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Children’s Party Planning

Create great parties for both kids and parents to enjoy.

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Children’s Party Planning

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

Business Overview

Today’s moms and dads want to give their kids memorable parties justlike they had, but with a two-income household, it’s difficult to findthe time to plan and organize all this stuff.

And even moms or dads whodon’t work often feel that a really creative party is beyond theircapabilities. But if you’re creative, then you can be the life of thegala with a children’s party planning business. You’ll plan the theme,provide costumes (unless guests arrive wearing their own), décor, food,favors and other assorted goodies, entertainment, and clean upafterward so parents can enjoy the festivities instead of runningthemselves ragged. And you can do more than birthday parties–go allout with Halloween, Christmas, Chanukah, end-of-school andend-of-summer parties–whatever you can dream up and sell.

Theadvantages to this business are that your startup costs are low, it’screative and it’s always fun–heck, you get to go to birthday partiesevery working day! Besides that all-important creativity, you’ll needthe organizational skills to pull everything together and do itsmoothly so that everyone has fun. You should also know what kids liketoday so that you can plan parties around the cartoon character or hitmovie of the hour. And you’ll need to be a people person who can makesure that no shy child gets left out of the fun and no sensitive parentgets miffed at being left out the picture.

The Market

Your customers will be parents and kids who just wanna have fun. Sendbrochures to moms and dads in your area. Write fun, informativearticles for local newspapers. Place ads in the Yellow Pages and inlocal publications. Network among the kiddie set and post fliers (withthe owners’ permission) at dance and karate studios and otherchildren’s hang-outs. Donate a party to the lucky winner of a charityauction–always good publicity–and give free parties to friends who’llspread the word. Be sure to take pictures for your portfolio.

Needed Equipment

All you really need is a planning book and a telephone. If youspecialize in a certain type of party, like dress-up tea parties orwild animal parties, you’ll want to lay in a stock of costumes andmakeup for guests to put on.

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Seminar Speaker

Find your passion, expertise and your voice in a career as a seminar speaker.

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Seminar Speaker

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Corporations, associations, and eventplanners are on the constant lookout for interesting speakers tolecture at corporate events and seminars. If you possess special lifeexperiences in business, travel, finance, or overcoming the odds, thenan outstanding opportunity awaits you by becoming a freelance seminarspeaker. Initially to secure speaking engagements, create a resumeoutlining your experience and related skills, and distribute thisinformation to event planners, seminar organizations, and corporations.This is the type of service that is built on word-of-mouth referrals,and if your speeches and lectures are good, you will soon be in demandfor speaking engagements across North America, and perhaps the world.

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Entertainment Booking Agent

Put your networking skills to work as an entertainment booking agent.

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Entertainment Booking Agent

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

If you’re looking for a business opportunity that could prove to beboth fun and profitable, look no further than starting a business as afreelance entertainment booking agent. A booking agent is a person thatactively seeks out opportunities in the entertainment industry, such asbooking music bands for nightclub performances, theater groups forstage performances and just about any other type of entertainer forlive performances. Generally, an entertainment booking agent doesn’trepresent or act as management for entertainers, but merely buildsalliances with entertainers and retains a portion of the performancefee paid to entertainers for work the agent has secured.

The Market

People looking to break into the entertainment business

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Online Acting School

Not everyone can make it to Hollywood, so why not bring Hollywood to them?

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Online Acting School

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

Business Overview

Acting classes via the Internet: why not?Demand for acting classes and courses is certainly large enough forthis type of online enterprise to become popular and succeed. Getstarted by building an alliance with an established acting school. Theschool’s students can digitally video the school’s acting classes thatcan then be broadcast over the Internet via your Web site. You cancharge cyberstudents a monthly fee for full access to archived footageof the acting classes featured on the site. You can also incorporateadditional information and details about the film production and actingindustry into the Web site. This information could include director andproducer contact lists, film production schedules, and actors andliterary agent listings, all of which can be used as valuable resourcesby site members.

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