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Public Relations Agency

Don’t settle for just doing PR for companies–start your own agency.

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Business At A Glance

  • 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

Public relations professionals work with media types–magazines andnewspaper editors and radio and TV producers–to get their clients’stories in the news. Because there’s an awful lot of media hype outthere, and there are only so many stories the media can–or wantsto–cover in an edition, PR people work hard to come up with new anglesto attract attention and present their clients in a positive light.

Public relations agencies also provide their clients with materialslike press kits, annual reports, speeches and brochures–all the toolsthat go toward making that company, celebrity or celebrity-hopeful lookgood. If you like exercising your creative abilities, making thosemental stretches, and staying on top of trends and issues while blowingyour clients’ horns, then this is the business for you. The publicrelations agency’s advantages are that you get to use that creativityto the max, you’re always on your mental toes, and you deal with avariety of interesting people all day. And you can work from your home.A degree or certificate in public relations is a plus but not anabsolute necessity.

You’ll need top-notch written and verbalskills–you’ll have to write catchy, pertinent press releases andstories for magazines and newspapers as well as be able to convinceeditors and producers to use your material instead of somebody else’s.You should be familiar with the types of stories various publicationsand TV programs (from the local news to those late-night talk shows)are looking for and the deadlines they work under, and you’ll need theconfidence to deal with all these stressed-out types on their own terms.

The Market

Your clients can be just about any business, professional individual orcelebrity you care to go after–including nonprofit organizations andgovernment entities. As a newbie, you might want to specialize incertain types of businesses or professions, say doctors, writers,bioengineering firms or trendy software companies. And of course,companies in the industries you already know are always promisingprospects.

The best way to nab new clients is by networking and throughpersonal contacts. Call in favors from everybody you know in anyrelated fields. Start your own public relations campaign bydirect-mailing brochures to prospects. Volunteer yourself as a guest ona local radio chat show.

Needed Equipment

You’ll need a computer system with the usual office software, a laser printer, a color printer, a scanner and a fax machine.

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On-Hold Promotional Messages

Help add another weapon to a company’s marketing arsenal with on-hold promotional messages.

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Business At A Glance

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

Business Overview

Right now hundreds of thousands ofretailers, service providers, professionals, and business owners of allsorts are missing out on a fantastic opportunity to market their goodsor services to a captive audience for next to no cost.

How are theymissing out? By not having prerecorded promotional messages advertisingtheir products or services playing while telephone customers wait onhold. To create an on-hold advertising message for your clients, simplywrite the ad based on their input and needs, and hire a professionalvoice person to record it in a studio.

Clients pay for this service ona one-time fee basis or on a monthly contract basis that includes afixed number of changes to their on-hold promotional message. Optingfor the second method means you will build a steady revenue stream. Thebest way to market the service is to produce sample recordings and hitthe streets, setting appointments to meet with business owners to pitchthe benefits of your service.

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Hoarding Advertising Service

Sell advertising along the fencing that protects construction sites.

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Business Overview

For anyone who is not familiar with the termhoarding, it is the temporary plywood fencing that is erected aroundthe perimeter of a construction site.

Typically, hoarding is used forconstruction sites in densely populated urban areas to prevent foottraffic from being potentially injured as a result of coming intocontact with falling debris or construction equipment. While manypeople illegally post advertising posters and notices on hoardingfences, a very successful advertising business can be built by legallyacquiring permission to post advertising on the fencing.

Marketing thistype of advertising is very easy as most hoarding is erected in highlyvisible areas and that is exactly the kind of exposure advertisers areseeking.

Additionally, be sure to negotiate a revenue split arrangementwith the contractors or property developers of the site, as this willdefinitely remove any potential objections.

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Online Advertising Agency

Create a website that helps visitors determine the right type of advertising for them.

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Business At A Glance

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

Business Overview

Not only will you be providing a valuableservice for site visitors, but you will also be establishing your ownpotentially successful business.

The business concept is verystraightforward. Start by designing a website that features informationabout various advertising mediums including rates, contact informationand any special promotions or discounts in terms of advertising rates.

Business owners who visit the site simply locate the type ofadvertising that suits their marketing program and budgets. Income isearned by charging the advertising companies a fee to be listed on thesite, as well as by selling advertising space featured on the site.

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