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While the economy is bouncing back, it doesn’t mean you have to risk a great deal of money to start your own small business. If you are employed, this is a great time to consider starting a small business. You can start on a part-time basis and while enjoying whatever benefits your job has to offer. Build a small business on a part-time basis and pocket extra income every weekend, or go for the gold by starting your own full-time venture. Even if you don’t have a lot of startup funds you can launch a business right at home. We’ve got a lot of hot businesses to start-up now.
Marsha Sinetar wrote the groundbreaking 1989 book, “Do What You Love and The Money Will Follow.” This book outlined the basic tenant for starting a business. Find out what you love to do, and figure out a way to get paid for it. As you consider starting your own business, make sure you factor passion into your startup plans.
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Take a look at your community. Is there a business that needs to be started? If you already have a job, you can test the small business waters with a shoestring start-up without leaving the comfort and security of a steady paycheck and perhaps even nice medical benefits. Visit our website at www.sbomag.com to learn about other business opportunities and even low-cost franchise ideas. You will also find tips and suggestions on how to find the business that is just perfect for you
Conduct your own due diligence research; you might find that there is already a business that caters to your proposed market. Analyze the existing business. Could you do complete the task faster? Cheaper? Better? If after careful analysis, the answer is ‘yes’ than you should prepare to take on the competition.
Use the Internet to do research on any topic quickly and easily from the comfort of your own home or the local public library. Do a search online to look for business ideas and inspiration. We have 15 business categories for you to consider. Use this list as a springboard to finding and launching your dream business.
1. INVENTORY SERVICE: We’ve seen a lot of natural disasters in the past decade from hurricanes, floods, natural gas explosions and fires. In order for homeowners, apartment renters and business owners to receive the insurance money they’ve invested in over the years, they need to document their belongings. How many do not have adequate backup in the way of photos, digital video files and lists of valuables with organized receipts? Sadly, this group is the perfect target market for an Insurance Inventory Service.
You can start this business on your own with a laptop computer, a video camera, a camera and a great sense of organization.
You book appointments with homeowners, renters and business owners and come in and document everything they have. You review and compile receipts for valuables room by room, and then present a report to your client with a duplicate copy for them to store.
If you want backup to help you start this inventory business, visit www.HomeJournalBusiness.com. This company will help you establish the home based business documenting personal property on a full-time or part-time basis. They offer a startup kit to help you get started.
The company provides step-by-step instructions, a quick-start guide, software, free software updates, marketing materials, print ads, press releases, business letters, business forms, ongoing support and a monthly newsletter to keep you plugged in.
2. MAKE & SELL YOUR CRAFTS: Do you make jewelry, picture frames, knit scarves, or other unique craft? Do your friends and family tell you that you should be selling your craft work instead of just giving it away during holiday gift time?
Have you ever considered turning your hobby of crafting and art making into a paid job? Well using the selling platform Etsy, you can create your own online shop and sell your products to people all over the world.
Learn the basics of creating your own shop, making it as a business, and helping it to grow so you can live your dream of crafting full-time. You can make your crafts and market them online.
Etsy is a vibrant community of 30 million buyers and creative businesses. With a free store at Etsy, you can grow your brand with a wealth of new customers and promotional tools and engage with knowledgeable sellers and experts in Etsy Teams and Online Labs.
There are no membership fees with Etsy. It costs $0.20 to list an item for 4 months, or until it sells. Once you sell your item Etsy will collect a 3.5% fee on the sale price.
What can you sell? Etsy provides a marketplace for crafters, artists and collectors to sell their handmade creations, vintage goods (at least 20 years old), and both handmade and non-handmade (“commercial”) crafting supplies. Take a tour of the site.
How do you pick a username and shop name? On Etsy, you are represented two different ways: by your username or full name (if you choose to provide one) and by your shop name. If you sign up to sell on Etsy, your default shop name will be your username. While not necessary, adding a shop name will allow you to promote your shop using its unique name and to redirect your buyers to your shop by this name. When you add your shop name, your username remains unchanged.
Visit www.etsy.com to see examples of what’s being sold in this global marketplace and to learn more about how to create your own shop and start selling your wares.
3. SPORTS: If you love sports you can get off the sidelines and get in on the profit action by starting your own sports themed store. And, you can run it from home. There are many ways to get your store started.
