Top Jobs for Little Start Up

Top Jobs for Little Start Up

by LegalZoom Staff, December 2009

You're independent. You enjoy variety in your day. And you're looking for a career that won't confine you to an office. Self-employment might be the answer for you. But what if you lack the capital or desire to launch a typical small business? Never fear, because you still own a valuable asset that others will want--yourself.

Incorporating to provide your personal services is a wise choice for many people who are seeking entrepreneurial opportunities that do not require high overhead expenses. Here are four careers that these savvy entrepreneurs should consider.

Personal Assistant

Whether they're working for Hollywood elites or busy executives in your neighborhood, personal assistants can make a pretty penny playing "gopher". Commanding any where from $15 to $30 an hour, assistant jobs have proven to be very lucrative. It tops the list as one of the easiest ways to earn money without having to pay a dime in startup costs. Other than the fees for incorporating or forming an LLC, there is only one significant expense - gas for your vehicle.

Personal Training

Are you a gym nut? If so, you may be missing out on yet another avenue to make money. Personal trainers are raking in big bucks these days. Take for example P. Diddy's personal trainer, Mark Jenkins, who was paid six figures to get Puffy in tip top shape for the New York marathon. But you don't need to have high rolling clients like Puff to make money. Personal trainers command anywhere from $60 to $600 an hour, depending on their clientele.

Personal Shopping

Attention Shoppers. Your shopping addiction may actually serve you well when it comes to shopping for others. This position comes in handy for the busy professional without time to attire themselves. Working as a personal shopper takes little money, as your clients will pay you both for your time and the clothing you buy for them. However, this job requires some modicum of talent, or rather taste.

Personal Organizer

A closely related cousin of the personal shopper, closet organizers come into a home not to create closet shelves but to edit a wardrobe down to the basics. Think of this job as a sort of paid spring cleaner. The only quality necessary for this position: patience.