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Six Unusual Home-Based Businesses
By Christine Durst & Michael Haaren
Many people would like to work from home, but aren’t sure what
they’d like to do. Here are six home-based businesses a little
off the beaten path, to help you “think outside the cube.”
1. Laura Bergman
saw a baby fawn in the woods one day, lying on broken pieces of
discarded antique bottles. Now, from her home in Pennsylvania Amish
country, she turns such pieces into handmade jewelry, at Bottled Up
Designs. She also includes the story of where the particular glass came
from and its approximate age. The result is a remarkable line. For
more, see www.bottledupdesigns.com.
2. If you watch Project Runway or The Rachel Zoe Project
and dream of fashion, this may be the gig for you. Alexandra Suzanne
Greenawalt is a freelance personal stylist and fashion expert based in
New York City. She takes clients out shopping, or advises them
“in their closet.” For aspiring stylists, she has also
completed her first book, Secrets of a Fashion Stylist. For more, see alexandrastylist.com.
3. Lynn Maria
Thompson is a Florida-based writer who decided to develop a second
home-based business to fill in occasional gaps in the first. Since we
ourselves write about rats, we were a bit reluctant to visit her
website, but the name was too memorable to resist – Old Maid Cat
Lady. It offers products for cats and people who love cats. For more,
4. Virginia -based
Jack Liu is launching Jack’s Best, “an online membership
site where I teach single guys how to cook a dish to impress a date.
Members get video cooking instructions AND dating tips from the female
perspective.” For more, see www.jacksbest.com.
5. Judy Katz is an
experienced ghostwriter, based on New York City’s Upper West
Side. She has ghostwritten or edited over 22 books. “I know
exactly what it will take to pull a story out of anyone,” she
says on her site, “the story he or she should really write, and
not necessarily the one they think they should write.” For more
on Judy and her business, see ghostbooksters.com.
6. In Los Angeles,
Cal., Steven Holtzman and his father have been running West Coast
Aerial Photography, Inc., from a home office since 2001. They began the
business part-time, Steven says, and expanded to full-time in 2006. For
more, including some spectacular examples of their photography, see
their blog at www.photopilot.com/blog.
Of course, these are just a few of the hundreds of specialties that,
thanks largely to the Net, are now home-based. For many more examples
of home-based gigs, including open jobs, see our website, www.RatRaceRebellion.com.
Christine Durst and Michael Haaren are leaders in the work-at-home
movement and advocates of de-rat-raced living. Their latest book
is Work at Home Now,
a guide to finding home-based jobs. They offer additional guidance on
finding home-based work at www.RatRaceRebellion.com. To read features
by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators
Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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