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Start cookin' with the hottest homebased businesses in town.

This story appears in the May 2004 issue of Start Up.

Q: What are the hottest businesses to start from home?

A: Continuing gains in U.S. productivity are the result of companies getting more work from fewer employees. When reservists and National Guard members were called for duty in Iraq, 4 out of 5 employers did not hire new employees. Instead, they reassigned more duties to remaining employees. People working longer hours have less time to handle their personal affairs. Thus, businesses that provide personal services offer the most promise for quick startup and ultimate success. Such service businesses can be started at home, where your startup costs and overhead are the lowest. Here are some of the hottest candidates:

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