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Auctioneer

If you have a way with words and like being in front of a crowd, try being an auctioneer.

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Auctioneer

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Franchises Available? No
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Have fun and make lots of money by startingand operating an auction service. The first thing you have to knowabout becoming an auctioneer is that training is required, and eachstate and province has its own criteria for auctioneer licensing.

However, with that said, there are dozens of auctioneer schools acrossthe United States and Canada. Contact the associations listed below toinquire about auctioneer training in your area. Auctioneers are morethan just fast talkers; they are also expert marketers who have anexcellent knowledge of the products they sell, the demand for theseproducts, and the target audience of buyers. They must be knowledgeableabout this audience, because without buyers in attendance it does notmatter what’s up for auction. That is why most auctioneers specializein one or two types of goods, such as real estate, heavy equipment,antiques, automobiles or general goods.
Starting an auction servicealso requires relatively deep pockets unless you contract yourauctioning services to other auctioneers. It is a costly business toestablish because you have to pay for everything upfront to advertise,promote, set up and run the auction before you receive yourcommissions, which are based on the total value of the goods sold atauction.

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Online Wedding Service

Busy brides often turn to the web for convenient shopping and planning. Create a directory of vendors and services.

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Online Wedding Service

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

Business Overview

Starting a commercial website venture solelydedicated to wedding could potentially make you the next onlinegazillionaire. The site can be indexed by state or even city and bebroken down into subsections featuring every imaginable wedding-relatedproduct or service including:

  • A directory of wedding photographers and videographers
  • A directory of wedding singers, DJs and bands
  • A directory of wedding planners and caterers
  • A directory of formalwear and rentals for both men and women.
  • A directory of limousine services <BR>Site visitors would simplyselect the geographical area they live in, choose the topic ofinterest, and start to view the listing and information. Anyone gettingmarried would be able to log onto the site to find a photographer, plana honeymoon and book a reception hall all with the click of a mouse.

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Musical Band Management

If you’ve got connections, use them to help bands get their next gig.

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Musical Band Management

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

There are a few approaches that can be takenin terms of starting a musical band management service. The firstapproach is to start and operate the business on a part-time basis fromhome and perhaps only represent one or two musical bands or solomusical performers.
The second option Is to start a full-timemanagement agency that represents multiple bands or solo performers atone time. Both approaches to establishing and operating the businesshave their pros and cons, however, careful research will determine thebest approach for you. Additionally, be sure to follow current orpopular music trends when seeking a band or performer to represent, asthe likelihood of success will be much greater.

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Singles-Only Event Promoter

Help singles connect by promoting events designed just for them.

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Singles-Only Event Promoter

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Two things make starting a singles-only event promotion business a safebet in terms of the potential for success and profitability’a 50percent divorce rate, and people choosing to stay single much longerthan in decades past.

Lots of people in their, 20s, 30s, 40s and evenolder–are still looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right. The result is a wholebunch of single people looking to meet other singles for fun,friendship, and maybe even love. Plan and host singles events such aspub nights, group outings to concerts and sporting events, local andinternational travel destinations, bingo nights, Saturday morningwilderness hikes, and Thursday night potluck dinners. Providing theevents are unique, fun, and exciting, word will spread fast, precludingany need of costly advertising and promotion once the business isestablished.

The Market

Singles of all ages, ethnic groups and religions.

Needed Equipment

Desktop computer with the usual office suite and desktop publishing software to create flyers and a website.

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