[Homestead] Home manufacturing business data ((#1, several others may follow)

Tvoivozhd tvoivozd at infionline.net
Sat Sep 18 01:33:47 EDT 2004

As everyone on this list knows, manufacturing is my schtick, mostly in 
metal and plastic products.  Don't much care for wood products except 
craft show and flea market products like twig Lincoln Log kits and log 
furniture with your home foundry-cast K-D connectors so you can ship in 
a compact shipping carton, and avoid labor cost by customer-assembly.

But all businesses have a lot in common, as illustrated by the following:

http://www.cbsc.org/english/howtos/busplanning.cfm  (writing a business 
plan for a grant, for investors, and most of all for you so you've got a 
blueprint and timetable to follow.)

http://www.grants-loans.org/  (nothing wrong with a business in Canada 
either---should write Sasha on this---Canada is more friendly to 
desperately needed small business, some provincial governments will flip 
over backwards to help you (and them), good idea to enlist help from a 
newspaper editor or columnist, who in turn will influence governmental 
departments, officers and possibly trade groups.)

http://www.gov.mb.ca/itm/sbcd/  (Manitoba is a Canadian Province rabid 
to sponsor startup industries)

http://www.smallbusinessbc.ca/guides/  (British Columbia is a nice place 
to live, land is cheap, lots of business help on this website)

http://www.nccommerce.com/servicenter/Manufacturing/  (be a "Half Back", 
a northerner running away from Florida to North Carolina)

http://www.sba.gov/starting/faqs/busquest.html  (31 business questions 
for which you must have answers)

http://www.myownbusiness.org/s7/  (accounting, cash-flow are your 
lifelines in starting, running a small business---a big company can 
record them quarterly, a small startup almost has to construct a daily 
balance sheet because you have little or no capital reserve to absorb 

http://www.sba.gov/advo/research/  (Small Business Administration 
information and help)

http://www.missouribusiness.net/library/startup.asp  (Missouri startup 
business information and help---just make it a safe distance from Zanoni 
(upwind) so toxic beer doesn't do you in)

(Fed, State startup requirements, permits, tax I.D.'s---don't forget how 
to legally get rid of your toxic waste.)

http://www.business.gov/business_development.html  (managing your 
hazardous waste---and definitely plan to use "Score" and SBDC services, 
maybe a business incubator which provided joint accounting, guard, 
janitorial and other services in the building complex)

http://www.thinkkentucky.com/kyedc/bguide14.asp  (Kentucky business 
incubators---Kentucky has a reasonable climate, low cost land, and for 
raw material, finish product transport is central to the East Coast and 
Midwest population.)

http://www.thinkkentucky.com/kyedc/bguide14.asp  (more on Kentucky)  
(Except for Alpine, Austin area Hill Country,around New Braunfels, Texas 
is a terrible place to live---but money flows like wine from individual 
investors and government.  Stay the hell out of sauna-bath Houston with 
its cancer-inducing polluted air and water.)

Final note on this post----there is blizzard of new patents which you 
should research to see what you could profitably manufacture.  Damn few 
inventors make a dime on their patent, for those who have become 
resigned to this fact, it is fairly easy to draw up a licensing contract 
that offers the inventor some hope.  It can be exclusive with a 
performance clause, or non-exclusive, take your choice.

http://www.sbomag.com/articals/pitfalls.html  (avoiding 101 startup 
pitfalls  get your product liability, fire, auto insurance---don't bet 
the farm on the fallacy "it can't happen to me") 
(Midwest startup resources---number of states to choose from, and lots 
of low-cost manufacturing sites.)  

http://www.nhsbdc.org/ (New Hampshire---low tax, mostly local control.  
Find a friendly town with an empty, properly wired deserted factory 
building with water and sewer, The small town will most likely give you 
reduced or free rent with purchase option--cultivate neighbors and town 
officials first, then move in and crank up your production line and 
marketing program.)

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