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How do I go about starting a resume writing business?

I have been helping people write resumes & cover letters for over 4 years now and am thinking about doing it on the side for extra cash. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can go about this and where to advertise?

Resume writing and job career counseling are thriving businesses because of the increasing competition in the labor force out there. You don’t just need a CV, but you need a killer CV that will get you a job interview and land you the job.

If you are interested in starting a resume writing business, here are some articles that can give you information

Start & Run a Profitable Resume Service http://www.savvychicks.com/resumesp.html
How to Start a Resume Writing Business http://www.homebiztools.com/ideas/resume_writing.htm
Start a Resume Writing Service for Profit http://ezinearticles.com/?Start-a-Resume-Writing-Service-for-Profit&id=48964
Start a Resume Writing Business http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art11639.asp
Make Money With Your Own Resume Service http://www.ezau.com/latest/articles/0257.shtml

To find clients, here are some of the best ways:

– College job placement offices – a great market as graduating students need to do their resumes so you need to either put a flyer or your business card or even post your ad in their college newspaper
– Local employment services offices
– Ask your friends to refer your services to others
– Consider getting a website. It can serve as an online brochure for your services and can also help you market your services
– Do press releases in your local newspapers or on the Web.

You may consider getting professional certification from the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches http://www.parw.com/home.html . This organization provides the Certified Professional Resume Writer Credential (CPRW). Another organization is the National Resume Writers Association and they offer the Nationally Certified Resume Writer credential (NCRW) http://www.nrwa.com/ , the industry’s first master-level, renewable certification. Clients know that they will be dealing with a professional and expert in the field if they see you belong to an association and professionally certified

Experiment with finding a niche. Rita Fisher, for example of Mom Resumes http://www.momresumes.com/ is focusing on moms returning to the workforce — which seems to be a very good niche given the number of moms doing this.

I suggest you read the following books to give you more information about th business

Job Coach-Life Coach-Executive Coach-Letter & Resume-Writing Service: Step-by-Step Business Startup Manual by Anne Hart
How to Start a Home-Based Resume Business, 2nd (Home-Based Business Series) by Jan Melnik
The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search: The Proven Program Used by the Worlds Leading Career Services Company by Orville Pierson
Shortcut Your Job Search: The Best Ways to Get Meetings (Five O’Clock Club)
Resume Magic: Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer by Susan Britton Whitcomb by Kate Wendleton (Paperback – Aug 18, 2005)


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