Whether you've been looking for employment for some time or you prefer to be your own boss, working for yourself can be a way to do something you enjoy that will provide a needed service in your area.
Selling Products or Knowledge Online
You can provide freelance content to companies, websites and blogs. You can create your own website to sell products. You can provide information for a fee or by making money through advertisements by attracting a large audience. There are companies online like Elance that provide opportunities for writers, artists, transcriptionists, website designers and more. Understand the importance of search engines in bringing traffic to your blog or website.
Put your culinary skills to work and start a catering business. Determine your area's health code regulations and meet all requirements before you can get a business license for your new venture. Advertise in area newspapers and phone books and develop promotional materials for distribution. Create your own ads for publications, and other promotional materials like business card, flyers and brochures.
If you are a stickler for organization and enjoy helping coordinating your children's schedule or the annul PTA fundraiser, you could become a professional event organizer. You can specialize in an area like wedding planning or plan different types of events from birthday parities to anniversary celebrations. You can specialize in planning holiday excursions for individuals and families in your area and even offer tours. For instance, if you live in New York City you would be able to give vacationers an insider's view of the city including hidden treasures, like that great diner that makes the best burger.