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: $2,500 - $4,000

Potential earnings: $15,000 - $45,000

Advertising: Ads and/or column on retirement planning in local publications; radio appearances; referrals from family, friends, business acquaintances, and social workers; Yellow Pages; newsletters sent to all who inquire or use your services; networking with business associates.

Equipment needed: Home office set up for receiving clients, telephone and answering system, computer with word processing and desktop publishing software for writing up reports, promotional materials, testimonials from satisfied clients, portfolio.

With many social programs in jeopardy (or facing a dire forecast), retirement planning may be in for overnight growth. As a retirement life planner, you can offer referrals to financial experts, home health care providers, types of senior housing and living, career counseling for those wanting to start a business or go back to school, insurance specialists, investment counselors, and help with any other concerns your clients have in planning their retirement years.

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

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