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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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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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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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