An Idea for a Small Business You Can Start
Start-up costs range $50 to $500,000+, earnings $5,000 to $2,000,000++, skills from knowing nothing to running an airline. Bon appetit!
Start-up cost: $3,000 - $5,000
Potential earnings: $20,000 - $35,000 for an individual; $50,000+ if you have others working for you.
Advertising: Word-of-mouth referrals, doctor's offices, ads in parenting publications. Contact midwives and childbirth instructors; talk to parents' and mothers' support groups.
Equipment needed: Telephone with answering service, cellular phone and pager, dependable transportation, brochures and business cards.
Qualifications: 40 hours of certification coursework; education in postpartum conditions, breast-feeding, first aid; experience and/or training in obstetric nursing and counseling.
WHAT YOU DO
Some doulas are also midwives and experienced labor companions. They will give constant support through the labor and birth process as well as later during the period of adjustment at home with the family. Some areas of the country (and some physicians) are more receptive to this personal service business than others.
Excerpted with permission from "More 101 Best Home-Based Businesses for Women" by Priscilla Y. Huff. Published by Prima Publishing. For more on this and 100 other great businesses you can start, Buy the book now or ask for it at your favorite bookstore. You can also call (800) 632-8676 www.primapublishing.com
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