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Use Your Skills and Life Experience to Start a (Side) Business

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If you are currently looking for a job, you are in a unique position to re-evaluate your career path. What if you were to offer your skills and expertise to an audience who needs what you have in the form of your own small business? During this program, attendees learned an alternative approach to the job search, suggestions for what they might offer based on their individual skill-set, and discovered simple first steps they could take to get the ball rolling!

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Use Your Skills and Life Experience to Start a (Side) Business

  1. 1. USE YOUR SKILLS AND LIFE EXPERIENCE TO START A (SIDE) BUSINESS JULIE KITTREDGE, BUSINESS SERVICES ADVISOR JKITTREDGE@AHML.INFO SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
  2. 2. You Are In A Unique Position Gift Opportunity for change Reinvent your path People need what you have Start part-time!
  3. 3. Questions to ask yourself What skills do I have that others need? What experiences have I had that others want? What do I know more about than others in my industry? What can I teach? What problems can I solve? Focus on market solutions. What drives me? (Hint: it’s not passion) What is my purpose – what is my why? What are my strengths?
  4. 4. Speaking/Teaching Get in front of your audience Inspire and help people with your experiences and skill-set Teach what you know Offer classes & workshops ce.d217.org Udemy.com Lead retreats
  5. 5. Coaching/Consulting Can you offer your expertise or experience in the form of Coaching? Mentoring? Consulting?
  6. 6. Products Digital downloads Ebooks Forms Graphic arts for artists Digital images Logo and branding design Fitness tracking Online classes Physical E-commerce
  7. 7. Professional Services Web design Marketing content & execution Creative services Skilled services Design services Virtual assistant
  8. 8. Get the Ball Rolling Put it out there. Use Free resources. Create a website. Wix Weebly WordPress Squarespace ($) Free logo resources 5 online logo makers Etsy.com ($)
  9. 9. Marketing Choose one social media platform to start.
  10. 10. Research Starting a business www.SBA.gov Research others who do what you want to do Databases Reference USA Lynda.com Gale Courses
  11. 11. Resources Business Classes Meet with us one-on- one: ahml.info/business Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce Village of Arlington Heights Harper Small Business DevelopmentCenter
  12. 12. Coming Up Next Upcoming program calendar Co-working Connection: Business Networking Before-Hours Wednesday 9/28 @ 8-9 am Wednesday 10/12 @ 8-9 am Lunch Bytes Webinar: Creative Ideas for Video Marketing Tuesday 10/4 @ 12-1 pm Tech Class: Productivity Apps for Busy Entrepreneurs Thursday 10/13 @ 10-11 am
  13. 13. Q & A Contact for further assistance Julie Kittredge: jkittredge@ahml.info Susan Mayer: smayer@ahml.info www.ahml.info/business

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