101 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than One Thousand Dollars: For Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads
By Heather Shepard
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Most parents today have a tough time economically: they have to be at home raising their children so they cannot work much and the jobs that are out there are often part-time and low paying. Yet most families need two incomes today to get ahead. Detailed in this new book are over 100 business ideas that can be started for very little money and yet may provide parents with a lot more money than they would be paid by the hour. This is a collection of businesses selected especially for stay-at-home parents who are interested in augmenting their income. These businesses can be started with minimum training and investment and are all capable of producing extra income. Most can easily be operated by one person and eventually be sold for an additional profit. Many of these businesses can actually be started with less than one hundred dollars and some can really be started with next to nothing. All can be operated from home. Starting and managing a business takes motivation and talent. It also takes research and planning. This new book is intended to serve as a roadmap for starting your business. It is both comprehensive and easy to use. It also includes numerous web links for additional information. While providing detailed instruction and examples, the author leads you in developing a winning business plan and structure of the business plus accounting and bookkeeping procedures. Sales and marketing techniques and pricing formulas are demystified. You will learn how to set up computer systems to save time and money and generate high-profile public relations and publicity while avoiding legal pitfalls. Thousands of great tips and useful guidelines will help you keep bringing customers back, give you low-cost internal marketing ideas, low and no-cost ways to satisfy customers and sales building ideas.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #385077 in Books
- Published on: 2007-09-20
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: .73" h x 6.08" w x 9.06" l, 1.03 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 288 pages
- ISBN13: 9780910627887
- Condition: New
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful.
By Suzanne M. Levine
101 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than One Thousand Dollars: For Stay-at-Home Moms & Dads by Heather Shepard is a great resource for anyone that is thinking about starting an at home business. The benefits of an at home business are growing larger every day and this book shows how one can make a success out of working at home.
The way Ms. Shepard organizes the book makes it very easy to follow and utilize. She takes the reader systematically through the processes of selecting a business, setting up a home office, making a business plan, finance options and advertising. I found the chapter on self-evaluation to be a valuable tool. In this chapter, Ms. Shepard has the reader ask themselves the hard questions to determine if they are truly ready to start their own business and to find out what direction would be the best to take. This aspect of the book shows that it is not a scheme to become a millionaire overnight. Instead, this publication is a serious guidebook shows the reader their strengths and weaknesses. In turn, the book provides the reader with resources to strengthen their skills if they need to.
I feel that this book is not just a guide to starting a business, but also one that is a reference in order to keep a home based business on track. Finally there is a book that gives the aspiring entrepreneur helpful and practical advice in plain straightforward language.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful.
A must-have for everyone....
By J. Green
While the title indicates it was written for stay-at-home moms and dads, almost everyone can benefit from this book. Heather Shepherd designed a book for individuals who wish to supplement their income, while caring for small children and working from a home office. Shepherd spends considerable time focused on the self-evaluation aspect of starting a business. Here, she presents self-evaluation guides, checklists and advice if your skills are weak.
Shepherd supplies charts and questions to ensure individuals choose the correct home-based business. The actual business suggestions are divided into two categories based on start-up costs: $0-$100 and $500-$1,000. Within each business idea, Shepherd provides a brief overview of the business, projected money needed to start the business, business equipment needed, education/skills required, where to find clientele and a starting point. She also offers a "learn more" section for each business. In this section, she gives the reader websites, books organizations and groups that may be helpful when starting this business.
Readers are presented with a complete look at a sample business plan and a step-by-step guide to writing their own. Shepherd provides readers with several case studies of successful individuals who have started and maintained their own home-based businesses. The information supplied in this book can serve anyone wishing to start their own business as a useful reference guide.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful.
Old worn out ideas...
By Fred Renner
I was quite disappointed in this book. While it does have 101 business ideas and other basic information, I feel cheated. Technology is moving faster than publishing and with a 2007 copyright the book is dated lacking many current opportunities. One specific complaint involves the number of jobs that require you to work outside your home. This isn't always possible with small children. There is nothing new contained within the pages of this book, just a rehash of the same old jobs. Child care, medical billing, various consulting jobs and similar jobs dominate this book. Can you really make money arranging flowers or baking cakes? Perhaps, but it won't pay your house payment.
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