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Massage Oils

Help people work out the kinks by providing them with massage oils.

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Massage Oils

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Like developing your own perfume line,developing your own massage oil line also has great potential. In fact,the two products could be developed together and wholesaled to the sameretailers. Given the current popularity of all-natural products it’d bea wise decision to develop the massage oils from all-natural andorganic ingredients. Seek out joint venture business opportunities withestablished companies that can assist in the development, marketing anddistribution of your products.

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Massage Therapist

If you love working with your hands, consider a massage therapy business.

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Massage Therapist

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

Business Overview

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get frustrated, frazzled andstressed out. But if you’ve got that healing touch–you can knead awaytense muscles and calm jagged nerves–then you can make the dreams ofrelaxation a reality with a mobile massage service. You’ll drive tohomes or offices; bring in your massage chair or table, soothing oilsand restful music; and give your clients 7- to 20-minute on-sitetreatments.

You can even–with permission from the properauthorities–set up on the beach, at shopping malls and at airports.The advantages to this business are that your start-up costs areminimal and you get the glow of satisfaction from making the world–atleast temporarily–a more relaxing place for your clients. You’ll needto have a background in massage therapy, an affinity and empathy forpeople, and a restful nature.

The Market

Your clients can be overworked executives and home officeentrepreneurs, stay-at-home moms, and athletes who’ve overdone theaerobics workout and even sports rehabilitation clinics. Send salesletters and brochures to the human resources departments or health andsafety coordinators of large corporations and small-business owners inyour area.

Leave fliers or brochures at health clubs and spas; swim,running and biking clubs; fitness centers; athletic shoe and clothingshops; vitamin and nutrition shops; and with chiropractors who canrefer you to their patients. Give seminars to professional and civicgroups and volunteer yourself as a guest on a local radio chat show.Get yourself written up in local publications. Donate a few sessions toa charity fundraiser in exchange for publicity.

Needed Equipment

Some states require massage therapists to be licensed–check with theAmerican Massage Therapy Association to find out if yours is one ofthem. You’ll need a portable massage table or chair, a selection ofscented candles and oils, a stack of clean towels, and a CD or cassetteplayer plus some relaxing music to pop into it.

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Perfume

Make the world a better-smelling place by making or selling perfume.

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Perfume

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Creating, packaging and distributing yourown perfume line can make you rich. Developing your own perfume orperfume line will take some careful planning and research. However, thehard work could really pay off, especially if you can secure nationalaccounts with well-recognized specialty retailers.

In terms of the typeof perfume your business develops, consider an all-natural approach tothe ingredients, as all-natural products are the biggest trend rightnow. The perfume can be sold to retailers on a wholesale basis,directly to consumers via the internet, or by establishing a perfumesales kiosk set up in high-traffic community gathering places. Formail-order sales, advertise the perfume in specialty publications.

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Mobile Foot Massage Service

Get a kick out of your work and relieve some sore feet by starting a mobile foot massage service.

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Mobile Foot Massage Service

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

Business Overview

It is a proven medical fact that footproblems that are not corrected early can result in additional medicalproblems later down the road. And this creates terrific opportunity forthe budding entrepreneur to capitalize by starting a mobile footmassage service. The target market for a mobile foot massage service isobvious: people who spend a lot of time on their feet.

In the spirit ofbeing unique, consider the following method of marketing to gain newclients and generate business revenue: Prepare a full marketingpresentation that highlights all the benefits of foot massages, such ashappier workers equals increased productivity. Once the marketingpresentation is complete, set up proposal meetings with mid- tolarge-size companies in your community that have employees who are ontheir feet for most of the day.

The pitch to the business owner of whyhe or she should consider starting a foot massage program for workerswill of course be the increased productivity and the possibility offewer missed work days as a result of foot-related health problems.Once established, an income level of $30 per hour or more should notprove difficult to achieve.

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