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Survival Training

If you have past military or survival experience, this business offers an opportunity to share your skills.

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Survival Training

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

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What would you do if you were trapped on amountainside, in subzero weather, with an impending blizzardapproaching? This may not seem to be a likely scenario for many of us.However, to the millions of outdoor enthusiasts who take part inrecreational activities such as hiking, skiing, and rock climbing, thisis a very real and dangerous threat.

A survival training service can bemarketed directly to potential customers by establishing alliances withrecreation-related businesses and associations, such as hiking clubsand rock climbing schools. You could provide their members andcustomers with survival training instruction courses by way ofspecially designed informational brochures. In addition to recreationalenthusiasts, survival training courses can be offered to police forces,fire departments, and forest service employees. The main requirementsfor this type of business venture are that the trainers will have to beskilled and experienced survival training instructors, as well as holda first-aid instructor’s certificate.

The survival training coursecould be instructed over a week-long period with the theory aspect ofthe course being conducted weekday evenings, and the practical aspectof the course held the following weekend. This type of instructionbusiness also requires a survival training manual to be developed andutilized in all facets of the complete training program. The factorsdetermining the profit potential for a survival instruction businessare too numerous to pinpoint an accurate figure. However, due to thespecialized nature of this business opportunity, it can be assumed thata well-promoted and established survival training service has thepotential to generate great earnings.

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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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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

Business Overview

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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