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."
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