Men who have lost their jobs typically go out looking for another one as soon as possible, but for many men, real job security comes from independence. It is possible to make the dream of working for yourself into a reality by starting your own home-based business and taking charge of your career. If you have another job, you can start your home business by working evenings and weekends, but if you are out of work, you can immediately launch your business as a full-time operation. Take a realistic look at your skills and interests, and focus on a home business that holds strong appeal for you.
Business Support Services
Small businesses often require support services, but they may not have the need or the budget to hire regular employees to do the work. Many such companies prefer to contract for these services, creating an ideal opportunity for men with the skills to create a home-based business that provides these services on an as-needed basis. Business support services include accounting, bookkeeping, tax preparation and marketing. When choosing which services to offer, go with areas in which you have experience. If you haven't had a great deal of experience but would like to create a home-based business offering this type of support, take business classes at your local community college or through an online program that results in a degree or a certificate so you can demonstrate your expertise to potential customers.
Companies of all sizes often contract with outside businesses for Internet services. Men with design skills and the ability to create attractive and functional websites can make good money working from home setting up websites for other businesses, organizations and individuals. In addition to design services, which usually results in a one-time fee, you can offer customers the option to subscribe to an ongoing maintenance contract for a small monthly charge. Other Internet services you can offer include website marketing and assistance with search engine optimization, page ranking and content.
If you have a lot of knowledge in a particular area, working as a freelance writer creating e-books could be the ideal home-based business for you. There is an ongoing demand for detailed information on just about anything you can imagine, and men who can write decently will find they are able to write and sell e-books. You don't need to be an experienced writer to create a good e-book, but you should hire the services of a good editor to make sure your writing is clear and grammatically correct. Focus on your hobbies, especially if you have extraordinary knowledge in a particular area, or on work skills or other topics that interest you. There are no limits to what you can write about, and e-books on diverse subjects such as fishing, bowling, woodworking or home repair all have the potential to be successful.
Men who have a lot of practical knowledge about tools may do well with a home business selling them. This business typically involves a rolling store, usually in a large van, containing all kinds of tools, including specialized ones that are likely to appeal to specific customers such as repair shops or auto parts stores. Although this is considered a home-based business you can expect to be away from home a good part of the time, serving your existing customers and calling on new clients as you build your business.
Men who are good at fixing things can turn that skill into money by starting a handyman home business. Homeowners can always use help around the house, and most people lack the knowledge to fix things in their homes that break, or they don't have the time. If you can fix a dripping faucet, repair a broken pipe or patch a hole in the wall, you have the potential to be a handyman. This business requires you to have your own tools and materials, plus you'll want to have liability insurance and the proper permits to protect you as your job takes you into people's homes. Certification through the Association of Certified Handyman Professionals or a similar organization shows you have high standards and are capable of dealing with the tasks required of a handyman.