Category: Start a Business

August 18, 2015 3 Startup Businesses You Can Launch for Under $1,000

Dreaming about starting your own business? Not sure you’ll have enough funds to make it a success once you launch it? Well, we know of three different startup businesses you can launch for under $1,000.

3 Business Ideas to Launch for Under $1,000

1. Buy Into a Franchise

You can easily start your own businesses by simply buying into a franchise. Many of them that fall into the “work from home” category, only require initial investments of just $1,000. That’s because there are very little overhead costs.

Housesitting is one of the business startups you can launch for under $1,000.
Housesitting is one of the business startups you can launch for under $1,000.
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Some low-cost franchise start-up ideas include:

  • House Sitting
  • Pet Care/Sitting
  • Clearing Mailboxes
  • Plant Care
  • Furnace Checks
  • Cleaning Services
    • For Homes
    • For Commercial Buildings
    • For Government Buildings
  • Computer Repairs
  • Data Recovery

2.Start a Consultant Business

Are you savvy in industries such as these?

  • Accounting
  • Art Collections
  • Taxes
  • History
  • Start-Up Businesses
  • Computers
    • Programming
    • Hardware
    • Software
    • Troubleshooting
  • Writing
    • Books
    • Memos
    • Reports
    • Proposals
    • Newsletters
    • Articles

3. Money Manager

Do you have a knack for organizing financial paperwork or paying bills. Is dealing with insurance claims and medical bills right up your alley? Then, why not get certified by the The American Association of Daily Money Managers? This will help you start a money management business you can launch for under $1,000.

Some of the tasks you can perform with your own money management business include:

  • Keeping Records
  • Setting Up Budgets
  • Navigating Bills

Start Your Own Business Today for Under $1,000

The bottom line is, there are numerous businesses you can launch for under $1,000. From all of the ones named above, to whatever you’ve been dreaming of in your mind, you too can own your own business with reasonable startup funds.

What’s the key to finding the right startup for you? Simply research the industries and ideas that come to mind. You’d be surprised just how many you can launch for under $1,000 these days.

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August 17, 2015 4 Tips for Launching Your Startup with Just $100

Thinking about launching your startup, but a bit low on cash? Well, traveler, writer and entrepreneur, Chris Guillebeau, is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future. Forbes Contributor Dan Schawbel interviewed Chris. When he asked the entrepreneur to share a story from the book about an entrepreneur who used $0 to invest in and create a successful business, Chris responded:

“Most people spent *some* amount of money, even if it was just the cost of a $50 business license or a $10 domain name. But far more important than money was the investment of sweat equity — taking the time to make something meaningful. Brett Kelly wrote Evernote Essentials, a guide to the free Evernote software. His initial goal was that it would make $10,000 over the course of a year. One year later, it had made more than $100,000. Initial startup costs were essentially zero.”

Launching Your Startup: LAUNCH Festival 2015 Startup Pitching Competition
Launching Your Startup
LAUNCH Festival 2015 Startup Pitching Competition
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4 Tips from Chris Guillebeau on Launching Your Startup with $100 or Less

Here are four tips for you to follow if you’re interested in launching your startup with very little to no investment funds:

  1. Come up with a specific business idea. What service or product are you offering? Who will buy it? How will you get paid for it?
  2. Get started now. Stop putting off launching your startup. Give yourself a short amount of time to launch it… say about 30 days or less. Do whatever you have to do to meet that deadline. And, be sure to get a free PayPal for payment processing and design a free website through WordPress.com.
  3. Spread the word to everyone you know. For the record, we do not advise that you start spamming people. Instead, contact all of your friends and family members, and let them know that you’re launching a new startup, what it’s all about, and how it can bring value to their lives.
  4. Continue to improve your idea. Pay close attention to the initial feedback you get about your venture. Then, stay committed to making it better and better. Each day, make it a point to identify 1 or 2 things you can do to further your project’s development.

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July 20, 2015 4 Important Steps to Take Before Becoming an Entrepreneur Full Time

Don’t Quit Your 9-to-5 Just Yet…

Does the idea of being an entrepreneur excite you? When you’re at your 9-to-5 each day, is the idea of being your own boss just about all you can think about? Well, it’s not always wise to quit your stable 9-to-5 unless you’re truly prepared for business ownership. So, here are four important steps you really need to take before becoming an entrepreneur.

4 Tips to Prepare You Before Becoming an Entrepreneur

1. Determine Your Life’s Passion

You need to have a plan of action before becoming an entrepreneur full time.
You need to have a plan of action before becoming an entrepreneur full time.
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Name one thing you truly, deeply want for your business career? Once you determine your business goals, you can come up with a measurable, realistic plan to achieve those goals. You must write them down to implement an effective plan of action.

