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Low-Cost Business Ideas

5 businesses that won't empty your wallet

This story appears in the April 2002 issue of Teen Startups.

( - Sure, starting your own business would be a dream come true. But that takes money, and, when it comes to greenbacks, you're a little thin in the wallet. So much for that idea, right? Not so fast. Being the big cheese doesn't have to cost big bucks. Here are five low-cost biz ideas to get you started.

1. Party animals. A book, a pump and a bag of balloons were all 13-year-old Bethany Martin needed to start her business. Martin, now 17, of Richardson, Texas, twists long, skinny balloons into crazy shapes that make children laugh--like frogs, dogs, horses and bears.

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