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           A Home-Based Business Online
          September 18

             Editor: Elena Fawkner
           Publisher: AHBBO Publishing
            Contact By Email



          This Ezine Is Listed At FreeZinesOnline.

            IN THIS ISSUE

          1.   Welcome and Update from the Editor
          2.   Home Business Idea of the Week - Errand Service
          3.   Online Business Idea of the Week - Travel Club
          4.   Article - The Franchise Alternative
          5.   Continuing Tutorial Series - How to Become an
           Information Broker - Part 5 - Online Marketing
          6.   Guest Article - 20 Low-Cost Businesses You Can
           Start From Home by Marcus P. Meleton, Jr. and
           Cary Arentz
          7.   Telecommuting Openings
          8.   Freebies
          9.   The News Digest
          10.  This Week's Web Site Pick
          11.  Subscription Management
          12.  Contact Information


        1.  Welcome and Update from the Editor
        Hello again and a warm welcome to all new subscribers!

        This week's edition ran a little long so I've split it into
        two parts for the benefit of those subscribers whose email
        programs won't accept long documents.

        This week sees the introduction of a new feature at the
        A Home-Based Business Online website.
        In addition to Home Business Ideas, Online Business Ideas
        and Telecommuting Corner, from the middle of next week
        you will also be able to browse the brand new Franchise
        Connection.  Here you will find some great franchised
        business opportunities to consider.  So, if you're wanting
        to start your own business but want to minimize the risks,
        be sure to visit!  The Franchise Connection will be open
        from next Thursday.  Also, if a franchised business is
        something you're thinking about, read this week's feature
        article - The Franchise Alternative.  It's at section 4. of
        this week's newsletter.

        Writers, as always I am happy to showcase your work both
        here and in the Reference Library so submit your articles
        (including resource box)to Contact By Email -- this
        is a great way to get free publicity but please make sure
        your work relates to ideas or resources for home-based or
        online businesses.

        Finally, this newsletter is for YOU!  If you have comments
        or suggestions for topics you would like to see addressed,
        or would just like to share your experiences with other
        subscribers, I want to hear from you!  Please send comments,
        questions and stories to: Contact By Email

        See you all again next week.

        2. Home Business Idea of the Week - Errand Service
        People are busier than ever and the world around them hasn't
        changed.  Groceries still need to be bought, deliveries
        still need to be made, gifts still need to be bought, etc.
        You can take advantage of the needs of these hyper-busy
        people by running an errand service.

        In essence, what you do is run errands for people and get
        paid for it. Think it sounds like a kid's business?  Well,
        you won't make kid money! If you are in a good sized
        metropolitan area with steady clients, you can make $15,
        even $20, an hour!

        You won't need much to start off with.  You'll, of course,
        need a reliable car or, better yet, a van.  The only real
        expenses at the start are: business cards and business
        stationery;  a pager;  and postage.  Make a list of large
        businesses in your area, ones with large numbers of well-
        paid executives, such as banks, headquarters of large
        manufacturers, etc.  You should then compose a letter
        detailing your services.  List as many timesaving services
        as you can think of:  grocery pickup, dry-cleaning delivery
        and pickup, post office errands, gift-shopping services,
        food pickup and delivery, etc.

        Read the full report at
        There are many more home-based business ideas like this at
        with more being added
        all the time.

        3. Online Business Idea of the Week - Travel Club
        Most Travel Clubs are organized on the premise of building
        a sizable membership capable of negotiating discounts with
        various travel providers.

        The Travel Club makes money earning a commission every time
        a member purchases airline tickets, books a hotel room, or
        goes on a cruise. Today, things have changed quite a bit.


        With a swelling membership basis it is difficult for travel
        clubs to ignore the profits of charging for membership, no
        matter how insignificant the amount.  With 10,000 members,
        a travel club charging only $20 a year will earn $200,000 in
        membership dues. This revenue is over any commission the
        Club earns when a member travels.


        A Travel Club normally acts as a travel agent for the
        exclusive use of its members.  As an "agency", it gets
        standard agent commissions from airlines, hotels and cruise
        lines.  This can range anywhere between 10% and 18% of the
        purchase price. What travel clubs usually do is offer its
        members a rebate equivalent to 50% of its commission (meaning
        5% to 9% of their purchase price).  If the member spends
        $1,000, he/she gets back anywhere between $50 and $90.  This
        is enough reason for people to join a travel club, especially
        if the membership dues are just $20 a year.

