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River Rescue Instruction

If you have emergency skills training, river rescue instruction could keep you afloat.

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River Rescue Instruction

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

On the surface, starting a business thatspecializes in training students river rescue techniques may not seemto be a very viable business opportunity. However, if careful thoughtis given, you soon realize how important and profitable this businesscan be.

Did you know that more than 4,000 people in the Untied Statesdrown each year, and the leading category of drowning deaths isfishermen who are swept away in moving water’often witnessed by others?Many of these deaths could have been prevented had the witnesses ofthese drownings been taught river rescue techniques. The businessrequires the instructor of the program to acquire a river rescueinstruction certificate, which can be gained by successfully completinga practical and written examination. Equipment such as throw bags,ropes, and safety harnesses will also be needed to conduct theinstructional courses. Most of the equipment is available for purchaseat recreational outdoor retailers. Potential clients for a river rescueinstruction service include police and fire departments, sports clubsand organizations, fishermen, search and rescue teams, canoe and kayakassociations, and all other outdoor enthusiasts.

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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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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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Jewelry Making Instruction

The love for jewelry has never gone out of style. Teach others how to create bling.

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Jewelry Making Instruction

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

Starting a jewelry making instructionbusiness could prove to be very profitable and fun. To keep initialstartup costs to a minimum, build alliances with local businesses suchas craft stores, clothing retailers and community centers. Byestablishing these alliances, you can hold the jewelry instructionclasses on the site of your new business partners and split the salesrevenues with the owners of these businesses, not to mention the factthat this will also provide you with the opportunity to capitalize onthe business’s existing customer base to attract new students for thejewelry making classes. A mere four classes per week with ten studentspaying $20 each will create business revenues in excess of $40,000 peryear.

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