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Home Office Resource Guide

Working from home can be isolating. Help home workers thrive with a specialized guide.

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Home Office Resource Guide

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

Are you looking to start a business that canbe set in motion with a minimal capital investment, operated from ahome office and has the potential to be expanded across North Americaover a very short period of time with unlimited income potential? Ifso, perhaps starting a community resource guide for home based businessowners and home based employees is the right business venture for you.

The business is very straightforward: Simply design a resource guidethat features information on local services, products and associationsthat’ll be of benefit to home based employees and business owners. Theresource guide can be published on a semiannual or annual basis and canbe supported by two different revenue streams. The first source ofrevenue for the community home based business owner resource guide isgenerated by way of advertising sales. Local companies can purchaseadvertising space in the resource guide in the format of an eighth of apage, a quarter of a page or a full-page advertisement.

The secondsource of revenue for the resource guide is by way of sales of theguide. Currently, similar small business resource books are selling inthe range of $25 to $50 each. The guide can be sold through localbusiness associations as well as on a wholesale basis to localretailers. Additional revenue for this type of business can be gainedby also starting or implementing a chapter of a home based businessassociation currently not represented in your community. Overall, thisbusiness will take careful planning and research to establish; however,the rewards both personally and financially can be worth the effort.

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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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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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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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