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202 Things You Can Make and Sell for Big Profits (202 Things You Can Make & Sell for Big Profits) Paperback – September 20, 2005

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Turn a hobby into a moneymaker!

Turn your current crafts into a profitable business, or learn how to manufacture items such as soap, furniture, or silk-screened t-shirts quickly, easily, and right from the comfort of your own home. Then sell your products across the globe through the internet, or stay close to home with garage sales, kiosks, sales to retail stores or other selling opportunities.

Everything you need to know to start a full- or part-time crafts business is inside, including: · How to select the products that net the most profit · Where to get inexpensive raw materials · Valuable tips on advertising and marketing to create sales · Advice on legal and financial issues you may encounter · How to price your products for the best return · Choosing the best selling venue and more!

Put your creativity to work for you. Learn 202 great ways to make extra cash today!

About the Author

James Stephenson (Vancouver, BC), a small business, marketing, and sales expert, has started numerous successful small business ventures and is the author of seven highly acclaimed books. He operates Stephenson & Stephenson, a consulting form providing Canadian small business owners with creative, results-based marketing solutions.

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Product Details

  • Series: 202 Things You Can Make & Sell for Big Profits
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Entrepreneur Press; 1 edition (September 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932531696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932531695
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Matlock on November 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is really divided into two big parts.

The first seventy pages or so is pretty general in nature and talks about things like setting up a company, financing, employees, where to put it, accounting and taxes. These are things that every business has to do and you'll have to do most of it. I only have two comments about this section. On page 12 he talks about selecting the company name and checking to see that the name is clear. Then way back on page 50 he talks about getting a domain name for your web site. That's backwards. Get the domain name first. This day and age you need a web site even if you're just putting up your name and phone number.

After, in the second and larger part of the book he lists the 202 things (I didn't count them, I presume someone did and that there are really 202). I'd suggest that you view this kind of like a brainstorming session. You probably won't want to do any of these 202 things, but if you can take idea number 72 and combine it with idea 186, and modify the result to suit your own needs, you may well indeed come up with something you can use to create a business.

One point to remember, labor rates are very cheap overseas. You may not want to do the actual manufacturing yourself unless you can provide some art or personalized service that someone in China can't do.
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I liked this booked a lot. As a stay at home parent it gives me just the type of information I need to start an easy business, while working at home. Lots of ideas about products to make. Lots of ideas about how to sell the products you make. My only negative point is it didn't go into enough detail about how to build a web site, but overall the book provides excellent information.
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This could be a good book for some people but it was not what I was looking for

The Good
As was explained in another review the first part of the book deals with the legal aspect of setting up a business and I suspect this is both correct and useful information.

The bad
I purchased the book because I was looking for ideas that I could use to start a small home based business. What I found was a bit more ambitious.
I stopped reading when the idea of investing more than $25,000 and renting "plenty" of farm land to grow Christmas trees was presented.
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