Home Business Entrepreneurs: Selling Firewood, Rototill Gardens and Preparing Taxes

The Bootstrap Businesses column showcases home business entrepreneurs: selling firewood, creating dough babies, rototilling gardens, building wooden toys, dying fabric and preparing taxes.

| July/August 1978

  • Home business entrepreneurs can earn money by chopping and selling firewood.
    Home business entrepreneurs can earn money by chopping and selling firewood.
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  • Home business entrepreneurs can earn money by chopping and selling firewood.

Home business entrepreneurs enter into new businesses, including selling firewood, rototilling gardens, building wooden toys, and preparing taxes.

Home Business Entrepreneurs

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After moving to the country and watching our life savings melt away as we waited for a job that never materialized (my husband is a computer programmer), we turned to MOTHER's back issues for something that would provide us with an income.

"How to Set Up and Run a Firewood Business" (pages 64-65) in issue No. 41 was just the thing. West Virginia had just survived one of its worst winters, fuel prices were at their highest, and we had a lot of trees on our 100 acres . . . so why not start a business selling firewood?

We already had all the necessary equipment — except for the powered log splitter — that Glen Smith had mentioned in his article. And since we had no extra money to invest in a business, we were quite willing to split the logs by hand with a sledge, wedge, and axe.

A few months before we started selling firewood we had bought a used dump truck for $500 to do light hauling in the area. So — naturally enough — we started using the truck for delivering a cord or more of wood . . . saving time and gas. After a little time (and a little advertising) we had our sales established and our problem behind us, at least for the winter!

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