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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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • It’s About Time

    My local tv news just featured a booming business called Vegas Errands. The owner is a young woman who responded to an ad on Craigslist, and [...]
  • Less Can Be More: Businesses for People Who Don’t Like to Market

    Many would-be entrepreneurs get frightened off by the thought of marketing. They tremble at the erroneous notion that marketing is about finding [...]
  • Love a Good Mystery?

    Classes on "How to Become a Private Detective" have enjoyed great popularity in adult ed programs and I think I know why. For as long as I can [...]
  • Multiple Passions, Multiple Profits

    There are so many selves in everybody and to explore and exploit just one is wrong, dead wrong, for the creative process. ~ James [...]
  • Package What You Know

    In my scrapbook is a page of Making a Living Without a Job memorabilia that I’ve titled “The Class That Became a Business.” Indeed, it was [...]
  • Planetkeeping Enterprises

    Helping others get clutter under control is, it would appear, an opportunity whose time has come. The motivations for leading a less cluttered [...]
  • Teaching from Experience: How to Get Started

    It's been 18 years since I first began teaching adults and I still find it an invigorating and profitable experience. Teaching adults has taken [...]
  • The Business of Uncluttering

    For years, would-be entrepreneurs have been advised to "find a need and fill it." Sometimes those needs are hiding in plain sight. A couple of [...]
  • Turning Personal Experiences into Profit Centers

    Shortly before the end of the year, I was talking to Karyn Ruth White and the subject of resolutions came up. “I don’t really make them,” she [...]
  • Work at Home Opportunistas

    There was no shortage of candidates for the Most Annoying Person Award that I was mentally planning to bestow. At the top of the short list was [...]