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Never Get a Real Job

Never Get a Real Job

In 'Never Get a Real Job,' serial entrepreneur Scott Gerber covers everything that's necessary for a start-up to produce revenues. Its value is that it blows up the glamorous myths and great expectations about launching a business. Read More »

Buy $50 Merchandise, Store Owner Gives You Pole Dance

Buy $50 Merchandise, Store Owner Gives You Pole Dance

New York City greeting card designer and store owner Jill-Anne gives customers who purchase $50 of merchandise their own pole dance, reports CBS New York. The pole is installed amidst the cards in her Allen Street Store in lower Manhattan. And all of this, plus when she plays her guitar in front of the store,... Read More »

Getting Rich From Other People's Hoarding

Getting Rich From Other People's Hoarding

America is the land of hoarders. When hoarders run out of room in their houses, they often branch out into storage units. Then comes the day when hoarders can't pay the storage fees. They might be so obsessed with hoarding that they don't pay attention to their financial affairs. After three months of not... Read More »

MLM  Success: Returning to Avon After 39 Years

MLM Success: Returning to Avon After 39 Years

MLM Company: Avon Maria Marsala was just 14 years old when she begged her mother to sign the papers for her to be able to sell Avon door-to-door in Brooklyn, N.Y. Maria was an avid user of Avon products and thought selling them would be glamorous and fun, but more importantly she didn't want to work at her... Read More »

Minimal Change: Provide that to Customers, Get Rich

The Minimal Change industry. That might be the name you can give the new kind of service or product you offer customers and clients who long for things to be as they once were. Actually, as Calvin Trillin describes in The New Yorker, this approach to business isn't new, at least not in much of New Orleans.... Read More »

MLM Success: Mom is Stampin' Up To Help Support Family

MLM Success: Mom is Stampin' Up To Help Support Family

Does this sound familiar? You have a job, but decide to leave it to have a baby and stay home. After a while the sleepless nights and lack of adult contact make you feel isolated, and the fact that you are not bringing home a paycheck makes you feel like you're not contributing. This is exactly what happened... Read More »

Lindsay Lohan: Role Model for Creating Your Own Job

Lindsay Lohan: Role Model for Creating Your Own Job

Lindsay Lohan could be the role model for creating your own job, reports Portfolio. Like many job searchers, Lohan has hit a wall in the kinds of jobs she's been pursuing, especially in film. Therefore, she's contemplating turning something she knows well into how she can make a living. For Lohan that's the... Read More »

Hosting Substance-Free Teen Parties: $15K a Pop

Hosting Substance-Free Teen Parties: $15K a Pop

Hosting teen parties in Manhattan that are free of alcohol and drugs has been a money maker for Ricky Smith. Smith collects about $15,000 for each party, which parents are thrilled to pay, reports the New York Post. Read More »

New Niche for Start-Ups: Anti Bullying

New Niche for Start-Ups: Anti Bullying

Anti bullying books, lectures, seminars, interventions, group training, Web kits, lobbying, and programming for television and films are big business. So big, in fact, that they are creating a new niche for start-ups. Bloomberg Business Week discusses this fresh marketplace but only in the sub niche of the... Read More »

Start-Ups: Three Dead Zones to Avoid

Start-Ups: Three Dead Zones to Avoid

Start-ups, the way more of you are earning a living, have three dead zones, says consultant Shaun Rein in Forbes. Paying attention to those who know nothing about your business. That's just it: They know nothing about your business. They're the kinds who might have told Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that... Read More »

Small Store Start-Ups Give the Unemployed a Shot at Profitable Entrepreneurship

Small Store Start-Ups Give the Unemployed a Shot at Profitable Entrepreneurship

Some customers seem to like the contrast that small store star- ups give to the big box stores. The Daily News featured four of these "small is beautiful" approaches to leasing space for your enterprise. One is Cass Lilien's 5.5-by-9-foot outlet in New York City. There she makes jewelry and sells jewelry kits.... Read More »

MLM Success Story: I'm a Top Mary Kay Beauty Consultant

MLM Success Story: I'm a Top Mary Kay Beauty Consultant

MLM Company: Mary Kay Cosmetics, since 1963 You know the company. You know the name. You or your significant other has most likely attended a Mary Kay beauty party and you've probably even gotten a glimpse of one of the Mary Kay signature cars -- a pink Cadillac awarded to the top consultants in the United... Read More »

Our Pets: Gold Mine for Jobs, New Businesses

Our Pets: Gold Mine for Jobs, New Businesses

The pet industry, from birds to 150-pound dogs, is a job hunter's and entrepreneur's dream. Revenues for basic products and services total more than $45 billion. Those include food, bird cages, cute outfits, medical care, grooming, and boarding. And as pet parents continue to humanize their animal... Read More »

Cleaning Houses/Commercial Property:  Jobs or Starting a Business

Cleaning Houses/Commercial Property: Jobs or Starting a Business

The cleaning industry makes about $40 billion annually. Part of that can be yours, as an employee or, eventually, by owning your own business. What's known as "cleaning" includes both residential, that is where people live, and commercial, that is where people conduct business. The work might entail daily or... Read More »

Wearing T-Shirts for a Living: Send in the Clones

Wearing T-Shirts for a Living: Send in the Clones

Figuring out a way to earn bucks for getting dressed every morning is such a genius idea it's a wonder everyone isn't trying their own version of Jason Sadler's IWearYourShirt.com. He's the guy who originated the idea of having companies pay him to wear their shirts for the day, and set up a social media... Read More »

Self Employment's Sweet Spot: Marketing

Self Employment's Sweet Spot: Marketing

The jobless are turning to self employment to extend their unemployment check, make ends meet until they find full-time positions, or test out the entrepreneurial waters. No surprise, the Huffington Post, which focuses on the current economic struggle, took a look at Etsy.com. It's an online site where those who... Read More »

The Billboard Family: Wearing Your Heart on Their Sleeves

The Billboard Family: Wearing Your Heart on Their Sleeves

Give the Martins credit for being resourceful -- their business plan requires very little overhead or office space, new clothes every day, and the entire family is involved, even the unborn baby, due in December. It's as simple as this: All four members of the self-titled "Billboard Family" will wear a T-shirt... Read More »

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