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Why look for a job? Create one.

Here are 7 self-employment opportunities most people have the qualifications to do:

  1. Virtual Assistant–some skills are absolutely required such as computer skills, typing, verbal and written communication, organization, problem-solving, scheduling, appointment setting, booking travel and budgeting/bookkeeping/finance are some of the top skills needed for this job. But, if you have extensive office experience and find yourself out of a job, this may be a good fit for you. Essentially, you provide administrative/executive assistant services to businesses and individuals from a remote location. This saves your clients money as you are an independent agent versus an employee needing benefits and office space. It offers you the opportunity to work with more than one client, increasing your income potential while allowing you the freedom to work from home or any other remote location.
  2. Baking–specific to Florida and any other states who have passed Cottage Food Laws. July 1, 2011, the State of Florida passed its Cottage Food Law, allowing individuals to prepare certain food items, such as baked goods, for sale. This law allows individuals the opportunity to prepare these foods in their homes without needing a license or a commercially certified kitchen. There are specific parameters within the law, such as the fact that you cannot earn more than $15,000/year through the sale of your food items, so please read the law in full for the details. What this law can do is afford an individual the ability to launch a small-scale business from their home while working to grow the business to commercial standards that could eventually turn into a full-time, sustainable and profitable business.
  3. Lawn care–most home owners already have the tools at their disposal to launch a lawn care business. Lawn mower, weed eater, blower, rake, clippers, etc. are just a few of the basic tools of the trade. You will also need a means of transporting your equipment to jobs such as a truck or trailer. But, with the right tools and a lot of hard work, you could be ono your way to financial independence.
  4. Pet care–if you love animals, especially if you know how to care for more exotic pets such as reptiles, birds and fish, this could be a great income-making venture. Look on-line and in your own neighborhood to check out your competition and to get ideas of how you might structure your business. You could begin with dog walking or perhaps if you have the space in your home, setting up a doggie daycare. If you’re thinking about doing in-home care, make sure to check out bonding and insurance needs for the industry.
  5. Handyman or woman–do you know how to fix many simple things around the house for basic upkeep and repairs? Do you have the tools needed to get the job done? Maybe you can turn this into an income-making skill. Begin by doing small jobs for people in need and collect references and distribute business cards and fliers liberally throughout your neighborhood. You might be surprised how quickly your handy skills around the house can begin bringing money in the door.
  6. Cleaning–home and commercial cleaning businesses continue to be in demand. Start small and offer any unique services that may help propel your marketability to the top of your competition. Do you know how to polish silver and care for fine art? Do you know formulas for non-toxic cleaning solutions made from organic materials? Maybe you can extend internal house cleaning to include external cleaning if you have a power washer or other such tools at hand.
  7. Whatever you do best–make a list of your best skills and experience, whether you’ve been paid to do these things before or not means nothing. if you do it well, it’s a skill you can be paid to do. Now, turn that skill into a business venture, and you’re on your way to success.

Know that it is important to consider items such as licences, insurances, bonding, taxes, bookkeeping, marketing and capital to get any business started. There are some industries that have specific requirements, so please do your research. Also, consider partnering with someone else or a group of people to share resources and get something started. The most successful businesses and collaborations begin with identifying a problem that needs to be solved then providing that solution through a business. What problem do you see other people and/or businesses have, and how can you provide goods or services to help address that problem? Now, do it.

Daphne Taylor Street’s Resume (2 page visual version)

What’s on your mind? C’mon… spill it. I dare you.

I bite my tongue so much throughout the course of a day that I’m going to need stitches very soon!

See, it goes something like this: some innocent soul asks a question, and I want to go on a 20 minute monologue on every detail about the subject that bothers me, what should really be done about it, all the barriers (usually people) that impede progress and why things will actually never change… blah, blah, blah. 

Thank fully, while my head is cluttered with this toxic stuff, I usually just spout out a short, well-thout, polite answer, and all is well. And these answers, while edited, are most sincere.  It’s just absent of all the rambling, rumbeling spontaneous chatter cluttering my head, and this is a good thing. People are happy, I communicate what’s needed, sound information is passed forward, and life goes on.

Yeeeeeeeeet, on occasion my filter is weak, and a bit of that toxic stuff comes leaking out. Sometimes it’s more than a bit–a lot more–it just flows. Then, I usually find myself standing in front of some nervous person who has no idea how to respond to the bile I’ve just puddled on the floor between us. I proceed to smile uncomfortably and try to wipe up the mess, “nothing to see here!” still leaving a bit of stain, a lingering unpleasant memory for us both that never really goes away.

Now what? I’m not in the mood for censors right now. Not mine and not yours.

SO NOW IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO LEAVE YOUR SENSOR AT THE DOOR. Here is an open invitation to rant and rave about anything–job, culture, economy, politics, trends… anything!

