Start-up costs for PC-based businesses are modest. In addition to a computer and a quality printer, you'll need a separate business telephone line and a fax machine for your home office. For an Internet-related business, you'll need an Internet service account and an extra telephone line for data transmission. Plan to spend $2,500 or so for a computer, up to $500 for a printer, and about $500 for the other items.
You'll also need capital to promote your new business. Depending on how quickly you want to grow your business, your marketing budget can range from $500 to $5,000. "The biggest detriment for most people starting a small business is they don't have enough money for advertising and promotion," says Frank Fox of the Professional Association of Resume Writers in St. Petersburg, Florida. "When you're in business, you need to actively promote [your services] and let the world know you're there."
Your PC can be the gateway to dozens of business start-ups. Regardless of which opportunity sparks your interest, boot up your computer, toot your own horn and business will be buzzing before you know it.