2. Put Your Plan to Action

Before becoming an entrepreneur, you have to promise yourself you’ll set your fears aside. It takes momentum to make a new venture work. So, get ready to step outside your comfort zone. If working a 9-to-5 limits your ability to get certain things done, outsource the work.

3. Separate Job from Business

Like many new entrepreneurs, you need to keep that 9-to-5 until your business actually starts to turn a profit. So, keep your entrepreneurial affairs separate from your 9-to-5 job. The last thing you want to do is get yourself fired right when you need a paycheck the most. Make sure you can afford to let go of that income before becoming an entrepreneur.

4. Plan a Seamless Transition

Of course, one of your ultimate business goals at this point is to quit that 9-to-5 job and work for yourself full-time. Make sure you’re financially prepared before making that bold leap. Remember that you have a family to support, and bills to pay. So, if your venture isn’t quite ready to pay you a salary, you probably need to hold on to the one you have for the time being.

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July 13, 2015 5 Steps to Building a Startup Using Valuable Content

Most entrepreneurs start a new business with a service or product. Then, they create a marketing plan to monetize it later. This process works as long as that plan includes valuable content. Building a startup successfully means determining who your target market is and what they need. Creating a successful branding strategy requires creating content that brings value to that target market.

How to Create Content That Helps with Building a Startup in 5 Easy Steps

Building a Startup that grows to be successful requires content that actually creates value.
Building a Startup that grows to be successful requires content that actually creates value.
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  1. Determine your specific expertise. Some marketers call this the sweet spot. It’s the place that resides between your skills/knowledge and your passion.
  2. Create content that distinguishes your brand. You can find an entrepreneur building a startup just about every day. So, you have to make yours standout. For example, Australian food scientist Ann Reardon doesn’t simply blog about food recipes. Instead, she sets her brand apart by blogging about “impossible food creations.”
  3. Figure out the type of content you’d like to create. You can start building a startup around videos, audios, cartoons, memes, blog or any other content you decide on first. Then, you have to determine the platform you’ll use for distributing/publishing the content… your blog, iTunes, SoundCloud, YouTube, social media, etc…
  4. Build your audience. Get your target customers to “follow” you, “subscribe” to your content, etc… These are called conversions. If these leads are nurtured properly, they’ll lead to sales conversions as well.
  5. Monetize. Figure out exactly what your audience needs in order to trust you. Then, you can use that need to create content and tools that leads to successful monetization. This may be advice, eBooks, webinars networking events, free products, discount coupons, etc…

Building a startup into a successful business venture requires effective marketing efforts. The EntreMarketing Group helps small business owners create online marketing plans that work. Call 888-507-2191 or contact The EntreMarketing Group about customizing a content marketing strategy for your small business today.

July 6, 2015 Entrepreneurial Tips: How to Name Your Small Business Properly

What’s in a name? Shakespeare made this phrase famous in his popular Romeo and Juliet play. Today, entrepreneurs find themselves asking the same question when starting their own businesses. Choosing the right name can mean the different between being the talk of your industry and a dooming failure. Today, we discuss how to name your small business in order to capture the attention of your target market.

Tips to Name Your Small Business Effectively

Entreprenurial Tips: Learn how to name your small business properly and effectively.
Learn how to name your small business properly and effectively.

Ideally, you want to choose a name for your company which:

  • Expresses your brand’s expertise
  • Conveys the value of your service of product

Here are some of the various tips various small business experts share when it comes naming your company:

  • Your small business name should be abstract
  • The name your choose should be informative
  • Business names should be coined from made-up words
  • Small business names should be unforgettable

With so many different types of advice, who do you listen to these days? Well, any name can have the desired effect, as long as it’s backed up by a good marketing strategy.

What’s in a Small Business Name?

First of all, you need to decide what you want to communicate to your target market with your small business name. It should highlight your company’s key elements. Also, make sure when you name your small business, it reflects the company’s mission statement.

Consider these five tips when choosing to name your small business effectively:

  1. Choose a name that captures the attention of your target customers.
  2. Make sure the name is familiar, or raises positive memories in the minds of your customers.
  3. Don’t choose a name for your small business that’s too confusing or too long.
  4. If your company name includes a cute little pun, make sure you’re not the only one who “gets” it.
  5. Never end your company name with “Inc.”, “Incorporated” or “Corporation” unless it’s actually incorporated.

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Once you’ve chosen a name for your small business, start marketing it online immediately. Choosing to name your small business properly is the first step to a successful venture. Marketing it properly is the key to success.

June 2, 2015 DIY Corporate Credit Series: How to Apply for Your EIN

Building Corporate Credit Using Your Business Credit Identity

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Building corporate credit the right way involves never merging it with your personal credit profile in any way. That means using a Federal Employer Identification Number, also known as an EIN or Tax ID Number, instead of your social security number to apply for business credit. In this part of our DIY Corporate Credit Series, we walk you through how to apply for your EIN.

