Start a Business for $50

November 18, 2015

Yes, you can start a business for $50.  The business can be product or service-oriented, full-time or part-time, from home or not.  Here is how the costs break down:

  1. Using Google, enter godaddy into the search box.  Click on the $0.99 domain name box.

start a business for $50


2. Go to 1 Dollar Hosting.  Buy 12 months of website hosting for $12.00

3. Go to and hire someone to design a logo for $5.00

4. Design a website on for free.

5. Host the website on 1 dollar hosting.

6. Figure out what you want to sell or a service to provide.  Candles to yard work.  Whatever you want to do

7. Partner with a friend and double your efforts.

8. Set up a PayPal account.  Integrate the PayPal account with the website.

9. Sign up for social media platforms, hopefully with the same domain name

10. Start blogging or put product on your site to sell.  Advertise your services.

You spent $18 and a little time.  Spend the rest on materials if you need them or buy a few pizzas.  Or save the $32.00 for a date.

Whichever way you choose, start a business for $50.00 or less.

You’re welcome.  Have a nice day.


10 Questions to ask Before Starting a Home Business with a Spouse

January 4, 2014

You married or live with him or her because you love them.  But could you spend your working days with them too?  And sleep together at night?  Here are 10 simple questions to ask before starting a home business with a partner or spouse.

1) Can you work side-by-side?

This seems like a basic question – you play well in the sandbox – so why can’t you work well together?  There are many reasons from constant contact to settling personal and business differences.  Ask yourself honestly if a working arrangement can be productive, successful, and not destroy the positive and personal side of your lives.

2) Do you each have common goals?

Is your vision the same as your partner?  Does he or she support and agree with what you want to do and vice-versa?  If one wants to make widgets and the other wants to make cogs, how will you reconcile that?  What about the long-term?  Do you both agree about a long-term vision for the business?  Does it fit with your personal goals?  And if you have children, how do they fit in the mix?

3) Define and agree on roles

Will you do bookkeeping or will the other?  Determine who is responsible for producing the product (if appropriate) and who will handle customer service.  Also, who will make the final decision if common agreement is impossible?  You don’t want a business to cause friction in your personal life and the business needs are important too.  Someone must be in charge.

4) Define the business plan

Sometimes an objective third party is a good choice for reviewing a business plan.  An organization like SCORE will gladly assist entrepreneurs interested in starting a business – individuals or couples – with business plans and start-up businesses.

5) Talk. Talk. Talk.

Open and honest conversation is key to successful marriages and a successful business.  Set aside time to talk specifically about business issues.  When discussing, don’t be critical or dismiss the other’s ideas. You are not always right and the other is not always wrong.  Relationships are a 50-50 proposition.  A business partnership is too.

6) Draw a line between family and business

Maybe your business hours are 8 to 4 or one works that shift while another works a later time.  Whatever the case, draw that line between family time and business time.  If you promised to take the kids to the water park after school, make sure the business doesn’t interfere.  The flip side is also true.  Don’t allow your pillow talk to wander into the upcoming client meeting or quarterly taxes.

7) Create logical boundaries

Work is work.  The office is the office, even if the office is at home.  Design your work and living spaces to be separate from each other.  This helps keep personal and professional lives from conflicting.

8) Present as a team

Be united as business partners.  If you are parents, you don’t allow children to play one parent against another.  Do the same with your business.  Answer client questions the same way, each and every time.

9) Keep customers in the dark

Clients don’t need to know that your spouse is the other partner.  Keep them out of the loop.  Refer to your partner by name or as my partner, not as my husband or wife.  The less a client knows, the better.

10) Contingency plans

With both spouses working on the same business, failure is a double whammy.  Instead of losing one income, both incomes are gone.  Have a sizable cash reserve and another way to make money, if needed.  Assuming the worst outcome will make you plan more carefully and cautiously.  Build those reserves – remember, you have a family to feed too.  Further, draw up a partnership agreement that allows for one to get out, if they want to or must.  A business attorney can assist with this endeavor.

More SEO Tips

October 10, 2013 – hosted with Blue Host – uses a SEO service to improve its search engine optimization effort. I thought I’d share some of the tips that I see for improving SEO:

  • A meta description has been specified, but it does not contain the target keyword / phrase.
  • The page title contains keyword / phrase, but it does not appear at the beginning; try and move it to the beginning.