        Read the full report at

        There are many more online business ideas like this at
        with more being added
        all the time.

        4. Article - The Franchise Alternative
        By Elena Fawkner
        Copyright © 2017 All Rights Reserved

        ANY new business involves risk.  The proportion of new
        businesses that fail within their first two years of
        operation is much higher than those that succeed.  Whether
        you can afford the risk of your business failing depends
        on your own individual circumstances. If you are continuing
        in full-time paid employment and your business is something
        you start in your spare time for a little extra cash to see
        how it goes before quitting your job, then you are more
        likely to be able to afford the risk of that business
        ultimately not succeeding.  But what if you've lost your
        job, taken a package, and are looking for a business in
        which to invest the proceeds of your package?  All of a
        sudden the risk of your new business failing looms very
        large indeed.

        One way of reducing that risk is to consider buying a
        franchised business.

        What is a Franchise?
        Simply put, franchising involves the owner of the business
        which is being franchised ("the franchisor") granting to the
        person who wants to offer the products and services of the
        franchisor ("the franchisee") rights to use its trademarks,
        business names, associated intellectual property, know-how,
        business systems, training systems and operating manuals in
        exchange for monetary payment in the form of an initial
        franchise fee/purchase price and/or ongoing royalty payments
        which are typically calculated as a percentage of the
        franchisee's turnover.

        Advantages of a Franchise
        -> Proven system
        The franchisor has already done the work of establishing a
        system for the business being offered for franchise.  This
        system provides you, the franchisee, with a roadmap to
        follow, hopefully to success.  The franchisor has already
        tested and refined all aspects of the business and has
        created a "business success formula" for the franchisee to
        follow.  This means that you are spared the trial and error
        of working out what works and what doesn't and are therefore
        freed to focus on "working the system", hopefully generating
        profits within a short period of time.

        -> Avoid many start-up problems
        Starting a business from the ground up requires a lot of
        time and effort just getting the basics in place.  These
        include major undertakings such as developing a reputation
        in the market place, obtaining finance to fund the new
        venture and overcoming competitive threats, as well as the
        more mundane such as what business licenses to obtain and
        what insurance cover to purchase.  The franchisor will have
        already done a lot of this work.  For example, the
        franchisor will already have developed a reputation for the
        business in the market place, will have identified competitive
        threats and opportunities incorporating ways of meeting them
        within the franchise system and will usually have already
        established relationships with service providers such as

        -> Existing name and reputation
        As stated above, you do not need to invest significant time
        and effort into getting your business known in the
        marketplace as the franchisor will already have done this
        for the benefit of the group as a whole.

        -> Support when needed
        You are not on your own when things go wrong.  Got a
        business problem?  Contact your franchisor for assistance.
        The franchisor will have employed many different specialists
        within its organization who are there just to assist
        franchisees successfully operate their businesses.  In my
        12 years of experience in franchising, the most successful
        franchisees are those who are not afraid to ask for help
        when needed.

        -> Group buying power
        Depending on the size of the franchise network, the group
        should benefit from being able to negotiate favorable buying
        prices because of their ability to generate volume sales for
        the supplier.

        -> Group advertising
        By contributing advertising fees into a group fund,
        individual franchisees are able to benefit from much greater
        advertising exposure than they could afford if each
        franchisee had to market their business on an individual

        -> Greater knowledge base
        The franchisor is likely to have invested in market
        research for the benefit of the group as a whole.  This
        means the group has a much greater knowledge of their
        market(s) than does the local "independent" competitor.
        The results of this market research can be put to good use
        in the group's advertising and marketing programs.

        Disadvantages of a Franchise
        -> Restrictions on autonomy
        Because you are buying the rights to participate in a proven
        "system", the franchisor will be concerned that all
        franchisees adhere to the system and not operate outside it.
        After all, if franchisees are free to adhere to the system or
        not as they see fit, there is no point in buying into a
        franchise at all.  For this reason, for the benefit of the
        system as a whole, franchisors will generally impose strict
        controls on things such as the quality and types of products
        and services that you may offer for sale, the types of local
        advertising you may undertake, methods of dealing with
        customers, ethical conduct and the like.

