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Seminar Promoter

Make sure seminars get the attendance they deserve by promoting them.

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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? Yes

Business Overview

If you delight in the showmanship of arranging events and you like theenergy and inspiration of a fine seminar, then this is the business foryou. As a seminar promoter, you’ll locate talent–speakers withsomething interesting and exciting to impart–then line up attendeesand make all the arrangements to provide your guests with a memorableexperience.

People who enjoy your first seminar will come back formore. In addition to the fees you earn from the seminar itself, you canmake additional tidy sums by selling audiotapes or videotapes of eachprogram. You’ll need the nose to sniff out terrific speakers, peoplewho can amuse, inspire and teach others and infuse the program with ahealthy positive energy. You’ll also need sales and marketing skillsand the ability to plan and organize events.

Previous experience inevent-planning jobs is a big help but not an absolute necessity. Ifyou’ve produced community theater shows or charity fund-raisers, you’vegot what it takes. You’ll also need good writing skills to deviseintriguing brochures and sales materials.

The Market

Your customers will be the people who attend your seminars.

The bestway to attract them is to come up with a niche, a range of topics bothunique and trendy in your area, and fill it. Another good way to startis by hosting seminars in a field or hobby you already know; you’llknow just what others in your interest group will want to learn. Starta direct-mail campaign. Send brochures describing your seminars tolists of prospects. You can purchase these from a list broker, or youmay already have access to mailing lists of people in interestedorganizations or associations.

Place ads in local publications.

Needed Equipment

You’ll need a computer with a laser printer, a color printer, ascanner, the usual office software, database software to maintainmailing lists of attendees, and a desktop publishing program fordesigning brochures and fliers.

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Window Displays

Use your flair for design to attract shoppers.

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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.
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Retailers often must rely on an elaboratewindow and in-store displays to attract the attention of passingconsumers, and starting a business that specializes in creatingeffective window displays for retail merchants is the focus of thisbusiness opportunity.

Marketing a window display service can be as easyas approaching local retailers and initially providing your servicesfor free until the owner of the business starts to realize the benefitsand increased sales that a well-designed window display can garner.Additionally, the ‘free’ display that you create can also be used as apowerful marketing tool to present to other shop owners.

Placing a signby the display that explains your service and gives contact informationwill help in getting the word out. Furthermore, be sure to build aninventory of interesting props so that you can provide clients with an’all inclusive’ display service.

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Independent Listing Agent

If you have telemarketing skills, here’s a low-cost business venture that calls prospective home buyers.

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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? No

Business Overview

Here is a very inexpensive businessenterprise that anyone with a phone book and telephone can start.Working as an independent listing agent for real estate professionalsmeans that you cold call or telemarket for various real estate agents.

Starting at ‘A’ in the telephone book and calling people inanticipation that they are now or will be soon considering listingtheir homes for sale is all that is required in terms of jobdescription for this business. Once you have established that a personmay be interested in listing their home for sale, you simply turn thisinformation over to a real estate agent to complete the negotiations.

For every confirmed listing the real estate agent receives as a resultof you initiating the procedure, the agent would pay you $250. Forevery property sold that was listed via your service, the real estateagent would pay you an additional $500. It would only take 30 listingsand sales in order to generate an income of more than $20,000 per year.

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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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