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Sidney Miller's friends have always praised her cookies. So when her corporate job gave out, she went to work in the kitchen.
"I was out of a job and in the back of my mind I'm like, 'I guess I should start making cookies because ... Why not?" said Sidney.
She started by using her /*Facebook*/ friends to test the market and take orders. Her company, "/*Sid's Viciously Good Cookies*/," sold 500-dozen cookies in the past three months.
However, Mindie Doney and Julie Pickens take the cake.
The "mompreneurs" came up with a better way to wipe kids' noses. They call it "the boogie wipe." It started in one store and has already gone international.
"It's a wonderful time to start into a business. But you have to have the right attitude about how you're going at it," said Dave Ramsey, /*The Dave Ramsey Show*/.
The majority of small businesses started last year with less than $5,000. The good news is technology is making it more affordable to start a business. Outright.com, for example, is the autopilot version of bookkeeping.
"We will help you keep track of your income; we'll track your expenses and deductions; pay estimated taxes throughout the year," said Kevin Reeth, founder and CEO, Outright.com. "We'll help you see how your business is doing."
Instead of spending thousands hiring a Web designer, you can use something called Wix.com.
"One of the first things you want to do is get Web presence," said Reeth. "You can get out there and create a site so people can find you when they're searching for products and services."
/*Gmail*/ is one of the few free services that can associate your Web site domain. In other words, an e-mail address that reads firstname.lastname@example.org can become email@example.com.
For Sidney Miller, starting her own business was more about sweat equity than spending money. However, success has been sweet.