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Driving School

If you’re looking to make the world a safer place, what better way than to start a driving school?

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Driving School

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Franchises Available? No
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Training new drivers how to be good driversis a multimillion-dollar industry in the United States. The mainrequirement for starting a driver training school is to be–or have onstaff–professional driving instructors.

Many driving instructionschools now subcontract out the driving instruction to trainedprofessionals who supply their own cars, insurance and gas in exchangefor a percentage of the revenue paid by their students. Using this typeof operating format can be a terrific way to reduce the overall startupand operating costs for the business. Currently, revenue split ratesrange from a low of 60 percent for the instructor and 40 percent forthe driving school to 75 percent for the instructor and 25 percent forthe school. This is a very competitive industry and the only way tosucceed is to secure contracts with high schools providing drivereducation courses for students. The contracts for this service areusually awarded on a tender-for-service basis every one to three years.

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Stop Smoking Clinics

If you like to help people, and maybe if you were once a smoker yourself, you can be of service to others.

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Stop Smoking Clinics

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

According to the U.S. Department of Healthand Human Services, 29 percent of Americans smoke cigarettes. Thatmeans a whopping 80,000,000 potential customers for a stop smokingclinic in the United States alone.

Even with the assistance of stopsmoking aids, such as nicotine patches, gums, and pills, smokers oftenneed additional guidance and support to be able to kick the habit.Starting a stop smoking clinic or counseling service is not difficult.The classes can be conducted in a group format or a one-on-one in-homeconsulting basis. The business is obviously best suited to be startedby an ex-smoker, as they can better understand their clients’situation. The best way to approach this type of instruction businessis to develop a course manual: a ‘guide to quit smoking.’ The manualcan be the basis of the stop smoking program that is offered to clients.

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Flying School

For the first time in your life, it’s okay to have your head in the clouds. Take to the sky with your own flying school.

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Flying School

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

Business Overview

The wide availability and relatively lowcost of small prop and ultralight airplanes is fueling a craze forpeople wanting to learn how to fly a plane. And starting a flyingschool is the best way to capitalize on this craze.

Without question,there are a lot of hurdles, both financial and regulatory, to overcomewhen considering starting a flying school as a new business venture.However, the long-term rewards can be well worth the effort if startingthis type of instruction business has always been a personal dream. Inaddition to generating revenue for the business from training students,small airplanes and pilots are in high demand for the film industry andare commanding as much as $1,500 per day for supplying themselves andthe planes for film work. Additional considerations for starting aflying school will also be location, liability insurance, equipment,and marketing. Good luck and let me know how you are doing.

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Manners Training

A charming idea for the etiquette adept: manners training

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Manners Training

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

Well-behaved children with excellent mannersare the pride–and sometimes envy–of all parents. Starting a child’smanners instruction service is a terrific way to get into business foryourself.

The market for manners training is large and easily obtained.To get rolling, you’ll need to learn everything about manners that youcan. This information is best gathered through reading books on mannersand proper etiquette or attending a competitor’s class. I would suggestinitially that you hold you classes in conjunction with a community orrecreation center. You will probably have to work out a split of therevenues with the center. However, this is a fast startup method asyou’ll have access to the recreation center’s membership base forpromotional purposes.

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