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Love where you live? Start a community newsletter.

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Community Newsletter

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Writing, publishing, and distributing yourown community newsletter is a great way to earn extra money and havesome fun at the same time. To keep your start-up, equipment andprinting costs to a minimum use 11-by-17-inch paper folded in half, asis your newspaper. This will give you four pages on which to featurecontent and advertisements.

Featured content can be whatever you thinkwill be beneficial to the community’-entertainment, sports, realestate, the arts, senior issues, business news or just games andtrivia. The paper is supported financially by local businessadvertisers and, based on the 11-by-17-inch format, you can fit up to24 business-card-sized ads in each issue, while still leaving lots ofroom for content.

Charging $150 per month for each ad space willgenerate revenues of $3,600, of which approximately 20 percent will beneeded to cover paper, printing and distribution. The weekly newspaperscan be delivered free of charge to community gathering places such asrestaurants, community centers, coffee shops, fitness clubs and pubs,for clients to read on location and/or take home. To get up and runningyou will need a computer, software such as Adobe PageMaker, a printercapable of using 11-by-17-inch paper, and reliable transportation todeliver the papers. Once you have typeset in the content and ads, youcan print one copy of the paper and use a local copy shop to completethe run for pennies apiece.

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Proofreader

Take your crusade against bad grammar and spelling to a career as a proofreader.

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Proofreader

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

The written word makes the world go round. It’s what businesses,associations and organizations of every description use to educatetheir target audiences, potential clients and existing customers.

Theproblem is that most people view any sort of writing assignment withthe sort of dread reserved for high school civics term papers, and ifthey do manage to crank out written material, their grammar andspelling may be less than perfect. We’ve all been to restaurants wherethere are glaring typos in the menus, or received brochures with myriadspelling mistakes. That’s where you come in. If you’re an all-star atspelling, punctuation and grammar, starting a business as a proofreadercould be the business for you.

You can proof direct-mail pieces, annualreports, product information pamphlets, press released, grantproposals, mail order catalogs, marketing materials, menus and more.The advantages to this business are that you’re always working onsomething different, each project gets wrapped up fairly quickly andthere’s no time for tedium.

The Market

Your clients can come from all walks of life, including businesses andnonprofit organizations.

Solicit projects by networking in professionaland trade organizations’especially in fields where you already haveexperience’and by asking for work and/or references from present orformer colleagues and employers. Establish relationships with graphicdesigners, public relations agencies, and printers who can refer theirclients to you.

Needed Equipment

All that’s really necessary is a computer, a laser printer and a faxmachine. You should also have a good word-processing software, and areference library including a heavy-duty dictionary, thesaurus,encyclopedia and style guides.

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Self Publishing Consultant

Know the secrets to self publishing? Help those who want to succeed too.

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Self Publishing Consultant

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Here is your opportunity to help people fulfill their dreams ofbecoming published writers by starting a self-publishing consultingbusiness. Offer your clients numerous services in both print andelectronic formats for nonfiction and fiction books, journals, andshort stories, including proofreading, editing, printing, marketing,and distributing their projects.

Potential clients are not limited topeople who want to write the next Great American Novel, but alsoinclude trainers wanting to write and publish books to use as trainingaids; activists (political, environmental, or any other kind) wantingto write a book to help raise awareness of their causes; corporationswanting to produce a book for customers telling the history of theirbusiness, products, services, and employees; and people wanting towrite books about their family histories or life experiences to give tofriends and family members as gifts. Advertise your services in onlinewriting portals and magazines, join writing associations and groups tonetwork for business, and build alliances with copywriters, bookprinters, editors, and illustrators to capitalize on word-of-mouthreferrals.

The Market

Would-be novelists, people who host training seminars, corporations,and individuals who want to chronicle events in their lives.

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Stock Watch Publication

Use writing and stock market know-how to develop your own publication.

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Stock Watch Publication

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Do you have a publishing background andadvertising sales experience? If so, you can put it to good use bystarting a business that publishes a weekly stock watch report. Thestock watch publication can be distributed free of charge throughoutthe community and feature information and articles on world stockmarkets, publicly-traded companies and, of course, stock tips.

Theinformation featured in the publication can be provided by localinvestment brokers and financial planners. Revenues can be earned byselling advertising space in the publication to stockbrokers, realestate agents, investment advisors and banks to promote their financialproducts and services.

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