101 Businesses You Can Start at With Less Than One Thousand Dollars (Paperback)

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Overview Most parents today have a tough time economically: they have to be at home raising their children so they cannot work much and the jobs that are out there are often part-time and low paying. Yet most families need two incomes today to get ahead. Detailed in this new book are over 100 business ideas that can be started for very little money and yet may provide parents with a lot more money than they would be paid by the hour. This is a collection of businesses selected especially for stay-at-home parents who are interested in augmenting their income. These businesses can be started with minimum training and investment and are all capable of producing extra income. Most can easily be operated by one person and eventually be sold for an additional profit. Many of these businesses can actually be started with less than one hundred dollars and some can really be started with next to nothing. All can be operated from home. Starting and managing a business takes motivation and talent. It also takes research and planning. This new book is intended to serve as a roadmap for starting your business. It is both comprehensive and easy to use. It also includes numerous web links for additional information. While providing detailed instruction and examples, the author leads you in developing a winning business plan and structure of the business plus accounting and bookkeeping procedures. Sales and marketing techniques and pricing formulas are demystified. You will learn how to set up computer systems to save time and money and generate high-profile public relations and publicity while avoiding legal pitfalls. Thousands of great tips and useful guidelines will help you keep bringing customers back, give you low-cost internal marketing ideas, low- and no-cost ways to satisfy customers and sales building ideas.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 9780910627887
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company FL
  • Publication date: 1/12/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 721,796
  • Series: The Food Service Professionals Guide To Series
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Reviews (8)

  • DebReb
    4 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    4.0 / 5.0

    Mom & Pop Businesses enter the 21st Century, and generate fun and profit in the process! \"101 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than One Thousand Dollars For Stay-at-Home Moms & Dads,\" furnishes fuel for turning hobbies into cash, dreams into dividends, and enthusiasm into earnings.Advancing the principle of providing a product or service you believe in and the money will follow, the book proposes not only home-based business ideas, but resources for generating success.Whether raising children, seeking supplemental income minus shift juggling, or wishing to withdraw yet another rat from the race, \"101 Businesses\" presents the meat and potatoes of bringing home the bacon without leaving home.

  • Anonymous
    5 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    4.0 / 5.0

    I liked this book quite a bit because it gave a lot of great information and was true to its title there really were 101 business listed within the book that are suitable for people who want their own business while raising small children. I think this is a great book for someone who knows that they want to start a business, but just don't know what to do or how to get started. I particularly liked all the links to professional organizations for all the various careers, and the interviews with business owners were really interesting.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    While the title indicates it was written for stay-at-home moms and dads, almost everyone can benefit from this book. Heather Shepherd designed a book for individuals who wish to supplement their income, while caring for small children and working from a home office. Shepherd spends considerable time focused on the self-evaluation aspect of starting a business. Here, she presents self-evaluation guides, checklists and advice if your skills are weak. Shepherd supplies charts and questions to ensure individuals choose the correct home-based business. The actual business suggestions are divided into two categories based on start-up costs: $0-$100 and $500-$1,000. Within each business idea, Shepherd provides a brief overview of the business, projected money needed to start the business, business equipment needed, education/skills required, where to find clientele and a starting point. She also offers a learn more section for each business. In this section, she gives the reader websites, books organizations and groups that may be helpful when starting this business. Readers are presented with a complete look at a sample business plan and a step-by-step guide to writing their own. Shepherd provides readers with several case studies of successful individuals who have started and maintained their own home-based businesses. The information supplied in this book can serve anyone wishing to start their own business as a useful reference guide.

  • Anonymous
    6 years, 2 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    101 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than One Thousand Dollars: For Stay-at-Home Moms & Dads by Heather Shepard is a great resource for anyone that is thinking about starting an at home business. The benefits of an at home business are growing larger every day and this book shows how one can make a success out of working at home. The way Ms. Shepard organizes the book makes it very easy to follow and utilize. She takes the reader systematically through the processes of selecting a business, setting up a home office, making a business plan, finance options and advertising. I found the chapter on self-evaluation to be a valuable tool. In this chapter, Ms. Shepard has the reader ask themselves the hard questions to determine if they are truly ready to start their own business and to find out what direction would be the best to take. This aspect of the book shows that it is not a scheme to become a millionaire overnight. Instead, this publication is a serious guidebook shows the reader their strengths and weaknesses. In turn, the book provides the reader with resources to strengthen their skills if they need to. I feel that this book is not just a guide to starting a business, but also one that is a reference in order to keep a home based business on track. Finally there is a book that gives the aspiring entrepreneur helpful and practical advice in plain straightforward language.

