Homemade Money, Starting Smart!: How to Turn Your Talents, Experience, and Know-How into a Profitable Homebased Business That's Perfect for You!


The ultimate idea book and business generator for people who want to earn money from home. With an emphasis on how to begin with practically no money at all, this book explains how to turn existing talents, experience and know-how into a profitable business.

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The ultimate idea book and business generator for people who want to earn money from home. With an emphasis on how to begin with practically no money at all, this book explains how to turn existing talents, experience and know-how into a profitable business.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871319982
  • Publisher: M. Evans & Company
  • Publication date: 8/15/2003
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Section I
1 Overview of the Work-at-Home Industry 1
What Will You Call Yourself?
Entrepreneurial Moms and Dads
Home Businesses Then and Now
The Importance of Trends
The Restructuring of the Workforce
Who's Working at Home and Why
2 Homework Myths, Scams, and Unprofitable Ideas 17
Work-at-Home Misconceptions
Mail Order "Get Rich" Schemes
Work-at-Home/Home-Business "Opportunities"
Scams Against Business Owners
Ten Money-Making Ideas That Violate Copyright Law
The Celebrity Rights Act
3 Assessing Your Personal Situation 43
Are You a Good Home-Business Candidate?
Your Opportunities for Learning
Why Business May Fail
Identifying Special Skills and Talents
Why People Avoid "Business"
Why People Fear Success
Is Something Holding You Back?
Home-Business Pros and Cons
"Self-Employed Individuals" vs. "Entrepreneurs"
Taking a Chance on Yourself
Why Businesses May Fail
Overcoming Your Fear of the Unknown
4 Selecting the Right Type of Business for You 69
Two Basic Kinds of Business
Arts and Crafts Businesses
Product-Oriented Businesses
Service-Oriented "At-Home" Businesses
Service-Oriented "From-Home" Businesses
Mail Order Businesses
Direct Sales Businesses
MLM/Network Marketing
Home-Business Franchises
5 Brainstorming the Perfect Home Business Idea 93
Read, Listen, and Observe
Keeping Technology in Mind
Find a Need and Fill It
Do What You Love
Build on What You Know and Do Best
Making Money in the Country
Country Businesses Idea Checklist
Starting a Business on the World Wide Web
Change Is Part of the Picture
6 Profiting from Your Special Expertise and Know-How 117
Writing for Money and Recognition
Profits from Publishing
Money in Your Mouth
Teaching Others What You Know
Offering Your Knowledge Through Consulting
7 Positioning Yourself for Success 135
To Be Legal or Not--That Is the Question
Selecting a Business Name
Projecting a Professional Image
Developing a Mindset for Business and Financial Success
8 Planning Your Moves 149
Writing a Business Plan
Your Financial Plan
The Many Hats of Business
Doing Market Research
Outline for a Simple Marketing Plan
Home-Business Start-Up Checklist
9 Developing Necessary Printed Materials 167
Designing Your Own Printed Materials
Business Card Design and Copy Tips
Brochure Design Considerations
A Crash Course in Working with Printers
10 Pricing Guidelines for Business Beginners 177
The Value of Your Time
Buying Materials Wholesale
Bringing Overhead Into the Picture
How to Quote a Job
Pricing Formulas for Product Sellers
Industry Pricing Guidelines
11 Learning to Use the Latest Computer Technology 195
The Computer's Role in Your Business
Learning Later in Life
Your Computer Learning Option
Analyzing Your Current Computer System
Software Considerations
The Personal Benefits of Computer Ownership
12 Maintaining Control 211
Blending Business into Your Personal Lifestyle
Working Around--and with--Your Children
Time Management Tips
Organizational and Stress Management Strategies
Talking to Yourself
Sources of Help and Encouragement
Epilogue 229
Section II
A-to-Z "Crash Course" in Home Business Basics 235
Other Resources 313
Books 313
Home Business Small Business Organizations 319
Support Networks on the Web 320
Selected Web Sites with Good Content 320
Book Contributors 326
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