New York, NY (PressExposure) July 23, 2008 -- There are many people who think they can't start a home based business because they don't have a lot of money to invest in the start up. However depending on the type of business you want to start depends on the amount of money you need as an initial investment.
As an example if you want to start a full fledged catering business out of your home that will take a great deal of investment. But if you want to start small with say cakes or cookies then that can cost you less than $100 to get started.
In this article I will discuss how you can get started owning your own home business for much less than you ever thought and set yourself up to move away from your current 9 to 5 job.
So let's say your catering business is baking cakes and you want to sell them to people for special occasions like weddings, anniversary parties, or to corporations for retirement parties or some other special company affair. You really can start this business for less than $100.
How? Start by offering small samples to friends, neighbors, and relatives and let them know that if they like what they taste that you are staring your own home business and would appreciate any reference. Go to local organization and offer to provide them a discount or something free for their business. Make sure you give them a business card: you can have these printed for about $25 for 500 cards.
Start small; don't spend a lot of cash until you know there is a need for your services. Keep track of all your expenses; these are all tax deductible when you begin the business. This is also key information when you start to expand the business.
Next create a website or blog. I like using Word press because it's easy for everyone including the beginner to create and update. You can display pictures of your work here, post testimonials, and offer discounts or freebie's. Again Word press is free software and can be setup and hosted for less than $10.00 a month. Make sure that once this is setup you put it on your business cards.
Third know you can start advertising. You don't need to spend any money on this venture to begin with. You can write articles about cakes, weddings, anything and post them to article directories for free. You can post classifieds ads for free all over the internet just search on free classifieds. And you can create flyer's and leave in grocery stores, bridal shops, beauty salons the list is endless. Flyer's should cost you less than $25 if you do them yourself.
This is just one example of how you can start your own home business on a small budget. If you gave some thought to what you really like doing you to could think of how to start small and grow.
The key to any business is desire and belief in you. Those two ingredients are a winning combination in any cookbook.
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