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Photography Courses

Now that just about everyone has a digital camera, they need someone to teach them how to take a great photo.

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Photography Courses

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

A photography instruction service can trainstudents in both traditional print film photography as well as indigital-imaging formats. Courses could be provided for students from ahomebased photography studio, or the business could be operated as ajoint venture with community training programs or educationalfacilities. One marketing method may be to approach retailers that sellcameras and digital cameras and offer a free two-hour photographycourse for all of their customers who purchase a camera. Of course theobjective of this type of free promotion is to have a large percentageof the students who take advantage of the free class sign up forextended photography courses and training (on a paid basis).

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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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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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