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.


Website or Blog: Which is Better?

February 1, 2012

You’ve made the decision to start a blog or website to increase your home business exposure or sell products online.  Both represent a presence on the World Wide Web, both have considerable value, yet differences exist.

A blog is more dynamic and easily changed with a few lines of text, pictures or video.  Websites can be added to, of course, but the structure is more static and often more difficult to modify.  A blog can – and often is – used in tandem with a website.  Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject; others function as personal online diaries; yet still others function more as online brand advertising for a product or company.

Blogs are often the work of a single person, not a team of designers, programmers, and writers, as some websites need.

Cost is a factor too – blog hosts are often free. is an example.  Websites usually have charges associated with development, hosting, content, and updates.

Different Types of Blogs

– Art or art blog

– Photographs or Photoblog

– Videos or video blogging

– Music – MP3 or iTunes blog

– Audio or podcasting


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Creating My Own Home Business Success Story

April 6, 2011

April 6, 2011

A couple months ago I wrote an article about starting a part-time photography business from home.  I started this venture because a problem presented itself:  Blank walls in my doctor’s office and I had a solution – pictures taken at interesting locations including Niagara Falls, Vienna, Zurich, etc.  After discussing with the physician, I contacted my accountant and asked about the business structure and what I should record for tax purposes.

Before putting my photos on display, I started immediately on branding my business.  My first steps included a name for the business – fotosbydion – and reserving the domain name for website sales. After considerable thought, I changed the business name to Stepping Stone Studios; it mirrors the title of one of my best pictures and a feature of the website’s home page.  Domain name reservation through GoDaddy and free email via gmail was a consideration in the naming process.  The business name had to available for domain and email; my first choices were taken.  Though my original choice was to use Etsy as my sales outlet – it is a very low cost service – I wanted more of a professional image that a dedicated website reflects.

One of my original plans was to exhibit at local art and/or craft shows and gain additional exposure and business.  While that is still a possibility, the late winter shows were filled and I wanted to do some research on possible competition at these events.  I needed to see if a customer base for my product was present, if other photographers were participating, and get an idea of pricing.

I also wanted to have the permanent on-display pieces framed by a professional; I contacted a wonderfully talented framer – Julie Novak – I’ve used in the past for personal reasons.  After many back and forth trips between our houses, we have some real showcase pieces that I am very pleased with.  Contact Julie at

While the shows I attended are probably not appropriate for my work, I was fortunate and found the name of a graphic designer to work with.  I looked at her portfolio, contacted her and now have a logo for Stepping Stones – something that will add a professional touch to my business cards and other marketing material.  Lindsay has a reasonable billing rate, listens well, works quickly, and is quite thorough.  I am very pleased to be working with her – she will be a very valuable resource for any future project.  Contact Lindsay at

Our first face-to-face – virtually via Skype video chat – was this evening where we covered next steps for both parties.  I need to provide her with products (photos), divided into specific categories, and related pricing; Lindsay has committed to producing a couple of mock-ups (sample pages) within days.  I will provide previews and links of her work in future postings and examples of pricing worksheets as this business develops.

By Dion D Shaw

Dion Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs and Stepping Stone Studios

Website or Blog: Which is Better?

October 1, 2010

You’ve made the decision to start a blog or website to increase your business exposure or sell products online.  Both represent a presence on the Internet or World Wide Web, both have considerable value, yet significant differences can exist.

Many blog hosting options – Blogger, WordPress, and Blogspot, et al. – are available to you; further, many are free or inexpensive.  As a blogging novice, one should consider several issues: Cost, exposure, features, support, ease-of-use, and flexibility are a few.  Also of concern is whether to initiate a website immediately or ‘test the waters’ and by blogging, gauge interest in your product or service.  The three blog hosts mentioned above are excellent choices: free, easy to use, and offer support services.

To clarify, a blog is similar to online diary that is updated every time a post or entry is submitted. Depending on business or personal needs and goals, a blog may not be appropriate; consider a traditional website instead.  A website generally consists of a ‘home’ page, an ‘about us’ page, a ‘contact us’ page and other content pages. This kind of Internet presence is more complex but more versatile as well. For instance, more payment options can be incorporated in a website as opposed to most blogs.  So-called ‘Shopping Cart’ features provided by third party providers can accept payment options from PayPal to Visa and gift certificates.  Since a contract is involved, certain legal rights are both inherent and implied; free hosts generally give no promises or guarantees.

Also to consider are the terms of service (TOS) used by some blogs.  Wordpess, for example, states the following in their TOS: “Affiliate marketing blogs: Blogs with the primary purpose of driving traffic to affiliate programs and get-rich-quick schemes (“Make six figures from home!!”, “20 easy steps to top profits!!”, etc). This includes multi-level marketing (MLM) blogs and pyramid schemes. To be clear, people writing their own original book, movie or game reviews and linking them to Amazon, or people linking to their own products on Etsy do NOT fall into this category.”

(see: for details)

WordPress therefore, is not suitable for the business that wishes to make money from certain affiliate marketing or MLM links.  If that is your business plan, a hosted website (paid) is a better option.

Further, if a decision is made to use a free blog exclusively, one should be aware of the limitations of free hosted services, in particular if the blog is an income generator.  Be warned that regardless of how wonderful and popular your blog is, it exists on the Internet at the host’s discretion.  If the host opts to shut down its services or your blog, it may do so without warning and recompense.  Simply, any income generated from your blog (and any content included) is potentially at risk of non-existence at any time.

Other issues to consider with free blog hosting are bandwidth (pages slow to load), content size limitations, and support concens. Consider the free blog host with millions of visitors slowing your page load; people will become impatient and navigate to other sites.  This scenario is not atypical; countless numbers of websites and blogs exist on the Internet in addition to yours and may bog down even the best maintained sites.

A common solution may involve starting with a free blog host and once solid visitor numbers are acheived, migrating to a web host. Of course, there may be disadvantages to this strategy as well: Site ranking may be negatively impacted and will take time to recover.  There is also a risk of losing some ‘regular visitors’ and in turn, a drop in earnings from the site.

Finally, consider instead investing in a paid host immediately and avoid the potential future headaches of losing visitors or an entire blog presence.  Many reputable and solid website hosting companies have very inexpensive initial hosting plans that can be upgraded in the future.  For example, offers an economy hosting plan for around $5.00 per month, depending on the terms.

by Dion D. Shaw

Dion Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs.

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