• You could contact wholesalers who sell sports items and clothing you are interested in carrying and purchase the goods for resale.
• Or you can tie in with a company that does the legwork for you.
You start your own sporting goods business and use their inventory to sell to your customers. It’s a win-win.
Two companies that provide everything from sporting goods, caps and jackets, hats, team uniforms, licensed gifts, licensed apparel and items for basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, softball, volleyball and football are Pro Star Athletics (www.Prostarathletics.net toll free: 866-390-7732) and SportsLife Enterprises (www.sportslife.com toll free: 800-909-5433).
Both Pro Start Athletics and SportsLife Enterprises supply the inventory and you contact potential clients, take orders and fulfill them. Your clients will range from local teams, sports enthusiasts, corporate teams, community leagues, and athletes in your community.
You can build your own website, place an advertisement in your local paper, create a Facebook page for your business and place local ads online to reach your target market.
4. ERRAND SERVICE: Technology has made life easier and simpler to navigate but we all seem to still be pressed for time. Selling the luxury of time and convenience is a business you can offer in the form of an Errand Service.
Make a list of all the people in your community that could benefit from your errand service: small business owners who lack a staff, busy Moms, single parents, pet owners.
The one skill you need in launching and errand service is organization. If you have this knack, you can start and run an errand service. You’ll need reliable transportation and you’ll need to establish guidelines. Will you work by the task, the day or by the hour? You will need to learn to prioritize tasks and organize a schedule that allows you to carry out a maximum number of errands in a minimal time period. If one errand takes you to a certain part of town, schedule all other tasks that can be covered around the same area.
Some of the jobs you will take on will be: taking pets to be groomed, dropping off kids at music lessons, dry cleaning pickup, grocery shopping, waiting for the cable guy, buying gifts and presents for your corporate clients and handling or coordinating a move from one home to another.
You might want to consider carving out a niche for your service. Will you cater to one group such as small business owners, boat owners who dock at the local pier, busy parents and new Moms, senior citizens or will you take on every client task that comes your way?
To publicize your business posting flyers and business cards in local stores, businesses, community bulletin boards. Advertise your business in the local newspaper and even consider getting your car or van ‘wrapped’ with your logo. If you don’t want to wrap your van or car, consider a door magnet with your company name and logo.
How will you charge? You can charge by the hour or per call/errand. Or you can even offer monthly or weekly packages. Remember to account for your expenses and pay special attention to the extra costs involved in certain cases. For example, if an errand takes you away from town for quite a distance.
5. LANDSCAPING SERVICE: You don’t have to be a professional landscape architect with a degree to start your own landscaping service. The business can take many forms ranging from “just pulling weeds” to “yard cleanup” to planning and planting various types of gardens: perennial, herb and desert.
The market is huge. The Professional Landcare Network estimates that the landscaping services sector alone generates 704,000 jobs and $35.6 million in value-added services.
A lot will depend on what type of landscaping needs are required in your area.
You should pick a focus, especially if you are starting out on your own.
There are franchisees that make six figure incomes annually with their own weed pulling service. They build up their businesses and hire workers who fan out into the region and handle requests from dozens of customers.
Who will your customers be? You could start a lawn mowing venture and target homeowners who are frequently out of town on business, small business owners who have a facility with a lawn that needs mowing, golf course managers who need help with all around lawn care, retirees who can’t perform maintenance tasks, clients who travel a lot for pleasure and need their grounds maintained while they are on vacation, rental property managers and condo managers, and realtors who need to keep their inventory looking fresh.
Make some calls to determine what other landscapers in your area charge for their services. Match the rates or beat them. Consider offering a cut rate for new customers for the first 3 months. There are many ways to market your landscaping service with local advertising and publicity in your local newspaper. Offer to help out at the local senior citizen center and invite the press to see your work and hopefully photograph it for the next edition.
Waterless Grass: Waterless grass is a synthetic alternative to natural grass. It requires no water and very little or no maintenance. Perfect for areas that experience heavy traffic and geographic locations that must endure heat and low rainfall. If you are interested in establishing a business as a dealer to market and install waterless grass, contact WGDealer.com. The company is a leader in the synthetic grass industry. You can run the business on a part-time or full-time basis and no experience is required. The material is ideal for backyards and commercial locations. Dealers are now being accepted. You can visit the website or call 702-368-1412. The company has been in business since 1998. Visit www.motherearthnews.com for more info on starting your own landscaping service.
