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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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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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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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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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