Friday, February 06, 2009

Start A Business

When I was a kid, my mother used to drop pieces of advice on me as they happened to occur to her. One day, she said, somewhat out-of-the-blue: Never buy a business; you'll come out much better if you start your own.

I did do exactly that, when I was twenty-two and started freelancing full-time. Now, decades later I've discovered a series of books aimed at people wanting to start various highly specific businesses.

I stumbled onto Entrepreneur Magazine's Startup Series when I saw their book on blogging: Start Your Own Blogging Business, which is quite good, very thorough and detailed. The previous publications page showed 36 other books,

Start Your Own Bar and Tavern

Start Your Own Import/Export Business

Start Your Own Medical Claims Billing Service

or Car Wash, or Gift Basket Service, or Growing and Selling Herbs and Herbal Products, and so on.

If you're thinking about starting a business, do check the Startup Series to see if your specialty is included. I felt a spark of interest in starting something just from looking at the list.

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Greta said...

Hey, Peggy, this made me think. (You know, me, the "emerging writer" with no publications.) Do writers "start a business" when they actually have a business; i.e., they have something published. I checked out this URL just in case there was something about that.

Peggy Payne said...

You can have a business that's not yet showing a profit, Greta. Back when I used to do my taxes (in the 70s) you had to show profit in the fourth year to keep writing off expenses. I don't know what the deal is now. But there are books about how to be a freelance writer that are about more than how to send the manuscript, that include this kind of info. Glad you asked. I like the thinking-big approach.