15 Sure-fire businesses (no experience needed) you can start today!
It’s an exciting time to start a business. We’ve rounded up 15 great businesses you can start right now. You don’t need any solid business background or experience to be your own boss.
Are you ready to start your own business? Studies show that most successful entrepreneurs share some key traits. They are usually organized, determined people who have a strong sense of responsibility, are not afraid to make decisions or mistakes, work well with other people and enjoy the art of selling. The folks at Empire State Development, New York, put together these 6 key traits:
Organizational ability: Small business owners must pay strict attention to details, be self-disciplined and use their time efficiently. They must be able to pay attention to employees, customers, sales and expenses — all at the same time. They must be able to pay bills and wages on time and maintain a budget to avoid the roller coaster of having surplus funds one month and a shortage the next. Remember to check al details.
Sense of responsibility: Small business owners are completely responsible for what happens to their business. Long after others have gone home, they may have to stay on the job tending to any number of details — getting books in order, going over inventory, rearranging stock, meeting clients or seeing that repairs are made.
Determination: The most successful small business owners not only want to succeed, they are determined to do so. They have the ability to adjust rapidly to change, learn quickly, recognize and correct mistakes, think creatively, be enterprising and resourceful, handle discouragement and develop favorable solutions to everyday problems. They also realize the importance of taking risks.
Decisiveness: Small business owners must make many decisions, and often make them quickly. Some entrepreneurs come by that ability naturally; others learn through experience. The best decision-makers consider all the choices open to them, use that knowledge judiciously and don’t second-guess themselves once a decision has been made. They realize that making mistakes is part of the process, and they forge ahead with new decisions despite setbacks.
People skills: Small business owners must get along with people, understand their needs and inspire their confidence. They realize that courtesy and understanding are an important part of dealing with customers, suppliers, bankers and others who play a key role in their business.
Marketing: Marketing and selling are a part of operating all businesses, from manufacturing to the service trades. While some people are naturally adept at sales skills, others work hard to develop a sixth sense for marketing know-how and opportunities, taking advantage of the many books, courses and seminars available to them.
You can start small and win big with your own small business. Try to find something you love to do, and figure out a way to get paid to do it. If you do what you love, the money will follow and you’ll never work a day in your ife.
SELL BUFFALO BOB’S EXOTIC JERKY & MEAT SNACKS: Zick’s Specialty Meats, producers of Buffalo Bob’s Snacks, is the culmination of over 40 years experience in Old World sausage and meat preparation techniques that have been passed down through the family generations.
Zick’s started as a small specialty store and butcher shop in St. Joseph, Michigan. With the knowledge of Old World sausage makers, we brought the traditional European sausage and meat preparation techniques to the predominately German population in the area. The taste of old Europe was a great success in St. Joe and demand grew.
The trade secrets have been kept and expanded upon to create remarkably tasty and healthy snack products. The unique taste treat is assured because of our commitment to using only the highest quality ingredients with no fillers or extenders.
You can become a distributor for their products. Contact The Zick Family by calling 888-245-3759 or visit www.buffalobobssnacks.com. The company is located in Berrien Springs, MI.
PERSONALIZED MUSIC & GIFTS: FRIENDLY SONGS: You can start a business as a dealer for Friendly Songs. The company makes personalized music CDs and singing stuffed animals. The products are perfect for sale in a work-at-home situation, from websites, gift kiosks, flea market stalls, eBay and many other outlets. Visit the website www.FriendlySongs.com to learn more about the business opportunity, or call 803-485-1544.
BECOME A CRUISE SPECIALIST: The cruise industry is the most exciting vacation category in the United States and Canada. Its average rate of growth has been far greater than any other category in the Travel Industry. Currently, cruising is a $23 Billion industry, still with even more possibilities in the future. By tying in with Cruises Inc. you can become a cruise vacation specialist. You won’t be an employee of the company, but your own boss.
