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How A Poor Person Can Make Money
In A Small Town -- Part 1

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Start a Small Town Business

Starting a business is VERY SIMPLE and EASY. "Oh, sure," you might say, "that's what you think." But the truth of the matter, my friend, is that ANYONE can start a business. That feat can be done in ten minutes (or as long as it take for you to think up a name). The "hard part" is staying in business and not giving up. That's what separates the men from the boys and the women from the men. But for those of you who have determination, you will prosper.
Money is NOT the beginning of a business. An idea, a product and a plan of who to sell it to is all you need to open your business. Decide on a name and get started NOW.
Small towns are extremely easy to make money in -- especially if you live in a small town where you have lived most of your life. In fact, if you live in a small town more than two years, lots of people know you already. If you are friendly and courteous, it doesn't take long for small town folk to get the word out about your kindness or generosity. Once you have established this type of reputation with store owners, post office clerks, barber shops and other citizens in your small town -- you can about guarantee yourself a weekly paycheck without holding a regular 9 to 5 job.
Here are some great ideas for items that will sell well in small towns:

* Family tree books.
* Folklore and historical writings about the small town where you reside.
* Recipe books you compile from good cooks in the area (or church members).
* Errand services (especially if the majority of people in your small town are elderly).
* Baby-sitting services (especially if the majority of people in your small town are comprised of the young, working crowd).
* Housecleaning services.
* Handyman and yard services.
* Crafts and woodworking-type items.
* Fruits, vegetables, cakes, cookies and other food items that you might have a special "knack" in preparing and packaging for sale.
* Auto repair and maintenance.

Of course, there are lots more small town business ideas, but I think this list will get you thinking and moving in the right direction. You know your own likes, dislikes and hobbies. Simply turn whatever you are good at into a business and you can make money any place you live!

Why Others Fail

The only two ways you can fail in starting your small town business is by:

* Pricing your product or service so low that you lose money, or too high and not have enough customers to meet your expenses.
* Not marketing your product or service properly.

Marketing a product is simply finding different ways to sell it to as many people as you can. Some people pass out flyers, tack up notices at local stores and/or call people on the phone and solicit them for business. Depending on your product, you might be able to get local store owners to sell it for you and you won't have to do a thing. A family tree booklet, for example, can be inexpensively produced by having 500 copies printed on 20-lb. bond paper and putting them together yourself.
Arrange with some of the store owners in your small town to let you put them on the counter. For each one they sell, you give them a certain portion of the money. This way, all you do is check to make sure the supply is always there and collect your money for the ones that are sold. You might not strike it rich the first or second time around, but if you keep trying different stores, eventually you will hit the right combination for GOOD SALES!

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