Wednesday ”WResources” – Part-Time Business Ideas from “Educational Sites”

Career experts say it’s much healthier to be continuously thinking about your opportunities rather than waiting for something bad or good to happen.  So even though you are happily employed, you’ve begun to start thinking about self-employment or a “working retirement.”  Your problem is that you are getting no quick inspirations or ideas.  Here are two research ideas to get your brain engaged.

(1) Research your opportunities in your current field  – is consultant work available?  – Is there a subpopulation that is not being well-served by your industry that you could serve better in your own business?  – Is there some business or activity that they could “outsource” to you?

(2) Explore and research new areas of work that interest you. Some fascinating ideas may emerge from some “educational sites” on your computer.

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Ideas to Solve Your Puzzle

To learn about new fields visit: partners with more than 1800 colleges to offer online courses that can be used in your current line of work or in a new field.  Ed2go offers many courses in areas of computers and technology as well as in writing and publishing. It also offers “start-a-new-career” courses including: Pharmacy Technician, Pet sitting, Special Events Coordinator, How to Start an Arts and Crafts Business….. sells guide books (~$15.00 – $30.00) on starting specific businesses or entering a new field. More than 100 guides are available including Become a:  

Personal Chef                         Spa Owner
Art Gallery Owner                 Technical Writer
Dog Day Care Owner            Organic Farmer
Genealogist                             Image Consultant
Doula                                        Brewery Owner
Party Store Owner                 Funeral Director
Romance Writer                    Tea Room Owner
Cake Decorator                     Coffee House Owner
Fitness Club Owner               Virtual Assistant
Personal Trainer                    Web Developer
Life Coach                               Butler
Real Estate Agent                  Psychic !!!!!

At the very least, a visit to their website will getting you thinking about all the alternatives you have to not knowing what you want to do, unemployment, underemployment, involuntary retirement, failed retirement, retirement, or just not having enough money.

OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free and open digital publication of high quality university level educational materials.  These materials are organized as courses, and often include course planning materials and evaluation tools as well as thematic content.

OpenCourseWare are free and openly licensed, accessible to anyone, anytime via the internet.  Whatever you may want to learn or train for, there is probably a site on line that provides you with online training or gives information on where you can obtain such training.  The consortium currently consists of 62 institutions offering 5,737 courses. A number of other institutions offer open courseware but are not part of this consortium including Harvard University and University of Massachusetts, Boston.

If learning online or from a book is not your learning style.  Go online and look into what your community college is offering.  Besides courses leading to certificates and Associate degrees, many community colleges offer noncredit courses that can prepare you starting your own business.

Online exploration and research is one way of discovering new options. More ideas for discovering your “perfect” part-time biz will be the focus of future posts.

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