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Small Business Ideas- Cultivate Profit Centers to Make a Living Without a Job

Updated on July 1, 2012
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Rose Mary is an Air Force veteran and an Occupational Therapist. She enjoys researching and writing on a variety of topics.

Tired of answering to others? Want to be your own boss? Consider developing small business ideas. About a year ago I took two classes with Barbara J. Winter through my local Community Education program. One of the classes was titled Making a Living Without a Job. Barbara’s model of success is based on establishing multiple profit centers, what most of us would consider to be multiple small business ideas. Barbara had great advice and resources to offer. This hub is a summary of some of the things Barbara presented.

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Some profit centers can be run from anywhere. Creative Commons, Flickr.com.
Barbara J. Winter. Photo provided by Barbara.
Barbara J. Winter. Photo provided by Barbara.

 

Barbara Winter is the author of the successful book, Making a Living Without a Job:  Winning Ways for Creating Work That You Love.  Barbara maintains a website and her blog, Buon Viaggio.  Barbara publishes a print newsletter, Winning Ways, and writes for sites such as eZineArticles.com.  You can find Barbara on Twitter and Facebook.  She is active around the country giving presentations such as the one I attended.  She also does webinars. 

Barbara recommends finding your passions, being a goal-setter, and focusing on rewards.  (Another hub, another day.)  She clusters small business ideas, or profit centers into 6 primary groupings:  Service, Information Packaging, Seasonal, Landlord, Mail Order, and Products.  She personally aims for 10 profit centers, with a goal of $10K per year minimum earning potential each.  Her profit centers change over time with her personal interests and motivation, and with earning potential trends.  Of course she didn’t start with 10 profit centers, and neither should we! 

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Pet Poop Scooping Services

SERVICE PROFIT CENTERS


The first grouping of small business ideas is the Service Profit Center. There are two primary types of service.

First there are services that people don’t like to do, and will therefore pay you to do. Services may not require much, if any specialized skills. Such services could include housecleaning, yard work, pool cleaning, painting, and washing the exterior of houses. There is an array of pet services people pay for: grooming, walking, playing and poop scooping.

The second grouping under the Service Profit Center is expert skills. These are specialized skills that others will pay for you to do. This would include trades like plumbing, electricity, and carpentry. Expert services could include teaching a musical instrument, teaching voice, or teaching art. Expert services can overlap with the next category, the Information Management Profit Center. Many motivational speakers and expert consultants fall under both categories.

You can advertize free on Craigslist, or use other web tools and print ads to bring attention to your service.

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Expert Speaker/Consultant. Creative Commons, Flickr.com.
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Speaking to small group. Creative Commons, Flickr.com.
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Computer Workstation. Creative Commons, Flickr.com.

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT PROFIT CENTERS

The second major grouping of small business ideas is the Information Management Profit Center. This grouping of income options is perfect for people who are passionate about communicating, whether it be through writing or public speaking, or both. This would include most hubbers! Maybe you have a subject, or multiple subject areas you are passionate and knowledgeable about, or maybe you love researching new things. Either way, there is a plethora of options for you in the Information Management Profit Center grouping of small business ideas.

Not only could you work from home with information packaging, you could work from almost anywhere on the planet! Write articles for print or online sites, develop a website, write a blog, speak to any group that will have you. Sell yourself!

For me, I have a tremendous ‘word of mouth’ reputation in the Air Force as an ergonomics expert, and am now working on establishing a reputation outside of the AF. See my hub on Barbara’s lecture, Establishing Yourself as an Expert.

I have written an overview article on computer workstation ergonomics on HubPages. I am deciding whether to write a series of articles on my key points on HubPages, or whether to post my primary work on my own website. I have just started teaching a computer workstation ergonomics class through the San Antonio community education program. And this is just the beginning!

I could write additional articles on ergonomics for a variety of writing sites. I could develop a more formalized presentation for other professionals. I could post short videos on YouTube, or sell DVDs of my presentation. I could do webcasts. I could write a book or an eBook. For me, ultimately I would like to do onsite consulting in computer workstation ergonomics in office settings.

 

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Craft Fair. Creative Commons, Flickr.com.
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Fireworks Stand. Creative Commons, Flickr.com.
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Christmas Tree Farm. Creative Commons, Flickr.com.
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My sister made small wooden coffins, then lined them with red fabric for candy servers for Halloween.  Family photo, Vernatopia.com.
My sister made small wooden coffins, then lined them with red fabric for candy servers for Halloween. Family photo, Vernatopia.com.
My sister made coffins in various sizes for Halloween ard displays.  Family photo, Vernatopia.com.
My sister made coffins in various sizes for Halloween ard displays. Family photo, Vernatopia.com.

