even do it because they dont know what else to do.
If you are keen about starting a small business then I urge you to watch the video on this page, understand the concept and why it should be a foundation for everything you go forward with.
If you don't actually know the answer to why you are in business then things will not flow.
It the answer is for the money, then you are in trouble.
I wanted to start looking at some unique business ideas, things that perhaps you would not necessarily think of straight away but could really spark an idea. They are not mainstream and not what a lot of people might choose as their business idea but the potential to make money is there, whether is it offering a unique product or service that others can't or wont provide sometimes.
This section will be evolving over time.
Well if you are, you might want to head over to Lorelie Carvey and her website and off line business called Wedding Cakes For You.
Based in New England in the USA, Lorelie had my head spinning with her busy life.
She is also a part time belly dancing and fitness instructor as well has running her off line cake business for brides and lessons for would be cake decorators and selling her own product.
She is a 30 year veteran in the field of baking, and she has distilled her knowledge and success secrets into 2 ebooks with her best recipes, and exact steps to making, baking, constructing and transporting wedding cakes and recently she has added a video series of tutorials to go with the books.
A complete package for DIY Cake makers or professionals.
Interested in starting a sweet treat business. Read all about Carey Davis-Munro from the UK and how her confectionery business has caught the eye of world famous models, world class athletes, the food world and the press...
Well, if they do and you have a passion for all thinks baking then let me introduce you to Darlene Arbarquez from Canada who started out making cakes as something to do while waiting for the birth of her child, she made a birthday cake for her brother.
Now several years on she has a great website with a YouTube channel teaching others how to create as she would say fabelicious creations! She shares cake decorating ideas and offers you some terrific recipes, I am definately going to do her Ultimate Chocolate Cake and her chocolate cake in a mug looks to die for.
David Gibson had a promising military career until a health problem invalided him out of the army quite unexpectedly. Over the years though, as a hobby he had been deeply interested in precious metals and currencies of the world and this led him to creating an online business using his knowledge to help others by creating solutions for institutional and private investments outside of the central banking system.
In fact he offers you the chance to become your own central bank.
Want to start a wine business? Read about Joachim Niclasen from Denmark and how he started his on an absolute shoe string, with no wine, no customers or any industry experience.