On a Shoestring

Rugrats & Elders & Profits, Oh My!

  • Children's photography service
  • Children's regional-resource-guide publishing (also could create regional-resource guides targeted at seniors)
  • Children's sports consulting (sponsors clinics that teach sports skills, offers coaching clinics for new coaches, etc.)
  • Children's entertaining
  • Custom decorating for children's rooms
  • Doula care (attends to the needs of new mothers)
  • Educational consulting (home-schooling help, prospecting colleges and coaching students for college entrance exams)
  • Elder errand service (takes clients to appointments, accompanies them to the supermarket, etc.)
  • Elder care, on-site
  • Event planning
  • Financial-services assistant (helps seniors pay bills, evaluate their financial situations, etc.)
  • Fitness training for new mothers
  • Fitness classes for seniors
  • Geneaologist service (assists people in tracing their family history, both on- and off-line)
  • Infants' and children's swimming instruction
  • Matching service (assists in finding roommates for older people who don't want to live alone)
  • Party-in-a-bag service for kids (everything you need for a child's party in one bag)
  • Post-surgery/recuperative care-giving
  • Round-the-clock nanny service (agency that places child-care workers in homes at any time of day)
  • Special-child daycare

Pamela Rohland, a writer from Bernville, Pennsylvania, is constantly amazed by the ingenuity of low-cost business start-ups.

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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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