6. PERSONALIZED PRODUCTS: Every- one loves a product with their name on it or the name of their business or the name of their grandchildren. You can start a business offering personalized products to these markets.
There are many companies that will help you get started. Here are a few:
Occasionography: This turnkey business offers you the opportunity to provide custom labels for candy bars, mints, water and more. If you have a computer you can start this business. Your clients will be purchasing these products—you print on you home computer—for weddings, anniversary parties, business grand opening, baby and wedding showers, graduations, birthdays, the list is endless. Visit www.wrapperprofits.com to learn more.
Personal Touch Products: From your computer you’ll be printing gifts for every event that include: family trees, popular Bible verses, first and last name gifts, coat of arms gifts, personalized baby names and more. You can set this business up in your home or rent space at a local fair or kiosk in the mall during the busy holiday season. Visit them at personaltouchproducts.com to learn more on getting started. The phone is 909-596-1166.
Kaeser & Blair: This company is a leader in the personalized products/advertising specialty field. Kaeser & Blair is the oldest promotional advertising specialty company in the United States with the largest network of authorized dealers.
There is no inventory to buy and your investment is $85 deposit that is refunded when you make your first sales. The products you’ll offer come from leading companies such as Bic, Fossil, Black and Decker, Fruit of the Loom, and many more. You’ll be selling umbrellas, camera bags, golf jackets, sports equipment, and much more all.
According to the company, “Simply put, Kaiser & Blair can’t be beat when it comes to supplying our Dealers with products and industry leading pricing. We’ve been a leading distributor in the industry for decades and because of our volume, we’re able to pass exclusive pricing and profit potential to our Dealers. We literally represent thousands of manufacturers and brands. ”
To get started visit www.kaeser-blair.com to learn more or call toll free 800-642-0790.
Badge-A-Minit: For less than $30, you can start your own small business selling buttons, badges, magnets, key chains, purse mirrors that are personalized or carry fun messages, visuals or slogans. You can be the “Go To” person for every business, school, restaurant and organization in your community. If they need a button for promotional purposes or as a giveaway, they will turn to you
You can create tags and button registration IDs for trade shows and more. The possibilities with the kit are dynamic tools at crafts fairs and events. Visit www.badgeaminit.com and learn more about the business opportunity. The phone number is toll free 800-223-4103.
Friendly Songs: Love music and personalized products? Consider creating Friendly Songs musical CDs and singing stuffed animals for your clients. You can sell these from home, via mail order, at the mall kiosk, a flea market or crafts fair. For more info call 803-485-1544 or visit www.FriendlySongs.com.
Patty-Cakes: A child’s handprint and footprint is a timeless gift. You can offer them with your turnkey business opportunity package from Patty-Cakes International. The product samples are bronze. The company provides video training and assistance to help you get started offering the keepsakes. Call 334-272-2826 or visit www.patty-cakes.com to learn more about the opportunity.
7. CLEANING ENTERPRISE: This recession-proof business ranges from home to industrial parks and corporate office centers, to hotels and motels, parking lots and realtors who need properties spruced up.
You don’t need experience to start a cleaning service, you just need to be focused and organized to get the maximum amount of jobs accomplished in the shortest time.
When we establish a professional cleaning business we must clean quickly and efficiently and the results must be spotless for our clients who are paying us to do the work.
What type of cleaning service will you start? Will you specialize or offer all types of residential and commercial services? You should contact your county clerk’s office and look into becoming “bonded.” This way you won’t be responsible for paying for a lamp, etc. if it breaks or something is damaged.
You can charge by the hour or offer a package deal for a home or office once you’ve had the opportunity to make an inspection. You don’t want to charge a flat rate for a home that is a disaster area.
You need to be in good shape to run a cleaning business and you must be prepared for some dirty work. To start out you will have to market your services through friends, family and other people in order to slowly build up your client base. You can make a six-figure income with a cleaning service. It may take a while to build a solid group of clients but with the right attitude, a good reputation and word-of-mouth referrals, you’ll eventually build a solid cleaning business. Consider branching out and offering other services as well such as carpet cleaning, floor waxing, party cleanup and disaster cleaning. Here are a few resources to help you start your cleaning business:
Cleanout Foreclosures: Make money cleaning out and maintaining foreclosed homes and properties. Call 877-736-4391 or visit www.cleanoutforeclosures.com.