SEASONAL PROFIT CENTERS


The third profit center is Seasonal products and services. This would include products that are specific to holidays for example. The idea would be to make a lot of money in a short period of time, and can be good for writers. Depending on your total package of profit centers, you may decide to have multiple seasonal profit centers.

There are fireworks stands in San Antonio that are huge and clustered throughout the city. They only sell fireworks around New Years and 4th of July! A local handyman and repair service advertizes they will put up your outdoor Christmas lights. A lawn service advertizes power washing houses and sidewalks during their off season.

Growing up in S.C., there was a family business that prepared and sold huge quantities of pork barbeque a couple times of year, like Memorial Day and 4th of July. A lot of communities have small business enterprises that smoke turkeys at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Another seasonal business is selling Christmas trees.

Maybe you’re an artsy craftsy person. You could make items for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or other holidays. Maybe you could sell handmade or novelty items suitable for Christmas presents. These items could be sold at craft fairs, church bazaars, or similar venues. A friend’s brother-in-law sells his handmade woodcrafted items at a monthly craftsman’s show near Dallas. In Texas, we call these “Market Days”. Some months he does not make much in sales, but picks up orders for custom items that make his time worthwhile.

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Turtle Race. Creative Commons, Flickr.com.

LANDLORD PROFIT CENTERS

 

The most well known landlord scenario is owning a house or other real estate and renting it out.  There are other ways however for property to support us.  Think a little more broadly, of renting out something you own to other people.  Some of these situations are seasonal.  Have you ever rented a costume for Halloween?  Maybe you’re not into cooking, but perhaps you could rent linens, serving pieces and decorations for people catering their own parties.  This kind of profit center could start small.  Perhaps you buy these things for an anniversary party, or retirement party.  You could rent them out to friends and ‘friends of friends’ by word of mouth. 

Are you handy with small appliance repairs?  Perhaps you could buy broken carpet cleaners, or sewing machines, or snow blowers inexpensively.  You could fix them up and start a profit center renting them out.  Advertize free on Craigslist.  Barbara knew a business that rented mud turtles for a local annual event, featuring mud turtle races. 

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MAIL ORDER PROFIT CENTERS

 

 

One of the oldest small business ideas is the Mail Order business. This profit center is now much easier, and a more attractive option, thanks to options like eBay, Amazon and Etsy. Depending on the product you choose to sale, you could operate your mail order business from most anywhere. Maybe you want to summer in Maine and winter in Florida!

 

 

Many industrious entrepreneurs have made a science of finding products to sell on eBay at handsome profits. Just do a search right here on HubPages! Some items may not be appealing to buyers in your country, but may be wildly popular to international customers.

 

 

There are two examples of monks who sell products directly through mail order. The Laser Monks sell printer ink cartridges. The Trappist Monks of Ava, Missouri sell delicious fruitcakes.

 

 

Maybe you can turn your handcrafted items into a Mail Order Profit Center. I have stumbled on a number of products like soaps and microwavable neck packs, often made and sold by stay-at-home moms as a home-based business. Use established sites such as Etsy, as well as your own websites and blogs to promote your products. My sister has an Etsy store to sell her custom cut and hand painted wood crosses. I have an Etsy store to sell my patriotic flag-inspired mosaic designs.

 

 

 

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Tupperware. Creative Commons, Flickr.com.

PRODUCTS PROFIT CENTERS

Market a product you are enthusiastic about. Barbara says only sell a product that you’d be the first customer for. There are many companies that have been around a long time, and depend on “regular people” to market and sell their products. Most everyone has heard of Amway, Avon, Tupperware, Pampered Chef and Mary Kay. You could also invent, develop or make something.

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    rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for your visit and comment Designsmith. I like the idea generation part. I'm not so good at implimentation.

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    Designsmith 6 years ago from City of Gold. Johannesburg

    Hi, I love that you have touched on one of my favorite passions. In fact one of my biggest "failings" is that I get all excited about another great small business idea and move on past the last one that I had only just got standing on its own two feet.

    No problem I have turned all that "job hopping" into a great training product of my own and have reached another happy place. I love small businesses.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    prairieprincess I hope you do check Barbara's site out. I especially like her CD on establishing yourself as an expert.

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    Sharilee Swaity 7 years ago from Canada

    this is excellent info, and I am definitely going to check out her site! Take care!

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks businesstrader and businessesforsale. All credit to Barbara Winters.

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    businessesforsale 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    I agree with all positive comments in relation to this hub. I will be following future hubs from the author. Well done!

