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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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Sales Training Service

Train others with your sales and management expertise.

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Sales Training Service

Startup Costs: $50,000 – $100,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Are you a sales professional who isrecognized as a top producer in your industry? If so, in addition toyour six-figure yearly commission earnings, you can add another$100,000 simply by training other sales professionals to also becomeperennial top sales producers.

The sales training can be taught at theclient’s site or in a home based classroom atmosphere. The coursecurriculum can be developed by amassing your sales experience,techniques, trade secrets and methodology into a study guide. Gainingclients for the classes can be as easy as creating a marketing package.This promotional package should describe the sales training program,highlight your own personal sales achievements, and explain thebenefits and value that this type of focused and specialized coachingcan have in terms of turning sales order takers into sales ordermakers. The marketing presentation can be presented to business ownersand corporations that rely on a direct sales team to drive businessrevenues and profits.

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Editing Service

Does the idea of incorrect grammar drive you crazy? You may be in the runnings for an editing service.

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Editing Service

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

An editing service is not limited to publishers and book authors ascustomers. In fact, publishers and authors represent a very smallpercentage of the potential clients an editing service can becontracted by. The main requirement for starting an editing service isto have computer equipment, editing software, and of course, theability to edit. Potential clients can include advertising agencies,marketing agencies, publishers, authors and printers. Actually, justabout any company, organization or individual that needs to ensure thatprinted or electronic information is spelled correctly, that thegrammar is correct, and the information is presented in an easy-to-readand pleasing format. Potential income range is $25 to $50 per hour.

The Market

Anyone who has printed material that needs to be edited

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Education & Instruction

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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