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How To Start a Business From Home [Kindle Edition]

Perry Belcher , Trisha Sebastian
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

How to Start a Business is a conversational step-by-step guide to starting a small business. Inside you'll discover how to choose a business that's right for you, how to name your business, legal setup, leases, employees and more.

The author Perry Belcher has started, ran and sold dozens of businesses and shares his experiences, mistakes and biggest breakthroughs.

Does starting a business with a small amount of money sound too good to be true? No! There are many home based entrepreneurs who have successfully started their own businesses with little money. We’ve interviewed entrepreneurs who bootstrapped their businesses for as low as $500, yet they are now raking in money from their businesses. The lesson? Do things right!

Of course, the ideal scenario is to start a business with enough money to enable you to move more aggressively and expand your business faster. But even if you do not have money, that should not prevent you from starting your own business. If you have great idea and a viable business plan, you can use Other People’s Money (OPM) to start your business. Or if you do not have access to OPM, you better learn how to tighten your belt and bootstrap your fledging business. Remember, while you may not be spending money, you still have to pay with something ­ your time and energy.

Below are 10 areas Perry covers in his book:

1. Think twice before borrowing. It would be ideal if you will not have to borrow money to start your business. After all, you want your own business to give you an additional source of income, if not the main paycheck. You do not need another bill to pay.

But sometimes, you really have to borrow money to keep going. A major reason why many small businesses fail is inadequate capital. If you really have to, you must be prepared to take on the right kind of debt. Not all debt is bad debt. You have to ensure that before taking on a debt, you must see a way to pay it back through your business.

As much as you want to be optimistic about your venture, there is always the possibility that your business can fail. Instead of fattening up your bank account, you could end up selling your house, your car and withdrawing your children’s college tuition just to pay off the debts. Be a smart risk taker.

2. Be lean and mean. If you have limited capital, set aside any thoughts of a fancy store or great office. Start home-based and explore the advantages of working at home. Or if you must be “out there” selling your products, rent a small section at a flea market or fair. You may consider renting at the mall only when you see money coming in.

In terms of legal structure, you can save tons of money by starting as a proprietorship. A Corporation is expensive to set-up, requires vast amounts of record-keeping, and will tax you twice ­ as an individual working for the business and as a corporation.

Plus, you have to operate as tightly as possible. As a sole business owner on a budget, you do not have the luxury of wasting supplies, making unnecessary long-distance calls, and spending office money without a thought. Now every expense comes from your own pocket.

Spend money only when you really have to. In fact, you can save tons of money if you select a business based on equipment that you already own. For example, consider starting a photography business if you already have your camera and photography gear. You may want to start a daycare business if you already have enough space in your house rather than spending money at the start of the business constructing new rooms in your house. If you must buy equipment, do so only when you have already landed your first account. Otherwise, consider renting it for the moment.

3. Choose your business carefully. Your choice of business will spell the difference between making your business a success on a shoestring budget or not. Some businesses, such as a file storage facility, require enormous capitalizat

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  • File Size: 161 KB
  • Print Length: 79 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TZ073C
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Step by step is what I needed! March 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
As a woman I find that doors don't always open for me in business even in today's world of 2011. I decided to take the bull by the horns myself and start my own business. First of all, I have some health issues that make it more difficult for me to keep a traditional 8-to-5 job, but when I'm feeling good, I'm a go-getter. My own business made sense to me.

Perhaps I am over cautious but one reason I took to How to Start a Business so quickly was because the authors started out right at the beginning by discussing liability and legal issues that I would face in my business start-up. I am starting a publishing company from my home office so I was especially glad the book discusses copyrights.