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    Natalie Watson 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    Awesome hub! You have outlined just a few of many business opportunity choices for entrepreneurs to choose from. Some really good information to point us in the right direction. Good job!

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for reading and commenting BarnetAccountants.

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    BarnetAccountants 7 years ago from LONDON

    nice tips here, thanks for sharing,

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    BarnetAccountants 7 years ago from LONDON

    I must say useful tips,

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for the comment mybiznes, and welcome to HubPages. Check the HP rules and TOS however. Hub comments are not for self promotion and links.

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    mybiznes15 7 years ago

    Lots of good information. I agree with finding several "profit centers". Especially theses days. We call in having several "Income Streams". Either way, good job!

    http://promote-your-web-site.com/blog/

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for visiting LeanMan. Good luck in your endeavors.

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    Tony 7 years ago from At the Gemba

    Some good ideas there, much better to have several businesses on the go than just one and be underemployed! I am looking to have several small businesses when I "retire" from working for others, better to have my eggs in more than one basket.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for reading and commenting giza and mark. Best of luck in your businesses.

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    markrizz53 7 years ago from highland

    Great hub can use ideas to help my website get going alot of hits but no action at ShopShoesNMore.com

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    giza65 7 years ago

    Great Hub, well done! I must say there are some real good ideas here! Competition is tough out there so if one isn't passionate about what you're doing it's going to be very difficult to sustain the enthusiasm and energy one needs to put in the hard work to get a business going and keep it going when times are tough. I've been closely involved with a small interactive 3D development training company for the past ten years. We've come very close to going bust during the past few months and it's a struggle to keep things going and keep paying salaries from month to month. Just hope we can make it through the next few months!

    http://www.internet-business-idea.com

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for the visit Neil.

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    George Poe 7 years ago from United Kingdom

    This is good information and an interesting topic to write on. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for visiting and commenting Rismayanti and U Neek.

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    U Neek 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

    Multiple streams of income are especially nice to have in this economy. Great hub!

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    Rismayanti 7 years ago from Tropical Island

    thank you for share.. give more idea for live

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for your comment Greer. Unfortunately, in the current economy, the odds are against success.

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    Greer1 7 years ago

    This is a great hub especially since I just read Barbara Winter's book. I would like to spread the word of creating your own job in my community because there are too many people standing around with no work and no prospects.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks everyone so much for reading and commenting. I've read and appreciate every comment, I just can't keep up to respond to each one.

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    Crystal Hart 7 years ago

    Great Hub!! Thanks for all the information.

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    samurai4ever 7 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Love this! The problem now is how to free up some time to do this... -_-

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    Donna leef 7 years ago

    wow, thank you for sharing this

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    Jackson Riddle 7 years ago from Melbourne

    Very informative hub that I should incorporate some concepts into my life/business

    Thanks

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    SweetiePerson 7 years ago from redditch

    i especially like this one because it is about business and i like money i sell and buy on ebay but i buy vinyl records and sell them for profit and i love it. it has some brilliant ideas and is inspiring

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    DebtFreedom 7 years ago

    I enjoyed this hub - it has great ideas that I hope I can try out. Multiple profit centers .. never thought of it the way you've written about it. Thanks.

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    houseaz 7 years ago

    I love this! Thank you so much it's what I've been preaching to people around me for years! I'm writing a book about living an engaged life and this is one of the topics I have sort of in the book - loving what you do and living too! Will follow you!

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    vinodn 7 years ago from Fremont

    Excellent article! Thanks for introducing to these concepts. Its so true that people try putting all eggs in a basket and that too a basket they don't like :)

    This idea of multiple revenue streams in multiple areas that mean something to you is so very true.

    I am off to get the book and ofcourse follow you and go through all the links here :)

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    bskinny 7 years ago from US

    Lost of great information and ideas.

    Some really beneficial information in a down economy.

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    Felix Zapata 7 years ago

    Very good information and advise. I have known most of what you mention on your Hub for a long time, but never really put my mind to it until now. Thanks.

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    GojiJuiceGoodness 7 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

    Awesome hub! You've got a lot of good info here. THanks.

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    George Poe 7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Nice hub. Some good information here. Thanks for the info..

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    caitou888 7 years ago from Shenzhen,China

    Thank you for your kindly share!

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    Sadako 7 years ago

    Great hub...I have a dream of working on m own and living in Hawaii! (impossible is nothing!)

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    fullboz 7 years ago

    welcome to my hub

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    earnest, it only takes one great lousy idea! Want to share with us?

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Lorraine I’ve recently considered posting to try to get some speaking engagements and consulting gigs on Craig’s List.