        -> Pay initial franchise fee and purchase price
        There may be an initial investment ranging from a few
        hundred to tens of thousands of dollars to buy into a

        -> Pay ongoing royalties
        In addition to the initial franchise fee and purchase price,
        most franchisors will also charge an ongoing royalty for the
        rights to use the franchised system.  These royalties are
        usually calculated as a percentage of turnover but various
        other fee structures exist.

        -> Restrictions on ability to sell business
        Some franchise agreements can restrict quite severely your
        rights to sell your business to another franchisee.  They may
        impose strict criteria for proposed purchasers and you may
        find it difficult to find buyers who meet this criteria.

        -> May not be able to realize value for business on
        Some franchise agreements state that upon the expiration or
        termination of the franchise agreement, the goodwill of the
        business reverts to the franchisor.  This means you may have
        operated and developed a business over many years and yet,
        when the franchise agreement expires, you effectively walk
        away from the business with no further financial compensation.
        Under this type of arrangement you must understand going in
        that you are expected to derive your financial return during
        the term of the franchise agreement by way of annual profits,
        not by way of a capital gain at the end of the franchise term.

        What to Look For in a Franchise
        -> An established franchise system with a good reputation.
        -> Comprehensive training systems for both your own
        management team and other employees.
        -> A relatively harmonious relationship between franchisor
        and franchisees.  Some friction from time to time is
        inevitable in any long-term business relationship but a
        constant atmosphere of hostility, mistrust and long-running
        disputes can be a warning sign of an unstable system.
        -> Ethical business practices both by franchisor and
        existing franchisees.
        -> An inclusive "partnership" approach on the part of both
        franchisor and franchisees.  This does not mean that the
        franchisor should not impose controls on the system but you
        should look for a spirit of goodwill and cooperation,
        willingness to listen to others' ideas and a climate of open
        communication at all levels throughout the organization.
        -> Exclusive territories - although not crucial, exclusivity
        of territory (where the franchisor grants you a limited but
        exclusive territory which is yours alone) can in some cases
        be a relevant factor to the competitiveness of the business.
        It would be fair to say that it does not benefit the
        franchise system if franchisees are forced to compete with
        each other for limited business.

        These are just a few of the major factors you should take
        into consideration when deciding whether a franchise is
        for you.  Although franchising minimizes the risks of
        business failure, it cannot not eliminate them entirely and
        any decision to proceed with a franchised business should
        only be made after obtaining thorough advice from both your
        lawyer and your accountant.

        5. Continuing Tutorial Series - How to Become an Information
           Broker - Part 5 - Online Marketing

        Online marketing is still very new and it is important to
        realize that this area of the online world is constantly
        growing and improving. Although you can spend a bundle of
        money when marketing online, this section will only cover
        the top four strategies for a small business on a limited

        They are (a) classified advertising, (b) e-mailing
        lists, (c) newsgroups, and (d) electronic newsletters.

        As your business continues to grow you may want to explore
        other marketing tools such as getting your own web page
        complete with text and graphics. In the early stages of your
        business, however, you should find that one or more of the
        following strategies will work very well. I prefer to use
        free classifieds coupled with direct e-mailing. Remember,
        it's all up to you!

        No matter what strategy you are using, it's important to
        understand that the biggest key to successful marketing is
        offering your product to the correct audience. Another way
        to describe this is "target marketing". I cannot emphasize
        the importance of this enough. In order for you to sell your
        product with any success whatsoever, you must concentrate
        your marketing efforts on the people that are most likely to
        buy it. Keep this in mind no matter which marketing strategy
        you utilize.

        (a) Classified Advertising

        Basically, there are two types of online classified
        advertising. The first one is the classified areas of the
        major providers like AOL and Compuserve. If you are a
        subscriber to a major provider, you have easy access to
        these areas. Most are free and you get there by simply
        pointing and clicking.

        The other free classified advertising is a little
        trickier to find and use. This advertising is done at any
        of the hundreds of classified web sites on the internet.
        Most of them are completely free, while others charge small
        fees. To find a large list of these classified areas on the
        internet, simply go to whatever search engine you use
        (Web Crawler, Infoseek, Lycos, or any other) and enter the
        key words "free classifieds".

        Once you get to one that looks good, you post your
        classified ads in the appropriate section (business, hobbies,
        books etc.)  Anyone who reads the classified can request
        more information by sending you E-mail. Once you receive the
        request, you simply E-mail the prospective customer with
        your sales literature. They can then print the details
        (including order form) and send for the product!

