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Start a Business for Less Than $5,000

Book Description

Millions of Americans are out of work. Their savings accounts have shrunk, and they’re taking out second mortgages and cashing in their retirement accounts to pay off overdue credit card bills. But the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in America, as clear in initiatives like Small Business Saturday and Entrepreneur.com. And hundreds of thousands of courageous innovators have decided to start their own businesses. The question is—how much money will it take to do it successfully? Here are innovative, exciting ideas for businesses based on what the reader can afford. For each venture author Richard Walsh outlines start up expenses, probable earnings, qualifications, and gives the low down on what the business is really all about. This is the essential down-and-dirty guide for every aspiring entrepreneur who wants to select a business, get a business plan together, and join the small business revolution. "

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Contents
  4. Introduction
    1. How to Use This Book
    2. What Is Running Your Own Business Really Like?
  5. Legal Issues for Small Businesses
    1. Do You Need a Lawyer?
    2. Finding an Attorney
    3. Avoiding Legal Trouble
    4. Agreements
    5. Contracts
    6. Protecting Your Good Name
  6. Putting Together a Solid Business Plan
    1. Executive Summary
    2. Company Profile
    3. Product or Service Analysis
    4. Market Analysis
    5. Marketing Plan
    6. Financial Analysis
    7. Management and Advisory Team
  7. Why Some Start-Ups Fail (and How You Can Succeed)
    1. Primary Reasons Businesses Fail
    2. Primary Strategies for Survival
  8. The Businesses
    1. Abstracting Service
    2. Accountant
    3. Adoption Search Service
    4. Advertising Sales Representative
    5. Arbitration Service
    6. Art Broker/Corporate Art Consultant
    7. Association Management Services
    8. Audio Recording for Trade Shows and Seminars
    9. Auto Maintenance
    10. Boat Maintenance/Cleaning Service
    11. Bodyguard
    12. Book Binder
    13. Book Packager
    14. Bookkeeping Service
    15. Broadcast Sales/Advertising Broker
    16. Business Broker
    17. Business Consultant
    18. Buyer’s Information Service
    19. Calendar Service
    20. Carpet/Upholstery Cleaning
    21. Chimney Sweep
    22. City Planner
    23. Clipping Service
    24. College Internship Placement
    25. Color Consultant
    26. Commercial Actor
    27. Commercial Photographer
    28. Computer Security Consultant
    29. Construction Management Services
    30. Consumer Researcher
    31. Cooking Class Instructor
    32. Counselor/Psychologist
    33. Credit Consultant
    34. Dance Instructor
    35. Data Retrieval Service
    36. Day Care Service (Children)
    37. Day Care Service (Elder Adults)
    38. Direct Marketing/Sales
    39. Disability Consultant
    40. Economic Development Consultant
    41. Employee Harmony Consultant
    42. Environmental Consultant
    43. Errand/Messenger Service
    44. Exterior (House) Painting
    45. Factory Site Location Consultant
    46. Fan Club Management
    47. Farmer of Fruits or Vegetables
    48. Feed Consultant/Broker
    49. Financial Aid Consultant
    50. Flea Market Organizer
    51. Food Delivery Service
    52. Food Manufacturing Consultant
    53. Forensic Consultant
    54. Freelance Illustrator/Artist
    55. Freelance Writer/Editor
    56. Fundraiser
    57. Government Contract Consulting
    58. Grants/Proposal Writer
    59. Herb/Flowers Farming
    60. Image Consultant
    61. Interior Designer
    62. Interviewer
    63. Invention Consultant/Broker
    64. Investment Club Organizer
    65. Labor Relations Consultant
    66. Licensing Agent
    67. Liquidator
    68. Lobbyist
    69. Manufacturer’s Representative
    70. Massage Therapist
    71. Medical Practice Management Consultant
    72. Meeting Planner
    73. Mobile Hair Salon
    74. Money Broker
    75. Motivational Speaker
    76. Mover
    77. Murder Mystery Producer
    78. Newsletter Publisher
    79. Newspaper Delivery Service
    80. Novelty Message Service
    81. Oil and Gas Field Services
    82. Online Auction Sales
    83. Online Job Search
    84. Paralegal
    85. Parenting Specialist
    86. Payroll Administrative Services
    87. Personal Coach
    88. Personality Analysis/Testing Service
    89. Personnel Safety Consultant
    90. Political Campaign Management
    91. Pollster
    92. Printer Cartridge Refilling Service
    93. Product Developer
    94. Profit-Sharing Plan Consultant
    95. Property Management Service
    96. Recreation Activities Consultant
    97. Recycling
    98. Referral Service
    99. Reflexologist
    100. Relocation Consultant
    101. Respiratory Equipment Repair
    102. Resume Service
    103. Retail Bakery/Specialty Desserts
    104. Retirement Planner
    105. Reunion Organizer
    106. Sales of Novelty and Promotional Products
    107. Secretarial and Office-Support Services
    108. Self-Defense Instructor
    109. Sign Painting
    110. Software Conversion Service
    111. Specialty Food Production
    112. Speechwriter
    113. Standardized Test Preparatory Services
    114. Stenography Service
    115. Systems Integrator
    116. Taxidermist
    117. Time-Management Specialist
    118. Trademark Agent
    119. Translation Services
    120. Travel Agent
    121. Tree Service
    122. Upholsterer
    123. Vending Machine Owner
    124. Voice-Over Actor
    125. Wallpapering/Interior Painting
    126. Water Pump Repair Service
    127. Webmaster
    128. Wedding Planner
    129. Welcoming Service
    130. Window Treatment Specialist
    131. Window Washing Service
  9. Also Available
  10. Copyright Page
  11. Back Cover