The Culinary Sleuth
Annual sales: $25,000
Start-up cost: $1,000
Year started: 1995
Number of subscribers: 1,500
Success secrets: "Running a successful newsletter business takes patience (it usually takes two years to show a profit), constant creative marketing and, most of all, a darn good product."
Annual sales: $200,000
Start-up cost: $100
Year started: 1980
Number of clients: 75
Success secrets: "To run an office plant service, you need a solid background in indoor horticulture; knowledge of product sources and your target market; an aggressive yet pleasant demeanor; a commitment to excellence; and business savvy."
If you have a bit more start-up cash, here's another business you can launch.
Managed-care health plans have forced doctors, dentists, chiropractors and other medical service providers to outsource tasks once performed by office personnel. Transcription of medical records and reports is one such task. In addition to being a quick and accurate typist, an independent medical transcriptionist should have a few years' experience working in the field and must be familiar with medical terminology.
Start-Up Cost: $5,000
Annual sales: $750,000
Start-up cost: $5,000
Number of clients: Several hundred
Year started: 1976
Success secrets: Says computer consultant Epner, "You need to have faith in yourself and what you're doing; a strong self-image; and, if you have a family, make sure they're behind you."
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