What is an EIN? It’s essentially a social security number for your business, company, corporation, organization, etc… When applying for business credit, it’s always wiser to use an EIN instead of your social security number. It ensures that your corporate credit and personal credit profiles remain completely separate from each other.

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Use IRS Form SS-4 to Apply for Your EIN online, by mail or by fax.
Use IRS Form SS-4 to Apply for Your EIN online, by mail or by fax.

3 Options to Apply for Your EIN to Obtain Business Credit

All Federal Employer Identification Numbers must be obtained from IRS, even if you hire an agency to help. In most cases, you can apply for your EIN on your own, and obtain it the very same day. Here are the general options for getting a new EIN from the IRS without the help of a 3rd party:

  1. Obtain EIN by Fax – Download the IRS Form SS-4. Print it out, complete it and fax it to the IRS for processing: 859-669-5987 (See form to verify current fax number.)
  2. Obtain EIN by Mail – Download the IRS Form SS-4. Print it out, complete it and mail it to the IRS for processing using the address on the form.
  3. Apply for EIN Online – Click here to apply for your EIN online. In most cases, you can receive your new Tax ID Number in a matter of minutes.

Need other options or assistance related to a new, old, misplaced or unneeded Tax ID Number?

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June 1, 2015 DIY Corporate Credit Series: Separate Your Business Structure from Your Personal Identity

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Before you even think about applying for corporate credit, you have to separate your business structure from your personal identity. That means making sure that your business structure looks stable and reliable on paper.

When applying for corporate credit, vendors, banks, credit card companies and other creditors want to know that you company plans to stay in the same place for a long period of time. Then, you can feel confident about applying for Federal Employer Identification Number, also known as an EIN or Tax ID Number, to completely separate your business structure from your personal identity.

Your Business Structure Address

Ever tried to apply for a personal credit card using a PO Box? It’s just not possible because credit card companies require a physical address to help ensure that you’re a real person, with a real address. The same rule applies when you apply for business credit.

Many entrepreneurs and small businesses are home-based. If you run a home-based business, it’s okay to use your home address as your business address. However, incorporating your company opens the business up to many more options credit-wise. If you don’t separate your business structure by using a business address, you limit those options. That’s because some lenders simply do not fund home-based businesses.

Your Business Entity Phone Number

The same idea applies when it comes to having a dedicated business phone number. This helps to establish your company’s identity. What qualifies as a business number? You need a dedicated phone line that’s always answered with your company’s name in a professional manner. It should also have a voicemail box that mentions the business name in the outgoing greeting.

When your business has an actual landline through your local telephone carrier, it will be listed with their 411 directory assistance. Lenders will contact 411 services to ensure that your business is listed as part of the corporate credit verification and qualification process.

Your Business Email Address

As noted earlier in this series, your company should own a domain name that represents the brand name. Then, you’ll have the option of owning an email address on that same domain. So, instead of using theentremarketinggroup@gmail.com, you can use info@entremarketing.net, for example. Many online creditors won’t even accept an email address on a free, public domain.

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You Must Separate Your Business Structure to Establish Business Credit

Your main objective for following these steps is to separate your business structure from your personal identity. Are you using your home address, cell phone number or a personal or public email address for your business? Then, your business is not formally separate.

When applying for corporate credit, this makes your business look unstable. Building corporate credit for a business structure is so much easier when it’s completely separate from your own identity. Separate your business structure the right way to keep the doors to corporate creditors and lending institutions wide open for your business.

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May 29, 2015 DIY Corporate Credit Series: Establishing Corporate Credit Under the Right Business Structure – Part 2

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2. Business Structure: S Corporations

An S Corporation is much like that of a C Corporation. The IRS considers it to be a separate entity from its owner(s). However, it comes with limited liability protection, as you’re not necessarily protected from various types of litigations. One example of this is tort actions taken against the company for workplace incidents.

Also, with an S Corp, the business itself is not taxed. Instead, some profits and loses will actually be filed through your personal federal tax return. Yet, as a shareholder, if you actually work for the S Corp, you’re allowed to pay yourself “reasonable compensation.” If all shareholders who put in work for the business aren’t compensated with fair market value, some corporate earnings may be reclassified as “wages” by the IRS.

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3. Business Structure: Limited Liability Company

Be sure to choose the best business structure for your company before you start establishing corporate credit.
Be sure to choose the best business structure for your company before you start establishing corporate credit.
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A limited liability company, also known by simply LLC, combines some of the features of both corporations and partnerships. With an LLC, each “owner” is referred to as a “member.” Some states allow a single member to own an LLC, while others require two or more individual members, other LLCs or corporations.

