Operate a potato chip shop in a busy location
Operate a French type hot dog stand
Sell popcorn coated with 20 different flavors
Offer a casserole delivery service
Run a take-out food store with a new specialty
Run a homemakers' cooperative, selling assorted edibles
Supply restaurants with your own specialty
Operate a home-cooked meal delivery service
Operate a box-lunch service for offices
Cater hors d'oeuvres for special occasions
Operate health food cafeterias in schools
Cater exotic desserts
Make wedding cakes
Operate a homemade soup shop
Sell homemade pastries or any other delicacy you are good at baking
Run a fruitcake business
Bake and sell traditional goodies for festive occasions of the year
Specialize in the candy apple business
Sell crepes suzettes and/or American-style pancakes in a busy location
Merchandise Christmas candied fruits
Run a homemade candy stand
Operate a fry stick snack shop
Merchandise maple syrup
Manufacture new and uniquely-flavored cough drops
Sell home-canned goods
Dehydrate surplus produce
Produce and bottle fresh juice and sell to restaurants
Make lollipops of all shapes and sizes
There are hundreds of opportunities in the service arena offering low-cost start-ups and high profit returns. Almost all can be run from home.
Order 5,000 3 x 6 commission circulars from your printer selling $1.00 items that you earn 50% commission on every order you receive. Have your name printed on them - it will save you hours of stamping time.
If you have a garage or work building and are willing to learn a craft, upholstering, re-upholstering and/or furniture refinishing would make an excellent home business.
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A few years ago it would have been foolish to even consider a sign business unless you were well qualified to hand paint letters and illustrations.
When solving problems after you have exhausted the normal means of coming up with the solution, think in terms of unorthodox methods. Vary your thinking and try to solve the problems by creating something completely new and irrelevant.
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