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Start a Business for Less Than $15,000

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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. Accident Reconstruction Service
    2. Acoustical Services
    3. Advertising Agency
    4. Agricultural Marketing
    5. Ambulatory Services
    6. Animal Broker/Dealer
    7. Archaeological Services
    8. Architect
    9. Art Restoration Services
    10. Art/Photo Representative
    11. Auditing Specialist
    12. Auto Swap Meet Promotion
    13. Automotive Marketing and Training Services
    14. Bicycle Rental
    15. Boudoir Photography
    16. Bridal Show Promotions
    17. Business Plan Writer/Packager
    18. Career Counselor
    19. Carpet Installer
    20. Casting Director
    21. Classified Advertising Newspaper
    22. Collectibles/Memorabilia Dealer
    23. Collection Agency
    24. Computer Consultant
    25. Computer Repair and Maintenance
    26. Computer Software Sales
    27. Computer Trainer
    28. Construction Services
    29. Corporate Insurance Broker
    30. Corporate Trainer
    31. Cost Reduction Consultant
    32. Costume Design and Construction
    33. Database Consultant
    34. Decks/Outdoor Furniture Builder
    35. Designer of Retail Products
    36. Desktop Publisher
    37. Doula/Midwife
    38. Drafting/Blueprinting Service
    39. Efficiency Expert
    40. Electrical Contractor/Electrician
    41. Employee Benefits Consultant
    42. Executive Recruiter
    43. Expert Witness
    44. E-Zine Publisher
    45. Fabric Wallcoverings
    46. Facialist
    47. Financial Planner
    48. Firewood Service
    49. Flowerscaping
    50. Franchise Idea Center
    51. Furniture Refinisher
    52. Gardening Consultant
    53. Gift Basket Business
    54. Graffiti Removal
    55. Graphic Designer
    56. Greeting Card Service
    57. Hardwood Floor Refinisher
    58. Hauling Service
    59. Herbal Products Distributor
    60. Home Entertainment System Installation and Service
    61. Home-Based Business Consultant
    62. Human Resources Services
    63. Importing/Exporting
    64. Incentive Programs/Promotional Material
    65. Information Consultant
    66. Insurance Agent
    67. Inventory Control Service
    68. Invisible Fencing Sales/Installation
    69. Irrigation Services
    70. Kiosk Business
    71. Lawyer
    72. Legal Cost Control/Litigation Management Services
    73. Lock Box Service
    74. Locksmith
    75. Maid Service
    76. Mailing List Service
    77. Management Consultant
    78. Manicurist/Pedicurist
    79. Market Mapping Service
    80. Marketing Consultant
    81. Mediator
    82. Medical Billing Service
    83. Medical Claims Assistance Professional
    84. Medical Coding
    85. Medical Transcriptionist
    86. Middleman
    87. Mobile Automotive Detailing
    88. Mobile Disc Jockey Service
    89. Modeling School/Agency
    90. Monogramming Service
    91. Motion Picture Research Consultant
    92. Networking Services
    93. New Product Researcher
    94. Newspaper Features Syndicate
    95. Noise Control Consultant
    96. Online Internet Researcher
    97. Outdoor Adventures
    98. Packaging Consultant
    99. Patient Gift Packager
    100. Personalized Children’s Books
    101. Pet Breeder
    102. Pet Grooming/Care
    103. Photocopying Service
    104. Political Marketing Consultant
    105. Portrait Artist/Photographer
    106. Private Detective/Intelligence Specialist
    107. Professional Rescue and Recovery Diver
    108. Public Relations
    109. Public Speaking Consultant
    110. Rare Book Dealer/Search Service
    111. Real Estate Appraiser
    112. Recreational Coupon Distributor
    113. Restoration Services
    114. Rubber Stamp Business
    115. Sales Trainer
    116. Security Systems Consultant
    117. Seminar (Speakers) Service
    118. Shipping/Customs Consultant
    119. Sightseeing Excursions
    120. Small Business Consultant
    121. Snow Plow Service
    122. Software Development/CD-ROM Packaging
    123. Surveyor
    124. Talent Agency
    125. Tax Preparation Service
    126. Technical Writer
    127. Telecommunications Consultant
    128. Telemarketing Service
    129. Television Program Distributor
    130. Textile Broker
    131. Theatrical Lighting Service
    132. Traffic Control Consultant
    133. Trophy/Engraving Service
    134. Used Industrial Equipment Sales
    135. Vacuum Cleaner Repair
    136. Video/DVD Transfer Service
    137. Virtual Assistant
    138. Water Quality Analysis
    139. Website Designer
    140. Wilderness-Based Therapeutic Programs
    141. Word-Processing Service
    142. Workers’ Compensation Consultant
  9. Also Available
  10. Copyright Page
  11. Back Cover