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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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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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Independent Music Label

Make your millions by finding under-the-radar performers with talent.

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Independent Music Label

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

Independent music labels have become a mainstay in North America, andthe rise in numbers of independent music labels rest solely with thecreation and subsequent popularity of the internet.

Independent musiclabels now have the ability to level the playing field with theirlarger and better financed competition by marketing new bands,performers and music online. Furthermore, never in the history of musichas there been such a wide variance of musical styles available to suiteveryone’s musical tastes–everything from jazz and hip-hop toelectronica and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll. The key to successfullystarting and operating an independent music label will rest squarely inyour ability to secure the right musical acts and performers to sign,market and promote. The startup costs are high for this uniqueentertainment venture, but the profit potential is also very high.

The Market

Your customers are music-lovers all over the world. But you’ll alsoneed to attract the attention of performers and stores that might sellthe music.

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Singing Telegram Service

Harmonize singers with a sentimental business.

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Singing Telegram Service

Startup Costs: $50,000 – $100,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Would you like to start a singing telegrambusiness, but your singing abilities are best left to the shower whereno one can hear you? Fear not. For starting a singing telegram serviceis easy, even for those of us who cannot sing. A singing telegramservice is a fantastic choice for a new business venture, especiallyfor entrepreneurs with limited capital available, as this homebasedenterprise can be put into action for less than a few thousand dollars.Furthermore, there are numerous accomplished singers in every communityacross North America that will be more than happy to exercise theirsinging talents for a fee, so locating the singers should not provedifficult

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