Then it goes to work telling me how to formulate my business plan and approach venture capitalists - which in MY case is just my family's banker - but I did all the steps as though I was going to a VC to get my start-up capital and it paid off because my banker (two of them actually) sat in on my presentation and approved my load then and there. I was off and running!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting to Read December 29, 2012
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Interesting to read, but much like his other book so not much new info to read. Worth an afternoon 's hour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short And Sweet October 11, 2012
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Perry offered up a simple and easy way to think about a home business. Steps are always nice and he did a good job of that. [...]
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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We know how to start a business but we sure need help keeping it going. We are not great at Venture Capital but fortunately we haven't needed a lot yet. Still, the info here was far and above better than we expected and sort of "spoke to me" explaining what I need right now. The legal stuff is excellent and covered liability points I had not considered yet for our small business. But we have had extraordinary success the past 2 years in spite of my weaknesses and I would like to franchise our biz. I now can analyze the competition and the drawbacks to franchising whereas before those ideas never entered my mind to consider. This reads like a consultant telling you patiently what to do. Still, it's not long and boring, it is crisp and clear and sticks to the topics at hand.
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11 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Perry Belcher is a convicted Felon (Scam artist) November 23, 2011
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He will indeed help you to start a business from home but I would check with the FTC and Law enforcement in general to make sure it's legal first.

Prospective buyers of this 'book' should be aware that the author is a convicted felon who set up hundreds of web sites and scammed millions of dollars off literally hundreds of thousands of people selling completely fake and useless medicine and natural cures. The vast majority of his victims were sick and obviously vulnerable. Beware of the up sells ;)
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Perry Belchers Biography

Co Creator of Traffic and Conversion Summit

The Traffic and Conversion Summit, live venue in San Francisco, California January 17, 2013, held over 2,000 people in 2013. Perry Belcher Co Owner of Digital Marketer with Partner Ryan Deiss, delivers perspective on Channel Selling, Authority Marketing and, Email Deliverability. The event was created for entrepreneurs and business owners to use working methods being used in today's online environment to increase sales, and do Search Engine Optimization.
Noteworthy speakers at the summit include Co Presenter Ryan Diess, Guy Kawasaki, Jody Underhill, Tucker Max, Timothy Ferriss and Keynote Speaker William Shatner.

Informational materials includes trends, data, and strategies regardning the challenges of online business. Trends and data shared regarding online media methods for Ecommerce, E Publishing, Email Deliverability, Local Search Engine Traffic are topics. International selling information, based on compiled industry-to-industry A/B testing.

Number One Book System - Co Creator CEO

Co Creator: The Number One Book System. NOBS is an amazing tool for authors to gain momentum into their career, it includes live training, software, online training and also hosts an online community of authors with a singular goal: To become published. We provide the vehicle for authors to launch a successful career in writing. We have created a media strategy and online marketing system in an easy to use package. The system can immediately increase an author's popularity and sales, and has been tested for my own products and books. It has been a real pleasure to speak at the NOBS events and meet all the new talent and authors.

Creator - Equity Investors Network

Equity Investors Network is a group of Angel investors that find businesses and business startups. Whose purpose is to plan and execute investing strategies. They demonstrate how to buy and sell businesses, along with using Digital Marketer resources for startups. Equity Investors Network is a small group of 35 people, with investments in many different industries including textiles, Retail, Ecommerce and Environmentally Friendly Products.

Secret Selling System, Author

Internet Marketing Strategist and sales expert Perry Belcher shares his strategy and plan for sequential selling that can be used from business to business. Perry has sold over 1.2 million in product online during the past year and has been coined, "Person that is making the most changes in 2013." His theory of attention grabbing headline & intrigue invites customers in and develops

A powerful formula for writing successful sales letters. Applying concepts of media and marketing to successfully write great copy that calls to each audience uniquely and strategically to make sales and gain customer fullfilment.

How to Raise Money for your Business - Author

Perry Belcher 2010 on entrepreneurship and raising money for your business in a strategic guide to help plan and ask for the money you need to help your business grow. Detailed instructions regarding SBA loans, Angel investors, Traditional Bank Loans all outlined with personal experience to save you from common mistakes when funding your business.

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