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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; 2nd edition (1 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593372965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593372965
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 939,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Turn your career dreams into a profitable reality!Tired of your humdrum workday routine? Looking for a new and exciting career path that allows you to be your own boss and make your own rules? "The 200 Best Home Businesses, Second Edition" is the book for you.This completely revised and updated second edition profiles 200 of the best and most profitable businesses that you can run from your home. Inside, you'll find jobs for your every interest, from computer programming to being a personal chef. Each business provides you with all the information you need to choose the business that's right for you: The pros and cons of each businessEstimated startup costsSkills neededAdvertising tipsExpert advice from home business entrepreneurs No matter what your interest or level of experience, you can take charge of your life, tap into your unique background and talents, and build a solid career for the future. "The 200 Best Home Businesses, Second Edition" shows you how!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Sheridan on 9 Aug. 2011
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This book is a great premise and it does contain a lot of detailed information for a lot of interesting and different business ideas for working from's just that a lot of them are very specific to the USA, and quite a few are blindingly obvious - ie - if you are already a psychiatrist or an accountant, you probably don't need a book to tell you that you could set up and practice your profession from home!!
The author has put together a lot of research though and is fairly realistic about start-up costs and potential earnings and the amount of time you would need to work to earn a decent living. Let's hope a UK version comes out soon!!
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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
Not what I was looking for... 5 Aug. 2007
By Elizabeth Henry - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read this book looking for ideas to help supplement by regular income by doing something from home. This was NOT the book for me. Most of the suggestions were totally useless for me and required a lot of skills/education that I don't have and would have to obtain before I started. For example, two of the suggestions are Accountant and Lawyer (!). This would better have been titled as "Careers That Allow You To Work At Home If You Want To." Also, as a side note, the projected earnings about Medical Transcriptionist was WAY overinflated...I am doing that currently, and my mother owns her own business and makes really good money, but not the $40-$60 an hour stated in the book. That's outrageous!
28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Decent but nothing amazing 22 Mar. 2006
By M. Loring - Published on
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This was a good book for anyone who wants basic work at home ideas... but there was nothing original. You could sit at home and figure these jobs out if you go online or brainstorm. Still, it does help and it does have some good ones.
27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
A very refreshing book 7 July 2006
By Alix in Chicago - Published on
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book not knowing what to expect and I was very surprised to find a new type of approach.

The author has done a wonderful at holding my attention and I highly recommend it.

I'd also like to recommend that you read Untapped Wealth Discovered. This too is a very smart and refreshing book and the authors have packed lots of vital info into their book.

Both of these books are well priced, very affordable and great motivators for both the interested and serious reader.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
What to expect 3 Feb. 2013
By O. Koyi - Published on
Format: Paperback
First off, I don't know why anyone would "bash" this book. This book is not supposed to guide you!! How do I know? Just from the title! 200+ businesses will have to be a SUMMARY!!! Another thing that may not also be that obvious from the title (and that number) is that those businesses will HAVE to include businesses you cannot do. I did some economics courses and know a little about "barriers to entry" of businesses. Well the barriers are just like limitations or scarcity; they are essentially there to force you to be sure of yourself. To force you to choose! Why [in the world] would you want to do all or go into a business you're not at least 50% sure off? You'll only disappoint yourself and your clients.

Now about what the book is about.
This book gives a snapshot of businesses you can save rent on by starting at home. It gives the costs, revenue model (commission, hourly rate etc), qualifications needed, work requirements and description, etc. What did it for me were the extra bits here and there that describe niche developing and other strategies.
Should you buy or borrow from the library (many libraries have it)? By all means Yes!! it will save you the trouble of listening in on businesses you may never like to invest or work in. Thus, a good weeding out tool! Moreover, the cost is not much: You cannot imagine the number of expensive textbooks (usually $80+) I bought for school which taught me nothing. FYI, I did more than 1 degree in 2 different fields of science.

Lastly, for the folks who like to look at a book and say it's on the internet, do you know the value of time? Everything was on the internet before Google, so how come they still make $30+B in revenue? What good is it if I took a bus to L.A. from new york, just because I want to save $100 on airfare? You life consists of time and that's the point!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An interesting array of jobs 23 April 2011
By Theoni Lussos - Published on
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It is true that there are few jobs here that you can just buy and turn-key into profit but if that's what you are interested in you should be looking at franchises, not this. This book is about turning a hobby into a business and what hobbies, that you may already have would be profitable. Here are some examples, if you like antiques perhaps an antiques dealer or an auctioneer is a good job you should consider? I have dogs and have been interested in becoming more professional and it';s true she did mention Dog Breeding but I was surprised that she did not mention "designer" dogs where the real money is these days. She seems to be in the ballpark but not making homeruns (hence the 4stars).

I have always recommended to a friend of mine who keeps his car immaculately, that auto detailing was something to consider, and it was true it was here with qualifications, strong eye for detail,typical fees $100-500 per job depending of course on type of car and area, qualifications, a flair for the artistic, equipment needed? Polish, rags, brushes, toothbrushes, paint. Hidden costs? Larger buildings i.e. garage to house the car while you are working. Staff is not required, which is great starting out. And of course the keys to success? Well you work at your pace and during the hours you choose, creativity is the key to keeping the competition at bay and mobile work may be something that will grow (which I think is a great idea, for those of us who can't drive to the Detailing Garage and you work is different every day. Oh yeah, how to advertise? AUto publications, body and car shops, garages, delearships and regioanl coupon books as well as car washes.

I don't know why the other reviews were so negative. I think saying it was obvious is really a cop-out. SOmetimes the obvious needs to be told, otherwise we ignore it.
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