Editors Note: Using a
computer and your typing skills in combination with the Internet,
many older Americans are finding it easier to work from home using
their keyboard (formerly "typing") skills.
Make money in your spare
time? Though you do have to be careful to not fall for work
from home scams, there are plenty of legitimate keyboard skills that
Looking to put these to work?
Check out SeniorJobSearch, but read the article below first to get
some ideas on how to put your keyboard skills back to
Turning Keyboarding Skills Into
by: BB Lee
Most with excellent keyboarding
skills wonder if it is possible to use this talent in a home
Unfortunately, many would be
entrepreneurs often fall prey to the misleading ads on and off-line
recruiting work at home typist. Most of these ads are blatant scams.
The companies behind these ads are
basically selling outdated information, manuals, or a list of
Fortunately, many legitimate ways
exist to use your keyboarding skills in a home-based venture.
Here is a list of the top ten work
at home jobs you might consider. These ideas rely heavily on using
your keyboarding skills along with knowledge in other specialized
areas you may already possess.
Involves preparing financial
records, payroll and invoicing for small business owners.
Bulk Mailing Service
Involves handling mass marketing
mail for your clients.
Desk Top Publishing
Providing printing services for
Producing professionally designed
logo's to brochures for clients.
You can start your service by
offering to type manuscripts for authors or college students.
Offer to type new resumes for your
clients or edit and retype outdated resumes'.
Your services might include typing,
writing letters and mailing. Or transcription, basic bookkeeping,
dictation, and other office support services for small business
You might decide to specialize in
legal, business, or medical transcribing.
You might specialize in tax
preparation for individuals or small business owners.
People like to stay up to date on
the latest news in their field, or technological advances. You might
decide to write and publish a newsletter in a highly focused area.
All easily accomplished with basic keyboarding skills, a computer,
word processing software,and an Internet Connection.
All the work at home ideas listed
will require at least a basic desktop computer that delivers fast,
high performance. A CD And DVD drive are mandatory in these modern
times to keep your business in step with the technological advances.
The ability to burn CD's is
essential. Of course you will need the basic software, a laser
printer, a good word processing program, database and high quality
graphics, accounting/bookkeeping programs. A dedicated fax machine
and line are essential.
You will also need a dedicated
business telephone line if you want to appear professional. This
will also boost your credibility when dealing with clients over the
Also, check licensing requirements
in your home state. Contact your local Small Business Administration
office. They provide free information on starting a business.
B Lee (C)2004
About The Author
Lee is Editor of SmallBizBits News
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