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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Low-Cost Startups

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Every dream has to start somewhere!

With the shaky economy and unemployment rising, more and more people are trying to find alternative ways to start businesses out of their homes. But what is the right home grown business? What skills are necessary? What will it really cost and how much money will it generate? All these questions and more are answered in The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Low-Cost Startups.

*Expert author with over 30 years experience in the area

*Ways to determine which business is right for you-and the most effective to start

*Great, innovative ideas from hi-tech service to low-tech selling

*Practical nuts and bolts advice on starting and running the business

*Solid information about costs, financing, taxes, and organization

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Dedication
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Introduction
  5. Part 1 - Getting Comfortable with Working for Yourself
    1. Chapter 1 - What Exactly Do We Mean by Startup?
      1. What We Cover in This Book
      2. The Case for a Home-Based Startup
      3. Why This Is the Right Time for You
      4. Matching Your Talents to a Winning Business Idea
    2. Chapter 2 - How Low Is Low-Cost?
      1. Low-Cost Startups: A Winning Formula
      2. What We Include in Startup Costs
      3. The Three C’s of a Startup
      4. Sources of Financing
      5. Keeping It Low Cost and Legal
    3. Chapter 3 - Do Your Homework
      1. Researching Your Market
      2. Sizing Up Your Competition
      3. Defining Your Startup Costs
      4. Projecting Your Revenue
      5. Basic Marketing Techniques
      6. Offering Something Different
      7. Putting It All Together
    4. Chapter 4 - Nuts and Bolts of a Home-Based Business
      1. Your Home Office
      2. Recordkeeping 101
      3. Paying Your Taxes
  6. Part 2 - Home Maintenance
    1. Chapter 5 - Housework
      1. Housecleaning and Maid Services
      2. Carpet-Cleaning Services
      3. Air-Duct Cleaning
      4. Handyman/Handywoman Services
    2. Chapter 6 - Outside Work
      1. Lawn and Yard Maintenance
      2. Pool and Hot-Tub Service
      3. Window Cleaning
      4. Add-On Services
    3. Chapter 7 - Concierge Services
      1. Home Property Manager
      2. Vacation Concierge
      3. Seasonal Caretaking
      4. Construction Concierge
    4. Chapter 8 - Home Resale Services
      1. Home Staging for Resale
      2. Estate Sale Facilitator/Liquidator
      3. Home Inspector
      4. Residential Appraiser
  7. Part 3 - Home Makeovers
    1. Chapter 9 - Interior Home Renovations
      1. House Painting
      2. Carpentry
      3. Ceramic Tile Installation
      4. General Contracting
      5. Audio/Visual System Installations
    2. Chapter 10 - Interior Design Services
      1. Feng Shui Consultant
      2. Kitchen and Bath Designer
      3. Faux Painting
      4. Reupholstering, Slipcover, and Drapery Construction
      5. Window Blind Sales and Installation
      6. Interior Decorating
      7. Closet Design and Installation
    3. Chapter 11 - Exterior Design Services
      1. Landscape and Garden Design
      2. Hardscape and Landscape Installation
      3. Fencing, Decks, and Play Structures
  8. Part 4 - Personal Touch
    1. Chapter 12 - Personal Services
      1. Organization and Efficiency Expert
      2. Personal Shopper and Wardrobe Consultant
      3. Business-Support Services
      4. Custom Tailoring and Alterations
    2. Chapter 13 - Personal Health
      1. Personal Trainer
      2. Dietitian and Nutritionist
      3. Yoga Teacher
      4. Massage Therapist
