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Balloon Bouquet Service

Tap your creative strengths to bring smiles to customers with balloon bouquets.

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Balloon Bouquet Service

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

Business Overview

If you’ve got creativity and a sense of fun, you can soar with aballoon bouquet service. You’ll design and deliver balloon arrangementsfor all occasions–white and gold for weddings, black for thatover-the-hill 40th birthday party, green and white for St. Patty’s Daybashes.

You can tie gifts to your bouquets–candy, stuffed animals,decorative tins of coffee and cookies–let your imagination be yourguide, and make up both standard and custom presentations. You can alsomake a really big splash by providing hundreds of balloons en masse forgrand openings, sales presentations, inaugurations, graduations andjust about any other celebrations you can dream up. The balloon bouquetbusiness’s advantages are that you can start part time, you can work athome, your startup costs are relatively low, and if you’re a creativeperson who likes conjuring up themes and packaging and putting them alltogether, it’s a lot of fun. And it’s gratifying–everybody’s delightedto receive a fancy bouquet, especially with gifts attached. A balloonbouquet–or wreath, rainbow or cloud–can be elegant, whimsical orsporty, but any way you go, it needs to look smart; you can’t just tosstogether a hodgepodge of colors and gifts and stick on some ribbon.You’ll need a flair for the creative and the design ability to pull itall together into an attractive package. You’ll also need to be a savvymarketer who can sell those unique bouquets to a variety of clients andcustomers.

The Market

Your clients can be just anybody who might buy florists’ bouquets, giftbaskets, or any other sort of delivered gift. Individuals will make upa large part of your sales, but be sure to target business customers,who can be a terrific source of repeat business.

Start off with traveland real estate agents, innkeepers, apartment complexes, car and boatsalespeople, public relations firms–or any other corporate clientswho’ll want to make their customers feel they’re walking on air. Don’tforget clubs and organizations–they’re always throwing dinners, teas,parties and assorted awards banquets for which clouds of balloons makea stunning statement. You can net these clients and customers withcreative marketing. Send brochures to businesses and organizations,then follow up by setting appointments to show your bouquets or aprofessional portfolio of your designs. To attract retail customers,place ads in local newspapers, send press releases to local andnational publications, offer yourself as a guest on a local radio chatshow, and donate a few bouquets to other businesses’ grand openings orfor fund-raisers in return for free publicity. You should also sendbrochures to wedding and event planners and caterers, all of whom cantake advantage of your services or refer their own clients to you.

Needed Equipment

You’ll need a supply of helium tanks, an assortment of colorful, funand elegant ribbons, and as many kinds of balloons as you can lay yourhands on.

In most states, you’ll need a liquor license if you plan toattach that fine wine, and you’ll want a resale license so you can buygifts and supplies at wholesale prices. You’ll want a hot glue gun anda workspace large enough to spread out your materials and assemble yourbouquets. (Keep in mind that a business client may order 100 or morebouquets at a time.) You’ll also need a delivery vehicle with plenty ofballoon room to cart all those clever gifts around in. And don’t forgeta credit card processing machine so you can take orders over the phone.

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Murder Mystery Parties

Have a flair for the dramatic? Host murder mystery parties.

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Murder Mystery Parties

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

Business Overview

Whodunit murder mystery parties are hugely popular and the basis for afun and exciting part-time business opportunity that can be kicked offfor peanuts, yet has the potential to earn excellent profits. If youhave writing aspirations and a creative flair, you can write the storyand murder mystery party scripts; if you do, be sure to try to includeyour clients in the script’their likenesses, personalities, and names.If you are not a wordsmith, you can use a popular mystery theme orstory as the basis of the mystery, or you can even purchase murdermystery scripts online. Rates for mystery dinner party services startat $25 per person plus the cost of a catered dinner, specialty propsand location rentals if the party is not held at the client’s location.

The Market

Clients can include individuals wanting to host an interesting dinnerparty for family and friends, corporations seeking fun social functionsfor employees or customers, and event planners searching for anextraordinary and unique experience for their clients.

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Extra’s Only Agency

Some people just want to be seen. An extras only agency ensures clients they’ll get their 15 minutes of fame.

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Extra’s Only Agency

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

The film and TV production industry is booming, and starting anextras-only casting agency can potentially secure you a portion of thismultibillion-dollar industry. Extras casting is simply supplying peopleto act as background performers in a film production. Typically extrasor background performers represent every walk of life in terms of race,age, gender, size and appearance. The key to successfully competing inthis very competitive industry is without question to build andmaintain a good contact base and working relationship with filmproducers, directors and other casting agencies. These are the peopleand companies that’ll call upon your service to supply extras for filmwork. In terms of revenue generation for the business, an extras agentretains 10 percent of a background performer’s wage in the form of acommission, so it’s important to work in volume, as extras aregenerally only paid $10 per hour.

The Market

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Recording Studio

Record sound–and profits–with your own studio.

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Recording Studio

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

Business Overview

The investment required to start a soundrecording studio is gigantic. However, the profits that the businesscan potentially generate are even larger. Starting a sound recordingstudio is much easier than it was at one time, simply because of theadvancement in technology.

Many recording studios that specialize invoiceovers for radio advertising, CD recording and DVD recording areeven homebased operations. Any one who doesn’t have experience in therecording industry is well advised to stay clear of this particularbusiness opportunity’-unless the business is approached or establishedas a joint venture enterprise with a person or company that hasexperience in the industry, but lacks the financial backing or businessexperience to ensure the enterprise succeeds. A recording studio canpotentially exceed $100,000 per year in profit after wages, expensesand taxes.

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