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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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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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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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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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