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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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Houseboat Rentals

Renting out your luxury liner is how you can make your business your escape and your escape your houseboat.

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Houseboat Rentals

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

Business Overview

There are numerous options available to youin terms of starting a houseboat rental service. The first option is topurchase the houseboats ($20,000 to $30,000 each secondhand). Thesecond, and more viable option is to locate houseboat owners and see ifthey are prepared to enter their boats into a rental pool that ismanaged and operated by your service.

Houseboat rental rates are in therange of $750 to $1,000 per week and the person who is renting the boatmust pay for additional operating costs such as gas and insurance. Inexchange for the boat owner allowing their houseboat to be used in therental pool, they would receive 50 percent of the rental revenue andpay no moorage or maintenance fees for their boats. You would keep 50percent of the rental fee and maintain the houseboat for the owner.Including operating overheads, boat maintenance, and moorage, a pretaxnet of 20 percent of the total rental fees per year should be theprofit. Providing you have at least ten houseboats in the rental poolthat were rented for an average of 25 weeks each per year, this examplewould leave you a profit of $50,000. The business can be started forless than $10,000 providing you are not intending to purchase thehouseboats.

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Party Entertainer

Always been the life of the party? Start a party entertaining business.

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Party Entertainer

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 are a couple of options available in terms of starting a partyentertaining service. You can work as an agency, representingentertainers for parties.

Or, if you have the skills, you can be anentertainer yourself. The different types of entertainers forchildren’s parties include clowns, magicians, trained pet shows,singers and skit plays. You can also gear your act to adults and offeryour services for corporate events as a magician or karaoke deejay.This is a relatively low-investment business to start and operate, andthe profit potential is very good. I contacted four different agenciesand found the average rate for party entertainers was $50 per hour,with a minimum charge for 1-1/2 hours including travel. An agencyrepresenting entertainers for parties or being an entertainer yourselfis a good home based business that allows for flexible hours, goodincome potential and loads of fun.

The Market

Your customers are parents who are giving their children parties, andbusinesses who are planning anniversary, holiday or summer events fortheir employees. While you can advertise in the Yellow Pages and sendfliers to local businesses, your best marketing tool will beword-of-mouth. Be sure to bring brochures or business cards to everygig you get.

Needed Equipment

Your area of expertise will dictate the tools of your trade. You will also need reliable transportation.

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Musical Festival Promoter

Combine music and devotion to a cause as a music festival promoter.

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Musical Festival Promoter

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

Music festivals are extremely popularentertainment events across North America, and becoming a musicfestival promoter is an outstanding opportunity for the entrepreneurthat is seeking to start a part-time business. The business concept isbasic and you can get started by first deciding what type of musicfestival or festivals you want to promote; country and western, jazz,rock, or folk. The choices are unlimited, as different music stylesappeal to everybody. Consider the following six-step process toestablishing the business.

  1. Secure a suitable location for the musicfestival, such as a park, beach, outdoor arena, or farmland.
  2. Applyfor and secure all required permits from local government agencies.
  3. Secure performers and vendors for the festival.
  4. Build alliances withco-sponsors for the event, such as TV and radio stations.
  5. Assemble avolunteer workforce to assist in operating the event. This can usuallybe accomplished by joining forces with a local charity that receives aportion of the admission sales.
  6. Print and sell tickets. There is agreat amount of research and planning required to organize and host amusic festival; however, once established the festival can be heldannually and even expanded to additional communities.

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