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Benefits of Working a “Portable” Business

A “portable” business is a viable work opportunity where an independent contractor can work out of his or her home office or anywhere else in the world. It is the opportunity to be your own boss, work when you want and how you want and work on your own terms and in your own location—with the ability to pick up and go whenever you want to. It’s the ability to follow your own agenda and not follow after someone else’s. There are a variety of portable business options available to the independent contractor. This article will outline those types of opportunities and the benefits of working such a portable business.

Become a Network Marketing Professional

Eric Worre is the founder of Network Marketing Pro and he is the author of Go Pro: 7 Steps to Becoming a Network Marketing Professional. He has over 25 years’ experience as a network marketing professional and hosts teaching seminars, webinars and coaching sessions with other like-minded individuals. A network marketer is an independent contractor who is self-employed through a network marketing company. There are a wide variety of such companies available to work for these days. In a Perfect Business article, the Top 5 Network Marketing Companies are listed and discussed.

To become successful with a portable business, it is important for network marketing professionals to have the following characteristics: 

  1. Determination and desire to work hard and persevere through any obstacle
  2. A teachable spirit and the ability to observe and learn from your leaders
  3. A willingness to talk to other people and not be fearful of public speaking     

There are several benefits in becoming a network marketing professional as listed below:

  1. Opportunity for high financial gain to those who have learned how to work the business
  2. Time freedom and a lifestyle that is unhindered by the daily grind of a traditional job
  3. The opportunity to meet and become friends with many new people

Become an Independent Contractor Professional

An independent contractor professional can find a wide variety of portable business opportunities. Such a contractor can be employed on a freelance basis through a traditional brick and mortar company. This professional can also be employed strictly on a freelance basis for an online company or a brick and mortar company who is hiring someone online.

Independent contractors will have a better chance at succeeding in a portable business if they have the following characteristics:

  1. A good work ethic and an ability to work alone with little to no personal daily contact
  2. A strong attention to detail and a desire to create professional work products
  3. An ability to be a team player as needed and an understanding of online technology

Some of the benefits that Independent contractors can see from working a portable business are as follows:

  1. Can work from a home office and many times can schedule his or her own hours
  2. There are many tax benefits to becoming an independent contractor professional
  3. Money savings on transportation costs while working from a home office

There are a variety of types of independent contractor portable businesses. This article will discuss five freelance opportunities: virtual assistantmarketing consultantmotivational coachfreelance copywriter and stock market trader. In addition to the options discussed here, some other ideas are: computer software engineerweb designergraphic designeronline tutor and eBay trader.

Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants can work from anywhere in the world and have the opportunity to take on a variety of administrative and secretarial projects. All that is needed to begin such a portable business is a home office, computer skills and an internet connection. The International Virtual Assistants Association and the Alliance of Virtual Assistants are two helpful organizations to join to find further assistance in your endeavors.

Marketing Consultant

A marketing consultant works to assist business owners, entrepreneurs, authors and others seeking marketing advice. This type of independent contractor position can be done from your own home. You may need to meet in person with some prospective clients. However, others are fine having a chat over an online video venue like Skype. This type of business can be very rewarding as well as challenging which a creative person will enjoy. This article offers some helpful tips on how to become a marketing consultant.  

Motivational Coach

A motivational coach is a portable business opportunity that can start out as part-time while you are working another job. The majority of the coaching is completed over the phone, through email and also through a video chat system like Skype. The International Coaching Federation is a resource which is available for motivational coaches to join to receive further assistance.

Freelance Copywriter

One of the main portable businesses is for a freelance copywriter. There are a vast number of opportunities to write for online magazines, blogs, travel magazines, as well as for businesses that are looking for specific type of copywriting done. The American Writers & Artists Institute is a valuable resource for freelance copywriters to join.

Stock Market Trader

In today’s society, you don’t have to be a financial wizard who received an education at a top notch school to get into this type of portable business. If you have a good financial sense and can keep up to date with market trends and stock performance, then this might be an option for you. This article provides a user friendly guide on how online trading works.

The benefits of working a portable business usually far outweigh the costs. It can be a fun and exciting adventure for the savvy entrepreneur. Many independent contractors opt to become network marketing professionals. Others who don’t enjoy as much extroverted interaction might opt for one of the five freelance opportunities listed in this article.

 

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