“It’s Your Summer of Money” Challenge Opportunity #2
Start a Resume Writing Business
Think about this for a second …
If you were to ask the next 10 people you spoke to if they were satisfied with their job, what do you think they’d answer?
My guess would be “no.”
In fact, a recent survey by the Conference Board Research Group found that 65% of the roughly 80-million-strong American workforce are looking to change their career, go for a raise, or take on a better job.
And another 7.5 million people are either unemployed and looking for work, or they are looking to break into the workforce for the first time.
And what do these almost 60 million people have in common?
They need a persuasive, effective, professional resume.
And their need provides a really beneficial opportunity for you.
In fact, that huge demand is one of the reasons this opportunity was chosen for the “It’s Your Summer of Money” Challenge …
Opportunity #2: Starting a resume writing business.
Because along with being able to deliver you a solid five-figure income by Labor Day, it’s a business that can easily be done in your spare time. In fact, at AWAI, we actually call this one the ideal spare-time business.
But what’s more, I love businesses that enable you to help others while making a good living at the same time. As a resume writer, you get to help all those who are unemployed find a job … and help those who are dissatisfied find a better job, or finally make the money they deserve.
So, let’s dive into the second business opportunity selected for the “It’s Your Summer of Money” Challenge …
(If you missed the details on the Challenge, I’ve included them below or you can access them here.)
To make sure I got the most accurate information, I called on a very successful Resume Writer, Julien Sharp. With more than two decades of experience, she knows this business inside and out, and has helped numerous AWAI members get their own resume business off the ground ― some of which have turned into six-figure businesses!
First up, the obvious question …
Why is now a good time to become a resume writer?
Aside from the statistics I gave you earlier, with layoffs, downsizing, outsourcing, business closings, and similar situations, there has never been a greater need for folks to have a resume that sets them apart from the hundreds of thousands of other job seekers.
A professionally-written resume from a person skilled in this area is vital to standing out in today's market.
What about when the economy recovers?
Even in a good economy, people are moving around job-wise. And, once a resume writer builds a solid book of business, the referrals start coming in.
Julien is always getting referrals from people who she’s written for. For example, one person ended up referring Julien to her sister, and that sister referred Julien to her two grown-up children, who referred her to their friends and spouses, making about 12 resumes over five years from that single first resume written.
These opportunities keep coming, in both good times and bad.
How does someone starting out find clients?
Since it all boils down to getting clients, instead of just talking about it, here’s a proven plan that you can follow …
- Start with family and close friends. Offer to revamp their resumes for free or nominal cost. Then, in exchange for that favor, ask for testimonials, referrals in return, or ask to use their resumes (excluding their personal information) on your website. Visual "before and after" examples can be very powerful.
- Post your profile on LinkedIn and get those same family and friends to post testimonials and recommendations on there.
- Put up a website for your resume writing business, and link it to LinkedIn.
- Visit temp and search firms and offer resume-writing services at a special price for their candidates.
- Speak at Rotary and Chamber of Commerce events about resumes.
- Tell every single person you talk to about your resume-writing services.
Julien assures me, if you follow these six steps, the clients will come.
How do I compete with the cheap resume-creation software available?
You know as well as I do that you get what you pay for. And, it all boils down to the person keying in the information. Without the right words, the resume is truly worthless.
However, it’s inevitable ― some people will choose the most inexpensive route possible. But, just like with copywriting and other freelance opportunities, those are the people you want to avoid working for anyways. The ones who don’t value your skills.
At the end of the day, there will be plenty of clients who will see the value of hiring a professional. Focus on attracting those clients.
And, that advice goes for any freelance business you start!
Julien herself focuses on people in the higher-end job market, as they tend to understand the value of this service. That’s where the real money is, and they’re grateful for your expertise.
How much can a resume writer make?
In any industry, the less experience you have, the less you can charge, but there is no way to get experience unless you start writing resumes.
