This is an archived blog from when I ran Conscious Public Relations Inc. from 2008-2018. Excuse the potential outdated-ness!

Tom Corson-Knowles, founder of the new blog 1000 Ways to Start a Business with $1,000 or Less, was looking for contributors to his first blog post.

Since I started Middle Child Marketing with no loan, my own personal funds, and whatever knowledge was in my head then, I shared my story.

Click here to read the blog.

My excerpt:

9. Turn your hobby into a business – how can you monetize what you do already? If you collect stamps, find out how you can make money buying and selling collectible stamps. Become an expert at what you’re already doing.

I started my PR consultancy business in 2008 with under $1000 of my own money. I did not get a business loan to start, rather started with some business cards, a website that I made myself (under $100 for two years of domain & hosting), and office equipment that I already possessed such as my computer and printer.

In my opinion it is much easier to start a service-based, B2B business than product-based or B2C business because your “product” is your own skill set and knowledge. I have since offered marketing consulting, copywriting, and editing to my roster in addition to Publicity campaigns because of the education and skills that I already possessed during the years prior to starting my business, and gained along the way.

If you’d like to contribute your story to the blog (they’re only up to #85 right now) email Tom at Tom (at)

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