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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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Online Language Instruction

The world is getting flat and we need help communicating. If you’ve got the language skills, the internet is the perfect medium to share them.

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Online Language Instruction

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

The world has become a smaller place, thanksto the introduction of the internet, and starting a cyberventure thatteaches students around the globe various languages may be the newbusiness opportunity you have been searching for. Design and constructa Web site featuring foreign language instructional classes that arebroadcast over the internet. Students would simply log onto the siteand choose the language they wish to learn.

The teaching segments couldbe filmed using a digital camera and later entered into the correctcategory on the website. All courses could be taught by qualifiedprofessionals who provide their teaching service in exchange for apercentage of the revenue that is collected from the students whoenroll for their specific language training program. Charging studentsa monthly membership fee for joining one of the foreign languageinstruction programs would generate revenues. Additional income couldbe earned by selling advertising space on the website, as well asselling related instructional books and programs. Ideally, themarketing of the business could be directed at large internationalcorporations who have an international sales staff that must bemultilingual.

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Woodworking Class

Teach others the craft of working with wood. It could turn into a nice stack of paper.

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Woodworking Class

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

Calling all craftsmen and woodworkers. It istime to put your woodworking skills to work for yourself and start aninstructional business teaching students how to use woodworkingequipment and complete woodworking projects.

The business can beoperated from a home based workshop or from a small industrial rentallocation. Woodworking classes can be taught in a group format or aone-on-one basis. Additionally, you can provide various levels ofwoodworking instructional classes ranging from a beginner level all theway to an advanced course for the serious woodworker seeking to masterthe required skills to complete more complicated woodworking projects.Additional revenues for a woodworking instruction service can be gainedby providing students the option of purchasing wood for their projects,as well as purchasing woodworking tools once they have completed thecourse.

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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.

Needed Equipment

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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