Once you get some experience and start to be seen as a "go-to" expert — with people who can testify that your resume got them in the door ahead of the hundreds of others who also sent in resumes — it becomes easy to justify the fees because you're getting these people in the door for new jobs and a whole new income.
And, once you get some practice, and can bang out a resume quickly, on average you can expect to make about $100 per hour, and upwards of $150 per hour.
How much you make weekly, monthly, or annually will, of course, depend on how much you want to work.
Allowing time for interviews with the clients, and assuming you’re able to work efficiently following a proven system like the one provided by Julien in AWAI’s Pro Resume Writer Program, you should be able to complete a resume job in an hour. Which means eight resumes will probably take no more than eight hours for you to prepare — or the equivalent of one working day.
So, if you’re just looking for a little side cash, you’d be making $800 a week, only working one single day.
But, let’s assume you want to work full-time, five days a week. A reasonable goal would be to spend six hours a day writing resumes and an hour doing any
administrative work related to your business.
Such a schedule would allow you to complete at least 30 resumes a week. At $100 per resume, this works out to a weekly income of $3,000, or $150,000 per year, allowing two weeks vacation.
If you eventually expand your business by hiring or contracting other writers to
work for you … well, the sky’s the limit.
As you can see, resume writing offers you the chance to earn a salary equal to
that of some of the highest paid professionals in the world but without having to
spend many years at college and without having to invest a fortune.
Ready to take the “It’s Your Summer of Money” Challenge?
AWAI’s Pro Resume Writer, written by Julien Sharp, is hands down the best program on the market for showing you step-by-step how to launch and run a successful resume writing business.
Julien has put everything she knows about how to be a successful resume writer in it. And, since it’s important to learn how to write resumes in the most current industry standards, she updates the program very regularly.
In fact, she just did an update in 2009 specifically to address the new economic and job climate, and how resume writers can best set their clients apart whether in print or in digitally-formatted resumes.
The program quickly takes you from dreaming about starting your own business to doing it, with four easily downloadable PDF files including:
- How to Write a Resume That Gets Results (including your exclusive client questionnaire)
- Complete Guide to Marketing Your New Business (including sample ads you can use to get clients immediately)
- Step-by-Step: Starting and Running Your Own Business
- BONUS Section: Successful Techniques to Expand Your Business
Nothing is left in doubt.
And during the “It’s Your Summer of Money” Challenge, you can get the entire program for only $49.50 ― you’ll save a full 50%.
The program only takes a day to get through. And, you’ll only have to write a single resume to get double your money back.
It’s obvious why this opportunity made the final Challenge list.
Says AWAI Member Lesia G. from Front Royal, VA …
“AWAI's Resume Writing Program is great. The templates take away so much of the guesswork when it comes to formatting. I have more than enough work, because everyone needs a job. And they need a resume to get that job.”
Whether you’re just looking for some extra spare-time cash, or are looking for a new career, you should consider it.
“My husband was out of a job. My freelance work as a brand-new medical transcriptionist had slowed to a trickle due to an economic downslide so severe it had affected even the health industry. Our finances were in the tank. Like many people, I suspect, we were watching our Incredible Shrinking Savings Account dip from hard-earned thousands … to hundreds … on greased skids toward zero.
“I needed income now, an interim career that could support my family immediately and act as a stepping-stone to my eventual copywriting career. Something that could be put into motion and start earning cash almost right away.
When I saw the ad for AWAI’s Pro Resume Program — with the promise that I could finish the program in 6 hours and 35 minutes, and then would easily be able to create outstanding resumes for a handsome profit — it hit me that this was exactly the “quick fix” our family needed.
My hunch was right. My new resume business brought in significant amounts of cash quickly and easily — cash our family really needed. Better yet, my resume business took just a few hours per week, allowing me to continue working toward my goal of becoming a highly-paid copywriter.” – Lynn Wiley, AWAI Member
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