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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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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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Online Home Schooling

As more and more curriculum gets packed into the school year, help those learning by connecting through the internet.

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Online Home Schooling

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Take home schooling into the high-tech worldby developing a home schooling website. The website can featureinformation and services that can be used by parents wishing to schooltheir children at home.

This can include home schooling programs inprint format, an online chat forum for parents to discusshome-schooling issues and articles submitted by parents on homeschooling topics. In general, the site could become an online supportand information service for parents schooling their children at home.Income can be earned by selling textbooks and home schooling programsand guides that outline suggested curricula and social activities.

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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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