        When advertising your new information product, stick to the
        business areas on the internet! Don't waste your time
        advertising your product in the "general merchandise" or
        "miscellaneous" sections! Concentrate solely on your target

        Note: Upon entering a classified section, check into the
        "guidelines & regulations" area before posting. This is
        usually where you will find the rates if they do charge.
        (Don't worry, they are required to tell you exactly how much
        you will be charged before they post your ad.) Most sites
        require you to register with them before you can post your
        ad. This registration is also free unless otherwise stated.
        This is where you will usually find detailed directions for
        posting an ad. It is actually quite simple and only takes a
        few seconds. You simply type some information about yourself
        then type your classified ad. Once all the information has
        been entered you click on "post" or "submit" and you're done.

        Remember, your ads should not try to sell your product!
        They are placed with the intention of getting interested
        people to respond to you so you can send your sales
        literature to them.

        (b) E-mailing Lists

        The next marketing strategy that is gaining popularity in
        the online world is called direct e-mail. This involves
        e-mailing your advertisements directly to a list of people
        that may be interested. This list is usually bought or
        rented from an e-mailing list broker. The costs vary widely
        depending on the broker used. This can be a very effective
        way to get your message out.

        I was never an advocate of traditional mailing list
        strategies for two very big reasons. First of all, the cost
        of mailing to everyone on the list (at 32 cents a pop)
        usually offset any profits immediately. And secondly, a lot
        of this mail was considered junk mail and was never even

        Direct e-mail does not have these downfalls. First of
        all, sending e-mail is free, saving you hundreds or
        thousands of dollars in postage. And secondly, the e-mail
        sits at the person's mailbox until it is opened. These two
        factors coupled with the high number of people you can reach
        in a very short amount of time warrants giving this dynamic
        new marketing strategy a try!

        Remember, don't try to sell your products with the first
        contact. Simply offer the opportunity to receive "free
        details" by replying to the ad. Then e-mail your sales letter
        to these new prospects.

        Beware: You will undoubtedly come across some "flaming"
        when utilizing direct E-mail. This is another name for
        rude replies from unapproving internet subscribers. You can
        avoid a lot of flaming by seeking out a list of "opportunity
        seekers only". You can also keep it to a minimum by sending
        only short unsolicited messages and offering everyone an
        option to be removed from your list.

        Although direct E-mail is not illegal (as of the writing of
        this) if you make too many people angry, you stand the risk
        of having your provider disconnect your service.

        To learn more about bulk email, and contact some bulk email
        professionals, visit
        and search on "bulk email. You find a long list of companies
        that supply bulk email services and address lists.

        (c) Newsgroups

        Another way to market on the net is through Newsgroups.
        There are literally thousands of newsgroups on the internet
        on every subject imaginable. A great web source for
        information on Usenet Newsgroups is Deja News at
        http://dejanews.com/ .  From there you can search and even
        post to newsgroups.

        Once you find your area of interest (i.e. business opps),
        you can join them and post to them for free.

        A typical message posting in a business newsgroup would be
        similar to a classified ad. It would contain your offer and
        your e-mail address to allow people to request more info
        (your sales literature).

        Before the birth of the World Wide Web, online marketers
        relied heavily on newsgroups. Although many have slowly
        wandered away from this method net marketing, newsgroups
        are definitely surviving (and thriving).

        With that said, we've decided to give you a bit of a
        jump start. If you're interested in trying newsgroup
        marketing, the following list should keep you busy for
        a little while. Below you'll find 34 of the most popular
        newsgroups among online marketers.


        If you're not ready to spend time reading and posting to
        these newsgroups right now, you may want to at least
        consider saving the list for future use. Remember,
        newsgroup marketing is free. When used regularly, it can
        become an integral part of your online marketing campaign.

        Note: When you join one of these groups it's a good idea
        to just observe for a little while. This way you can get a
        feel for the way users do things in that particular group.
        Many newsgroups do not allow blatant advertising. Instead,
        they expect you to help other members with your posts and
        market with your signature, or short footer at the end of
        each post. This is a good way to avoid breaching newsgroup
        regulations or "netiquette".

        (d) Electronic Newsletters

        Another way to get your message out is to hire someone
        else to do it for you. All of these companies charge some
        type of fee to get your message across to potential

        There are already a number of companies offering online
        marketing strategies of one type or another. One example of
        another marketing strategy being utilized is direct e-mail
        magazines and newsletters. The companies that send these
        e-mail mags offer paid advertising to small business owners
        for a relatively small fee. The fees are based on the size
        of ad as well as the circulation or number of e-mail
        addresses that receive the issue. Although e-zine
        advertising is not free, it is one of the most effective
        forms of internet marketing!