You’ll earn up to 100% commission on the sales of vacation packages and work on your own schedule from the comfort of your home. Whether you are a work-at-home mom, getting ready for retirement or anywhere in between, Cruises Inc. offers you the flexibility to work when you want. As Independent Vacation Specialist, commissions start at 60% and can be as high as 100%. Have fun, make money.
Distributors leisure travel, World Travel Holdings (WTH) was co-founded in 2005 by Brad and Jeff Tolkin, who share more than 50 years of combined expertise as operating executives in the travel industry.
The beginning of the WTH story starts with the end of another. For more than two decades, the Tolkins owned and operated Travel Impressions. From its start in 1974, they built the company into one of the nation’s most profitable, privately held travel wholesalers.
During this time, they also operated prestigious brands like Pan American Holidays, Eastern Vacations, Continental Airlines Vacations, and Virgin Atlantic Vacations. In 1992, they acquired Empress Travel, the retail travel agency giant, and grew the company from 44 to 104 store locations in six years. In 1998, the Tolkins sold their portfolio of brands to American Express, but it wouldn’t be long before the brothers would return to the travel industry with a renewed passion and vision.
On July 12, 2006, WTH more than doubled in size with the acquisition of National Leisure Group (NLG), the owner of Cruises Inc., the largest home-based network of independent cruise agents in the United States. They also acquired Rooms.com, a powerful booking engine providing a worldwide selection of hotel accommodations.
Q: What are the fees?
A: $249 Enrollment Fee for Virtual Training and $449 for Classroom Training -This fee is due when you sign the Cruises Inc. agreement and enroll in our program and it includes the following:
Earn up to 100% Commission; Reg-istration for a week-long Training Class ; Use of the Cruises Inc. Brand Name (on an approved basis); Five Personalized Cruises Inc. Websites; Full Corporate HQ, back office and customer support ;CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) and IATAN (International Air Transport Association) Credentials; Web-Based CRM, Reservation, and Financial System – Cruise Control; Complete Intranet Virtual Headquarters – Business Center; Access to Web Based Marketing Programs; Errors & Omissions Liability Insurance ($1,000,000); Toll-Free Ongoing Professional Support.
To learn more visit www.sellcruises.com or call 877-515-3470.
BUILD A CLEANING BUSINESS WITH HELP FROM VON SCHRADER: For more than 75 years, the Von Schrader Company has been helping people realize their dream of being financially secure as an independent business owner. When you decide to become an Associate, you’ll get everything you need to start a profitable cleaning business. Not only all of the equipment and materials required, such as easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, but also a vast assortment of sales-building, business-building ideas at absolutely no additional cost to you. The company’s website has lots of information on the startup business opportunity package.
Here are some of the characteristics of starting and running a Von Schrader cleaning business:
A service everyone needs or wants; Demand for the service is repetitive; Unlimited growth opportunity; No overhead (work out of your home); Set your own hours; hire help only as needed; Everything you earn would be yours (no fees, dues or royalties); No special skills, education or experience needed; You receive free training and counsel; Your investment would be unbelievably small; Your equipment would be the finest; Great return on your investment.
Von Schrader entrepreneurs now run cleaning businesses in 52 countries and the company has plenty of “made in the U.S.A. pride.” According to the company, “With just a few exceptions, all Von Schrader machine parts and electrical motors are manufactured by our own company employees in Racine, Wisconsin. To ensure the highest level of product integrity, we also develop and manufacture all the Von Schrader cleaning products at our factory.”
For more information call 800-626-6916 or visit them at www.VonSchrader.com
CREATE AND MARKET BUTTONS & BADGES: For 40 years Badge-A-Minit has led the industry in the development of faster, better, easier button-making at home or the office. You can get started with your own button and badge making business for only $29.95. You can also make and sell magnets, key chains, and photo buttons that are perfect for flea markets, craft fairs, and tourist attractions.
A wide variety of customers use buttons and badges including: clubs, community organizations, businesses, fundraisers, churches, sports teams, etc. The possibilities are endless. You can also increase your earning potential by becoming a distributor of the Badge-A-Minit products.
