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: $300 - $900

Potential earnings: $12,000 - $100,000+

Advertising: Classified and space ads in newspapers, magazines, and the Internet.

Equipment needed: Desk, phone, typewriter, fax, PC.

Conduct public lectures on subjects you know well. These subjects could be in any number of fields such as business, hobbies, religion, personal relations, sports, etc. You give your lectures -- which can run from one hour to two hours -- in a public meeting place such as a hotel, motel, conference center, etc. Attendees pay a fee either personally or through the company. In some instances, there is no attendance fee. Instead, you rely on back-of-the-room sales of books, tapes, kits, calculators, computer software, and other materials.

Excerpted with permission from "199 Great Home Businesses You Can Start (and Succeed In) for Under $1,000" by Tyler G. Hicks. Published by Prima Publishing. For more on this and 198 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

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