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Home Based Business On A Shoestring—Or Even A Thread!

Starting a stay at home based business doesn’t always require a great deal of money to get up and running.  In fact, often you can start a stay at home based business without any money at all.  So don’t let lack of funds keep you from realizing your dream of having your own home based business.

Because often all you need to have a home based business are your special skills and talents.  For instance, do you know your way around a computer? Then your home based business could be to offer computer tutoring, because believe it or not, many people still think reboot means to put your boots on again and that a search is something you do when you’ve lost something.  You can post flyers or posters at the local library and branches to advertise your computer tutoring service.  Daycares and schools are also good places to get the news out about your home based business computer tutor service because many parents want their children to learn how to use a computer correctly. 

Another home based business that’s cost little to nothing to start is a garage and attic cleaning company.  The great thing about this is that not only do you get paid for doing something most people hate (which ensures you’ll have lots of customers!), but often you can also pick up treasures that you can resell at garage sales or online auctions.  And as people today get busier and busier, the demand for this service is increasing faster than you can say trash—and people willing to pay big bucks for the service.  This is a great home based business to have if you get a lot of satisfaction from getting things in order and like physical labor. 

Personal errand or personal concierge services are becoming the hottest home based businesses going these days.  People just don’t have time to go to the cleaners and do their own grocery shopping.  They’ll gladly pay someone, and pay them well, to do these chores and others like them so they’re not as stressed.  Some of your best customers will be parents whose children are involved in a lot of extracurricular activities because they’re some of the most time-strapped people of all.   Put up some posters at little league fields, dance schools, daycares, schools and similar places to advertise your home based business.

If you want a home based business where you will be able to stay at home rather than be out and about, consider becoming a freelance writer or proofreader.  The demand for this type of home based business service has increased dramatically in the last two years as more and more businesses are outsourcing this sort of work.  There are also websites like Elance and Guru where businesses post writing and editing jobs that you can bid on.  You will have to pay a subscription fee in order to bid, but there are several levels and payment options available.  You can also approach businesses and publishing companies directly and provide them with a portfolio or samples of your work.  This can be a fun home based business to have and also one that has a great deal of growth potential if you’re especially talented with words or have eagle eyes when it comes to typos.

And if you’re a person who loves planning events, then a home based business as an event or wedding planner just might be perfect for you.  Home based businesses of this type are another popular trend right now, and you can earn you a much larger income than you might expect.  You’ll do better in a home based business like this if you specialize in planning one type of event and become an expert at it rather than spread yourself too thin, trying to be all things to all people.  Wedding planners, for example, can stay extremely busy and earn good money planning only weddings—as much as $3000 per wedding in many cases.  There are books that will teach you all you need to know, and there’s also software available to guide you and to keep track of the details.

There are many other types of home based businesses that are simple and inexpensive to start.  The main thing to do when selecting the home based business you want is to focus on your skills and what you like to do.  Passion plays an important part in making a stay a home job or business successful.  To keep your costs down, think of the tools and equipment, like a computer or truck, that you already own—then put it to work for your own home based business!

Charles Fuchs

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Copyright © 2006, Charles Fuchs, President of Vision Management Enterprise Inc., is an established online marketer who specializes in helping people start their very own Work at Home Based Business.

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