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 - $600

Potential earnings: $5,000 - $100,000+

Advertising: Small classified ads in hobby, children's, and home decorating magazines, and on the Internet.

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

Sell, principally by mail, patterns for sewing stuffed dolls, animals, toys and other figures for children's play or for decorative elements in home or office. These patterns are drawn on lightweight paper and are easy to ship by mail. You can start a whole line of children's or decorative figures. With such a line you can build repeat business from your mailing list. Such patterns are anti-recessionary -- that is, during bad times people tend to spend more time at home because they don't have the money to go out. So they buy patterns to help them make toys and other figures at low cost.

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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