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101 Small Business Ideas for Under $5000

  • ID: 2210542
  • Book
  • May 2005
  • 336 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Becoming your own boss is easier (and cheaper) than you think!

It′s time to grab yourself a piece of the American Dream. In 101 Small Business Ideas for Under $5000, you′ll find realistic guidance for turning your ideas and skills into a profitable business that you can run full–time, part–time, or even as an absentee owner. This completely practical handbook provides step–by–step instructions on dealing with legal, financial, and tax issues involved in starting a business, and it puts you in touch with suppliers, associations, and clubs that can help you get up and running in a jiffy.

Some businesses are as easy to set up and run as a child′s lemonade stand, and this moneymaking manual shows you how to keep things simple, profitable, and legal. For more ambitious undertakings, you′ll find real–world answers for serious business questions as you learn how to:

  • Write a sensible business plan to give your idea direction
  • Secure start–up funding from banks, government agencies, and elsewhere
  • Design publicity, marketing, and sales programs
  • Master bookkeeping, accounting, and taxes
  • Grow from a one–person start–up into a mini–empire

Whether you want to provide home or professional services, organize entertainment and special events, start a Web–based company, go into light manufacturing, or profit from any talent or interest you have, 101 Small Business Ideas for Under $5000 puts you on the road to success starting right now!

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Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

How to Use This Book xiii

Chapter 1 Business Insurance and Risk Management 1

Chapter 2 Legalities and Taxes 11

Chapter 3 Setting Your Price 17

Chapter 4 Financing a Small Business 25

Chapter 5 Home Services (Exterior) 29

1 Lawn Mowing Service

2 Snow Removal

3 Garden Tilling

4 Window Cleaning

5 Deck Cleaning

6 Landscape Designer

7 Deck Construction

8 Storage Sheds, Playhouses, Doghouses

9 Children s Outdoor Playset Installer

10 Low–Voltage Outdoor Electrical Wiring

11 Stonemason and Decorative Brick Worker

Chapter 6 Home Services (Interior) 59

12 Housecleaning

13 Rug Cleaner

14 Interior Decorator

15 Upholstery and Slipcover Maker

16 Wallpaper Hanger

17 Specialty Indoor Painting

18 Furniture Stripping

19 Furniture Repair

20 Closet Organizer

21 Bookcase and Shelf Builder

22 Indoor Plant Care

23 Custom Silk and Dried Flower Arrangements

Chapter 7 Home Services (Specialty) 89

24 Handyperson

25 Errand Runner

26 Vacation Home Caretaker

27 Vacation House Watcher

28 House Painting

29 Chimney Cleaning

30 Pool Service

31 Firewood Delivery

32 On–demand Trash Removal

33 Christmas Tree Service

34 Small Engine Repair

Chapter 8 Parties, Entertainment, and Special Events 119

35 Party Planner

36 Children s Event Organizer

37 Party and Special–Event Rentals

38 Catering

39 Visiting Chef

40 Specialty Cake Baker

41 Prepared Custom–Meal Service

42 Freelance Bartender

43 Entertainer

44 Holiday Decoration Service

Chapter 9 Personal Services 149

45 Personal Shopper

46 Personalized Gift Basket Maker

47 Travel Planner

48 Historical Tours

49 Personal Fitness Trainer

50 Sports Trainer

Chapter 10 Children, Family, and Pet Services 165

51 Babysitting

52 Babysitting Agency

53 Children s Night Out

54 Vacation Child Care

55 Dog Walking and Vacation Pet Visits

56 Pet Sitter and Doggie Day Care

57 Elder Companion

58 Elder Care Consultant

59 Genealogical Research

60 Family Biographer

Chapter 11 Educational Services 195

61 Tutoring

62 Language Instructor

63 Music Teacher

64 Computer Instructor

65 SAT or ACT College Test Preparation

66 College Selection Advisor

67 College Application Consultant

68 Instructor at Community School

Chapter 12 Arts, Crafts, Jewelry, Clothing, and Musical Instruments 217

69 Alterations

70 Custom Tailoring

71 Custom Knitting, Sweater, and Afghan Design

72 Custom Quiltmaker

73 Jewelry Making

74 Portraiture from Photographs

75 Custom–Built Dollhouses

76 Musical Instrument Tuning and Repair

Chapter 13 Transportation, Delivery, and Auto Services 237

77 Car Service

78 Independent Delivery Contractor

79 Auto Detailing

Chapter 14 Computers, Graphics, and Photography 247

80 Computer Buying Consultant

81 Computer Repair and Upgrade

82 Web Design and Maintenance

83 Graphic Designer

84 Freelance Photographer

85 Film to Digital Scanning

86 Photo and Document Restorer

87 Videographer

Chapter 15 Office and Professional Services 271

88 Temporary Secretary

89 Transcription Services

90 Temporary Worker at Conventions and Business Meetings

91 Bookkeeping

92 Billing Service

93 Resume Design

94 Letter Writing

Chapter 16 Sales 287

95 Yard Sale Organizer

96 Consignment Resale

97 Antiques and Collectibles Wholesaler

98 Used Book Reseller

99 Tool and Equipment Rentals

100 Newspaper Delivery Route

101 Online Auctions: EBay and Beyond

Appendix Government and Private Resources for Small Businesses 309

Index 313

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Corey Sandler
Janice Keefe
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