101 Businesses You Can Start with Less Than One Thousand Dollars: For Students


Most students have a tough time economically. They have to be at school so they have little time, and the jobs that are available are often low paying. Since most students are looking for work, jobs are very scarce and the competition is fierce. Students face inconvenient hours working mostly in retail, fast food, or doing manual labor.

Detailed in this new book are more than 100 business ideas that can be started for very little money and yet provide the striving student with ...

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Most students have a tough time economically. They have to be at school so they have little time, and the jobs that are available are often low paying. Since most students are looking for work, jobs are very scarce and the competition is fierce. Students face inconvenient hours working mostly in retail, fast food, or doing manual labor.

Detailed in this new book are more than 100 business ideas that can be started for very little money and yet provide the striving student with more money than is being paid by the hour. Many of these businesses can actually be started with less than one hundred dollars and some can really be started with next to nothing. Many can be operated from home.

Starting and managing a business takes motivation and talent. It also takes research and planning. This new book is intended to serve as a roadmap for starting your business. It is both comprehensive and easy to use. It also includes numerous web links for additional information. While providing detailed instruction and examples, the author leads you in developing a winning business plan, structuring the business, handling legal concerns, using proven sales and marketing techniques and pricing formulas, learning how to set up computer systems to save time and money, generating high-profile public relations and publicity, learning low-cost internal marketing ideas and low and no-cost ways to satisfy customers and build sales, learning how to keep bringing customers back, accounting and bookkeeping procedures, as well as thousands of great tips and useful guidelines.

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Table of Contents

Preface     7
Introduction     11
Students and Self-Employment     13
Self-Evaluation     27
Businesses You Can Start for Between {dollar}0 and {dollar}100     43
Businesses You Can Start for Between {dollar}500 and {dollar}1,000     159
Profitable Businesses for Students     211
The Business Plan     225
Establish Your Business     239
Establish a Home Office     251
Get the Word Out     261
Financing Your Business     275
Author Biography & Dedication     285
Index     287
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2008

    Igniting a student's entrepreneurial spirit

    This book is an excellent resource and ignites the passion in those students who want more than just a 'job' it is for those who have that entrepreneurial spirit. Even if you were just tinkering with an entrepreneurial idea, '101 Businesses' walks you through each stage from conception to financing to location, to make your idea a reality. While many young adults possess great business ideas, being an entrepreneur takes courage, ability and belief. '101 Businesses' tackles the hard questions, asking youth to look inside themselves and make sure they are ready to take this self-employment step and all the responsibility that comes along with it. It offers several checklists to determine your level of expertise in sales, organization, accounting and tax preparation - all items that come along with owning your own business. More importantly, '101 Businesses' offers success stories from various business owners who believed in their concept enough to take the plunge into self-employment. These profiles illustrate what challenges each owner had to overcome, as well as what their likes and dislikes are of running their own business. Amidst all of the advice, are pages and pages of businesses students can start for virtually no money up to $1,000. The resources this book provides the young entrepreneur are invaluable and worth the research before they decide to take their idea to the next level.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2008

    I am Ready to begin NOW!

    ¿Anyone who has devotion and drive, a passion for success, and an understanding of business concepts can run a business,¿ according to Heather Shepherd, author of 101 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than One Thousand Dollars ¿ for Students. Then why do so many fail? Inadequate or lack of a well-thought out business plan. But where to begin? Ms. Shepherd demonstrates in her book that the first steps to creating a sound business plan are evaluating your own strengths and weaknesses. She has created check lists where you ascertain what you know and what what you need to learn. She teaches you to create your budget and how to get outside help in evaluating your business ideas. Intermittent case studies allow you to see the information put to work and clarify your understanding. Then the real fun begins. The book contains hundreds of websites that you may contact to start working today. It lists 101 specific businesses you can initiate, their earning potential, level of ease of breaking into the business, and some of the equipment needed to get started. Once you have decided what you want to do, Ms. Shepherd literally leads you step by step through the process of writing your business plan. She lists what may be needed for your home office, for advertising and for getting your storefront up and running. You receive tips and pointers on where and how to get financing. She concludes the book with an entrepreneur's success story, leaving you with everything you need to write one of your very own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2008

    Perfect Book for Anyone With a Dream to Start a Business

    Increasing numbers of people are taking the plunge and setting themselves up in business, so if you¿ve got an idea and the motivation to get started, it¿s very possible to create a successful business. If however you know you¿d like to run a business, but you¿re short on funds and don¿t really know what kind of business it is possible to start up on your own, then this book is going to be worth every cent you paid for it. Aimed at students who want to start a business in order to make an income to support their studies, Heather L. Shepherd¿s book is easy to read, easy to follow and interactive. It doesn¿t just talk about setting up a business as if it¿s something someone else does. Instead this book makes the reader really think about what they want to do. From the opening chapter the book with its self evaluation quizzes and financial planning forms makes the reader seriously consider their suitability for running a business of their own. With honest case studies of people who have started their own business showing what they¿ve done, and what they¿ve learned along the way, the book also gives two sets of possible businesses for readers to consider. The first set are for those who have no or relatively small start-up capital (under $100), and the second set are for those who have a little more (under $1000). Each of the businesses highlighted are a concise guide of what the business would need in terms of start-up such as a general overview, how to get started ¿ including equipment required, advertising tips and further information resources. Along with all of this information there are also chapters covering a more in-depth look at the legal, financial and marketing aspects of running a business. Whether you¿re a student, or a stay-at-home mom, or just someone who is tired of the 9-5 routine working for someone else but don¿t have any spare capital to really sink into a business, this book is a great start to get you thinking about the possibilities out there for creating a business on less than $1000.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    Students as Entrepreneurs