Parking Lot Cleanup: You can start your own parking lot cleanup venture for less than $100. It’s a business that you can run on a part-time basis to pick up extra cash until the venture grows into a full-time operation.
Basically, you contact commercial management companies at condo facilities, shopping centers, franchise owners, strip malls, etc. and ask them if they’ll pay you about $40-$50 to sweep their lots. Of course, if the lot is huge, you’ll be charging more money.
You’ll need a shovel, a broom, garbage bags, gloves and a facemask to protect yourself from debris. A company called Masco Sweeper makes an industrial strength mini street sweeper that you can consider purchasing down the road if the business booms and you have too many lots to clean manually.
Brian Winch is an entrepreneur who runs www.cleanlots.com. Brian is the king of the parking lot cleanup business. He sells a manual for $39.95 that can teach you the particulars of starting and running this type of service in your community. Brian made $100,000 when he started, and says you can do it, too!
Visit www.care.com for information on how to start your own cleaning service.
The Von Schrader Company offers a complete line of products to help you run a professional cleaning venture. Call 800-626-6916 for assistance or visit www.vonschrader.com to see their products.
8. FLEA MARKET ENTREPRENEUR: Wouldn’t you like to turn your trash into treasure? You can do it by becoming a flea market vendor. Here are steps to follow:
Find Stuff To Sell: Go through your basement, closets, attics and the garages of your friends as well, especially if they want their garages cleaned out. For helping them organize you might go home with an old sewing machine or a neglected bike that you can fix up and sell. Develop ways to generate inventory for your flea market venture.
Will You Specialize? Maybe one week you’ll sell vintage housewares and the next stamp collections. What will you sell? After you start collecting inventory you’ll be able to determine if you want to specialize in collectibles or just sell whatever is available to you on a given week. Now collect old bags to package your products after you sell, and have some newspaper around to wrap up breakable items.
Research Markets in Your Region: You might have to travel to get to big selling markets, but it is worth it to find the markets with the best reach and draw.
Develop a Selling Space: A table with a nice cloth on it will make a good impression. Clean up your inventory for selling.
Go to the Bank: Make sure you have cash on hand that can be use to make change for people that come with $20 bills.
Get Up Early and Set Up Your Space: Get to the market early and organize your space. Bring a chair so you can sit and rest for moment here and there.
Learn to Haggle: Practice before hand because buyers will want that mirror you are selling for $10 for $5. You must be prepared to haggle. Or, an alternate strategy is don’t price anything and let customers make an offer.
Have Fun, Make Eye Contact, and Be Friendly: Keep customers coming back with your friendly conversation. Don’t hold any merchandise unless it is paid for, and if you really want to sell that old dining room table, offer to deliver it for free at the end of the day.
Visit the U.S. Small Business Administration site www.sba.gov to learn more about flea market sales, garage sales and craft fairs.
9. PETS: According to the American Pet Products organization, the pet industry is a booming $60 billion business in the United States alone. We love our birds, dogs and cats and are willing to spend a lot of money to keep them fed, warm, entertained, and cared for with food, treats, clothing, services and toys, carry bags, automobile seats, leashes, collars, etc.
You can start a wide variety of businesses that cater to pets from dog walking and pet sitting to creating fun pet clothing and accessories, designing cool furniture for pets, delivering food, mobile pet grooming, a self-service dog wash, offering a shuttle service to take them to and from the vet, and a host of grooming services. It is essential that you love animals to start any type of pet business. Pet owners can sense in an instant whether or not a pet service individual enjoys what they do.
In most cases a license is not required to launch any type of pet business, including pet grooming. If you are going to start a pet grooming business insurance is a must. An accident could happen and pets could have an allergic reaction to products you use to groom them. General business and homeowners insurance do not cover these liabilities. So do your homework in regard to what type of small business insurance that’s required.
The most common form is liability insurance tailored to this particular business. You may also want to consider adding commercial/general liability insurance.
Do an online search of various pet businesses, such as the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, www.petsitters.org to learn as much as you can before you launch your business.
