Settling on a career in today’s turbulent global economy can seem like a shaky proposition. Fortunately, the ability to choose adaptability and flexibility means that someone with the proper motivation can not only succeed but also thrive. All you need is a laptop and the Internet.
The Ideal Workstation
Laptops are ideal for most businesses. For the active entrepreneur, especially, they are indispensable; laptops can offer the conveniences of portability, personalization, and security and their ever-increasing power means that they are able to dependably handle the tasks of nearly any software package the business may require. With a laptop, you can work at your desk, take your work with you to share at a meeting with a client, and then go over the results from the comfort of your couch. The freedom to work from anywhere means the freedom to make better business decisions and to work in whatever environment is best at the time.
In addition to the growing number of opportunities for paid employees working from home, there are literally thousands of businesses that you can start yourself. The following are all excellent examples of how you can start a business with just your laptop:
Graphic designers are related to copywriters except their medium is the world of visuals. By combining text, images, and graphics, they create a unified presentation of information that their target audience can easily identify and remember. There are many opportunities within the field of graphic design, from digital motion graphics to printed material. The portability of the laptop is perfect for both creating images on the go as well as impressing a client with a portfolio presentation.
Copywriters / content creation
Copywriters write the text, or copy, for marketers and advertisers. Their goal is to write persuasively so that their audience is convinced to purchase the advertised item or to share in a specific viewpoint. The market for such copy is enormous and is not limited to the Internet itself. In addition to content for web sites, copywriters help create direct mail items, radio and television scripts, press releases, and even lyrics for songs written for commercials.
Affiliate Marketers work with organic search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine, or pay per click marketing. They earn revenue by directing visitors, customers, and subscribers to web-based businesses such as e-retailers. There are no official requirements to begin a new affiliate marketing business but it does take the ability to act proactively and to think outside of the box in order to pursue new marketing opportunities.
Tax preparers help other businesses and individuals prepare their often complicated tax forms and returns. To accomplish this, they utilize software programs and online services. Many governments practically require an Internet connection in order to access many of their features. Most tax preparation professionals must now have certain certifications and licensing, but nearly all requirements can be earned right from the home office. Tax preparers often find that clients appreciate the convenience and the personal attention offered by someone willing to travel to them.
Web developers continuously hone their skills. They learn from many areas: Programming languages, database building, and graphic design are but a few. Fortunately, online courses, tutorials, and web development articles are widely available. Since becoming a web developer takes no formal training, there is complete freedom in both learning and later completing the work.
Regardless of the particular profession, those that are starting their own businesses must make wise investments for their future success. The ability to work wherever one goes is a virtual requirement for getting ahead in today’s working climate, and there is simply no better tool than the laptop.
David Malmborg works with Dell. He loves all technology and right now is particularly interested in laptops and the mobile work force. You can learn more about laptops by visiting Dell.com. When not working he enjoys hiking, biking and writing about technology.PS: Digging this story, news or review? Let us know! Comments open.
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