    Thanks for reading changtian, Gary and jgw.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks traderx. Some of the veteran hubbers are starting to gravitate toward longer hubs of 1500 to 2000 words. Most of mine are at least 1000 words. I think the thing that has helped the score on this hub is that HubPages has featured it over and over since I wrote it. I think the traffic and comments have helped a lot.

    BBeck and wayne thanks for your comments and best of luck in your business endeavors.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    celticmelody, your book is what I call “well loved”. Thanks for the info on Sanders.

    Thanks for reading Cathi.

    rebekah I took another block of classes from Steve Veltkcamp from Bizshop.com. He said spend 40% of your time and budget on marketing. He has an instructional CD available on his website on low cost marketing strategies.

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    earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

    Lots of great ideas here. I really like the way you think about business. I had 30 years of successful business with one apparently lousy idea!

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    jgw899 7 years ago from Santa Cruz

    Man I love this hub. I'm always looking for ways to make a living without a job LOL

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    Gary A Bowles 7 years ago from Los Angeles Area

    Great Hub. Quite a bit of helpful information. Love the links to your other hubs. Keep up the good work!

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    changtian 7 years ago

    Thanks for this Hub!

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    Lorraine Arams 7 years ago

    Thanks for this Hub! You put a lot of work into this and I appreciate your efforts - it got my creative juices going again! It's amazing - and certainly putting services on Craigslist or Kijiji or other free classified sites would be an easy and inexpensive way to start -

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    wayne sr 7 years ago from home-East Moline,Il.

    I have been unemployed since june of 09.I just joined hubpages 5 wks. ago,and just starting out.Your hub info has given me some ideas that I may be able to use to generate more income,it is a worthwhile read.Thank you for the info.

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    GBeckhamfan 7 years ago

    This hub is fantastic. Great ideas for small business. It helped get my mind thinking of what I can do. Thanks so much!!!

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    traderx 7 years ago from Las Vegas

    Very interesting hub design, most of mine do not have this much information as I have been breaking them into separate hubs. I will try this method and see if I can get a hub ranked as high as this.

    Thanks for sharing

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    rebekahELLE 7 years ago from Tampa Bay

    fantastic, informative hub, rosemary. this page can help direct people in many directions. 'they' always say, 'find your passion and it will work for you'. something I see often here in florida are roadside bbq vendors. they have a portable smoke bbq and sell freshly cooked food with the trimmings for reasonable prices. and they get you with the smell as you're driving by! just wanted to add, great ideas need equal great marketing strategies.

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    Cathi Sutton 7 years ago

    Thank you for introducing me to this concept!

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    celticmelody 7 years ago from Chicago IL

    I'm a big fan of Barbara Winters. I had the first edition of her book Making Money Without A Job. (The poor thing fell apart). Another author I like is Jennifer Bayse Sanders author of The Weekend Entrepreneur. And, yes, I have both editions of HER book too.

    One thing I liked about your article is the ideas to get the old brain working on the question: "How can I make some extra money?"

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks everyone for the great comments. Please excuse me for not answering and thanking you individually. I have been really busy writing for the Helpful Health Hubs contest!

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    HubpagesCreation 7 years ago from Internet

    Certainly some nice ways, thanks for sharing

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    Daniel Christian 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    Some really great ideas you have.

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    apontios 7 years ago

    I absolutely agree with HeyJude (I like this great song of the "Beatles").It is not wise decision to put all eggs into one basket.It dilutes the results.

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    HeyJude2 7 years ago from Beautiful Breckenridge Colorado

    You are right on, Sista! You've got to diversify if you're going to be able to make it through the tough spots.

    We call it multiple streams of cash - but it's the same thing. I coach my clients that the cash streams should all be related.

    For example - if you are a motivational speaker -- great. That's the service part. Then you package some of your speeches into ebooks, or videos. That's the Information Product part. Then you figure out how to distribute them. Then you offer a coaching program. It's ALL built around your main theme of motivational speaking and its a great, sustainable business model.

    Good site -- I'll be following.

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    Ylva 7 years ago from Sweden

    Great Hub

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    malobi_sinha 7 years ago

    Lots of good advice! Thanks for that! A few things to take on board

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    HecVille 7 years ago from Texas

    Great Hub! I own a business, and the goal to have several successful profit centers in my business parallels your philosophy. I enjoyed reading your hub.

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    hubpageswriter 7 years ago

    I certainly find this information useful. Thank you for creating this hub.

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    brethodge 7 years ago from USA

    The suggestion pointed out by Barbara is useful. Real State and other option as discussed in the hub, give lot of good ideas. I had already selected one of them and going to implement it. Thanks for sharing so nice information.

