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Corporate Meeting Planner

Can you keep a group organized? Try your hand at corporate meeting planning.

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Corporate Meeting Planner

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Using your organization and event planningskills will enable you to start a corporate-meeting planner service.Long gone are the days of boring boardroom meetings for middlemanagers, executives, employees, investors and business alliances.Today, corporations need and want to keep all executives, managers,employees, customers, investors and alliances highly motivated,energized, productive and happy.

Consequently, they are more than happyto part with, in some cases, very big bucks to pay for innovativemeeting locations, games and preparations for same. The duties of thecorporate-meeting planner are straightforward: They do what it takes toplan and execute a great meeting. You will make all arrangementsincluding, if applicable, sending out invitations, making follow-upcalls, catering, booking locations, booking speakers, making hotelarrangements for out-of-town guests, arranging suitable transportation,distributing meeting plans and documents, looking after equipmentrentals and everything else required to pull the event together withouta hitch. The best way to market a corporate-event planning service isto simply get out and talk to business owners and managers, and pitchthem on why your service is just the right service to meet and exceedtheir needs.

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Music Lessons

Share the sound of music with your students.

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Music Lessons

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

Business Overview

If you know how to sing, play guitar, piano, drums, a wind or stringinstrument well enough to teach others, then what are you waiting for?Capitalize on your talents and earn a great full- or part-time incomeby teaching customers how to play your instrument of choice.Classescan be conducted one-on-one or in a group format, from your home, atthe student’s location, from rented commercial space, or in conjunctionwith community programs, continuing education, or even at anestablished music store. Expanding the business requires nothing morethan hiring other experienced musicians to teach students. Fees aresplit’basically, you find the students, your instructors teach theclasses, and everyone profits. Lesson rates will vary depending onclass size, skill level, and instrument, but on average, group lessonscost students $10 to $20 per hour, and one-on-one lessons in the rangeof $40 per hour plus the costs of instrument rentals or purchases,course materials, and sheet music.

The Market

Adults or parents of children who would to learn how to play a musical instrument.

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Extra’s Only Agency

Some people just want to be seen. An extras only agency ensures clients they’ll get their 15 minutes of fame.

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Extra’s Only Agency

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

Business Overview

The film and TV production industry is booming, and starting anextras-only casting agency can potentially secure you a portion of thismultibillion-dollar industry. Extras casting is simply supplying peopleto act as background performers in a film production. Typically extrasor background performers represent every walk of life in terms of race,age, gender, size and appearance. The key to successfully competing inthis very competitive industry is without question to build andmaintain a good contact base and working relationship with filmproducers, directors and other casting agencies. These are the peopleand companies that’ll call upon your service to supply extras for filmwork. In terms of revenue generation for the business, an extras agentretains 10 percent of a background performer’s wage in the form of acommission, so it’s important to work in volume, as extras aregenerally only paid $10 per hour.

The Market

Actors who are trying to break into the entertainment industry

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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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