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Home Schooling

More and more curriculum gets packed into the school year. Home schooling is a great low-cost business opportunity.

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Home Schooling

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

Thousands of parents each year in the UnitedStates are making a decision to remove their children from the publicschool system in favor of home schooling their children. This factcreates a fantastic opportunity for an individual with a teaching oreducation background to start a new consulting business that assistsparents in establishing a home-schooling educational program for theirchildren. The home-schooling programs can be designed to specificallymeet the educational needs of children at various stages of developmentand age, as well as feature subject testing, suggested educationalfield trips, and recreational and social interaction activities.

Thebusiness can focus on developing and marketing home-schooling programsfor children and parents. Or, the business can focus on in-homeconsulting on a one-on-one basis with parents to specially design ahome-schooling program for their individual children. This type ofunique consulting service is best marketed directly to parents who areat presently home schooling their children or who are considering it inthe near future. The best way to gain access to this market is to joinhome-schooling associations and utilize the associations’ membershipsor roster lists as a basis for a direct mail campaign for yourhome-schooling consulting business.

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Stunt School

Sick of putting your neck on the line? Make a business out of teaching others to.

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Stunt School

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

Like a buskers school, a stunt school isalso a very interesting business opportunity to start. However, unlikea buskers school, the market for this type of specialized training isvery limited and would only include students that are truly seeking totrain for a career as a professional stunt person.

Ideally, a stuntschool should be formed as a joint venture with professionals withinthe stunt industry or with a production company within the filmproduction industry. Gaining clients for a stunt school should notprove to be difficult, even though the potential market is limited, asthe TV film and movie industry as a whole is presently riding a wave ofpopularity not seen since the heyday of Hollywood in the 1920s and’30s. Additional considerations in terms of establishing the businesswill include liability insurance, operating location, training staffand course curriculum.

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Home Tutor

Use your brains to help students pass their classes and appease anxious parents.

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Home Tutor

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

Business Overview

If you like kids of all ages, you can communicate concepts and ideas,and you’ve got a good grounding in at least one subject, you can be ahome tutor. This is a field with room for growth: The U.S. NationalCenter for Education Statistics estimates that by 2008, more than 70million young people (kindergarten through college) will be enrolled inpublic and private schools.

As a home tutor, you’ll work with yourpupils on a one-on-one basis to bring them up to speed and even beyond.You can specialize in teaching younger kids elementary reading and mathskills, coach high school and college kids on subjects from Spanish toalgebra to English, or spur your pupils to succeed on SAT or MCAT(medical school entrance) exams. The advantages to this business arethat you can work from home, you can start part time and on ashoestring, and you get the satisfaction of helping kids grasp theconcepts you’re teaching and shine–in your eyes, their parents’ andtheir own. While experience as a professional teacher is a plus, it’snot a necessity. What you will need is a good basic understanding ofthe subject or subjects you’ll be tutoring plus the innate teachingtalents to communicate ideas and concepts clearly and effectively. Youshould have enthusiasm for your subjects and your students.

The Market

Your clients can be grade-school kids or college seniors or anybody inbetween who needs help turning textbook trauma into school success, butthe biggest demand these days seems to be in the high-school-and-uprange. If you’re targeting the younger set or high school kids,introduce yourself to school staffs and leave brochures or fliers,place ads in local papers and Yellow Pages, and post fliers atkid-oriented spots like dance or karate schools, public libraries andcommunity centers. For college students, post fliers on bulletinboards, distribute them to frat and sorority houses, and place ads incollege publications. You can also introduce yourself or send brochuresto professors of the subjects you specialize in.

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In most states, you don’t need licensing or certification, so gettingup and running is quick and easy, but if you’re a present or formerteacher, you’ve got a plus as far as credibility. Be sure to checkbefore you embark on your business. Your students will bring their owntextbooks, but you may want to offer a selection of reference materialsor teaching aids.

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Online Language Instruction

The world is getting flat and we need help communicating. If you’ve got the language skills, the internet is the perfect medium to share them.

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Online Language Instruction

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

The world has become a smaller place, thanksto the introduction of the internet, and starting a cyberventure thatteaches students around the globe various languages may be the newbusiness opportunity you have been searching for. Design and constructa Web site featuring foreign language instructional classes that arebroadcast over the internet. Students would simply log onto the siteand choose the language they wish to learn.

The teaching segments couldbe filmed using a digital camera and later entered into the correctcategory on the website. All courses could be taught by qualifiedprofessionals who provide their teaching service in exchange for apercentage of the revenue that is collected from the students whoenroll for their specific language training program. Charging studentsa monthly membership fee for joining one of the foreign languageinstruction programs would generate revenues. Additional income couldbe earned by selling advertising space on the website, as well asselling related instructional books and programs. Ideally, themarketing of the business could be directed at large internationalcorporations who have an international sales staff that must bemultilingual.

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