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Becoming your own boss is easier (and cheaper) than you think!

It's time to grab yourself a piece of the American Dream. In 101 Small Business Ideas for Under $5000, you'll find realistic guidance for turning your ideas and skills into a profitable business that you can run full-time, part-time, or even as an absentee owner. This completely practical handbook provides step-by-step instructions on dealing with legal, financial, and tax issues involved in starting a business, and it puts you in touch with suppliers, associations, and clubs that can help you get up and running in a jiffy.

Some businesses are as easy to set up and run as a child's lemonade stand, and this moneymaking manual shows you how to keep things simple, profitable, and legal. For more ambitious undertakings, you'll find real-world answers for serious business questions as you learn how to:

  • Write a sensible business plan to give your idea direction
  • Secure start-up funding from banks, government agencies, and elsewhere
  • Design publicity, marketing, and sales programs
  • Master bookkeeping, accounting, and taxes
  • Grow from a one-person start-up into a mini-empire

Whether you want to provide home or professional services, organize entertainment and special events, start a Web-based company, go into light manufacturing, or profit from any talent or interest you have, 101 Small Business Ideas for Under $5000 puts you on the road to success—starting right now!

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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471692875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471692874
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,418,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Crawford VINE VOICE on October 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
provides some basic advice on getting a business started and list 101 basic businesses one can start with under $5,000 in beginning capital.

The book's first four chapters cover business insurance and risk management, legalities and taxes, pricing, and financing. There is some good beginning information here, but you will probably need to consult additional sources once you have chosen your business.

Each business idea is listed with icons (identified in the "How to Use this Book" section) and covers the category of the business (service, product, trade, creative or virtual), challenges, skills, complexity and the estimated capital required to start the business. You may find it frustrating to have to keep looking up the icons, but they are simple and you can always bookmark the page with the icon descriptions.

The 101 list begins in chapter 5 with businesses based on "Home Services (Exterior). Examples are Landscape Designer, Deck Construction, Snow Removal, and the like-things that people often hire others to do.

The business descriptions follow a basic format. Here's an example: One of the more creative businesses in this section is "Children's Outdoor Playset Installer". The descriptions begin with the "icons". This one has 7 icons: it's a service business, it's seasonal, there are liabilities, you need technical skills, you need tools, it requires permits and/or licensing, and it costs between $0 and $3,000 in capital. Next is the job description, a brief overview of the work one would do while operating this business. Then, they describe the need for this business. This helps you with business research and can give some ideas as to marketing your business.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AM1995 on August 31, 2012
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You can find almost all of these ideas online for free. Save your money and spend sometime online researching new ideas.
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By MaraLicole on June 12, 2014
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This was generally a great place to start because it offered a good look at things a new business owner would have to consider. After reading through a few you start to generate ideas of your own and weigh the challenges, needs, etc. on your own.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edwin Keck on October 14, 2012
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This book gives you ideas for a small business along with suggestions when entering into a business. It gives different ideas on starting a new business.
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