To get started visit the website www.badgeaminit.com or call 800-223-4103. Request their free catalog.
RENT A FUN MOJO PHOTO BOOTH: A photo booth is a recession-proof opportunity. There will always be weddings, celebrations and parties that want to rent a photo booth for their guests and offer a wonderful and fun keepsake of the event.
The booths have a six-figure earning potential and require only a 15-minute set-up. They fit in any passenger car for transport. The booth can be customized with green screen and video technology, too. and can include a touch screen video set-up with an integrated iPod speaker system. This is a $42 billion a year industry that serves more than 2 million weddings a year. Call the folks at Mojo at 888-484-MOJO (6656) or visit the website
www.mojophotobooth.com to learn more.
SELL FOOD PRODUCTS FROM A CART —OR—BUILD THE CARTS FOR OTHERS: We’ve all seen the hot dog vendors cashing in at fairs, community events, parades, sports fields and more. You can tie-in with BuildACart.com and learn how to build your own food vending cart for yourself—or for others. You’ll create your own cart at a fraction of the price the vending cart would cost if you bought it from a supplier. The company will help you every step of the way. Visit www.BuildACart.com or learn about the free training the company offers at www.LearnHotDogs.com
SELL AD SPECIALTY PRODUCTS FROM KAESER & BLAIR: You can tie-in with a company that has a history of more than one hundred years. Kaeser & Blair has a dealer program that will help you establish your own business selling advertising specialty products. According to the company: “Our foundation was built over a century ago in 1894, during the administration of Grover Cleveland. A small printing company, Cincinnati Printing and Paper Products Co., opened its doors at 200 West 8th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. The company was a division of a Northern Kentucky printing company dating back to the 1850’s. In 1923, two paper salesmen, Dutch Kaeser and Bill Blair, negotiated to purchase the assets and stock and incorporated the name Kaeser & Blair, Inc. In 1925 Dutch and Bill expanded their sales efforts by inaugurating a new and revolutionary method of marketing called, “Direct Selling”. That is selling its paper products, by mail, exclusively through a national network of independent sales persons. The sales person would write the order and receive a commission on the sale. This revolutionary marketing strategy remains the “heart” of our business today, as we continue to market exclusively through independent sales professionals.
“Kaeser and Blair flourished even during the depression. We are proud that we never missed sending a single commission check. In fact, corporate minutes reflect Dutch Kaeser met his payroll with cash during the ‘bank holiday’ that ignited the 1929 depression. During that era Dutch Kaeser proclaimed, ‘There is, I feel, no nobler, more secure endeavor than providing business with the means to attract and keep the patronage of their customers. We are in the business of building business’. A statement that is still accurate and noteworthy to this very day. New items such as imprinted pencils, book matches and other unique printed products were introduced to the market by Kaeser and Blair.”
In 1946 Dutch Kaeser’s two entrepreneurial sons, Dick and John, decided to give the printing business a try and started their own corporation, Kaeser Incorporated. Their relationship was perfect. Dick pounded the streets all day selling, while brother John ran the shop. In 1951, Bill Blair retired from Kaeser and Blair selling his shares to Dutch. Dutch reached an agreement with his sons, and in 1954 a merger between Kaeser Incorporated and Kaeser and Blair was complete. The three continued to build the business, implementing a solid business strategy for direct marketing through independent contractor sales people. The company continued to grow and prosper and today the 3rd Generation of Kaeser Family Leadership, is run by Christy Kaeser and Kurt Kaeser.
Visit the website www.kaeser-blair.com or call the company headquarters at 800-642-0790 to learn more about how you can get started selling their products on a part-time or full-time basis.
START A MEDALERT BUSINESS: MED-Alert™ makes personal emergency medical information available using today’s technology, storing information on a compact digital memory device. It gives emergency service professionals or police officers with a laptop computer instant access to emergency information which is critical to timely and accurate emergency treatment.
You record the personal medical information from the completed customer form on the special MEDAlert™ device and provide updates for your customers. This is a great home business.
