Giving Wisely

Working For The Weekend

By Jessica Hale

Starting a homebased business doesn't have to mean marching into your boss's office and delivering your resignation: Test the entrepreneurial waters first with an idea from 101 Best Weekend Businesses (Career Press, $14.99, 800-CAREER-1).

Author Dan Ramsey provides a step-by-step guide to successfully running your own business while still keeping your "day job." All the business options Ramsey presents require less than 20 hours a week. The alphabetical listing, ranging from aerobics instructor to writer, is based on the experiences of actual business owners. Each business profile answers six practical questions, such as "What will I need to start?" "How much should I charge?" and "Who will my customers be?"

All the business ideas featured can be turned into full-time operations if you decide to expand. None require much start-up capital ($0 to $3,000) or expensive training. Instead, Ramsey shows you how to turn your unique talents and interests into a business without spending your life savings. For example, if you love cooking, think about giving cooking lessons or starting a catering service. If you're a math whiz, consider tutoring others who may not be so lucky. If gardening is your passion, start a plant-care service business. After reading 101 Best Weekend Businesses, you'll never again be able to say, "I wouldn't know where to start."

Contact Sources

Council of Better Business Bureaus, 4200 Wilson Blvd., #800, Arlington, VA 22203, (703) 276-0100

Courageous Imports, 250 W. 57th St., #2429A, New York, NY 10107, (212) 586-6468

Hog Wild, 107 S.E. Washington St., Portland, OR 97214, (888) 231-OINK

Rabbit Creek Products, P.O. Box 1059, Louisburg, KS 66053, (800) 837-3073

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This article was originally published in the February 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Giving Wisely.

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