Most Likely To Succeed

Word Processing

Some business professionals never learned how to type; others don't have the luxury of a full-time secretary and would rather spend their time on more important tasks than typing. If you have adequate typing skills, a personal computer and a printer, you can be a word processor.

To let local companies know about your word-processing business, pass out or mail fliers in the community. As a word processor for local businesses, you'll be able to work on some projects from home; for others, you may need to go to a client's office and use their computers. Being flexible and available when clients need you is key to success in this business. Note that if you charge by the hour (typically in the $5-to-$10 range), the quicker you type, the more money you'll make. You may want to opt for a flat fee or a set price per page.

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This article was originally published in the March 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Most Likely To Succeed.

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