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Sensible Small Business Ideas is all about helping you get into an enterprise of your own. I'm not referring to work from home schemes where you work for someone else; I mean a genuine small business that you start and operate, and directly benefit from.

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My name is Clair Schwan, and I've found that the best of all small business ideas is to create and run your own enterprise so you reap the rewards of your labor and ingenuity. That's exactly what I did.

Too often, company management is a sponge that sucks the life blood out of an organization, and provides little in return. Senior managers often are "higher up" in the organization simply because they ride on the backs of employees.

With your own small business, you are the life blood and you enjoy financial returns and a level of satisfaction that is commensurate with the level of effort you put into your work.

Your business can stand taller than many larger organizations simply because you're small and there isn't anyone riding on your back.

If you have never done anything like this before, don't worry because here is where I can help. I have experience operating my own home based business for more than 10 years. I can't say that I have done it all, but I have worked all over the world for dozens of customers, handled my own contracts and invoicing, and created financial freedom for me as a result of my efforts as a small business owner that seized an opportunity to work from home.

This site is focused on helping you become more independent and self-sufficient when it comes to income. This site is dedicated to all the "one-zees" out there that have tossed off the yoke of corporate employment; the ones that are creating their own future through careful planning and hard work.

Here you'll find helpful ideas for businesses that you can work from home, and small businesses that can be started slow and grown into a larger enterprise. We'll discuss the concepts, strategies and tactics that you can employ to create a thriving small business for yourself. I'll provide you with access to many of the same tools and resources that I use in my work from home business.

The bottom line is having your own business means you don't have to worry about what the future holds, because it is largely influenced by your good decision-making. Operate your enterprise efficiently, and respond well to customer wants, needs, wishes and desires, and the future won't be uncertain at all, it will be all about your success.

Good fortune to all who challenge themselves to achieve success and earn much more than just a regular paycheck and a "years of service" pin.

This site was launched in July of 2008 and contains 73 pages. I strive to update and add a meaningful page to the site each week.

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If you're interested in my other online projects, here are links to:

  • Frugal Living Freedom, a place for those interested in financial freedom through a frugal lifestyle that helps them save money, make better investments, and make the most out of their hard earned dollar. It's a place for individuals that strive to live debt free and have an interest in being much more self-sufficient.

  • Self Reliance Works, a blog dedicated to those who strive to live a more self-reliant lifestyle.

  • Libertarian Logic, a place to learn about my political beliefs and activities that support core American values.

  • Vegetable Gardening and Greenhouses, a place for the serious vegetable gardener who might also have an interest in greenhouses.

  • Dude the Boston, a blog about my buddy Dude and how he is one of the amazing Boston Terriers out there. The Dude and I go on many adventures together, and he brings a lot of joy to my life.


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The only business you'll really ever be part of is your own.

Wondering about what to do with your savings so inflation doesn't eat it up? Start your own enterprise. It's a good way to invest your capital and make it work for you. Who will be better at keeping an eye on your investment than you?