America's best home businesses

Ever dream of starting your own shop? The winners of StartupNation's 6th competition show what you need: An idea and the dedication to see it through.

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Jan 14, 2013 12:20PM
Trying to start a home based BBQ business in Maryland, to sell to sports bars, deli's, etc...  man the red tape.  Even though when it is cooked to 200 degrees in foil, killing all jerms, they want me to have a commercial kitchen that would cost 75 - 100k!  Friggin regulations.  Would like to know how this person makes sauces at home!  REGULATIONS are to keep out the small people! 
Jan 12, 2013 12:28PM
What are you, freaking nuts?
By the time the state tax, irs, insurance co. workman's comp, unemployment tax, accountant and inspectors get thru with you in this country you will have to get $1000 a piece to print little hearts on a coffee mug. And if you try to hide the income they will eventually find out (The later the worst) and ruin your whole life forever and ever. And not care one tiny bit about you and your so called home business. You done fell asleep and woke up in Nazi Germany my friend. Complete with Gestapo Headquarters, Gov Robot Goons, and the Hitler Youth Movement.
Home business? Right! Not here, not anymore.

Jan 13, 2013 5:56PM
If those are the best, I would hate to see the next 10.  Talk about  a loser list.
Jan 17, 2013 9:04AM

As a small business owner in the state of PA, I must say that all of the "compliance" tasks associated with doing business, have in many ways become "obstacles" to doing business.  Hence, the arena for start up businesses has shrunk drastically.  In addition to the time consuming sales, unemployment taxes, etc., there are numerous compliance issues with environmental, safety, ADA and other "hidden" requirements that many people hoping to start a business would not be aware of.  Just to cite an example, public swimming pools now have to have a lift for handicapped, which typically costs $10,000.  And, most people will tell you it is never used and often proves an additional liability because of kids trying to play on it, so it becomes another area of oversight.  Not to mention, if someone needs that type of assistance getting into a pool, then I would question whether or not they should be swimming without assistance in the first place.


All that said, being in business is NOT for the faint of heart.  I work another job outside of my business in order to provide myself income, and in order to ensure there is enough money to go back into the business for upgrades, repairs, and other necessary costs, etc.  Being in business used to mean being your own boss.  It is far from that, and anyone who thinks otherwise has a great deal to learn...

Jan 17, 2013 8:56AM
Hey if these people are making money who are you to criticize? When you go to the store do you knock the guy who makes toothpicks or cotton swabs? Yea millions of dollars are made on "lame" products everyday. It takes a lot of hard work to make a business successful. Instead of being critical maybe you should try it before you go back to work for your  company that may soon be out sourcing your job to somebody else and you may someday have to go to work for one of these "lame" conpanies.
Jan 13, 2013 10:36AM
Wheres the perenial dog poop picker-upper business!!!!!????
Jan 14, 2013 2:26PM
O.K. that's 5 minutes of my life wasted. a big fat NADA out of that mess!!
Jan 13, 2013 7:58PM

Obama and the socalist party will hunt you guys down and destroy you!!  There was a start up in Michigan that offered child care and the Forced all day care workers to join a union!!  Thus pricing themselves out of business.

     The socalist democratic party is about a strong central government where the government controls everything and personal successes is not allowed!!  Innovation is not allowed ! They want to force everybody to live in the confines of the city and ride the bus and go to your government sponsered union controlled job. work your 9 to 5 and get promoted for seniority, (for showing up) not on personal accomplishments.

    Greece, Italy, Portugal, spain and the UK are just a few of the countries that have given the government the power to "do somthing"!  We all know what has happened there and as most socialist countries very few are brought up in society but to keep us all equal most people are brought down to the lowest levels!!!

    The old free market people salute you for going out and doing it yourself, but as the leader of the once free world said if you have a business you did not build it.  It belongs to the people not you!! Obama and the socalist party cringe everytime someone claims personal success that bypassed (was missed) by his transformation regulations.


Jan 17, 2013 9:30AM
Some of them are not that impressive but I think the turn signals for bikes is a great idea, especially in the cities where bike messengers are so prevalent. 
I remember when I was a kid, Dad told me we went to Wal-Mart because everything was made in america and it didn't matter if we paid a little more
Jan 14, 2013 3:59PM
The Whining Can'ts have posted a lot of negativity. While some of the concepts are weak, true entrepreneurs say can, not can't. The Whining Can'ts will never have financial or personal success.
Jan 17, 2013 1:49PM

One of America’s first really successful entrepreneurs was Sam Walton. For the benefit of those too young to know (or care) who Sam was, he was the founder of Wal Mart. He encouraged his buyers to buy American products, whenever possible.  That man had character, something that is sorely missed & lacking in the current political & business environment in America. Now, it seems to be a race to the bottom. If you think about it, the rest of America has followed the global path of cheap labor & inferior products, mainly from China, that his successors initiated shortly after Sam’s death. Sam would have fiercely discouraged this new tactic for the sole benefit of corporate profit, but without his presence, there was nothing holding it back. The demise of Wal Mart’s soul began shortly after Sam Walton died.

It’s good to see that someone else recognizes & remembers one of the true entrepreneurs of American business.

Jan 17, 2013 9:50AM
All of the obstacles to a start up are put there by a caring, loving government who is only concerned and has been tasked by the voters with protecting them from any and all perceived dangers.  It is what the voters of this country have chosen.  Sad but true.  There does not seem to be the ground swell of action to make it otherwise.  Too bad..
Jan 17, 2013 10:20AM
Get a mobile kitchen and have it inspected and approved.  A small trailer unit should do.
Jan 17, 2013 6:22AM
Jan 17, 2013 4:31AM
come on now EVERYONE knows stoners make the best websites, and I'm sure the beer buckle would sell millions to Nascar fans
Jan 17, 2013 1:40PM
Wow, the comments are stranger than the businesses.  The people who are making money from home are to be commended, no matter how silly they may look with a beerection (I had to!).  They've found solutions to all of the so-called obstacles being brayed and bleated about in this comment section, and it seems that they have a lot to teach people who have given up on their dreams and settled for the cubicle.
Jan 29, 2013 8:20PM
mom blog society? what is that a joke? go get a job mom!
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