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With the recent economic downturn, many people are looking at new, creative options to secure gainful means. One option that is always popular, especially now, is to go into business for yourself. As they say, if no one is hiring you, hire yourself. In order to do so, you will need an iron-clad business plan before you turn your home office into your corporate headquarters.
One classic example of being self-employed and self-sufficient is in the medical field. There are endless opportunities for those qualified in specialized fields like childhood psychotherapy and anger management. Hamilton to Halifax, from Toronto to Yellowknife, people are realizing that they can make a good living from home so long as they have a realistic business model fleshed-out to pursue.
One area that you can become an independent contractor in and expect success is in the cosmetic, beauty field. If you know how to administer a glycolic peel, chemical face-lift or inject Botox, you could become a licensed practitioner in your community. Being able to consult people on their health and wellness can be as lucrative as it is rewarding.
Similarly, consider some of the opportunities to be of service to the growing, ageing population. Entrepreneurs can make a great living offering services in home health care. Edmonton, Toronto or Calgary, you will find these services in-demand in every major city.
As for your plan, understanding what your true assets and liabilities will be is paramount to your success. No great leaders or those successful in business would never go into a new venture without at least the outline of a solid plan. Whether you are opening a store showcasing fine furniture made out of Canadian maple, driving schools at the racetrack for weekend warriors or a new bistro, you need a plan in place to guide you and articulate your ambitions to outsiders.
If you have recently been laid off from a technical or skilled labour position, being an independent contractor is often well worth the work involved in creating your own company. If you are one of only a few specialists who know how to install Nema enclosures, repair exotic cars or build classic log cabins, exploit it.
It is up to you to identify and capitalize on your skills and their value. You must be able to have the vernacular, facts and vision to not only make it happen but in order to market yourself. Review some of the many business and marketing plans available for free on the Internet and find one that works for you. Work on your plan until you feel that you are not only proud and enthused but confident and ambitious in your pursuit of it.