10. PARTY PLANNER: If you love to throw parties, you have a future as a professional party planner. This field has skyrocketed in the past decade and it is estimated that $500 billion a year is now being spent on parties and special events. Potential clients– parents, individuals, corporations, organizations, clubs and associations want a professional to handle every detail of their event. Attending special event trade shows is a great way to learn about parties and the latest in the industry.
You can specialize in the type of affair you plan to market, or you can become a generalist. Make sure you know exactly what’s involved in this highly specialized line of work before you invest in education and training. Duties include locating sites for events, working with caterers, entertainers and decorators, creating lists of attendees, designing invitations, supervising mailings, managing technology, and making special accommodations for guests when necessary.
You’ll be expected to do all the research and footwork for your clients. The ability to use technology and networking for this purpose is essential; while you can question your client for some of the information, often the client won’t know and doesn’t have the time to fill you in on what’s essentially your duty anyway.
You’ll be expected to design and theme events from start to finish. Some clients will be more hands-on in this area than others but the design aspect still falls squarely inside your obligations. Keep a compilation of ideas from the start of your event-planning.
Part of the process of planning events is developing your proposal for the event, even before you win the contract. Be aware that this is time-consuming (requiring thought, content creation, photographs, design ideas, etc.) and you may not even win the job.
There will always be more things to take care of than any list can ever describe fully. Be ready for anything and everything to be thrown at you, and be ready to have to constantly liaise with people, even if you think you’ve already sorted things!
Get experience before you launch. Work as an assistant at a hotel or for a caterer, or seek job-shadowing opportunities with a professional planner. Get to know what it’s like to work behind the scenes at events that you someday hope to plan. Volunteer to plan fundraising events with community groups.
If you are interested in becoming a certified special events coordinator contact the following groups for more information:
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) www.mpiweb.org/
International Special Events Society (ISES) www.ises.com/
Convention Industry Council (CIC) www.conventionindustry.org/
11. START A FOOD BUSINESS: Food businesses are super hot! The popularity of reality TV’s “Top Chef,” “Bar Rescue,” Eat,Drink,Love,” “Iron Chef” and many other food-based programming concepts has created a booming interest in the food industry. Food trucks are becoming a mainstay in communities across the U.S. Bartenders are now “mixologists” and cakes are as much of a star at any wedding as the bride and groom. Food is hot! Consider starting one of the many food businesses mentioned in this feature.
There are more than 980,000 restaurants in the United States and the figure grows every year, according to the National Restaurant Association. The US bar and nightclub industry includes about 45,000 establishments (single-location companies and branches of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $20 billion. No major companies dominate; varying state liquor laws complicate the ability to form large chains. The industry is highly fragmented: the 50 largest companies account for about 5 percent of revenue.
Food Businesses To Launch At Home: You don’t have to own a restaurant or hot bar to get into the food business. You can start right at home at your kitchen table. The food industry is vast and includes every type of enterprise from herb growers and gift basket services to bread baking, cake making and pushcarts and food trucks. It is impossible to estimate the dollar sales figures for all food enterprises combined, say the experts. But specialty foods alone—such as cheese, chocolates, energy bars, gluten-free snacks– raked in $86 billion last year. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has put together an entire section of their website to help food entrepreneurs learn and comply with the various regulations affecting home and outside facility food businesses. Visit http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Industry/ for info.
Visit our website and checkout our recent story on 30 Food Businesses to Start Now.
12. START AN ONLINE VENTURE: To start a business online, you need to create your own website with a domain name. There are plenty of web hosting companies that will help you register your own .com, .biz, .net. . co, etc. and will charge you a fee to host the site.
Some of these companies are wix.com, weebly.com, 1and1.com and yola.com. They offer templates that you can use to build your own website and set up your own email account that is associated with your new domain name. Determine what your website will offer. Will you be selling a product, an e-book, offering a service? Will it be educational? Here are some quick guidelines to starting your own online venture:
Establishing a business presence on the Internet can be a lucrative way to sell, market, and advertise your business’s goods and services. The following topics provide details on how to start and manage an online business.
1. Start a Business: Regardless of where you choose to operate your business, certain general requirements always apply. Before you can begin completing specific online business steps you must follow the basic rules for starting a business. Use these tools and resources to help take you from preparing your business plan and to becoming a successful business owner.
