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Shoestring Startups

24 businesses you can start for $3,000 or less.

Ready to be your own boss? There are hundreds of businesses you can start in your spare time with an initial investment of less than $3,000. Once your business gets going, you can keep it small and part time, or you can expand and go full time. Here are some of today's hottest low-cost opportunities.

Because so many people have computers at home, our estimated start-up costs do not include the cost of a computer. If you need to purchase one, your initial costs will be higher. (Check out last month's "Wise Buys" column for six computers you can buy for less than $1,000.)

Marcire Geffner is a freelance writer in Los Angeles who reports on real estate and small-business issues.

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This article was originally published in the April 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Shoestring Startups.

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