        To find some of these companies and get more information, or
        http://www.topica.com These site allow you to search for
        ezines based on subject or name. Send an e-mail to the ones
        that sound the best  and they will be more than happy to e-
        mail you some free details.

        As I stated earlier, the world of online marketing is
        still in relative infancy. This means that a smart
        entrepreneur will stay very open minded and receptive to new
        marketing strategies as they are being introduced. The
        businesses that make the most money will be the ones that
        keep a keen eye out for the potential winning strategies.


        Next Week - Part 6 - E-Mailing Your Sales Message and
        Filling Sales Orders

        Missed previous instalments of this tutorial series?  Pick
        them  up from the newsletter archives at

        6. Guest Article - 20 Low-Cost Businesses You Can Start
           From Home
        By Marcus P. Meleton, Jr. and Cary Arentz

        So you want a home business. You have the time, the ambition,
        and are excited about the prospect. All you need is the
        right idea that's perfect for your first start-up or for a
        second, third or fourth business. We at Home Business®
        Magazine watch for these ideas and present them to you with
        the expectation that one will provide you with home-based
        success. When evaluating these possibilities, keep in mind
        the items shown in the box and look at our next issue to get
        more great ideas for businesses.

        E-Mail Marketing
        If "Surfing the Net" is something you can't get enough of,
        then maybe you should get paid for it. E-mail marketing is
        an exciting new business opportunity. The objective is to
        compile E-mail address lists to support a client's mailing
        and then broadcast your client's E-mail to that list. A
        secondary market is to sell you lists to businesses or
        individuals who market their goods and services by E-mail.
        Internet experts will be able to search for and collect
        lists at a moment's notice. You most likely have all the
        computer equipment you'll need, although upgrades may be

        Raising Pets For Money
        Do you like dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, or fish? Would you
        enjoy raising them? Why not turn it into a business? Find
        out what your local pet stores need or what the general
        market is looking for, such as rabbits and chickens for
        Easter, or dalmatians to capitalize on the Disney movie. Not
        only is this business opportunity fun for animal lovers,
        it's a great first business for kids. Guinea pigs, hamsters,
        rats, and mice multiply rapidly and make good pets or
        science projects. Be sure to evaluate your demand first, or
        you'll be sharing your home with permanent pets. Expanding
        your business to care for other people's animals is also a
        possibility. Make sure that zoning laws and other regulations
        related to raising animals do not affect you.

        One of the most difficult endeavors is earning money through
        art. The best way to do this is to go commercial. Look at the
        type of art you excel at: painting, computer art, or line
        drawings, and decide how it could benefit businesses. For
        instance, marketing companies hire artists to do artwork for
        advertising. You can also develop and draw ads and flyers for
        small shops that need publicity. Approach the shops and offer
        to develop material that they can buy upon approval. As your
        sales increase, create a portfolio to show to other
        businesses. Local rock bands and dance clubs like the more
        radical stuff. Over time, your art and contacts will enable
        you to expand into more traditional outlets.

        Photo Albums
        People just don't have the time to develop photo albums, or
        they do it haphazardly with no idea about how creative a
        photo album can be. This is a service that gets you out of
        the house to meet people. You will build a reputation and
        can do the work on your kitchen table. You interview clients,
        go through their pictures, and suggest ways their photo
        albums can be arranged or improved. Books on the subject are
        available to help you improve your skills. Use your family
        or friends as your initial customers and bring their albums
        to potential customers to show what you can do. It is
        rewarding to see how grateful people are with the results.

        The best thing that could possibly happen to a home-business
        owner is to have so much business that you can't do it all
        yourself. When this happens, you can become an agent for
        your type of business by sub-contracting excess work out to
        others and taking a percentage of the fee. In this capacity,
        you do the billing and maintain the clients. When business
        is slow, you assume the workload and maintain service to
        your customers.

        Errand Service
        People who run everything from home businesses to Fortune
        500 companies often lack the time to get everything done.
        That's why there's such a large demand for errand services.
        If you have a small truck or van, are punctual and
        trustworthy, and don't mind an occasionally hectic schedule,
        you can profit from delivering packages, picking up supplies,
        and handling similar details for harried home business owners
        and executives alike. To locate clients, check with
        businesses in your area, or have your friends and family ask
        their employers if they could use your services.

