BUSINESSTOWN Home-Based Business Basics

Home Business Idea: Apartment Preparation Service

Start-Up Cost: $1,000 Potential Earnings: $40,000–$80,000 Typical Fees: $100 and up per apartment Advertising: Email, telemarketing, flyers aimed at apartment landlords Qualifications: Knowledge of cleaning procedures and painting skills Equipment Needed: Cleaning supplies, sweeper, mops, buckets, painting equipment Potential Home Business: Yes Staff Required: No Disabled Opportunity: No Hidden Costs: Insurance, equipment maintenance Lowdown: You... READ MORE

Will a Home Business Location Work for You?

If you are debating whether to set up an office in your home or lease commercial space, think seriously about keeping the office in your home if you can. Unless you are operating a retail store or expect clients to regularly visit your office, your face to the world will be your products, your services,... READ MORE

Low Investment Business Ideas with High Profit Potential

Here’s some exciting, low cost business ideas that…  Can be started with $2k or less Require little or no experience Are relatively easy to start Can be based in your home Have high profit potential I’m Bob Adams. I’ve started a lot of successful businesses with very little money – and so can you! Take... READ MORE

Are Home Businesses Legal?

Can You Run a Business From Your Home? In many cases, operating a business from your home is not legal. Laws in most cities and towns in the U.S. and most developed countries severely limit the locations and under what conditions businesses may operate. But if every illegal home business in America were shut down,... READ MORE

Home Business Idea: Bridal Consultant

Start-Up Cost: $2,000–$7,000 Potential Earnings: $50,000–$150,000 (depending on volume and location) Typical Fees: Commission-only is standard and ranges from 5 to 25 percent Advertising: Flyers for bridal salons, bridal shows, Internet, developing word of mouth, including at wedding destinations Qualifications: An eye for detail and a cool head Equipment Needed: Very basic: just a computer... READ MORE

Streetwise Advice: On Home-Based Business

Working Out of an Apartment For several years, I ran my growing book publishing company out of two different basement apartments in residential neighborhoods in the Brighton section of Boston. In each case, dozens of neighbors were aware of my business, and no one ever complained. At each address, we had daily UPS deliveries. Once... READ MORE

Home Business Idea: College Internship Placement

Start-Up Cost: $2,500–$6,000 Potential Earnings: $40,000–$80,000 Typical Fees: $150–$350 (paid by student/parents) Advertising: College newspapers and Internet sites, campus bulletin boards, email and direct mail to parents Qualifications: Background in placement services would be helpful Equipment Needed: Computer and website Potential Home Business: Yes Staff Required: No Disabled Opportunity: Yes Hidden Costs: Liability insurance Lowdown: