Monday, August 5, 2013

5 Startup Ideas for Your Own Small, Home-Based Business

Vacation times are meant for much-needed recharging and resting. However, productivity should not stop when everything else seems to come to a halt. Why not take the opportunity to add new skills and knowledge to turn productive ideas into fruitful endeavors, like starting and running your own business.

This summer, you need not spend big on business books or enroll in a crash business course. Here are great business starter references you can check out online – from traditional home-based businesses to service-based vocations and other fresh additional income ideas.  Stock up on easy, simple and quick to-do guides to start building your very own business empire.

1. Home-Based Businesses 

Over half of all U.S. businesses are based out of the owner’s home, and some of the biggest corporations today started out as small home-based businesses, like Apple Computer, Ford Motors and Mary Kay. This article is a good primer for the future business owner, offering step-by-step guides on how to prepare, plan and start a small home business.

Guides include practical pre-opening reminders (consisting of simple to do yet useful self-assessment tools) that will help you determine if you are ready to take on the business owner role, no matter how small it is at first. The guide moves to details on important phases of rolling out your plan, from starting and financing to marketing your small business. It also include pertinent information like filing taxes for your small home business.

2. 10 Legitimate Businesses You Can Start for Under $20

An additional income stream is always welcome, especially if you have spare time and some talent and practical skills to create something marketable. This article presents 10 possible new businesses to consider that someone with basic entrepreneurial spirit can pull off with just $20 or less as start-up capital.

Each entry on the list is expounded by general information on what it is about, the skills it entail and how to jumpstart it in a small scale. There are smart marketing ideas supporting each list plus suggestions on where to allocate the $20 seed fund to spark the profits. The article also cautions readers about falling into small home-based business scams that ask for advance purchases of starter kits, supplies or promotional materials.

3. 106 Business Ideas: Service Businesses