        Family History
        Most of us are curious about our ancestors. That's why
        written accounts of family history or family trees, known as
        genealogy, make popular gifts. Why not make this your
        business? Although the task of digging deeply into someone's
        past may seem daunting, there is a variety of software
        packages and books available that will make this task much
        easier. Visit large software and book stores to see what's
        available. To reach your customers, arrange with local card
        and gift shop owners to let you display your advertising and
        samples in their stores. Placing advertisements in local
        newspapers is a relatively inexpensive way to reach a large

        Fix-It Shop
        Any appliance, tool, or toy you buy eventually breaks ?
        that's a fact of life. Although America is said to be a
        disposable society, most of us would rather hold on to what
        we have rather than incur the cost of buying something new.
        Having a knack for fixing household items means you can earn
        up to $100 an hour, and you never have to leave your own
        garage! There are many low-cost ways to advertise your
        services ?flyers, classified ads, and the Yellow Pages are
        just a few. There are also many ways to expand your business;
        for example, you could offer pick-up and delivery, stock
        replacement parts, or refurbish toys and appliances and sell
        them for less than what they'd cost new.

        Fund Raiser
        Do you enjoy working with the public, and helping those less
        fortunate? If so, you can put your people skills to work by
        offering yourself to local community, hospital, school, and
        civic groups as a fund raiser. You help the group raise
        money for its cause, and take a percentage of the amount for
        your fee. Your organizational skills, pleasant phone manner,
        and ability to develop effective direct mail pieces mean
        success in this career. Keep in mind that those who act as
        fund raisers for charities are often expected to do so on a
        volunteer basis, but this is a great way to gain experience,
        make valuable contacts, and build your reputation.

        Handyman Service
        Leaky faucets, clogged drains, doors that stick ?the list
        of minor home repair needs is almost endless. Most of us
        just don't have the time or the know-how to tackle these
        problems ourselves. If you're good with your hands and have
        a general knowledge of home repair, then start a handyman
        service. Charge your clients less than the professionals.
        Your customers' savings is your gain! You'll need a good set
        of tools and a truck. It's also a good idea to check with
        your city to see what licensing is required. Begin your
        business with your friends and family, then expand into your

        Herb Garden
        Cooking with home-grown herbs holds a special appeal these
        days. If you have a green thumb, you can capitalize on this
        culinary trend by growing herbs to sell to small restaurants,
        specialty shops, health-food stores, or even your friends
        and neighbors. Use your computer to create attractive, eye-
        catching labels for your packages. Cultivating an herb garden
        can require very little space - in fact, you can grow a fair
        assortment in flower pots on your window sill! Put your
        gardening expertise to work in another way by becoming a
        "gardening consultant," ?assisting your clients in setting
        up their own herb gardens.

        Mail Services
        Companies of all types and sizes use direct mail to
        advertise goods and services. However, many of these
        companies may not have the personnel to undertake a mass
        mailing, especially if it involves a large base of potential
        clients. That's where you come in. Contracting with these
        businesses to handle their mass mailings could result in ample
        financial rewards. You'll need a computer, special software
        to create labels and process lists, and most importantly,
        clients. Check with local businesses, especially those
        involved with publishing, computer accessories, or special
        events. Friends, relatives, and business associates can also
        provide leads. Expand your business by writing the
        promotional material, obtaining the target lists, and
        maintaining the client lists.

        Sewing Service
        Do you have a talent for sewing? Starting a sewing service
        in your home is a profitable and enjoyable business. You
        already have the equipment and skill, and the demand is
        great. Busy professionals need to keep their clothes in
        shape. Local dry cleaning and clothing stores are good
        sources for leads. Also, try advertising in the classified
        section of your local newspaper, or posting flyers in your
        neighborhood. Put your creativity to work by creating
        curtains and other home decorations, or sewing costumes for
        holidays and stage productions. To expand, consider the
        large demand for upholsterers.

        BBQ Catering Service
        If you like to barbecue, get compliments as a chef, and
        like to meet people, why don't you set up a barbecue
        catering service? You need a truck, portable barbecue pits,
        and a little marketing. Send out flyers, post them at
        grocery stores, or advertise in your local newspaper or
        weekly ad magazine. People will love having outdoor parties
        with you showing up, setting up, cooking, and cleaning up
        afterwards. You can offer various options on meat and expand
        out to more and more food options and drinks. You thought
        outdoor cooking was fun; well, it's profitable also.

