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  • A Passion for Pets Although there’s currently a battle brewing over whether they should be called pet owners or pet guardians, there’s no quarrel about the fact that we are a nation of animal lovers. More than 31 million households in the U.S. own one or more dogs (the average is 1.7); 27 million homes have at least one ...
  • A Passion for the Past Nancy Lindemeyer had a vision — a vision not of the future, but of the past. That vision paid off nicely and Victoria, the magazine she edited from its beginning in 1987 until she resigned in 2000, made publishing history. Not only did Victoria attract a loyal following, its lavishly photographed pages frequently featured small ...
  • A Potential Diamond Mine in Your Back Yard Are you living in a place that you love, a place that attracts visitors? If so, you could be sitting on a logical profit center — the proverbial acres of diamonds in your own back yard. Hospitality is big business and there are wonderful small-scale opportunities to meet and greet guests who come to your ...
  • Being an Entrepreneurial Villager My flight to London had barely lifted off when my seatmate and I began to chat. I soon learned that the handsome man seated next to me was a former art teacher who reinvented his life and now is a fulltime painter. Since English landscapes are his specialty, he was a frequent flyer to England. ...
  • Book a Paid Adventure Peter Leshak is a writer and handyman who spends part of his time fighting forest fires. When a television reporter asked him about this dangerous and difficult occupation, Leshak shrugged off his concerns by saying, “I think of it as a paid adventure.”
    Without doing anything nearly so treacherous, many entrepreneurs are drawn to their work ...
  • Cause to Celebrate On a steamy July Saturday several years ago, I accepted an invitation to accompany a friend to the bridal shop where she had chosen a gown. As I sat on the sidelines, I watched groups of women arrive — brides-to-be with mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends in tow. The young women would arrive in jeans ...
  • Cooking Up Profits Like thousands of people, Tim and Nina Zagat loved dining out. Unlike thousands of people, the Zagats found a way to turn that passion into a multimillion-dollar business.
    As is often the case, the Zagats hit upon their great idea because they couldn’t find something they wanted themselves — a reliable guidebook to restaurants. Because they ...
  • Creating a Steady Cash Flow Several years ago, I had a lovely long-term consulting assignment which kept me both busy and solvent.  One morning I woke up and realized that it was coming to an end and I had nothing lined up.  After a few moments of panic, I decided to get serious about creating my next income source.  I ...
  • Great Businesses for Bookworms Jan Dean and I became friends because of our mutual love of books. Several years ago, Jan was doing conferences and workshops in northern Texas on starting a home based business. She ordered Winning Ways, the newsletter which I publish, and promptly wrote me a charming letter telling me about her affection for 84, Charing ...
  • Growing a Gardening Business “I know what I like to do,” the little thinker smugly says, “but I couldn’t possibly make money doing it.”
    Many of us carry around a belief (often hidden) that earning money is only appropriate when we’re not having too much fun doing so. What nonsense. If you look around, you’ll see that some of the ...