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Sailing School

If you enjoy the open sea, this business could put the wind in your sails.

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Sailing School

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

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Calling all salty sea dogs. Sailing is asport and recreational pastime that is enjoyed by thousands of peopleacross North America, with thousands more joining the ranks each year.

Many of these novice sailors share a common bond: they have enrolled,or will in the near future enroll themselves, spouses and family intotraining courses to learn all the vital techniques and skills requiredto safely operate and sail a sailboat. Providing you have sailingexperience and, better yet, a sailing instructor’s certificate, thenthe business is very straightforward to set in motion and does not evenrequire you to have your own sailboat, as you can provide sailingtraining for students who already have a sailboat. Generally sailboatinstruction courses are comprised of two elements: classroom theory,such as basic navigation, and practical on-the-water training.Additionally, courses are generally conducted over a two- to three-dayperiod on a full-time basis, and a two- to three-week period on apart-time basis. Securing only 20 to 30 clients per year can generatean income, prior to taxes and overhead expenses, in excess of $30,000per year.

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Public Speaking Instruction

Public speaking will never go out of fashion. If you’ve got the gift of gab, this is a perfect business opportunity.

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Public Speaking 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

Public speaking is an art, and unfortunatelymany business owners do not realize the importance of being able toproject a positive image of their business and themselves, whether itis speaking in front of one person or a group of 500 people.

Startingan instruction business that specializes in training business owners,managers, and employees to become effective public speakers is a greatnew business venture to set in motion. The best way to market this typeof instruction service is to design a complete marketing presentationand distribute the presentation to the most likely potential clients. Agood segment of the market to focus on is businesses and companies withmedium to large sales forces. Furthermore, the training courses can beconducted right at the client’s location, eliminating the need forcostly office rental. Aim to secure three clients per week for aspecialized half-day public speaking course, and you can be well onyour way to earning $100,000 per year.

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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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Resume Service

Help people polish up their professional background with a resume service.

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Resume Service

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

Business Overview

In spite of the fact that more than 50percent of American and Canadian households have a computer system,starting a résumé service is still a fantastic new business to set inmotion, as many people still require a professional touch in terms ofthe structure and format of their résumé. Once established, repeatbusiness and word-of-mouth referrals will keep the service hopping.However, to initially market the service there are a few methods thatcan be employed, such as posting information fliers describing therésumé service on community and company bulletin boards, taking out asmall print classified ad in a community paper, and networking withpeople at career expos.

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