Is MEDAlert an independent business opportunity or a franchise?
The MEDAlert™ Business Startup kit is a product offered for starting your own independent business. You’ll completely own your business and keep 100% of your profits. Innovative Software provides a complete set of materials and step by step instructions to make the startup process very easy. You will also receive the special MEDAlert™ memory devices preloaded with unique electronic form at wholesale prices to allow business owners to maximize their profits.
Are there any ongoing fees?
No. The startup kit price is a one-time charge and includes a complete set of materials and starter-pack of MEDAlert™ memory devices. MEDAlert supplies startup kit customers with additional MEDAlert memory devices at a wholesale cost of $9.95 each.
Do I need any experience to start a business offering MEDAlert™?
The MEDAlert™ Business Startup kit was created with simplicity in mind. You don’t need any experience other than basic computer skills. The company support staff is available to answer any questions and provide any support needed.
What exactly would I do?
As an independent professional, you’ll serve the people of your community by providing a service which provides protection, convenience and peace of mind. Using the simple step by step instructions in your startup kit, you’ll input the information provided by clients after they complete the provided form. You’ll utilize the special quick entry electronic form which is pre-loaded on each MEDAlert™ device to secure the information and make it read only after your updates are completed. All of the materials, forms and instructions are provided to make the process very simple.
As a new business owner, how do I get customers?
Your business startup kit includes a complete set of marketing materials so you’ll be ready to start getting business right away. The complete marketing package includes a professional brochure, focused sell sheets for seniors, family & children plus print ads, letters, website content and a press release. All materials are provided digitally so you can easily customize to add your business name and contact information.
The partnership guide included explains how you can form relationships with other businesses and organizations to provide your brochure and get referrals. Daycares, schools, doctors, and other local businesses are excellent sources which can provide a steady stream of referrals. These partners are happy to promote MEDAlert™ because they can benefit by having up to date medical information readily available.
For more information, contact: Innovative Software, LLC., 93 Main Street, PO Box 365, Hebron, CT 06248.
Phone: 860-228-4144 Email General Questions: They will be happy to help you learn more info@MEDAlertBusiness.com
WRAP UP PROFITS WITH OCCASION-OGRAPHY: You’ve seen them create excitement at weddings, graduations, fundraisers, showers, and holidays and in business settings—now you can be a part of the customized wrap industry. You can tie in with Occasionography and they will help you establish your own custom wrapped business for personalizing candy bars, mints, water bottles and much more. All you need is a PC and you are ready to launch!
Visit them at www.wrapperprofits.com to learn more.
SET UP A BBQ CLEANING BUSINESS: There are neglected barbeque all over the United States waiting for you to come in and clean them up. You can start a BBQ Cleaning venture with help from The BBQ Cleaner. You can run this business on a part-time or weekend basis and grow it into a full-time empire. Set your own schedule. The company will help you learn their patent pending cleaning system and will provide you with the marketing materials you can use to succeed in this business. Visit www.thebbqcleaner.com or call the company at 888-296-8368.
LITTLE JIMMY’S ITALIAN ICES & PUSH CARTS: Who doesn’t love an Italian ice from a cute little pushcart? Little Jimmy’s is a perfect business that you can start quickly for less than $4300.
The products contain no fat or dairy, no cholesterol and no high fructose corn syrup. The cart features easy transport via most mini vans or SUV’s and the clever technology of this particular cart requires no electricity or dry ice. Plan now for the summer by contacting the website: www.ITALIANICE.net or call the company at 800-763-4348. Take a walk about your community and see what locations would be perfect for your new cart business.
DESIGN WEBSITES FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 75% of all small businesses do not have a website. That’s a market that is waiting to be tapped. You can start a business developing websites for others. Don’t know how to program and can’t seem to get the hang of code, you say? Don’t worry, you can tie in with 1and1 Internet Inc. and use their templates, high-quality layouts that are optimized for many
industries, photos, fonts and customized designs and type to get a client’s website built and hosted in less half an hour. And, if you are a small business owner and don’t have a website, you can get a domain name, host it at 1and1 Internet and use their web tools, apps, SEO expertise and much, much more.
