Shoestring Startups

Utility Service Marketer

The deregulation of phone companies created big opportunities for independent telemarketers and multilevel marketing companies to sell long-distance service to consumers. Now utility services are being deregulated, and utility companies are turning to independent contractors to market electricity to consumers. If you affiliate with a legitimate multilevel marketing company, you can typically get started for very little money.

Start-Up Cost: $100

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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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