  • Anonymous
    6 years, 4 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    This book is marketed toward stay-at-home parents, but it useful for just about anyone over the age of 18. The best way to protect yourself from a recession is to have a bank of skills you can fall back on, and 101 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $1,000 should give every reader at least five ideas for making extra money. The best thing about 101 Businesses is its comprehensive look at how to succeed in each job. I never knew how to become a voice-over actor, but now I do. I know what equipment I need, who my potential clients are, and how to get started. Every business listed in Shepherds book has a list of websites and how-to books to help you get off the ground. I was also surprised to learn how many of these businesses require less than $100 to get started. I also appreciated the clear-eyed approach Shepherd takes in telling readers that these businesses require a lot of research and effort before they become profitable. This is the opposite of a get rich quick book. Its more of a get to work, get happy and maybe get rich book.

  • Anonymous
    6 years, 5 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    Im a stay at home mom of six kids. My husband works two jobs and I have been desperately searching for a way to help. Finding this book was like a godsend. I was able to organize my ideas and get a clear understanding of which direction to take them. It wasnt as hard as I thought to take the principles outlined in this book and apply them to my own circumstances and abilities and see what would be most profitable and logical way for me personally to go. I like the way this book was straight forward, listing businesses with start up costs from zero to $1000 in an easy to read format. There were also things I hadnt thought of like writing a business plan, setting up a home office and advertising. The Internet is chock full of scam companies promising nonexistent home job offers but after reading this book I can stop looking. I feel a little more informed about business ownership and issues like taxes, insurance and permits. Need to know stuff before you jump in head strong.

  • Anonymous
    6 years, 8 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    If you are considering starting a home-business this is the book for you! 101 Businesses You Can Start with Less Than One Thousand Dollars for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads is the complete guide to starting a home business for parents. If you are a parent considering starting a home business then this is the book for you. It is obvious Shepherd writes from personal experience for she thinks of everything one needs to know before starting a home business. She even includes a self evaluation to see how prepared you are to start a home business. Are you short on cash? Shepherd included a section about home businesses you can start for $0 to $100. The same section will tell you how to start your chosen home business, and how to advertise so you will have clients.

  • Anonymous
    6 years, 8 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    4.0 / 5.0

    This guide to businesses you can operate from home with little upfront investment is very useful, particularly for those stay-at-home Moms and Dads who need some help to see how their skills or interests could translate into a successful business. I think the wide range of businesses that are described is inspiring particularly for anyone unsure what they want to do or for someone who simply needs to begin brain-storming about businesses can be easily started from home. The book uses various symbols to give a quick snapshot at the ups and downs of each particular business. For instance, a star rating system let readers know whether a business has great potential earnings. Four stars means it could be a big money-maker. It also uses a open or closed lock symbol to indicate whether a business is easy or hard to break into. Other symbols show you what equipment would be needed such as a fax machine, printer or software. As you sort through various business ideas, these symbols are an easy reference guide for keeping track of the ups and downs of various businesses. I particularly liked the case studiees that the book includes. Business people who are currently operating their own businesses describe what they do and the pros and cons of their ventures. I think these stories are especially inspiring because they are not all pie-in-the-sky. Business people describe how long it took for their businesses to bring in steady income and outline what the keys were to their success. Lists of professional organziations, books and other resouces for each field of business also are useful for anyone who wants to investigate further what getting into a particular business would entail. My only objection to this book is that I think it is a bit optimistic about how much training or education particular businesses may require. It's easy to see how house-sitting would require no training, but I think medical transcription may require courses or more education. The book notes that an understanding of medical jargon is required, but does not explain whether some type of certificate or degree would be useful. I guess it would be up to the reader to contact the professional association that is mentioned and find out what training would be helpful. With a potential salary of between $35,000 and $80,000 a year, it would be well worth taking that step for someone interested in the field. The book includes a very detailed description of how to write a business plan which is critical to setting goals and suceeding. I think this book's thorough approach and useful information makes it a book to have at hand if you want to start your own home-based business.