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Career Expos

Bring job hunters and potential hiring employers together at career expos.

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Career Expos

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

Business Overview

Career expos are simply trade shows thatbring potential employers and employees together under one roof. Careerexpos serve two functions.

The first is they give corporations a chanceto blow their own horn and explain to potential employees why they arethe industry leaders and, more important, why working for their companyhas advantages over selecting the competition company. The secondfunction career expos serve is that they give people seeking to start,change or upgrade a career an opportunity to blow their horns andexplain to the corporations exhibiting at the expo how they can benefitthe corporation and what they can bring to the table. As you can see,there is a whole lot of horn blowing going on at career expos, butwithout question they are an excellent opportunity for both potentialemployers and potential employees to come together and seek mutuallybeneficial working relationships and opportunities.

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Proposal Writer

Here’s a homebased business that may write you a big commission check.

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Proposal Writer

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

Each year government agencies on the federal, state, and local levelsput thousands of RFPs (requests for proposals) out for bid. Theproposals can range from building government buildings to supplyingcomputer equipment for government offices, and just about anything inbetween. Though many of these proposals can be very lucrative for thecompany or individual that successfully bids for the contract, manysmall- to medium-sized contractors simply do not complete the proposaland bid forms.

The bidding process is extremely involved and usuallyrequires technical drawings, action plans and contingencyplans–business owners and management have neither the time norabilities to complete them. A proposal writer compiles and completesthe proposal documents on behalf of the contractor. It’s as simple asthat. Proposal writers charge fees based on the amount of time it willtake to complete the proposal, typically in the range of $30 to $40 perhour. Some proposal writers even charge a commission on the value ofthe contract should their client be awarded. Furthermore, most proposalwriters specialize in an area of expertise such as nonperishable goods,construction, services, maintenance or nonprofit. A proposal writermust have access to a wide range of research resources and in mostcases a technical writing ability.

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Equipment required for the service is basic and only includes standard office and computer equipment.

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Comedy Club

People can always use a laugh. Keep them smiling by giving comedians an outlet for their material.

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Comedy Club

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

Business Overview

Comedy clubs are a very popularentertainment venue, and there are a few approaches that can be takenin terms of starting a comedy club. The first and most costly option isto open a comedy club from a fixed location. The second and cheaperoption is to establish a mobile comedy troop and book performances forthe troop across the country for nightclub engagements, seminarperformances, weddings, universities, colleges, and many other specialoccasion events. Regardless of which approach is employed to establishthe business, comedy clubs and acts are extremely popular as more andmore people are seeking to reduce stress in their lives through humor.

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Wedding Photographer

Capture those special moments with your love for photography.

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Wedding Photographer

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 number of different approachesthat can be taken when starting a wedding photography business. Thefirst option is to be the wedding photographer, and the second optionis to start an agency representing wedding photographers.

If you choosethe second option, a Web site could be established that would listwedding photographers from across North America along with samples oftheir photography work. Anyone seeking a wedding photographer wouldsimply log onto the Web site and search the index for photographers intheir area. Revenues for the Web site can be generated by charging thephotographers a yearly fee to be listed on the site, and the site couldgenerate substantial advertising revenue from related businesses suchas wedding planners, caterers, and formalwear rental companies seekingadditional exposure.

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