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The Business of Helping Others to Get Online Tasks Done

Aug 17, 2007
There are many thousands of new entrepreneurs wanting to give up their full time jobs to explore their personal Internet home business dream.

A logical, potentially successful Internet home based business idea, may be to help them get their online business tasks and needed services done.

What I am suggesting is starting a business support service that helps entrepreneurs take their Internet home based business idea to the next level.

You can offer many services including transcription, desktop publishing, word processing, writing, editing, ghostwriting, designing spreadsheets, database management, accounts payable, bookkeeping, resume services, photocopying and faxing, notarizing.

Web research and Web page design and oversight and many different consulting services are probably the highest in demand. These are skills new web site entrepreneurs are not usually skilled in and need.

Antiquated secretarial services of years past involved typing, answering the phone and taking dictation by shorthand using tools that are almost ready for museums now. As you know today, the services are far more complex.

Business support services have become a top notch Internet home business concept as the complexities and technology involved in serving these growing small businesses lead to fewer and fewer adequately trained full time employees.

Small business employers, especially home based ones, typically do not need or want the headaches of full time employees. Also, they do not want to involve themselves in the complexities of employment law and taxation regulations and taking on another partner in the form of the government with all of this.

Technical business support service is an excellent Internet home based business idea because it is needed and in much demand by these start up business owners. They are just learning their way around the proprietorship and Internet business worlds and need help jumping over these fences to get to the next step in their businesses.

While, amazingly, typing and dictation are still important functions in the working world, other new services have evolved as equally or probably more important ones.

Offering business and technical support as an Internet home based venture should include desktop publishing, Web research and skills with spreadsheet software such as Excel.

While you can, and maybe should, specialize as part of your business support services the greater the proficiency you have in the various office software products and equipment the better chance you will have of landing new and repeat clients.

Knowing how to do jobs like setting up web sites and building them are and always will be needed skills for talented marketers who are lacking in programming skills and in need of them for their businesses.

There are at least two important factors in getting your Internet home based business idea off the ground. The first is to prepare yourself by training in the equipment and applications you will offer.

The second is to find your potential clients. That is good old fashioned marketing skills, especially, target marketing.

Since your business dream is to support others who have their own Internet business ideas your leads might be easy to find. In fact, they may be hanging out at the same places you do.

For example, your local community college business start up classes, the local Small Business Development Center, the Chamber of Commerce meetings and perhaps even Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) seminars or meetings.

There are many opportunities here to subtly let others know you are willing to support their new business start up and kick off your own business as well.

Have some business cards printed up by Vista Print dot com telling exactly what you do and pass them out, trade them and leave them everywhere. This will let your leads seek you out and get you started on the road to a second income.
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James M. Lowe writes original articles about home business opportunities .
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