Although most people today have access to a computer, a large number still do not. As a result, a home typing business is still an excellent way of earning a part-time or full-time income. Students, business owners, writers, peoples without computers, and anyone else who needs help with typing documents, proposals, essays, research papers, resumes and etc. will need your services.
Create Your Home Office. Your first step is to create a comfortable work setting for yourself. This location can be anywhere in your home, but if possible, it should be reserved strictly for working on typing projects for your clients. Your office should have room for all your basic equipment like a typewriter, a computer, printer, telephone and fax machine. The reason you need not only a computer, but also a typewriter, is because some places might provide you with forms that need to be typed onto. Many people get rid of their typewriters and as a result, can’t type onto forms when needed. Besides the basic equipment, make sure you always have ample supplies of ribbons, print cartridges, and various types of papers on hand.
Identify Your Target Markets. Big firms and corporations would not fit the bill. You want to concentrate on small businesses, especially those that are non-automated. Think in terms of people who probably operate a good business, but would be unlikely to have the equipment or ability to type forms, letters and etc. This might include mechanics, carpet cleaning services, machine repairmen, general contractors, painters, plumbers, interior decorators, and so forth.
Determine what specific services you will offer. Next, you want to determine exactly the types of services you will offer. Create a list of the types of documents you can type for clients. If you can do more than typing, list those services too: layout of brochures, Powerpoint presentations, graphic design, resume services, secretarial services, and etc. The more services you offer, the more clients you can generate.
Design Your Promotional Materials. After you’ve clarified exactly what services you will offer, you can design your promotional materials. These will include at the very least business cards, and can also include postcards, brochures, flyers, classified and display ads and direct marketing letters. Be creative and consider your audience. You might need two or three different types of flyers to fit your audience or one carefully designed flyer or brochure to your intended audience.
Reach Your Markets. Finally, your goal is to reach the targeted markets you identified. This can be done by going directly to those businesses and meeting the people face to face or mailing them your promotional package. You can also post flyers and leave business cards in public places like libraries, waiting rooms, restaurants, community centers and places where tradesmen might go: hardware stores, etc. Look for places with bulletin boards, get permission where needed and get the word out. You can also place classified ads in newspapers, neighborhood newsletters, and other community publications.
Patricia Williams is a freelance writer who has been published in numerous magazines including "Missouri Impact," "Travelhost," "Careers & Colleges," "Career Focus," "Small Business Journal" and many online sites such as Trazzler, AssociatedContent, Bright Hub, LoveToKnow, and Family.com. Williams has Bachelor of Arts degrees in communications and English from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.