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101 Small Business Ideas for Under $5,000 offers practical, real-world advice for turning ideas and skills into a successful small business. The book presents great ideas for simple small businesses that readers can undertake either full-time or in their spare time and covers all the issues readers need to know -startup costs, legal issues, accounting, taxes, and everything else. Once readers decide what business is right for them, the authors provide sensible business plans for making it happen. They show wannabe entrepreneurs how to get started, find funding, and build a sales and marketing program. Legal, zoning, and insurance requirements are provided for each business idea, as well as advice on expanding the business-and the profits. Future business owners who don't know where to start will find everything they need here.
Table of Contents
How to Use This Book.
Chapter 1: Business Insurance and Risk Management.
Chapter 2: Legalities and Taxes.
Chapter 3: Setting Your Price.
Chapter 4: Financing a Small Business.
Chapter 5: Home Services (Exterior).
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).
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).
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.
35 Party Planner.
36 Children’s Event Organizer.
37 Party and Special-Event Rentals.
39 Visiting Chef.
40 Specialty Cake Baker.
41 Prepared Custom-Meal Service.
42 Freelance Bartender.
44 Holiday Decoration Service.
Chapter 9: Personal Services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
77 Car Service.
78 Independent Delivery Contractor.
79 Auto Detailing.
Chapter 14: Computers, Graphics, and Photography.
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.
Chapter 15: Office and Professional Services.
88 Temporary Secretary.
89 Transcription Services.
90 Temporary Worker at Conventions and Business Meetings.
92 Billing Service.
93 Resume Design.
94 Letter Writing.
Chapter 16: Sales.
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.
About the Author
COREY SANDLER is the author of more than 150 books on business, travel, and technology, including Fix Your Own PC, also from Wiley.
JANICE KEEFE is coauthor of numerous books, including 1001 Letters for All Occasions and Performance Appraisal Phrase Book.