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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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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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Stress Management Courses

We live in a high stress world. Helping others deal with it can put you on Easy Street.

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Stress Management Courses

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

Business Overview

During the 1970s, many futurists werepredicting that due to the rapid gains in technology, the averageworkweek would shrink to only 30 hours by the year 2000. I wonder ifthese same futurists are now rubbing their heads in disbelief.According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average Americanemployed full-time is now working 47 hours per week, as opposed to 42hours per week in the 1970s.

This fact, coupled with an increasedworkload and potential financial and family complications, makes it nowonder that the average person is at the end of their rope andsuffering from stress-related health problems. Without question,starting a business that assists people in learning how to cope withstress and how to avoid stressful situations is a business venture withan unlimited number of potential clients. The marketing of the stressmanagement classes could be targeted at individuals seeking to reduceor eliminate stress from their daily lives. However, seeking corporateclients for the stress management courses may be a preferred approach,as you would have the ability to gain perhaps as many as ten clientswith the same amount of marketing effort and costs put toward gainingone individual client.

The business can be conducted from a home basedor rental office location, or the stress management classes could beheld at the client’s business or home location. As with anyinstructional business, the key to success is to develop an exclusivecourse manual and program for your clients to use and follow. Bydeveloping your own program, you become the owner of the information.And should the program become very popular, it could become anexcellent opportunity to put the program into print or electronicformat and market the product worldwide.

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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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