Business Tips: Best Home Based Businesses On Budget

A guide to finding the right DTP business if you don't have a lot of time or money to spend. Ideas on products and working out of the house.

You want to start your own home-based desktop publishing (DTP) business, but you don't have a lot of time or money. One of the biggest benefits of having your own business is that you have a lot of flexibilty in the choices you make. You decide how much time and money to spend, and where you can cut back on both while still running a successful business. Don't give up the idea of starting your own business just because you have limited resources. You can still own your own business"┬Žand here's how.

What if you don't have enough time? You might want to start your business on a part-time basis while holding down a full-time job or raising your children at home. This is a better idea than not starting your business at all, because if you are working on a part-time basis, you will still be able to make valuable business contacts that will serve you well when you go full-time. Plan to do your work at night or on weekends. Do most of your business via phone or email to save travel time. There are lots of businesses that exist only on the Internet. If you choose to follow their lead, you don't have to worry about having a nice office that clients will visit or business clothes. You can work whenever it suits you, even if that's at 3AM in your pajamas. You can network, find resources, and conduct business all online.

What if you don't have enough money? There are some things you have to have to get started. Buy the best you can afford, and you can upgrade later when you have more money. You have to have your own computer. And if you shop around, you can find some pretty good deals. There are so many computer dealers out there competing for your business that it is possible to get a computer to fit your needs for only a few hundred dollars. When you get more money, you may want to purchase a second computer to use as a spare or backup; you will lose business if you can't access your computer. And computer crashes and glitches do happen, so it's wise to be prepared.

You should also have connection to the Internet so you can do research, shop for software, network, and do business. There are so many internet service providers (ISP) out there to choose from; do some research, ask friends, and pick the one that best suits your needs.

Your ISP can also help you get a good deal on a computer. Some offer a huge discount on a computer when you sign up for their service. Competition to get your Internet service is so great that many internet service providers offer a huge discount on a computer if you sign on with them. Pick a provider you like and sign up. You might have to sign an extended contract, but you'll need Internet service anyway so you aren't losing anything.

You will also need some desktop publishing software, which enables you to create and print various documents for your clients. The most common programs are PageMaker, Quark, or Corel.

One of the most basic and least expensive DTP software programs is Microsoft Publisher (under $100), but you should be aware that you will have to upgrade to a program with more options as you get projects that require more technical expertise. Research business and computer magazines to help decide which software will bet suit your needs and budget.

Also important is a printer. It should be a high-quality laser printer, preferably one that can print in color. Many computer retailers offer package deals that include a computer, monitor, and printer at a very affordable price. This might be your best bet right now. These deals used to include rather low-quality printers, but if you shop around you can probably find a deal that will include a good-quality laser printer. You can always upgrade later.

Don't despair if you don't have a lot of time and money to invest in your new business. The important thing is that you are doing it. And as your business grows, you'll have more time and money to invest back into your business. So don't make excuses for not starting that business you've always dreamed of having. If you really want it, then go for it!

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