2. Register a Domain Name: A domain name is the web address of your online business. Choosing and registering a domain name is the first step to starting an online business. After you’ve chosen the name you’d like to register, the process is simple and cost-friendly. Where to register your name is up to the discretion of individual businesses.
Be careful to avoid possible security risks by becoming aware of potential scams. The Federal Trade Commission issued a consumer alert about Domain Name Registration Scams. Visit www.ftc.gov to learn more.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is the non-profit corporation that has technical oversight of Internet protocol address space allocation, protocol parameter assignment, domain name system management, and root server system management functions. It provides current news on issues surrounding domain names.
3. Select a Web Host: A web host provides you with the space and support to create your website. Choosing the host that best suits a business is up to the discretion of that business. Costs and abilities, such as site maintenance, search registration, and site development, vary from host to host but it is important for it to be both reliable and secure.
4. Design Your Website: The website of your online business is extremely important to its success. Because you don’t have a physical location, this is considered your “store front”. Websites can be designed personally, by hiring someone to work as your site designer, or by using an independent design firm.
Be sure to comply with U.S. trademark and intellectual property laws. The same laws and regulations apply to online businesses as regular businesses. Search for trademarks currently in use to avoid infringing on another company’s rights on your website.
5. Begin Advertising and Marketing: Similar to the traditional market place, online businesses cannot be successful without customers. For online businesses, these customers come in the form of site visitors or viewers. Generating the highest amount of traffic possible on your website will create the highest chance that those visitors will become customers. Register with search engines and use keywords that will drive the most traffic to your site.
6. Social Media: Go to www.twitter.com and www.facebook.com and set up accounts to begin marketing you business to a global audience. Be fun, informative, inventive and you will pick up followers on twitter. Consider placing an ad on Facebook to gain “Likes” for your business page.
13. SELL GOODS ON EBAY: ebay is a recognized online retailer that handles millions of transactions a day. You don’t need any money to start an eBay business. You just need an email account and a password to start selling.
Take a tour of www.ebay.com and see what is selling and how items are marketed with photos and descriptive write-ups to entice buyers. You can specialize in one type of item and establish and eBay store, or you could just sell random items that you collect from your home, relatives, friends, neighbors, etc.
Many eBay stores sell one type of dedicated product, say, wigs, for example. They buy them wholesale and resell them at a profit on eBay. You can visit www.alibaba.com to learn more about buying goods at discount prices from other counties.
Be informed. The more you know about a product, the better you will be able to buy it, merchandise it and collect your money.
We are main content provider to the eBay Small Business Center offering original material and resources to help visitors start their own business. Visit the site at: http://cc.ebay.com/small-business-info/ and also bookmark our website at www.sbomag.com to learn about starting your new business.
14. WINDOW CLEANING: You can specialize in one type of cleaning service and the most lucrative and fast way to pocket your profits seems to be in window cleaning for residential and commercial customers. You can start this business by yourself or take on a partner. You’ll need cleaning supplies, ladder and a uniform would make a nice impression. If you can’t afford a vehicle wrap for your car or work van, consider getting a car door magnet with the name of your business on it.
Contact other services in the area and see what they charge. Don’t duplicate their efforts, come up with a better marketing plan. Offer discounts for first-time customers and don’t forget to market your services to small business owners with shops on Main Street, realtors, restaurants as well as homeowners. You can expand your services.
15. YOUR DREAM BUSINESS: The best business to start right now is the one you’ve been thinking and dreaming about starting. The business you are passionate about and just know it will work in your community or will be welcomed to the online community.
No one will work harder than you will on your dream so don’t listen to naysayers—many of them close family and friends—who tell you, you don’t have what it takes to start your own business. Start part-time, on weekends, start selling from the trunk of your car or van at flea markets—whatever it is that you want to pursue, do it now. Don’t put it off until tomorrow or when you retire.
If you don’t have the funds to quit your job and launch your business full-time, pursue it at nights and on weekends. The world is full of examples of individuals and partners who started with a dream and built an empire. One of the best examples we know is that of Ben and Jerry who took a $5 correspondence course on how to make ice cream and created one of the biggest and best corporations out there. A corporation that not only makes millions each year, but one that gives back to the community. They got off the couch and started. You can do it, too.
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