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Independent Listing Agent

If you have telemarketing skills, here’s a low-cost business venture that calls prospective home buyers.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: Under $2,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Franchises Available? No
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Here is a very inexpensive businessenterprise that anyone with a phone book and telephone can start.Working as an independent listing agent for real estate professionalsmeans that you cold call or telemarket for various real estate agents.

Starting at ‘A’ in the telephone book and calling people inanticipation that they are now or will be soon considering listingtheir homes for sale is all that is required in terms of jobdescription for this business. Once you have established that a personmay be interested in listing their home for sale, you simply turn thisinformation over to a real estate agent to complete the negotiations.

For every confirmed listing the real estate agent receives as a resultof you initiating the procedure, the agent would pay you $250. Forevery property sold that was listed via your service, the real estateagent would pay you an additional $500. It would only take 30 listingsand sales in order to generate an income of more than $20,000 per year.

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Promotional Buttons

Use design and craft skills to make promotional buttons for clients.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Franchises Available? No
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Making promotional buttons is a great homebased business opportunity for the entrepreneur that is looking for away to generate extra part-time income. The business is easy to start,requires little in the way of experience, equipment, or investmentcapital, and has the potential to earn you $25 per hour. Promotionalbuttons have been used by businesses, charities, and organizations fordecades as an highly effective, low-cost marketing tool to get amessage out about a product, service, or event.

Creating promotionalbuttons could not be easier, especially when you consider that thedesign or message featured on the button can be supplied in digitalformat by the customer. It can also be easily created on a computer andthen simply transferred via software to a printing stamp or pad tocreate the finished product. In addition to a computer and software,you will also need a button press, a pad printing press and a fewsupplies to get started–all of which add up to an initial investmentof less than a few thousand dollars.

Market the buttons to businesses,charity organizations, schools and just about any other business, clubor group that is seeking a way to create a low-cost promotionalcampaign. Join business and social clubs to network for clients and besure to hand out a lot of buttons promoting your promotional buttonbusiness. Much more memorable than handing out a business card,wouldn’t you agree?

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Internet Marketing Consultant

Are you an online marketing whiz? Help others plan their campaigns.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Franchises Available? No
  • Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Companies large and small are getting used to fact that you need tohave a web site. But just having a web site doesn’t guarantee a companyan increase in business–if those millions of potential customers don’thappen to stumble on it, you’re spinning your virtual wheels.

What’s acompany to do?

If you’re internet-savvy and marketing-smart, you can bethe solution to this dilemma as an internet marketing consultant.You’ll seek out new ways to increase a client’s web site traffic andboost sales by setting up links to other sites, developing new sitecontent or services, creating direct-marketing programs via e-mail, anddevising web advertising campaigns.

The advantages to this business arethat it’s creative, challenging and has staying power–internetbusiness is a reality and therefore net advertising and marketing is anecessity. As an internet marketing consultant, you’ll naturally needto be a whiz when it comes to the web, with plenty of experience inlinks, banners, affiliate programs and all the other fine points of netnavigation and promotion. You should also have traditional advertisingand marketing talents so you can invent your own unique online twiststo make your clients’ sites shine.

The Market

Your clients will be businesses with up-and-running but not necessarilysuccessful web sites. Decide on a target market, preferably one youalready have experience with, then start a direct-mail campaign aimedat companies in that field. Erect your own web site and build links toother internet sites–this will help potential clients find you, too.

Needed Equipment

You’ll need a computer with a high-speed modem, an inkjet or laserprinter, and subscriptions to a wide variety of internet serviceproviders and online communities. And since you’ll want to develop yourown niche market–which is the best way to avoid being buried by thecompetition–you’ll also want subscriptions to your niche’sprofessional or trade magazines and journals.

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Promotional Wear

From hats to golf shirts, promotional wear continues to be popular with businesses.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Promotional wear such as hats, jackets andgolf shirts emblazoned with corporate and business logos have becomevery popular for corporations to purchase and resell or give to valuedemployees and clients as an appreciation gift. Starting a business thatsells promotional clothing is very easy to initiate.

Not only can thegarments be purchased on a wholesale basis, but you can also enlist theservices of local silk-screeners and embroiderers to carry outcustomizing the clothing for your clients, thus greatly reducing thestartup investment needed to get the business rolling.

Gaining clientscan be as easy as arranging appointments with business owners topresent samples of the promotional wear along with reasons why thesetypes of promotional items will benefit their business. They can evenpotentially increase business revenues and profits (great advertisingand brand name recognition).

Once established, a business that retailspromotional wear can be very profitable, especially when you considerproduct markups of 50 percent or more aren’t uncommon in the industry.

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