Unlike corporations, Limited Liability Companies are not taxed as separate entities. Instead, the profits and losses of the companies are “passed through” the LLC to each of its members. These profits and losses are reported on the personal federal tax returns of the LLC members, like that of a partnership.

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4. Business Structure: Nonprofit Organization

Nonprofit organizations are also referred to as 501(c)(3) organizations. IRS grants this business structure tax-exempt status. In most cases, donations made to the nonprofit organization by both individuals and other businesses are tax deductible for the donors. Operating and financial disclosures are very important for 501(c)(3) organizations in order to ensure the public that contributions are being used properly.

Income tax is not paid on donations and fundraising money earned by nonprofit organizations. In order to qualify for this tax-exempt status, the organization must benefit a specific purpose and provide benefits for the general public. Some of the most popular types of non-profits include schools, hospitals and churches.

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May 28, 2015 DIY Corporate Credit Series: Establishing Corporate Credit Under the Right Business Structure

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The only way to establish corporate credit the right way, is to keep it completely separate from your personal credit. That means establishing a numerical identifier for your business. No matter what business structure (or entity) you choose, it’s very important not to use your social security number as your business identifier. Instead, you need to obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) also known as a Tax ID number for your business from the IRS.

What is an EIN? Your Tax ID number is essentially a social security number for your business. It’s how IRS identifies one business from another. You’ll need an EIN to open a business bank account, rent office space for your company, and even establish corporate credit. As a sole proprietor, you have the option of simply using your own social security number instead. But, this is very unwise as it’s always best to keep personal credit profiles completely separate from corporate credit profiles, no matter what business structure you use.

4 Types of Business Structure Options

You need to choose the right business structure for your company before you begin to establish corporate credit.
You need to choose the right business structure for your company before you begin to establish corporate credit. Image Source: WP Lawyers

Incorporating your business is the only way to make your business accountable for its own liabilities and debts. Sole proprietorships and general partnerships are major risks for business owners. As a business owner, you will be held responsible for any liabilities and debts, including tax issues.

When you incorporate your company, it becomes its own entity. Any liabilities and debts accrued become the company’s responsibility, not your own. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about losing your family’s savings, home or other assets due to the failure or credit debts of the business. This also keeps all debts and credit liabilities off of your personal credit reports.

The four general types of incorporated business structure options: Corporation (C Corporation), S Corporation (S Corp), Limited Liability Company (LLC) and Nonprofit Organization or 501(c)(3):

1. Business Structure: Corporations

A C Corporation, or Corporation for short, is a shareholder-owned, independent legal business entity. Therefore, the shareholders are not liable for the debts and actions of the business. Instead, the corporation itself holds legal liability for its own debts and actions.

Corporations are more expensive to establish than other any other business entity. They also come with more expensive administrative fees and complex legal and tax requirements. Therefore, most experts agree that this business structure is generally for larger, established businesses with multiple employees.

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Tune in MONDAY when we continue this series with ‘DIY Corporate Credit Series: 4 Steps to Claiming Your Company Name for Establishing Corporate Credit – Part 2’…


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May 21, 2015 Startup Tips: How to Come Up with Cool Ideas for a Business

Determined to start your own business someday, but stumped for good ideas? Well, you’ll definitely have to overcome that obstacle in order to get moving. We’re here to help you find effective ways to come up with cool ideas for a business. Check it out.

2 Tips to Help You Create Cool Ideas for a Business

1. Let Your Facebook Friends Help

I once saw a post similar to this on Facebook: “If you could get advice from me on just one topic, what would it be?”

Ask a similar question on your own Facebook wall. Tally up the topic suggestions from your FB friends. The one that stands out the most is a great place to start. Obviously, you already have an audience that sees you as an expert on that specific subject. And, more than likely, you already have the passion and drive to make it succeed as a business idea.

The EntreMarketing Group shares two tips for coming up with cool ideas for a business.
The EntreMarketing Group shares two tips for coming up with cool ideas for a business.

2. Place Facebook Ads

Have two ideas for a business? Well, it’s always wiser to start with just one if you really want to be a successful business owner. So, how do you narrow your cool ideas down to just one?

  • Create two different landing pages, one for each idea. If you don’t already have a website or blog, go ahead and create a free one through com.
  • Include a very simple email capture form on each of the landing pages.
  • Take out two different Facebook ads to promote each of your business ideas.

The ad that gets the most email subscribers is the one that likely bring you the most small business success. Plus, now you already have your first set of subscribers and users who can be nurtured into become customers and clients.

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Once you’ve decided on the right choice on your list of ideas for a business, it’s time to start promoting it. You’ll need a social media presence and a customized responsive website.

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It doesn’t take much at all to convert your free wordpress.com website over to a responsive site using your own URL. The EntreMarketing Group will help you get your website converted over and run your Facebook ads campaigns if you need help. Contact The EntreMarketing Group for assistance today.