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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

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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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Energy Management Consultant

Got tips on saving energy? Teach others how to be frugal with facilities as an energy management consultant.

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Energy Management Consultant

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Corporations and homeowners combined spend billions of dollars annuallyon energy to light, heat and air-condition their homes and buildings.

Imagine how much healthier the environment would be, as well how muchmoney each of us could save every year, if we could all reduce ourenergy consumption by a mere 10 percent? The aforementioned is thefocus of this incredible business opportunity. Working as an energymanagement consultant from a homebased office you can teach homeownersand business owners practical and useful energy management tips aboutreducing consumption and waste. Successfully activating this businesswill require a great deal of research, planning and perhaps training.However, with energy cost continuing to soar, the need to take care ofthe environment and save money is becoming a major concern for mostpeople. This type of venture should have a very favorable future.

The Market

People who want to learn how to save money on their monthly utility bills

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Theft Prevention

Many people don’t know how vulnerable they are. If you have a police or security background, this could be your road to independence.

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Theft Prevention

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

Shoplifting, employee theft, delivery trucksthat mysteriously lose their cargo along the way and theft in any formcosts companies billions of dollars in lost revenues and profits eachyear, eventually costing all consumers higher product prices to helpoffset theft losses.

Initiating a consulting service that trainsbusiness owners and staff how to prevent thefts and what to do in theevent of a theft is a very good venture to set in motion, especiallyfor individuals with a law enforcement or security background. Theinstructional classes can be taught in a group format that wouldinclude the business owner, management, and staff at the client’slocation during nonbusiness hours.
Many theft prevention firmsspecialize in very in-depth and costly theft prevention programs as amethod to separate their service from potential competitors.

Perhaps alow-cost, but highly effective theft prevention program could bedeveloped and marketed to business owners who are on a restrictedbudget, but who would still like to participate in an effective theftprevention program that can benefit their business. This type ofcondensed program could be marketed at an affordable price–say$159–and could include two hours of on-site instruction for the ownerand employees, as well as a theft prevention manual that has beenspecially developed for the program. A shortened instructional programsuch as this is ideally marketed by enlisting the services of atelemarketing firm to promote and sell the service. Alternatively,designing and launching a direct mail promotional campaign, aimed atsmall business owners and companies with less than 20 employees, couldmarket the program.

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Scuba Diving Instruction

Dive into a business that makes the best of your aquatic knowledge.

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Scuba Diving Instruction

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Like sailing, scuba diving is a sport and arecreational pastime enjoyed by millions of Americans, and likesailing, thousands more people are taking scuba-diving lessons eachyear, so they too can enjoy recreational scuba diving.

The number onerequirement for starting a scuba diving instruction business is, ofcourse, to be a certified scuba diving instructor. There are manytraining facilities in the United States. However, the best and mostrecognized scuba diving instructors’ program is one that is provided byPADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors). The course willtake a few months to complete and will cost a few thousand dollars.Once certified, scuba diving instruction classes can be marketeddirectly to potential students via all traditional advertising andmarketing mediums. Or, the business can be partnered with an existingscuba diving retailer or charter boat operation. The bottom line isthat you can have a lot of fun, make a decent income and really enjoyyour work.

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