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Coupon Books

Businesses want more customers, and customers want a bargain. Satisfy the needs of both groups.

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Coupon Books

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

Community coupon books are hot, and startinga business that designs and produces coupon books is a sensational newbusiness endeavor to set in motion. The concept is verystraightforward. Simply secure 50 to 100 businesses throughout thecommunity that would like to be featured in the coupon book free ofcharge.

Of course, the catch is they must be prepared to provideconsumers with a discount on their products or service, either in theform of a percentage or fixed discount on a particular product orservice. Revenues for the business are gained by selling the couponbooks to consumers within the community, and the larger the advertisedsavings the better. Suppose the discounts offered in the coupon bookadd up to a total of $5,000. You would want to advertise that fact bypromoting a coupon book that costs $10, but will save the purchaser$5,000 on products and services they purchase on a regular basis withintheir own community.

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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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Taxi Cab Publication

If you’ve ever been stuck in traffic during a cab ride, then you can probably see the appeal of an in-taxi publication to pass the time. You’ll have plenty of advertising clients who will also want to take advantage of this audience.

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Taxi Cab Publication

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

Starting a taxi cab publication will takesome clever negotiations skills to accomplish, but like any newbusiness venture the effort is generally rewarded financially for thedetermined entrepreneurs that take the initiative.

A taxi cabpublication is simply a daily or weekly two-page paper that isdistributed free of charge for taxi customers to enjoy during theirride. The paper can feature information about the local community, aswell as trivia and games. Revenues are earned by sellingdisplay-advertising space in the paper to local business owners andprofessionals.

Ideally, the business could be formed as a joint venturewith an established printer who can produce the newspaper, while youconcentrate on the marketing and sales aspects of the business. Onceestablished and proven successful, the business could easily beexpanded by a franchise or licensed-to-operate basis nationally.

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Puzzle and Game Books

Combine fun and local advertising by starting a puzzle and game book publication.

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Puzzle and Game Books

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

Here is a great home based desktoppublishing business to activate in any community. Sudoku, trivia,crossword puzzles and word search games are hot, and starting abusiness that creates puzzles and game books combined with couponsfeaturing discounts on products and services provided by localmerchants has the potential to make you rich.

The booklets could besold locally through participating retailers that have advertisementsand discount coupons featured in the book. Additionally, as a method todrive sales and interest in the game booklets, consider establishing analliance with a local charity, wherein a portion of the revenuesgenerated by book sales goes back to support community charity programs.

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