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Tanning Salon

Give people that bronze glow all year with a bulb or spray-on tanning salon.

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Startup Costs: $100,000 +
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Every day more and more people are giving up natural sun tanning infavor of artificial salon tanning because of the convenience andability to tan before taking a tropical vacation. So here is youropportunity to open your own tanning salon and cash in on the craze.

Salon location will be one of the more important issues to address whengetting started. You can operate from home, but doing so will mean thatyou will miss out on pedestrian and motorist traffic. We suggestrenting a storefront in a busy strip plaza with lots of parking andgreat street visibility as the best option.

You will also need topurchase tanning beds and related equipment, which are not cheap butcan be rented or leased if your investment budget is tight. This is acompetitive industry, so careful research and planning will be needed.The majority of tanning equipment manufacturers and distributors alsoprovide training and other support to new salon owners, so you will notbe totally on your own. To help boost revenues and profits, alsoconsider selling sun protection, bathing suits, and sportswear.

The Market

People who are looking for the convenience of tanning on their own schedule, no matter the weather.

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Organic Hair Care Products

Cater to the organic-minded with natural hair care products.

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Organic Hair Care Products

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

Have you always dreamed about starting yourown successful business that can be operated from home? If so, considerstarting a venture that specializes in developing and producing naturalhair care products. Create, manufacture and sell natural hair careproducts, such as shampoos and conditioners made from 100 percentorganic ingredients.

Of course, there will be a steep learning curve interms of developing the hair care products. However, using researchtools such as libraries and the internet should prove quite useful inthis endeavor. The hair care products can be sold to specialtyretailers on a wholesale basis, or they can be sold directly toconsumers via mail-order advertising, the internet and renting saleskiosks at malls.

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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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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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