6 Weird But Successful Small Business Ideas

monkey maskTough economic times can inspire a lot of creativity when it comes to new business ideas. For example, though a recession was in full-swing, 2010 saw the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity in decades, according to the Kaufman Foundation.

But it seems counter-intuitive. After all, starting a new business is incredibly risky. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), over 50% of small businesses fail within the first five years, and of those that make it, another 50% fail in the next few years.

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Natural Homemade Toothpaste & Mouthwash Recipes on a Budget

woman mouth washAccording to a 2010 government report, over 45 million Americans don’t have dental insurance. Many health insurance plans charge so much for dental insurance that people just reject the coverage.

I’m one of them. Every time I go to the dentist’s office, I worry about how much the visit will cost. You may share my concerns about the high cost of dental care. Although you must take care of your teeth to avoid paying for dentures or expensive dental procedures, it can get expensive.

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How to Make Your Own Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipes

towels laundry detergentIf you buy name brand laundry detergent, it probably contains toxic chemicals. According to an article in Science Daily, researchers from the University of Washington tested all top-selling laundry detergents and found that every single one of them contained at least one chemical regulated as “toxic or hazardous.” However, the ingredients did not list the hazardous chemicals.

The Environmental Protection Agency provides a breakdown of the common chemicals found in most detergents. Many of these chemicals may cause cancer, reproductive abnormalities, and disruptions in endocrine, which controls the metabolism, reproduction, and growth.

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Best Natural Mosquito Repellents for Your Home

mosquito bite skinIn the summer months, my husband and I like to sit out in front of our fire pit almost every night, talking and watching the sun go down. Here in Michigan, however, we have a high number of mosquitoes, and they almost always drive us inside.

Luckily, I’ve developed some unique solutions to fighting off the mosquitoes. I don’t use conventional strategies, since I hate the thought of using chemicals to rid the yard of mosquitoes, and I don’t want to expose my family and friends to the toxins in bug bombs.

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4 Easy Potluck Dishes and Dinner Recipe Ideas

couple cooking homeDo you dream of coming home from work and having a wonderful, delicious hot dinner waiting for you? That is, a dinner you didn’t have to cook yourself?

Most of us identify with this fantasy. It can be difficult, if not downright impossible sometimes, to find time to cook a healthy, delicious dinner for you and your family. This is one of the main reasons why organizing neighborhood dinner swaps and potlucks are coming back in a big way.

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Health Benefits of Seaweed and How to Cook & Eat Sea Vegetables

seaweed plateAs I write this, I’m munching on a square of roasted nori seaweed. It’s crispy, lightly dusted with spicy wasabi powder, and delicious! Seaweed has become one of my favorite snacks. The tasty and low-calorie snack has many healthy vitamins, minerals, and cancer-fighting phytochemicals.

In the United States, seaweed seems like a “foreign food.” You can’t find it in the regular grocery stores, and you don’t usually cook with seaweed. For most of us, we only see and eat seaweed, and other sea vegetables, when dining at a sushi restaurant.

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How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

healthy food optionsThe statistics are sobering; more than two-thirds of the American population is overweight or obese, and one in three children is now overweight or obese. To make matters worse, the number of obese Americans keeps climbing.

As a result, many people want to start eating healthier foods, but some think that to eat healthy, they have to spend more money. Believe it or not, you can eat healthy on a budget. I do it every day.

Here are some tips you can use to eat healthy on a budget.

The Benefits of Eating Healthy

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Flipping Houses for Profit – Tips for How to Flip a House

flip houseSeveral years ago, I became friends with a young woman who was just getting started in real estate. She became a real estate agent, and then started learning about renovation. She bought her first house, flipped it, and made a ton of money. Thanks to some exceptionally lucky circumstances, and some serious persistence on her part, she ended up on an HGTV show about flipping houses. She appeared in several episodes of the show, because she was part of an often-featured investor team in Atlanta.

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Types of Laser Eye Surgery – Cost & Risks of PRK vs. LASIK vs. LASEK

woman eyeDo you wear glasses or contacts? If so, you might dream about getting laser eye surgery. The thought of crawling out of bed and just seeing, without putting on a pair of glasses, may seem tantalizing to anyone with poor vision. I was born with astigmatism, and I wore glasses for years. A few years ago, however, I made a dream come true: I had LASIK eye surgery.

There are a number of ways to save money on laser eye surgery. On average, it costs $2,500-$5,000 to have the surgery, and for me, LASIK eye surgery was worth the cost. The surgery provides you with substantial peace of mind. You can also factor in the cost savings associated with no longer needing glasses or contact lenses and annual eye doctor appointments.

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