Business Class

Moonlight Swim

If you've toyed with the idea of becoming your own boss but aren't ready to quit your day job, Moonlighting: Earn a Second Income at Home (Oasis Press, $15.95, 800-228-2275) might be just what you need to test the waters.

For those hesitant to jump in with both feet, Moonlighting provides a guide to easing into entrepreneurship on a part-time basis from your own home. By taking the baby steps prescribed by author Jo Frohbieter-Mueller, you'll plant the seeds of an employer-free future--while keeping the safety net of your full-time job.

Moonlighting addresses taxes and zoning laws, time management, bookkeeping systems and drafting a business plan. Whether you're at a loss as to how to create a logo or what to charge, Moonlighting offers simple solutions.

Short on business ideas? Check out the imaginative list of nearly 500 businesses that might work under your roof. "Don't wait for the perfect moment or until everything is in place before getting started," writes Frohbeiter-Mueller, "because that may never happen."

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This article was originally published in the May 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Business Class.

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