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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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Inventor

It only takes one good idea to become a full-fledged inventor.

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Inventor

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

Business Overview

Are you the type of person who is alwaysthinking of how to do something better? If so, maybe you should giveconsideration to becoming an inventor. The title is not as ominous asit sounds. Every day thousands of products, formulas, and methods arebeing invented to make life’s tasks easier, or to assist mankind ingeneral. Inventions do not have to be ground-breaking discoveries, theydo however, have to have a practical use and be innovative and unique.The potential to profit as an inventor is as varied as the start-upcost of the invention itself. To see first-hand a simple and effectiveidea of what an invention can be, visit www.lawnbuddy.com. This veryenterprising entrepreneur and inventor has a clear and conciseunderstanding of the art of invention.

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Bouncy House Rentals

Supply the life of the party with a bouncy house rental business.

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Bouncy House Rentals

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

Business Overview

Bouncy houses are inflatable amusement gamesthat children and adults absolutely love to bounce around in (and on)and they are available in a wide range of shapes, sizes and themes suchas castles and blimps.

Renting bouncy houses is easy, and you can makeincredible profits, up to $250 per day, just for delivering, setting upand returning at the end of the day for pick up. This is perhaps one ofthe best part-time business opportunities available. New inflatableamusement games cost in the range of $2,000 for small basic models, andup to $15,000 for large, fully featured models. Used ones are availablefor about half the cost of new. In addition to renting theseinflatables for children’s birthday parties, they can also be rented tocharities, sports and social clubs, and for corporate and communityevents. Setup is fast, taking one person approximately 30 minutes andabout the same amount of time for dismantling and removal.

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Party Entertainment Service

Are you always the life of the party? Make it your business.

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Party Entertainment Service

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

Business Overview

There is big money to be earned operating aparty entertainment service and providing live entertainment forparties and special occasions’clowns, soloists, musical bands,magicians, singing telegrams, public speakers, spokespeople, acrobats,jugglers, comedians, adult-themed entertainers, and lots more.

Kidsparties, corporate events, social events, graduations, birthdays,anniversaries, weddings, trade shows, conventions, and Christmasparties are a lot more fun when there is live entertainment to keepguests entertained and in high spirits. Entertainers can be employed ascontractors working on an on-call basis, and can be paid by way ofrevenue-sharing; the range of 60/40 in the entertainer’s favor is theindustry standard. Promote the service by running advertisements inyour local newspaper and in the Yellow Pages, as well as by contactingwedding planners and event planners in your community and explainingthe various types of entertainers your service provides, as well asrates. This service can easily be managed from home, and start-up costsare modest, with the bulk of the budget being spent on business setupand marketing to get the telephone ringing with eager customers wantingto book acts for their special occasions and events.

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