So, what’s on your mind? No spills need to be cleaned up here. Just an open forum and interested eyes. Tell me what’s going on. I want to communicate with you about your thoughts. Any takers?

How to write an email (oh I know… you THINK you already know)

  1. Spend one sentence summarizing your point, your FIRST sentence. Why? Smart phones aren’t really all that smart. Worse, they tend to cause or enhance ADHD in their useres, showing a limited view of your text up front, and enticing users to bounce around on topics without reading the full email. Worse still, smart phones are EVERYWHERE! So, just assume your email recipient is using one when reading your email
  2. Email is NOT sooooo 20th Century. It’s still a critical communication medium. Don’t assume everyone is reading their Facebook updates all the time. Take a second to send an email. It’s bad enought that hand-written letters are archaic. eMail is not. Use it.
  3. Email, at best, is interactive. Hyperlinks are fantastic ways to keep messages short while providing additional information. Eg, when inviting someone to a new restaurant, email them a link to the place where they can get directions, look at a menu, the decor, etc.
  4. When in doubt, don’t send it. If you’ve written something, particualrly a negative something, and you’re hesitating sending it, hesitate forever, and delete it. Don’t send. At least, save it as a draft and wait a day or two. If at that point you no longer doubt wheather you should send–you feel strongly that you should send–okay, click send. But, don;t say I didn’t warn you.
  5. Keep in touch via email. Facebook and other social networking sites are a good way to reach multiple “friends” at once and keep them up-to-date on you, it’s quite passive and impersonal. While I still recommend a hand-written letter or at least a card now and then, at least send an email. Make it personal, one-on-one. Let people know you’re meaning to speak specifically to them. Connect.

Writer 4 Hire: tips on not getting snowed.

The Freelance Writer: When hiring one of us, just wanted to pass along a bit of advice. Make sure your freelancer brings to the table something value-added. Since most charge between $20-100/hr, even the low end isn’t exactly cheap. Not cheap compared to the fulltime hourly wage equivelant. Reality: you’re not looking for a cut-and-paste artist or someone who does nothing but slap boilerplate or regergitated copy together. His/her brain needs to be engaged: something original–analysis, interpretation, compare and contrast, style, voice, etc. are required. Also, make sure they don’t charge per hour for making multiple edits that they were to have made following your first+ review, or if the number of edits are excessive and plain sloppy. No problem if they might be having a rough day and there are excessive edits, but they need to shoulder this cost themselves. Shady stuff is going on in my industry. It’s bothering me. Happy trails!

Who is Daphne Street?

Daphne Street

About who I am:

Daphne Taylor Street is a freelance writer, blogger, grant/proposal writer, nonprofit development consultant, communications consultant, public speaker and internet radio personality in the Tampa Bay area. She has been a professional in the nonprofit industry for more than 18 years, spanning everything from fine and performing arts to substance abuse and mental health services. In the summer of 2011, Daphne left her full-time job as a grant writer to pursue her freelance writing and communications consulting business in full-force, and added her former employer as a client.


WHAT DOES DAPHNE DO? Daphne’s focus is on strengthening her local community and beyond through dynamic business strategies, creating value for businesses while helping to develop diverse revenue streams.


To further this goal, Daphne works hand in hand with small businesses, nonprofits and artists; armed with a background in communications, marketing, private sector funding procurement and nonprofit development; to help them amplify their branding and communications to increase overall business sustainability and growth.


RESULTS: Daphne’s grant and proposal writing services have resulted in millions of dollars of local, state, federal and foundation awards and private sector funding, spanning 14 years of experience.


Countless new business offerings, programs, products and services have come to life through Daphne’s visionary approach to matching a company’s mission and strengths with opportunities for growth, enhancement and expansion.


Daphne is regularly published as an author through a variety of media and has ghost-written, co-authored and written published articles on behalf of many clients, further positioning them as experts in their field. Daphne currently has two books under development, co-authored with a client.


Daphne’s copywriting and graphic design skills are engaging and action-oriented, amplifying brands from diverse industries.


Combined, these strategies have generated revenue; lead to procuring private investments, grants and contracts; and helped businesses survive and grow.

You can visit Daphne on her blog:; check her out on LinkedIn:; or contact her directly via email:
A link to some published articles:
  • Freelance Writing: articles, blogging, grants, proposals, books, business writing, press releases, business plans, strategic plans, communications plans, marketing plans, white papers, copywriting, research, editing
  • Communications Consulting: strategy, implementation, collaborations/community partnerships, media relations, new media/social networking, crisis management
  • Training/Public Speaking: writing for dollars, winning proposals, winning presentations, media literacy, freelance writing, grants/nonprofit development, communications/marketing, community development, personal branding, internet safety, social marketing
  • Design: photo journalism & graphic design: logos, multi-media presentations/PowerPoint, posters, brochures, web design

Please feel free to contact me directly at

Dare to be great!  –Daphne

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