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Body Piercing

Start a business that pierces its way through the community.

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Body Piercing

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Franchises Available? No
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Body piercing started as a fad in the ’80s, continued to expand inpopularity in the ’90s, and looks to be becoming a mainstream industryin the new millennium. Starting a body piercing service does requireexperience or experienced staff; however, that’s about the onlyrequirement.

This business venture can be started for peanuts andoperated from a fixed location or on a mobile basis in differentlocations during peak holiday times. An obvious partnership for thiskind of unique business is to incorporate your service with an existingbusiness such as a tattoo parlor or hair and nail salon. Businesspartnerships help to reduce initial startup costs and ongoing monthlyoverhead costs.

The Market

Since the majority of your customers will be 18-30 year-olds, some ofthe most popular body piercing parlors are located near universitiesand colleges. Distributing fliers and coupons with specials such as”$10 off a piercing with jewelry purchase” on and near the campus willhelp attract first-time customers.

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Personal Shopper

Fashion forward? Keep others looking good as a personal shopper.

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Personal Shopper

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

If you love to shop, this is the opportunityfor you. Earn great money and have fun by starting a personal shoppingservice assisting people who are too busy to shop, who don’t like toshop, or who can’t get out to do their own shopping. Lots of busy andwell-heeled people hire personal shoppers to select gifts for anynumber of special occasions, including birthdays, births, weddings,Christmas, and anniversaries.

And it’s not just new products they’reafter: personal shoppers are also hired by interior designers andcollectors to rummage through flea markets, consignment shops, antiquedealers, and garage sales for collectibles, art, books, antiques, andfunky home and office decor. Corporations hire personal shoppers topurchase the perfect gifts for customers, prospects, business partners,investors, employees, and executives, as well as to purchase productsfor gift bag giveaways at special events, ceremonies, and seminars.

Seniors and other people who may find it difficult to get around, orwho can’t get out of their homes, hire personal shoppers to purchasegroceries, clothing, and other home and personal products. Best of all,no experience is required to get started. If you love to shop, arecreative, and don’t mind networking with business owners, corporateexecutives, and people from all walks of life, you’re qualified tobecome a personal shopper.

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Manicure/Pedicure Salon

Get your feet wet with a pedicure and manicure salon.

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Manicure/Pedicure Salon

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Calling all pedicurists that are tired ofworking for someone else; the time is now to take control of yourfinancial future and start creating profits for yourself by launchingyour own pedicure service business. A pedicure service is a greatbusiness to start and manage from a homebased location, while operatingthe service on a mobile basis.

In terms of gaining clients for theservice, seek out unusual opportunities’go to people who can’t come toyou. Clients can include busy professionals, residents of nursing andretirement homes, long-term hospital patients, and just about anyoneelse looking for a terrific in-home or office pedicure service.

Providing your clients with exceptional service will guarantee you avery comfortable income and repeat clientele for many years to come.Potential income range is $25 to $40 per hour, plus the potential tosell foot care products.

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Saunas

You want a hot business? It doesn’t get much hotter than this.

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Saunas

Startup Costs: $50,000 – $100,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Designing, manufacturing, and wholesalingcustom-built you-assemble sauna kits is a fantastic business venture toset in motion. You can design, manufacture, and package the saunascomplete with assembly instructions for delivery all around the world.Parts such as the heater boxes are available on a wholesale basis.

Additionally, milling your own cedar boards for the sauna constructioncan be an effective method in keeping manufacturing costs to a minimum.In addition to establishing accounts with national retailers to stockand sell the sauna kits, you can also sell the sauna kits directly toconsumers by displaying the saunas at home and garden trade shows,Internet malls, and by setting up a sauna display on weekends in busycommunity malls.

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