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Community Website

Bring your local flavor to the web for all to see.

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Community Website

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

Not all small business owners andprofessionals have the time, ability or inclination to build, maintainand regularly update a website. But at the same time many would stilllike to have some sort of presence on the web.

Therein lies theopportunity for internet-savvy entrepreneurs: Develop, maintain andmarket a community-based website, featuring local news and information,as well as participating businesses and professionals. Each businessthat joins would receive one or more web pages within the site toadvertise, promote and even sell their products and services, alongwith a web address extension, private e-mail, and a host of additionalweb and commerce features. Think of it as a bricks-and-mortar mall, butin virtual space.

You can charge each participating business a monthlyfee membership that includes fixed services, and additional fees forpremium services such as content updating and web tools specific tothat business. Promote the community web site locally with fliers,print advertisements in newspapers and with the use of advertisingspecialties. Offer clients a noncompetition clause to entice them tojoin. This means one car dealer, one roofer, one clothing retailer, onechiropractor and so on. Community websites are truly a win-win-winsituation. Participating businesses win by getting a fully functioningand regularly updated site for a fraction of what it would costindividually. Community residents win by getting news and informationspecific to their area, along with convenient online access to productsand services offered by community businesses. And you win by building asuccessful and profitable business.

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Press Release Service

With up to 700,000 businesses being started each year, a press release service is in high demand.

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Press Release Service

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

More than 700,000 new businesses are startedeach year in the United States. This fact creates and incredibleopportunity for the innovative entrepreneur to capitalize by starting apress release service. A press release is simply a document thatincludes information about a new business enterprise or newsworthyinformation about an existing business, including expansion plans, newsales contracts, etc.

A press release basically serves two purposes.The first is to inform the general public is new or established. Thesecond purpose of a press key to success in this type of writingservice is to establish and maintain an excellent contact base withinthe media. Beyond your press writing abilities, business owners willpay top dollar to get their business information into the hands of aservice that can get a press release printed, seen, talked about, andheard.

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Restaurant Placemats

Put designing capabilities to use on restaurant placemats.

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Restaurant Placemats

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

Like restaurant menus, many restaurantowners are more than happy to have community businesses featured ontheir table placemats in exchange for receiving the placemats for free.Here is how the business works.

Assume that a busy 50-seat restaurantwould use 200 paper placemats each day or approximately 6,000 permonth, and the cost to print 6,000 black and white placemats on colorpaper would be around 10 cents each, or a total of $600.

Furthermore,the placemats would feature 16 business card-sized displayadvertisements around the outside of the placemat, while the inside ofthe placemat would feature trivia questions. Charging local merchants amere 1.5 cents per advertisement, per placemat would generate totalsales of $1,440 per restaurant each month, or a gross profit of $840.Now times that by ten restaurants, and you would have a great littleadvertising business generating sales in excess of $100,000 per year.

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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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