Start a Business by Toni Laure

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ~Arthur Ashe

This is part 3 of a 5 part series: Reshape your Thinking, Visualize and Plan, START A BUSINESS, Save your Money, Invest in your future.


Starting a business can be a scary thing. After all, not everyone is born with that killer instinct that you see in most entrepreneurs. You know the type with the gift of gab, the ones who won’t take no for an answer. Those go getters.  Some of us are reserved and have a different approach to life but that doesn’t mean we get a pass. You might prefer a 9to5 job and there is nothing wrong with that. However, you shouldn’t let any job or person have control over whether or not you have the ability to put food on your table. You need what Dr. Boyce Watkin’s has coined “F* you money”. So what is F* you money? It’s the income you receive outside of your day-to-day job. It is your cushion and safety net and your power. It is your ability to say F* you, if your boss takes you for granted or outright disrespects you. See where I’m going with this? You don’t have to start something big that will take you years to grow. Think of things with little overhead costs that you can dedicate a few hours of your day.

Below is a list of 5 low cost businesses that you can start.

  1. Online bookstore- Do you have old books you don’t read anymore? Amazon has a great affiliate program that allows you to store and sell your inventory online. You can always stack up on used books for cheap by buying from garage sales and second hand stores like the Goodwill.
  2. Hair stylist/ barber/ nail tech- Are you a talented hairstylist/barber/nail tech? If so, you can make a good side income.
  3. Freelance- Have a talent for writing/reading? Use that talent to write for local and/or national companies, edit manuscripts, submit pieces to greeting card companies. There is also a host of social media sites like that have plenty of gigs for talented writers.
  4. Social media manager/ virtual assistant- Do you spend countless hours on social media? If you do, you might as well get paid for it. Seek out companies or individuals (like musicians or authors) who need help building their social media presence.
  5. Personal trainer- Are you pretty good at working out and motivating people? On your spare time train groups or individuals.

* Check with your state to make sure your business is operating within the law

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Author Bio:

Toni Larue is an author, entrepreneur and women’s empowerment advocate. She is the author of fiction novels, Abandoned Secrets (available now) and No Kissing (release date TBD), and the co-owner and COO of Team Jon Doe Management and Entertainment and Sounwave Music.

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