    Who doesn¿t know a college student needing more money? What better way to make additional money than by starting your own business? In ¿101 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than One Thousand Dollars (for students)¿, Heather L. Shepherd outlines various business opportunities for the college student to pursue. Not only does Shepherd list business opportunities for less than five hundred and between five hundred and a thousand dollars, she gives helpful advice on setting up a home office, writing a business plan, and marketing your new business. Shepherd even helps you evaluate why you want to start a business and takes you through the entire process. The success stories included are inspiring as well as informational. I strongly recommend this book to any student looking for lucrative ways to become self-employed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2007

    A must read for all students!

    Well, this book certainly lives up to its promise in the title. This is a must read for any student contemplating any form of self employment. This book is inspiring, realistic, factual, easy to read, and well laid out. The career choices are immense, and some are quite original, eg: astrologer. This book covers a lot of areas and includes lists of organizations throughout each U.S.state where the student can obtain assistance. This book includes a self-evaluation test, the pro¿s and con¿s of self employment, sound advice on advertising, legals, obtaining finance, start up costs, and guidance on starting up. The book contains inspiring success stories that appear realistic. The book also stresses the importance of a sound business plan and gives fine detail on how to implement this. The book is divided into three sections, depending on the available cash of the student to set up a business. An excellent book. A true 5 stars. This reader could not find one fault with this well written and well organized book. A sound investment for any student.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2007

    101 Business

    101 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than One Thousand Dollars For Students By Heather L. Shepard 5 out of 5 stars There are hundreds of books out there that are informative ¿how to¿s¿ for entrepreneurs. I have read countless books that have all given the same message, ¿determination, will-power and courage are what makes a successful business.¿ Often they forget to inform you of the procedures and neglect to educate you on the subject all around. This book by Heather Shepard has honestly been the first book that I would purchase and that would have me actually pursuing a successful business investment. What I really enjoyed about this book is that, unlike the others in the same genre, this book by Heather Shepard gives you a variety of examples of businesses to start. It is also not biased on the topic of entrepreneurship. You are enlightened as to the pro¿s and the con¿s of starting a business and you are educated on factors such as the risks and rewards. Not to mention the numerous success stories. I was amazed to find that the actual financial investment for some business, contrary to what popular opinion and sources say, were not capable of giving you the status of bankruptcy. This book is perfectly organized to help the future business owner. Everything is covered, leaving not one question unanswered. You are taught about everything from health care to being able to have your own proper business plan and establish a successful business. The two main benefits in Heather Shepard¿s book that I find extremely helpful are, one, the chance to get involved and interactive within the book from all of the check list¿s and questionnaire¿s, and two, all of the references and links to other helpful sources that can help guide you in the right direction. This is definitely the ultimate book to educate and enlighten anyone looking to start a successful business.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2007

    A reviewer

    101 Businesses You Can Start with Less than a Thousand Dollars was a great read for the beginning entrepreneur. I was able to get some great ideas on what businesses I could get into, where to start, and where to go for online business resources. This book was also packed with great tips on how to succeed in your chosen business. You don¿t have to be a business student or graduate to be able to understand and use this information the basics of business are covered within the book. I loved the true life success stories included as well as, the checklists on everything from self-evaluation to marketing plans, business finances to start-up procedures. 101 Businesses gave me the information I needed to choose a business, learn what that venture involved and required, and evaluate whether that idea was the right fit for me. It even provided money saving tips on starting a personal business. This book is a great read if you are looking to start working for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007


    101 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than 1000 DollarsFor Students by Heather L. Shepard My grandson is heading off to college with no scholarships, very little money and student loans looming in the distance. Heather L. Shepard¿s book `101 Businesses you can start with less than one thousand dollars for students¿ is truly a great informational book. It is targeted specifically for students in a simple and precise format. It lists the qualifications, the resources, clientele, educational criteria and skills needed. Heather has provided numerous resources, contacts and websites. Heather stresses the importance of a business plan. She details the business plan in great detail. This is in chapter 6 but it should be in chapter 1 due to the importance of the success of your business. The self evaluation is very realistic and informative. It offers three checklists for your new business. Heather offers many hints and advice for the student entrepreneurs. This book should on the list for every student who wishes to make extra money. Heather¿s book details the money one can make at specific professions and also gives a detailed business overview. There is also a chapter on adding a sister business to your established business. Information regarding business license including city, county and state are also listed. Numerous success stories are highlighted in this book. Heather¿s book is motivating, inspiring and filled with resources. Working at home is not as easy as working at your kitchen table. Chapter 8 discusses establishing your home office. Is leasing a storefront right for you? Organization a major role in your business is also addressed in this chapter. A success story about Art Guy Design Inc. states: follow your passion and the money will come. Advice to new business owners from Dana Bell, `Do it. Don¿t be afraid to fail. Fail forward. You succeed just by trying.¿ I give this wonderful book a rating of 5.

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