        Professional Organizer
        If you notice the messes in other people's homes and
        businesses, then maybe you should be an organizer. There are
        many books on organizing and a multitude of products that
        help conserve space or provide filing or stacking capability.
        Gather material on the subject. To start your business,
        practice on people you know for a small fee, then use this
        experience to sell yourself to others. You can purchase and
        mark up ready-made products, or call in carpenters to put in
        closet organizers, shelves, and furniture. What people save
        in time and money will more than make up the difference.

        Apartment Renewal
        Apartments must be cleaned, painted, and repaired after
        renters vacate. Since this is a frequent event, this event
        provides an opportunity for you to make money. Apartment
        unit sizes, damage, and cleaning needs vary widely. So
        develop estimates after a walk-through or charge by the hour.
        Cleaning equipment and a small truck will get you started
        and college students can provide help. Your target market is
        defined, so visit and send mailers to apartment complexes,
        rental management companies, condo complexes, and also offer
        your services to real estate brokers who need property
        prepared for sale.

        Baby Furnishing
        Baby furniture is constantly being cycled in and out of
        homes and sold at garage sales. Acquiring baby furniture can
        be expensive for new parents, so a service that will satisfy
        them and give you a good income is to stock their homes with
        what they need. You can get beds, chairs, tables, potty
        seats, and the like at garage sales. Clean and paint them,
        and turn them around for sale. Market at pediatrician
        offices, Lamaze training classes, and prenatal care services.
        You can provide single furniture items to full set-ups, and
        get the parents to resell them to you after they no longer
        need them, ready for you to make money on them again.

        Tax Assistance
        You can be the answer to the April 15th blues. Use your
        accounting background and your computer to process tax
        returns from your home. This business is seasonal and
        starts out slowly, building over time as you get returning
        clientele the next years. There are a number of great tax
        preparation software packages available that makes this task
        easier. Start by doing returns for your family and friends,
        then use them to help get business referrals. Be sure to keep
        up the with latest tax rules and join accounting organizations
        to work on accreditations.

        Used Computer Sales
        Are you a tinkerer who likes to take computers apart and put
        them together? Used computers that are gathering dust can
        make money for you. Although technology advances rapidly,
        much of what people need computers for can be handled by the
        simplest of machines. Make yourself available to buy the
        obsolete machines at fire sale prices. Many of the parts are
        interchangeable; you can cannibalize and rebuild computers
        that are fine for normal use, and add new parts as necessary.
        Then, sell the computers with your own warrantee. This is a
        business your high-school children may love to assist with,
        or even run. Repair books and training are readily available.

        Flea Market Sales
        Flea markets are like the ultimate garage sale. If you like
        garage sales maybe you should become a participant in flea
        markets. There are a number of products that you can sell:
        Your own crafts, collectibles from your own hobby collections
        (trains, coins, comics, etc), and products for resale
        (polishes, toys, tools, garage sale items you purchased).
        Some markets are opportunities to sell your skills or
        services such as furniture refinishing, car detailing,
        sewing and handyman services. Find out what flea markets are
        local to your area and which apply to your products or
        skills. Contact the organizers to find the cost of booths,
        qualifications, tax laws and other necessary information.

        Originally Published at http://www.homebusinessmag.com/
        Reprinted with permission.


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        -> GOP Admonishes E-Commerce Tax Committee
        NEW YORK -- A letter dated September 14 and signed by
        35 members of Congress asked members of a national
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        Internet not how.

        -> Y2K Report Says Global Preparation Accelerating
        Travelers who plan to be abroad on or about Jan. 1 should
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        -> Qualcomm Hopes To Sell Mobile Phone Business
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        -> Star Office Downloads Skyrocket
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        -> Go For It, Venture Capitalists Say
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        -> Most Computer Attacks Come From Organizations
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        -> Qwest Finishes Its Fiber Network
        Qwest Communications International on Sunday said it has
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        -> Microsoft Woos Developers
        Microsoft is releasing Windows 2017 Release Candidate 2
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        -> Ready Or Not: Here Comes E-Biz 2.0
        The e-commerce game has now reached version 2.0,
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        -> Barbie Dolls Will Lead E-commerce, Guru Says
        The latest thing -- "Internet appliances" - aren't
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