Start a Resume Writing Service

Successful Home Based Business Ideas

If you want a successful home based business, one idea is to start a resume writing service. However, you need to overcome two key challenges. First, you need a way to obtain clients and second, you must be able to write a good resume.

FINDING CLIENTS WHO WANT GOOD RESUMES

Fortunately, if you are interested in writing resumes as a business idea, many people are looking for help with their CVs or resumes. Many jobs are being cut and so there is a huge amount of competition for any job vacancies that arise. Prospective employers will probably spend just a few seconds on each resume when selecting candidates to interview. A professional looking curriculum vitae can make a big difference to success in obtaining an interview.

Why should someone get you to write their resume when they can get a recruitment agency to do it? One reason is that prospective employers know they will have to pay a fee to the recruitment agency if they employ an agency candidate. However, if you send your CV direct to the employer, that fee can be avoided.

What sort of marketing should you carry out? It depends somewhat on how much time you have available. If you are looking to start a resume writing service as a part time home business, a web site is good because it is advertising your services all day and night even when you are working in your job or sleeping. Additionally, you can help someone with their CV long distance. All contact can be by email and telephone. So a web site can reach out way beyond your local community.

Social networking techniques such as blogs, twitter and Facebook can also help to advertise your services as you can use them to tell your contacts about job vacancies. If someone is interested in a vacancy, you can offer to write their resume. You can read more about this in our interview with Jason Tomlin who runs a home based CV writing business. Networking in the local small business community can also be useful.

WRITING A GOOD RESUME

You need to able to write clearly and use a professional looking format for the resume. Also, you need to know what to include and how to present the candidate in the best light. Experience in the recruitment industry is a big help, but it is also useful if you have spent time as a manager or business owner reviewing candidate resumes when recruiting for an employer. Additionally there are several well rated books at Amazon where you can get further advice on how to write a good resume.

As Jason Tomlin explains in his interview, you need to ensure that a candidate's achievements and previous responsibilities stand out. Also what results have they achieved. The CV has to show that the candidate is of good character - the sort of person who will make a good team player and produce good results.

IS THIS A GOOD BUSINESS IDEA?

Why start a resume writing service? Assuming that you have the right skills and experience, this looks like a good homebased business idea. There is a big pool of potential customers, the start up and running costs are low, and you can build your business through happy clients recommending your service. This small business idea is well worth considering.


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