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I wrote $1,000 Start-Ups to encourage you to start you own business by providing the information you need to do it inexpensively and on your own terms.  (While I was writing it I realized it would also benefit existing business owners by providing them sage advice from other business owners and hundreds of resources and references that may provide information they need.)

Owning and operating a successful business is THE deal changer that puts you in control of your destiny. This book shows how to start a business for less than $1,000, provides 60 examples, with a blueprint for how to start each one.

By spending less than $1,000 to get a business started you get to ‘try out’ a business and see if it fits and determine if it will be financially viable while limiting your financial exposure. It forces you to understand every role in the business and get the business operating quickly.

The book does more than describe the sixty businesses. It provides information regarding what specialized and general knowledge you need and how the business makes money. It provides start-up requirements and how to market that business to find customers. It goes on to describe what a “Day in the Life of” that business owner entails as well as the start-up and recurring costs. To ensure the information is credible, more than a hundred business owners were interviewed and each business was researched to provide you with sage advice and additional resources for each business.

There are also the tools needed to get started including: how to write a business plan, how to establish your business and the types of business structures, how to keep basic business financial records, and how to develop a marketing plan. The book closes with hundreds of additional resources for more information.

I am a retired US Army Officer who has been in business since 1998 as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies and a serial micro-entrepreneur.

I specifically set out to target:

Business Owners with Start-Up Businesses:  This was the information I needed when I started out.  I spent days trying to find out answers to even the most basic question and wasted countless hours reviewing the plethora of advertisements I received when  registered my business.  When you’ve just started it’s also tough to not ‘”throw money at it” when business is slow as it typically is in January and February.

The working poor: The debate over raising the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 or $14,500 per year is not going to end any time soon. Even if it is raised, as it has been in Washington, DC and 22 other states, it will have a domino effect – unless other government programs raise the limits on the means tests they currently use. If someone is in this group, they already have the energy and drive to go to work and a job to go to. This book provides them the information they need to start their business at a cost that’s within their reach and can inspire the confidence they need to get started.

The recently unemployed: As most of us have experienced, losing your job is devastating. If someone is lucky, he has a severance package and/or savings that can pay his living expenses while he finds another job (or start a business). If not, I recommend you find a part-time job to pay the bills. Most people in this situation are reticent or unable to make the large investment they believe starting a business will require. This book shows you how to do it inexpensively.

The retired: The number of retirees whose lifestyle is negatively affected by their change in income gets higher every year. Even for the financially stable, investing a large amount to start a business is disconcerting. This book shows how to do it inexpensively in terms of time and money.

The long-term unemployed: Our welfare system, coupled with a low minimum wage, has created a system where it can be economically disadvantageous to get a job. Our society not only rewards people for not working, we imply we expect nothing of them and that they have nothing to contribute. If you’re healthy, we expect something of you and you do have something to contribute. You can prove that to yourself and any naysayers by starting your own business.”

Whatever your situation … you, and only you, have the power to change your life.

Let’s get started. Order $1,000 Start-Ups and join the community of business owners.

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