Every who has a dog knows that your dog is a member of your family. My husband and I just became empty nesters and our dog has definitely helped us get thru the first few tough weeks. Therefore, when we are away it is imperative to have someone take good care of our dog. The person needs to be caring, responsible and attentive to our dogs needs and be understanding when we call, like new parents to see how she is.
A dog caretaker is a great career for someone who loves animals and would like to work from home. NBC news had a great article recently, which you can read by going to this link. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/38171680/ns/business-careers/t/great-jobs-pet-lovers/#.Ujh888u9KK3
The great thing about being a dog sitter or dog walker is you can do it out of your own home with little startup costs. You can also choose how much time to devote to this business, which has tremendous room from growth. It can be a great freelance career while also being a lot of fun.
To promote this business you can use Craigslist and simple local advertising in penny saver magazines and at local pet stores to begin with. Positive feedback for references and word of mouth will be a large part of business development.
There is a lot of information out there about freelance writing. I’m going to summarize what I have found for you. Everyone agrees the best blog topic is the one you are most knowledgeable or passionate about.
To begin as a freelance writer start by publishing a blog to showcase your writing. What you will need to do is build a portfolio of articles within a blog using one of the many free blogging sites, such as WordPress.com. Make sure to take the time to research and review your articles for accuracy. Another way to build a portfolio of published articles is through sites where you can send your articles for publications like Digg.com and Netscape.com.
After you start your blog you can look for freelance writing work at some of the freelance job sites like Elance.com or Odesk.com. You can also look for freelance jobs by emailing larger blogs, introducing yourself and discussing your search for freelance work. Don’t forget to include a link to your blog. It’s fine to begin with small jobs to build up your business. Most importantly with any kind of freelance work is the need to keep track of deadlines and invoices.
Once your blog is up and running you can work on monetizing the blog with advertising revenue. But to receive income from advertising you will need to generate traffic to your blog. The best suggestions I have come across is to follow and comment on other people’s blogs, and to link your blog to the many social networking sites. In addition blogging about your specialty can build up a business that you can do from home or anywhere. Good luck getting started on your blog.
This is my story about how I got started freelancing as a Real Estate Paralegal and Notary. After leaving my full-time job as a Commercial Real Estate Paralegal, I wanted to continue working but on my terms and less hours. The law firm I had worked with was willing to hire me on a per Diem basis. That was my first freelance job, which became a career.
As a freelance Paralegal, Loan and Title Closer over the years I have worked representing a variety of companies including both title companies and law firms. Many of the clients I have worked for, I found by mailing or emailing my résumé directly to them. Other jobs I got through recommendations and building a name for myself. The past 5 years or so I have worked freelance exclusively for one company. Even though I have worked for only one company I still have the benefits of freelancing meaning I can take off when I need or want to and I am still my own boss.
What I do as a Real Estate Paralegal and Loan Closer is conduct closings on behalf of the bank attorneys office and I am responsible for confirming the loan documents are correct and having the borrowers execute the documents correctly. As a Title Closer I am responsible for insuring the chain of property ownership and confirming all taxes, judgments, liens and mortgages are paid in full.
Qualifications for this job would be a notary commission (check with your state on licensing for a notary) and either work experience or a paralegal degree. Many companies will also need errors and omissions insurance and a criminal back round check .
A little about me before we get started. I have been working for over 20 years as a freelance title closer, real estate paralegal and notary. I will be discussing the various types of freelance opportunities and the sites to both find jobs at and advertise on to assist in finding freelance work.
Since the credit crisis the amount of people doing freelance or per diem work has grown dramatically. In conjunction with this there are new sites available to help employers and freelancers find each other.
There are many types of freelance jobs such as writers, photographers, notaries, court reporters, website designers, graphic artists, administrative and virtual assistants, cleaning services, dog sitters and dog trainers. That’s a few to get started. We will be doing in depth posts on the careers available and finding jobs.
Some of these freelance careers allow you the flexibility to work from home or anywhere. And some you can start with a few hours a week.