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    tal g mel 7 years ago

    Thank you for ideas

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for the visit Lamme, Emmeline, and Jasnav. Much luck in your small business endeavors.

    artwork's post seems to be spam, at the least self promotion. This is a new hubber with one hub on backlinks. I'll let readers decide for themselves.

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    Jasnav 7 years ago

    Great Hub!

    Crisp and clear suggestions.

    The ideas are all around us all the time, it's picking them up and putting them into practice that is tough. Best way out is to get started first!

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    Emmeline 7 years ago from The North

    Really great info. We do live in a world where being your own boss is more possible than ever before... it is exciting! Thanks!

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    Lamme 7 years ago

    Great Hub, lots of good information. I'm going to have to establish a few new revenue streams. Thanks.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for the visits Swiftly, kev and moondive.

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    moondive 7 years ago from Modena,Italy

    Great advices! Thanks

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    kev8 7 years ago

    Great hub with some great advice,thank you very much!!!

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    SwiftlyClean 7 years ago from Texas

    Great advice,That tells us to never give up.

    Sharon Smith

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for visiting Neil.

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    George Poe 7 years ago from United Kingdom

    That's really good info, thanks for sharing.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks everyone for your comments! I've been reading them, but have been sick for 4 days.

    You're right Mike. Barbara says, if you think you'll love tax law, then learn tax law. Otherwise, get an accountant. I did take another bunch of classes from Steve VeltKamp of Bizshoppe.com. He covered more on business aspects.

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    MaryBeth Walz 7 years ago from Maine

    Great hub. I was suprised to see that I already do some of those things!

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    MikeNV 7 years ago from Henderson, NV

    The most difficult aspect of working for yourself is not the work... it's maintaining all the paperwork to comply with Government Laws/Taxes/Regulations. These people don't ever teach that.

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    wilmkr 7 years ago from Nigeria

    Hey Great stuff. I'll check out more of your hubs. Bravo!

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    JenDobson27 7 years ago

    Great information, and it came at a perfect time as many people are probably looking for ways to make some extra money.

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    andysarah 7 years ago

    wow.it is really very good and i like it very much.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Challah retirement is such a freedom! You could still do a few profit centers, with no worries for how much they generate, yet still get the tax benefits of a small business.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for the compliment Rick, Chocolate, and scorpion.

    Nice compliment Rick. I appreciate it.

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    Challah1202 7 years ago from Chandler, TX

    I was facinated by the multiple sources of job and pofitable enterprises your lest. I am retired so my interest is mostly academic, but I am still interested in what is going on in the world. Thanks for enlightening me.

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    ChocoLove 7 years ago

    Nice Hub, great topic.

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    Rickrideshorses 7 years ago from England

    Great hub, great practical tips - just what I've been looking for, thanks,

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for visiting gaming-guru, bihar and whytrends.

    bihar, I hope your situation turns around soon.

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    whytrends 7 years ago from Bangalore

    Lots of great informatiion. Thank you.

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    bihar 7 years ago from Patna

    joblessness is getting to me.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks marty and Coach. Sounds like I did justice to Barbara’s excellent lecture.

    Info411 you’ve hit my nail on the head.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Betty, thanks for the visit. What did you think of our Etsy sites?

    Thanks for visiting jeff and FGual. Small businesses and home-based businesses are attractive for multiple reasons, especially now.

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    Coach Nick Hall 7 years ago from Florida

    My goodness the value doesn't stop in the hub, it continues into the comments! Thanks for clearly outlining great information. It makes so much sense to have multiple streams of income (as I've read many times before) but never thought of it as having profit centers.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Thanks for the visit karla, Massagetherapist, and antonrosa.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Chadwarren thanks so much for your comment. It is surely one of the most memorable ones I’ve received since I’ve been on HubPages.

    I would surely like to find how to successfully market my Old Glory designs. Your suggestion is similar to one I learned (but haven’t implemented) in another class, which was to solicit for yourself a Board of Advisors. I took a bunch of his classes. His name is Steve VeltKamp of BizShop.com. Maybe I should write some hubs on his classes. Would be a great review for myself.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    R welton I am not yet successful in home business endeavors. One problem of course is the down economy.

    Another is as info411 suggested below. Too many ideas in too many areas, not enough focus on any one idea. My biggest priority is establishing myself as an expert, branding myself. I wrote a hub on this, which was also based on one of Barbara’s classes.

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    info411 7 years ago

    I didn't realize I have done a great number of the ideas you present here. How are you able to focus enough to make any given project successful?

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    martycraigs 7 years ago

    It's always nice to see posts about small business ideas and hubs that serve to generate ideas and encourage others. Your hub is no exception.

    Great job, keep it up!