On a Shoestring

There's Money in B2B

  • Advertising agency serving a specialized clientele, such as companies targeting the children's market
  • Billing service
  • Bookkeeping service
  • Business networking organizer (planning power breakfasts and other events for companies that would benefit by networking with each other)
  • Catering
  • Collection agency
  • Copywriting
  • Desktop publishing/editorial services
  • Employee training
  • Event planning
  • Expert-services broking (finding consultants, specialists and experts of any kind for businesses that need them)
  • Grant writing for nonprofit or educational agencies for state or federal money
  • Health-insurance consulting
  • Image consulting
  • Landscape maintenance
  • Medical transcription service
  • Mobile massage
  • Mystery shopping service (giving anonymous assessments of services at retail businesses, movie theaters, etc.)
  • PR specialist
  • Researching
  • Security consulting
  • Sign-making
  • Summarizing journal/magazine articles (for professionals)
  • Translation service
  • Virtual human resources consulting

You'll Be Everyone's Little Helper

  • Cleaning services (commercial/residential carpets, chimneys & windows)
  • Custom catering
  • Fitness trainer
  • Gift-basket business
  • Interior designer/decorator
  • Personal concierge (assists with a wide variety of tasks requested by individual and business clients)
  • Personal shopper
  • Pet day-care center
  • Professional organizer (for everything from paper files to computer files, desktops to filing cabinets, from bookshelves to closets and kitchens)
  • Relocation consultant (works with clients who are moving)
  • Repair services
  • Restaurant delivery service (delivers food fromrestaurants to commercial and residential clients)
  • Reunion planner
  • Wedding consultant/wedding makeup artist

Art for Profit's Sake

  • Beaded rings, necklaces, earrings
  • Hair accessories
  • Handbags
  • Leather crafts (belts, wallets, bags, etc.)
  • Maternity clothing design
  • Metal crafts (jewelry, as well as bowls, tableware, garden ornaments, etc.)
  • Personal-image business (using your computer and scanner to transfer client photos onto T-shirts, mugs, plates, etc.)
  • Selling sewing and jewelry-making supplies online, through mail order, or at a cart or kiosk
  • T-shirts with unique designs and slogans
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This article was originally published in the August 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: On a Shoestring.

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