Tired of the 9-to-5 grind and want a way to earn or to supplement your income? Easy.
The media has named the growing trend toward micro-entrepreneurship "the Rise of the Creative Class," "the Gig Life," or "the freelance economy." All of those refer to the nearly 4 million workers who were self-employed this past year, and millions of others who currently supplement their income with freelance work. While the trend has been spotted before, there's one stark difference between micro-entrepreneurs today and the "Free Agent Nation" citizens of the late '90s: technology. Micro-Entrepreneurship For Dummies shows you how to navigate this confusing technological landscape in order to make a contributable profit.
Micro-Entrepreneurship For Dummies aids you in making the best use of micro-entrepreneurial platforms, with helpful advice that includes information on signing up for and selling products on websites such as Airbnb, Craigslist, Taskrabbit, Uber, and Etsy.
- Micro-enterprise, using online platforms to sell products or services, is a proven way to earn extra money and supplement household income
- In today's struggling economy, the importance of self-run businesses and small enterprise is growing as more people take lower-paying jobs and need a little extra spending money
- Shows you how to sign up for and sell products online
Micro-Entrepreneurship For Dummies appeals to anyone looking to earn or supplement their income from home.
About the Author
Paul Mladjenovic is a certified financial planner, micro-entrepreneur, and home business educator with more than 25 years' experience writing and teaching about financial and business start-up topics. He owns RavingCapitalist.com and is also the author of Stock Investing For Dummies.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started with Micro-Entrepreneurship 7
Chapter 1: Micro-Entrepreneurship 101: Just the Basics, Please 9
Chapter 2: Knowing Your Path as a Micro-Entrepreneur 17
Chapter 3: Understanding Yourself: What Makes You Tick 31
Chapter 4: Setting Up Your Internet Presence 45
Chapter 5: Honing In on Opportunities 59
Part II: Finding Great Micro-Entrepreneurship Ideas 77
Chapter 6: Creating Your Arts and Crafts Micro-Business from Scratch 79
Chapter 7: Selling Other Stuff: The Golden Rules of Success 91
Chapter 8: Selling Your Services 105
Chapter 9: Writing for Money 121
Chapter 10: Getting Into Self-Publishing 133
Chapter 11: Being a Successful Affi liate 153
Chapter 12: Cashing in on Advertising 169
Part III: Marketing and Selling Your Micro-Business 187
Chapter 13: Understanding Your Marketing Approach 189
Chapter 14: Communicating with Prospective Customers 205
Chapter 15: Utilizing Search Engine Strategies to Market Your Business 223
Chapter 16: Using Blogs and Ezines in Your Marketing Plan 237
Chapter 17: Marketing through Social Media 255
Chapter 18: Implementing Other Marketing Strategies 267
Part IV: Considering Taxes and Legal Issues 285
Chapter 19: Outsourcing: Getting Others to Help You 287
Chapter 20: Micro to Macro: Growing and Selling Your Business 301
Chapter 21: Uncle Sam Comes Calling: Tax Issues for the Micro-Entrepreneur 315
Part V: The Part of Tens 333
Chapter 22: Ten Beginning Micro-Entrepreneur Pitfalls
(and How to Avoid ’em) 335
Chapter 23: Ten (Plus One) Ways to Make Money Quickly 341