This is an easy way to get your existing business online or to launch a company helping others create websites for their ventures.
You can visit www.1and1.com to learn more or call the company at 877-461-2631.
MARKET & INSTALL MIRAGE WATER-LESS GRASS: The busy homeowner or landlord of the apartment complex doesn’t want to waste time, energy or water on growing grass. That’s made waterless grass products such an in-demand item. There is no mowing, no fertilizing, no chemicals, no seeding and irrigation required.
You can sell and install the Mirage Waterless Grass product to commercial and residential customers and also add on the company’s putting green product to your roster of offerings.
To learn more about how to get started, visit www.WGDealer.com or call the company headquarters at 702-368-1412.
PERSONALIZED PRODUCTS: A low startup of $249 will get you rolling in the personalized products industry. You tie in with Personal Touch Products and they will provide you with a business opportunity package that will enable you to create a wide variety of personalized products from plaques and clocks to family crests and keepsakes.
You don’t need expensive equipment and can use your existing computer. Make your first product in less than two minutes. There are gifts for every occasion and you can easily run this business from home.
Visit Personal Touch Products website at www.personaltouchproducts.com or call 909-596-1166 to learn more.
Now that you’ve had a chance to read about some hot businesses to start,
consider these additional tips and strategies on starting your own business. What type of business is best for you to start? There are several options to consider when deciding what kind of business to undertake. You can sell a product or a service or a combination of the two. You can purchase a new business or an existing one, and run it by yourself or a partner. Whatever you ultimately decide, it is important to take the time to examine all the choices.
Don’t limit yourself but you might be more comfortable in choosing a field in which you have some prior knowledge. If you go into a business that is completely unfamiliar, you will be competing with experienced professionals who already know things it may take you years to learn. There are probably some businesses you can start almost immediately, provided you have sufficient capital, but others will require that you complete months or even years of training.
Hobbies can really payoff. Prior experience is important, but do not neglect your personal interests. Initially, you are likely to be working 10 to 15 hours a day, five to seven days a week to make your operation a success. With the business taking up that much of your life, it is important for your mental and physical health that you like what you are doing. Investigate the long-term outlook for the industries that interest you. Look for opportunities in businesses where expansion can be expected.
Look for information on what businesses are doing well. Surveys by trade groups, government and other reputable organizations are a good place to find businesses that are ripe for development. As you look at different businesses, consider consumer needs you can fill. You should make sure there is a market for your products and services before you commit. Stay away from overcrowded fields. While many fields may offer good opportunities in general, too many businesses that offer the same thing in the same area may be a prescription for failure. Survey the people who are likely to be your customers to find out what they want and how much they are willing to pay. This may be as simple as questioning friends and acquaintances or as sophisticated as a selective telephone inquiry.
Consider buying a business opportunity package but only if it makes sense financially. You may find an attractive business opportunity but discover that you do not have enough money to make it work. If that is the case, keep looking. A business is practical only if you have sufficient capital to keep it going until the profits are adequate to support the business. Finally, get a feel for the business and social climates in the community where you will set up your operation. Talk with local business people and professionals, including bankers, lawyers and real estate brokers. Contact or consider joining the chamber of commerce and other business associations before you start your operation.
How do you know if you have a good idea for a business? How can you be sure?
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has put together 3 criteria for a successful business. You should be able to answer “yes” to at least one of the following: Does the product/service business serve a presently unmet need in your community?
Does the product/service serve an existing market in which demand exceeds supply? Can the product/service successfully compete with existing businesses catering to the same market niche?
To help you get organized, write a business plan. A business plan will help organize all aspects of running the venture. It will help you answer all of the questions you need to in order to start your business with confidence.The business plan should contain: a summary of what your business is; a brief outline on how you plan to sell this product or service; an overview on who your customer is; a budget; a financing plan; a strategy for getting publicity and generating interest in your product or service.
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