SEO Process

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3 Key Steps for Setting Successful Business Goals

September 20, 2013

There are a number of goals you can make when starting a home business or small business, but only a few actually make a difference.  Follow these steps and revisit them every year, perhaps on your start-up anniversary.

Business Goals

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The Printable Excel Cheat Sheet

September 17, 2013

This simple to use Infograph cheat sheet for Excel is incredibly useful and portable!

Use it for math, for accounting, or to run a home business.

The printable Excel cheat sheet

Excel can be used to prepare data, do math, and even run small businesses. With a few simple tools, you too can work wonders.

** If it doesn’t show up perfectly in your browser, click on the image and make it larger.  Then print it out from the browser.**



[comment# I imagine this as a printable cheat sheet. So perhaps fonts/style is very important, but I imagine other graphic/presentation to be pretty minimal so as not to distract from the sheet being a reference. Think something that someone would want to attach to the wall of their cubicle.Perhaps something that nicely frames the text?]

The Basics
[comment: I imagine these three sections being consolidated (perhaps side by side) with the majority of the graphic being commonly used formulas in a section below.]

A function = a predefined formula

Sum = add cells
Average = find the mean of cell
Count = count a number of cells
INT = round off decimals leaving integers
Round = rounds to a specified number of digits or decimals

And hundreds more.

So you’ve chosen a function, now how do you use it?

Syntax = the way in which you must format a function for it to work

First an equal sign (=)
Then, the function name (SUM)
Then, the argument (B3:B12)

[comment# small image of =sum(B3:B12) on a spreadsheet with B column visible might be appropriate]

The argument = the information you want the function to calculate
+ = Add
– = Subtract
* = multiply
/ = divide
^ = exponent
( )’s = organization for order of operations
B3,E4,… commas seperate elements
B3:B45 colons denate ranges of cells
$ = makes references absolute

[#small box] Order of operations
Excel treats multiplication and division of equal importance, as well as addition and subtraction
() Parentheses
^ Exponents
* or / from left to right
+ or – from left to right

[comment# This section takes up more space than 1-3. I imagined one through three side by side, and four spanning across the graphic below the first three.]

When pasting formulas somewhere else,
1.)=A1 = relative reference
2.)=$A1 = Column is absolute, row is relative
3.)=A$1 = Row is absolute, column is relative
4.)=$A$1 = Everything is absolute

Relative references adjust to their new surroundings.
[Format: Cell name:Contents] –B2:4

Paste C3 to C4…And
[comment#use an arrow to point out the relationship pointed out in following line] The relative reference in C3 tells excel that you want to reference the cell to the left and up one.

You can drag formulas down to fill up entire rows or columns



Using AdSense to Make Money for a Website or Blog

August 27, 2013

Homepreneurs recently blogged about using Google analytics for a website.  In this post, we discuss making money from Google’s AdSense.  For the full article, please read on…

Below is a snapshot of an AdSense report for Homepreneurs website –  This report is only for a few days and no conclusions should be drawn, positive or negative.

AdSense Report

AdSense Report

Homepreneurs website is  Homepreneurs has a blog at, a Facebook page –, a Twitter site –, a tumblr site –, a Pinterest presence –, and a LinkedIn page (Homepreneurs).

BRB and LOL and ROTFL? WTF? A Look at IM Abbreviations

August 26, 2013

We interrupt our normally scheduled home business blogs to cover something that comes up often: IM or Instant Messaging. Most people are familiar with LOL – Laugh Out Loud or BRB – Be Right Back or TTYL – Talk To You Later. There are many other fairly common (and some not so common) texting acronyms you should at least know about. Maybe for your own texting or maybe to understand what the heck your kids are chatting about. I am often asked about many of these acronyms and the meaning. Here is a quick reference list.

As a regular texter, I think some of these are rarely used, but as with all languages – IM or not – variations exist in geographic regions, age groups, etc. One fairly common one not on this list is SMH – Shaking (Shake) My Head; another is MEH, which is not an acronym, but is rather an IM expression of shrugged shoulders or indifference. “What’s for dinner?” MEH in response is I don’t care or whatever.

* Homepreneurs reviewed this list with a younger friend tonight to make the list as current as possible.


Oh, and WTF is “What The F*** (we don’t say those words because mom may read this). Hopefully this helps clear up some communication issues between tech-savvy kids and parents, or those that just want to know. HAGD! 🙂

While our conversational English is one thing, talking on IM is completely different. In addition to learning certain time-honored etiquette rules while IMing, keep these IM acronyms handy next time you are chatting with friends!

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