Now’s the Time to Start a Business For Nothing

You don’t need a bunch of money to get started with your own business these days. A few years ago maybe so, but the internet has driven down the cost associated with many office and business services.Work at home – Don’t pay rent at an expensive office complex and instead work out of your own home. There’s no lease and you can write off a portion of your home expenses (that you have anyway) as a business expense.Credit cards – It’s cheaper and easier than ever to accept payments by credit card. PayPal has been around for a number of years now and is super easy to setup. The fees they charge are no more than with a traditional merchant account. Squareup is a newer service that allows anyone to accept credit card payments using their iPhone.Phone – VOIP phone service has made getting a dedicated business line cheap. You can sign up with Vonage or Ooma or many other services to get unlimited phone service for $20 a month or less. Even toll free numbers are available for about $10 a month.Fax – Similar to phone service, the cost of fax service has dropped dramatically in recent years. Instead of buying and maintaining a fax machine and dedicated phone line, you can sigh up with eFax for about $15 a month. This gets you a local fax number and 130 incoming pages each month. You can send faxes as email attachments.Accounting – Forget hiring expensive accountants. Instead use Freshbooks, an online invoicing, time tracking, and expense service. Manage up to 3 clients for free, or up to 25 for just $19 a month.Website – Web designers and programmers are expensive to hire. But making your own website and hosting it is actually cheap these days. Sign up with CityMax and create a great looking website yourself in about half an hour. They also host your site for about $20 a month.Keep it Legal – Create an LLC or trademark your business name by downloading a form from Legalzoom. Fees are about one fourth of the cost of using a brick and mortar attorney.You can have a small home-based business, but no one can tell as long as you have a professional looking website and phone service. These and other services are cheap and reliable. Sign up for the services you need to get your business started today.

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