Wouldn’t it be great to own your own business? Have you ever woken up with a great idea or inspiration for a small business? Although you may answer yes to either of these questions, you may think that starting your own company is too overwhelming and would take too long to become lucrative, but that’s not necessarily the case. Here are some examples of businesses you can start easily today that will grow quickly.

SEO Consultant

If you’re familiar with how search engines function, and you also know your way around platforms like Clicky, Google Analytics, Reinvigornate, and KISSMetrics, you could start out as and SEO consultant. Many small business owners don’t understand the importance of SEO and how it can draw more potential clients to their website. That’s where you come in. You can show them how to make their Internet presence much more SEO-friendly, teach them how to read their analytics and use the data and keywords to generate traffic.

Graphic designer

Graphic designers are in big demand by many small and large companies to help with web design, logo making, business card design, infographics, and social media covers. You don’t have to hold a degree in graphic design to do this type of consulting work, if you’re savvy you can teach yourself and there are plenty of helpful tools online such as this free logo creator.

Bookkeeper

If you’re a trained accountant and you like to start working from home, this could be the perfect solution. You don’t have to be a Certified Public Accountant to become a freelance bookkeeper; you just need to have the skillset to manage a company’s accounts. This type of freelance work is helpful for small or start-up businesses which can’t afford a full-time bookkeeper.

Tax preparer

Who enjoys preparing taxes? Perhaps you do, especially if they’re someone else’s and you’re being paid to do it. At-home tax preparation can be a lucrative business for a freelancer. Anyone with a tax background or willing to take a training course can easily take on this telecommute position. Don’t forget that there are annual changes in the tax code so you’ll have to top up on your training each year. Tax preparers also have to register with the IRS.

Social media consultant

Owners of larger companies often tend not to have the time to handle their social media accounts and like to hire an individual or agency to do it for them. As a social media consultant, you help the company build recognition for their brand across various social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

You will also create content for social media and keep posts current, build campaigns to promote content and cover live events. You will need to understand the company’s specific market and have connections to influencers within the industry.

Résumé/cover letter writer

A professional résumé and cover letter can make the difference between getting an interview and being overlooked. Many people are uncertain what makes a good résumé, while others are not so good at selling themselves. If you are good and writing and grammar and you have a knack for writing about people’s career accomplishments in a way that makes a résumé stand out above the rest, this could be a great job for you.

App developer

Mobile applications are becoming more and more popular and people are willing to pay for good apps that can help them manage their lives and be more efficient. If you are adept at coding you’re all set up to start making your own apps. If you have a great idea for an app but you lack the skillset to build it, there are many software developers out there who are happy to collaborate on an app creation project.

Grant writer

There are non-profit organizations, hospitals, universities and community organizations throughout the U.S. who are on the lookout for grant money to help subsidize their budget. The problem is that if you’ve never written a grant application before, they can be tricky to write. If you have experience at grant writing however, or you’re willing to take a course, you can soon start a successful grant writing business.

Medical transcriptionist

If you have experience transcribing audio dictations into legible and coherent reports, this is a great opportunity for you to start your own home business. The medical industry has an ongoing need for transcriptionists. You will general need a two-year degree in medical transcription just so you are up-to-date on medical terminology.

This post was writtent by Caitlin Miles. Caitlin owns a small home business. She hopes to help other moms earn money from home by posting her business insights on a number of mom and work from home blogs.

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