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Balloon Service

Learn a few basic configurations, and you can start a balloon service.

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Balloon Service

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

Business Overview

With an investment of less than $1,000 youcan start a part-time party balloon service and earn big profits onweekends and during holidays. Depending on your goals and ambition, youcould even turn the business into a full-time lucrative going concern.

Corporate events, grand openings, children’s birthday parties, specialoccasions, graduations, retailer sales, weddings and community events–the demand for party balloons is gigantic and continually growing.Marketing a party balloon service is best achieved by creating a basicyet detailed brochure describing your service and rates. Distribute itto party and event planners, wedding planners, children’s stores,restaurants, banquet facilities, day-care centers and cateringcompanies.

There are also many balloon manufacturers and printers whooffer custom balloon printing services so you can also sell direct tobusinesses that want to advertise sales and special events with theirnames and logos featured on the balloons. Great add-on services toincrease revenues include a party cleanup service, streamer anddecoration supplies and event-planning services, especially forchildren’s birthday parties. You will need reliable transportation andbasic equipment, such as helium tanks for gas-filled balloons, and aircompressors for blowing up cold-air balloons. But don’t worry- thistype of equipment is cheap to buy or rent and readily available inevery community.

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Reunion Organizer

Bring old classmates together by organizing reunions.

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Reunion Organizer

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

Business Overview

As a reunion organizer, you’ll be a combination event planner andprivate detective, hunting down missing members of high school andcollege classes, large families, groups and associations, then planningand organizing the bash of the decade.

To find those missing members,you’ll pore through phone directories and computer databases andcontact school and civic records departments and friends, neighbors andrelatives. Reunion-organizing is a growing field–with all those babyboomers being joined by Generation Xers just reaching high schoolreunion age, there’s no dearth of potential customers. And since justabout everybody is out in the workforce these days, no one has the timeto spend on tracking down former classmates or associates and thenattending to all the details of the event. Which leaves lots of workfor you. The advantages to this business are that you can work at home,it’s creative, challenging and rewarding–you get to help people havefun and renew old ties every time you plan a reunion. As a reunionorganizer, you’ll have to be obsessive about locating attendees, aswell as creative about ways to broaden your search. You’ll also need tobe extremely detail-oriented and organized–people will be travelingfrom all over the country to attend events you arrange and counting onyou to pull it all together.

The Market

Your customers can be the Class of X for high schools and colleges,groups and associations, and large, far-flung families. Your best betfor selling to these groups is to establish yourself in your community.Introduce yourself to and leave brochures with vendors inevent-planning industries who can refer people to you–caterers,hotels, florists, printers and photographers. Find out who’s in chargeof the reunion committees for your own high school or college class orthose of your friends and relatives, then call and introduce yourselfand your services.

Needed Equipment

You’ll need a computer with the usual office software, a laser printer,a fax machine, a calendar, a planning book and a phone.

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Dance Studio

Dance your way to profits with a studio for lessons and rehearsals.

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Dance Studio

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

Business Overview

Starting a dance instruction school is a wonderful new business ventureto set in motion, as dance schools have been proven financially soundfor decades. The business can focus on dance instruction in general, oron specific dance styles such as tap or swing. If you aren’t a danceinstructor yourself, professional dance instructors can be hired on anas-needed part-time, revenue-sharing basis to conduct the instructionclasses. The innovative entrepreneur who starts and operates a danceschool can also increase revenues and profits by videotaping theinstruction classes and selling the videos by way of mail order and theinternet.

The Market

Your customers will vary depending on what type of dance studio youdecide to open. You can have a studio strictly for adults, one thatfocuses on instruction for children, or a dance studio for all ages.

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Old-Time Radio Programs

Nostalgic productions can be brought to life with a love for acting and history.

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Old-Time Radio Programs

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

Business Overview

History always has a way of repeatingitself, and old-time radio programs from the 1930s and ’40s are noexception to the rule, as these radio programs are once again becomingvery popular. Seek to purchase the rights or pay for the rights tore-record old-time radio programs onto cassette tapes and compactdiscs. Once complete, the tapes and compact discs can be sold toretailers on a wholesale basis, or directly to consumers via mailorder, the Internet, or even infomercials. Providing you can secure theright radio programs to re-record and that demand is high for theprograms, the profitability of the business could be outstanding as itonly costs a couple of dollars each to mass produce tapes and CDs.

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