      5. Esthetician
    3. Chapter 14 - Child Care
      1. Home Child Care—Infant to Pre-K
      2. On-Site Baby Nurse and New Mother Assistant
      3. Babysitting
      4. After-School Programs
      5. Summer Programs for School Children
      6. Special-Needs Child Care
    4. Chapter 15 - Elder Care
      1. Elder-Care Concierge Services
      2. Elder Companion and Aide
      3. Transportation for Appointments
      4. Moving and Senior Transition Management
      5. Hospital or Hospice On-Site Caregiver
    5. Chapter 16 - Pet Care
      1. Dog and Cat Sitting for Vacationing Customers
      2. Everyday Doggie Daycare
      3. Dog Grooming
      4. Obedience Training
      5. Aquarium Set-Up and Maintenance
    6. Chapter 17 - Teaching and Tutoring
      1. After-School Academic Tutoring
      2. College Consulting Services
      3. Foreign-Language Tutor
      4. English as a Second Language Teacher
      5. Homeschooling Curriculum Advisor and Tutor
      6. Art and Music Lessons
      7. Knitting Lessons and Finishing Services
  9. Part 5 - Hospitality Beckons
    1. Chapter 18 - Food Services
      1. Home-Based Catering Services
      2. Personal Chef
      3. Vacation Chef
      4. Fresh and Local Produce Distribution
      5. Bartending
      6. Wine-Tasting Event Host
      7. In-Home Cooking Classes
    2. Chapter 19 - Travel and Tour Guide
      1. Travel Planner for Specific Destinations
      2. Tour Guide for Group Trips
      3. Tour Guide for Foreign Visitors to Your City
    3. Chapter 20 - Event Planner
      1. Individual Celebrations
      2. Corporate Events
      3. Invitation Designer and Coordinator
      4. Developing and Coordinating Nonprofit Fundraising Events
  10. Part 6 - Business Goods and Services
    1. Chapter 21 - Professional Services from Home
      1. CPAs, Financial Planners, and Attorneys
      2. Recruiters, Coaches, and Consultants
      3. Fundraisers and Grant Writers
    2. Chapter 22 - Virtual Office Providers
      1. General Secretarial and Administrative Work
      2. Executive Assistant
      3. Microsoft Office Specialist
    3. Chapter 23 - IT Services
      1. Website Design and Development
      2. Reseller Hosting and Web Maintenance
      3. Software, Game, and iPhone Applications
      4. Computer System Installation and Maintenance
    4. Chapter 24 - Marketing Services
      1. Social Marketing
      2. Public Relations
      3. Marketing Consultant
      4. Graphic Design
      5. Copywriting and Web Content Developer
      6. Search Engine Optimization
      7. Direct Mail and E-Mail Advertising
    5. Chapter 25 - Goods Resellers
      1. Multilevel Marketing
      2. eBay Sales
      3. Retailing Imported Specialty Items
      4. Selling Your Arts and Crafts
      5. Collectibles
  11. Appendix - Websites and Resources by Chapter
    1. Chapter 2, “How Low Is Low-Cost?”
    2. Chapter 3, “Do Your Homework”
    3. Chapter 4, “Nuts and Bolts of a Home-Based Business”
    4. Chapter 5, “Housework”
    5. Chapter 6, “Outside Work”
    6. Chapter 7, “Concierge Services”
    7. Chapter 8, “Home Resale Services”
    8. Chapter 9, “Interior Home Renovations”
    9. Chapter 10, “Interior Design Services”
    10. Chapter 11, “Exterior Design Services”
    11. Chapter 12, “Personal Services”
    12. Chapter 13, “Personal Health”
    13. Chapter 14, “Child Care”
    14. Chapter 15, “Elder Care”
    15. Chapter 16, “Pet Care”
    16. Chapter 17, “Teaching and Tutoring”
    17. Chapter 18, “Food Services”
    18. Chapter 19, “Travel and Tour Guide”
    19. Chapter 20, “Event Planner”
    20. Chapter 21, “Professional Services from Home”
    21. Chapter 22, “Virtual Office Providers”
    22. Chapter 23, “IT Services”
    23. Chapter 24, “Marketing Services”
    24. Chapter 25, “Goods Resellers”
  12. Index