July 2, 2007

Start a Business With Little or No Money- Part 3

As we discussed in part one, having a great work history and ethic does not guarantee that you will retain your job. There are many culprits to blame, such as changing economic times, technology replacing humans works, and outsourcing work to foreign companies. The only real way that you ca retain your job is not put yourself in the position to be fired. This may seem impossible, but is really quite simple. You have to become your own boss.

Perhaps you are not worried about loosing your job, but you realize that you will never have the chance to advance any further in the company you are working for. Your monetary resources are capped out, and you will not be able to provide any better of a lifestyle for you and your family unless your pay increases. Again, the only way you will be in total control of your finances is to become your own boss.

The only way to be the boss is to start your own based business home in profitable rich. "But I do not have very much money, if any at all." you say. Well in today's culture there are quite a few businesses that can be started for little or no money at all. This is not a get rich quick scheme, I am not saying that you will be making five grand a month from the very beginning, but I am telling you, that no matter the amount of money that you have, you should still be able to start a business without much fuss.

Here are some more examples of businesses that require little or no money up front:


This one seems obviously, though many people take it for granted and quickly dismiss it as a "teenage job." Babysitting may be one of the better options, since does not require any money to start.

You can baby-sit in your home or the home of the children in which you are babysitting. The choice is really up to you. If you are thinking of babysitting children from more then one family, then you will be required to baby-sit in your home, otherwise on location babysitting will suit you well.

Some babysitters offer to provide meals, while other require the parent to supply a lunch. It is really up to you.

You will want to provide some type of stimulation for the children you baby-sit. The last thing any responsible parents wants is their babysitter to allow their children to sit in front of the television the whole time they are with you. Try to make whatever you do as active and education as possible.

When you begin advertising your business, you will want to focus on places where parents and children would be. Many schools have community boards that would be able to place flyers. You may also considering placing an ad in the local paper or on a website that allows parents to search for potential babysitters.

Pet Sitting or Walking

Like babysitting, this can be greatly overlooked. People take great pride in their pets, and do not want them to be left alone while they are away.

Some pet sitters only sit when the client is away for long periods of time, or no vacation. Others pet sit on a daily basis while their client is at work. Still others only have to visit the pet once or twice during the day to walk them and let the our to use the bathroom.

It is important to remember that even the nicest pet can become upset and mean in the presence of other animals. Make sure that if you decide to take on more then one families pets that the all the families involved know, and their pets get along.

Advertise this business at your local pet store, vet, or along a dog walking path. You may also want to consider placing an ad in the local paper as well.

Broadband for Your Business

If you have a small business and work from home on a computer, you should look into a broadband internet connection for your business. Broadband internet connections can not only save you time and money but can also allow you to add many great features that are broadband specific. Here are some tips.

If you have a home office or small business, you should look into broadband internet. There are two main types of broadband internet services; DSL and cable. DSL broadband is sold and serviced through the phone company and delivers fast communications usually from 256KB to about 1.5 MB download speed. Cable is even faster delivering from about 1.5 to 5MB of download speed.

Both services are about the same price ranging from $30 to about $50 depending on where you live and the service provider. Most of the time, many residents or businesses only have access to one type of service or the other, so that is the deciding factor for what they choose.

The great part about having broadband for your business is that you can surf the net and download large files with ease. For instance, it might take you 20 minutes to download a 5 MB file with a dial up connection, where it would only take you a minute on a cable modem.

Another great reason for broadband is that you can add great services such as (VOIP) voice over internet protocol which allows you to make phone calls over the internet. Dial up modems are much to slow. VOIP can save you plenty of money each month on your phone bill. If you have a small home business, you can usually get a tax break for the service that you use for your business. So if you have a small home business, upgrade it with a broadband internet connection.