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Eleven Home-Based Business You Can Start for Less Than $100 
by Diana Bocco May 31, 2005

Legitimate home-based businesses that require only a small investment and are guaranteed to work!

Forget get-rich-quick schemes. If you want to earn some extra money in your spare time, or if you are a stay-at-home mom, take a look at these real opportunities. They require a very small investment (less than $100) to get started, and have been tested and proven successful by thousands of people.

Direct Sales

Not matter what your interests and hobbies are, there is a company out there selling products for it. They are known as Direct Sale Companies. You earn money through person-to-person sales, retail, home parties or fundraising. Some companies will provide you with a website for online sales.

The worst thing about this type of job is that is based solely on commission and you need to sell consistently in order to bring in a profit. The good part? Commissions are usually high (20-50%) and you can earn free merchandise as a reward for good sales.

To get started, you need to invest in a Starter Kit from the company, which usually includes sample products, brochures or catalogs, and all necessary forms and applications.

Some companies with a proven record of good sales are: Pampered Chef (sells cookware, kitchen gadgets, and seasonings; Starter Kit is $90), Petra Fashions (lingerie; Bronze Kit is $79; others available), Discovery Toys (educational toys, books, games, and software; Standard Kit, $99), Country Bunny Bath & Body (bath, body, and spa products; their Managing Services Program is $89), White Lily Candles (Choice Kit, $80; cheaper kits are available).

Sell discount healthcare plans

Discount benefits plans can be medical only, or cover dental, vision, prescription, and sometimes chiropractic services. They are aimed to people without insurance that want to save money on medical assistance. This is a relatively new service, so there is little competition out there and a potential for great income.

Although you start with direct sales, you can also make money by enlisting other brokers, which would earn a percentage for you with every sale they make.

AmeriPlan is the top selling plan on the market. You pay $95 for the Basic Broker Kit and then $35 each month to continue as a broker. This includes a free coverage plan for you and all household members and a free website to promote your business. You make a 30% commission on every enrollment.



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