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    What business can I start from my house?

    minalegend Newbie
      Hi I am currently working for a company. I am a payroll administrator, but they don't pay me enough because I am still a student. I am currently attending college [Just started and my Major is business administration and accounting.

      Now I am thinking about starting my own home based business.

      My experiences:

      I am very good at computers, I know how to build computers, make websites html.
      I also sell on ebay but I ran out of products at my house. http://Tried looking for wholesale sellers to sell me products but all are expensive.
      I am also very good at payroll, and I know basics about accounting.


      What can I start with a $1000 saved money and the experiences I have?
        • 1. Re: What business can I start from my house?
          NatOnline Tracker
          Unfortunately with $1000 you cannot do much, sorry to say that but it is the reality.
          • 2. Re: What business can I start from my house?
            LUCKIEST Guide
            M, You do not need lots of money to start a business. First finish college. A College degree is most important.
            You are now a payroll admin, good at computers, and know accounting.
            Your major is business administration and accounting. By the time you graduate, you will chooses a business
            or type of work you want to do. For example, it does not take a lot of money to open an Accounting office,
            do accounting, payroll and income taxes.
            Work on a Business Plan. LUCKIEST
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            • 3. Re: What business can I start from my house?
              Lighthouse24 Ranger

              I'm guessing the MLM-ers are going to pounce on this soon, so let me caution you to thoroughly check out any business "opportunity" you may be offered. Not all MLM is bad (but most of it that has shown up here is).

              That said, there are many small part-time enterprises you can start with $1,000 (where your only real cost is a website host, and some printing for cards or flyers to let people know what you're offering). A college market is one of the easiest to sell to, especially if you're in the middle of it anyway. The question to ask yourself is what do you know about and enjoy doing that others around you might benefit from, want to learn, or be a part of? For example, you know computers, websites, accounting, and ebay. You might tutor other students in accounting, or help them buy and sell items on ebay.

              A student I know here got interested in ballroom and swing dance about four years ago, and set up a social network site for like-minded students. It began as a way to help people find dance partners, arrange outings, share info about contests and classes, etc. Within a year, however, he had enough members and traffic volume to sell ads to local advertisers who were targeting college students. The revenue stream isn't enough to make a living, but it pays for a nice apartment just off-campus.

              The first law of entrepreneurship: "Find a need and fill it." You can do that. Best wishes.
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              • 4. Re: What business can I start from my house?
                minalegend Newbie
                wow you guys are acutally putting a lot of Ideas in my head now.

                Just a question what is MLM?
                • 5. Re: What business can I start from my house?
                  Small Biz Wiz Newbie
                  MLM stands for Multi Level Marketing. It is also known as Most Lose Money. Some MLM programs are good but you have to be careful. If you make money by recruiting new members, you will probably lose. If you are actually selling a product or service that people need, then it can be a great at-home opportunity. You can recruit associates to work with you and get a percentage of their sales as well. MLM companies come and go. The one I recommend is PrePaid Legal. It is over 30 years old and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The program has been endorsed by several state Attorneys General, The National Black Chamber of Commerce, and many other credible organizations and individuals.

                  For more information, go to Good luck in whatever business you choose.
                  • 6. Re: What business can I start from my house?
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                    • 7. Re: What business can I start from my house?
                      fccgold12 Wayfarer
                      You dont actually need up to that amount to start a business at Home. Also try the link below it might be useful.

                      • 8. Re: What business can I start from my house?
                        Wow, and an MLM chimes in! (the last post before mine).

                        As for social network, neat idea - try to create your own social network (free!, really!) around any topic you want. Throw in a few bucks each month for your own domain and your own Adsense ads, and you could start generating some money from the ads and services. Take it a step further and see if you can become a broker of services around the social network theme.

                        Using ballroom dancing idea: studios, instructors, etc - charge them to run ads on your network, or make a commission off each student who signs up for their services.

                        Work it girl! (grin)

                        I have no financial interest in Ning.
                        • 9. Re: What business can I start from my house?
                          Lighthouse24 Ranger
                          Minalegend -- As I guessed, it didn't take long (please investigate these kinds of "opportunities" carefully before getting involved).
                          • 10. Re: What business can I start from my house?
                            keysongs71 Newbie
                            I just joined this community and saw your post. A great business to start from home with low cost is a Virtual Services Company. I recently started my own virtual administrative support company from home and it is great. I provide administrative support, design and some marketing support services to busy professionals.

                            My start up costs were very minimal. You probably have most of what you need already. You could provide a wide range of services or focus on a specific niche. My web site is currently under construction, but you can check out my business listing at

                            Lots of business could use your services and paying a "Virtual Assistant" is often better than paying a full time employee, because they don't have to pay payroll taxes or additional software or hardware costs, vacation or fringe benefits. And a lot of people are looking for quality and affordable web site design as well.

                            You can find tons of information about the Virtual Assistance Industry online. Check out and as a starting point. If you are a dependent of someone in the military, you can take a free course at

                            Having a portable career is great! You have so much creative freedom and flexibility. All you need to get started is a computer, phone, printer and the software and other hardware essential to your area of service. If you'd like to know more check out the above sites or just do a search on virtual assistance. You'll find a ton of information at your disposal. Feel free to give me a ring as well. You can reach me at (785) 728-4529. I hope this helps. God Bless!
                            • 11. Re: What business can I start from my house?
                              DomainDiva Ranger
                              I am wondering if some teeny weeny businesses could not use some bookeeping help, tax season is here....maybe some accountants would like to farm out some of the grunt work to you?
                              • 12. Re: What business can I start from my house?
                                CorpCons08 Ranger
                                Love it. Two MLM programs announced just after Lighthouse writes his response.

                                You have a lot of great answers here, I just wanted to throw it one more. A lot of insurance companies look for at-home brokers that want to run their own business. I have seen a lot of people start out through companies like Primerica and MetLife. You might want to look at an option like this. They also provide free training to their new brokers.

                                Good luck to you minalegend.

                                • 13. Re: What business can I start from my house?
                                  DriveHard Newbie
                                  Hello minalegend,

                                  I'm new to this forum and I've noticed your posting. I see you are looking to start something with little investment, so... I have an offer that might be interesting for you. If you are interested and would like to hear details let me know how I can get in touch with you beside here trough the forum, and we can talk. Take care. Bye,

                                  • 14. Re: What business can I start from my house?
                                    LUCKIEST Guide
                                    DriveHard, I would be looking to start something with little investment.
                                    You can get in touch with me at " "
                                    Thanks, LUCKIEST
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