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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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Singles-Only Event Promoter

Help singles connect by promoting events designed just for them.

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Singles-Only Event Promoter

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Two things make starting a singles-only event promotion business a safebet in terms of the potential for success and profitability’a 50percent divorce rate, and people choosing to stay single much longerthan in decades past.

Lots of people in their, 20s, 30s, 40s and evenolder–are still looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right. The result is a wholebunch of single people looking to meet other singles for fun,friendship, and maybe even love. Plan and host singles events such aspub nights, group outings to concerts and sporting events, local andinternational travel destinations, bingo nights, Saturday morningwilderness hikes, and Thursday night potluck dinners. Providing theevents are unique, fun, and exciting, word will spread fast, precludingany need of costly advertising and promotion once the business isestablished.

The Market

Singles of all ages, ethnic groups and religions.

Needed Equipment

Desktop computer with the usual office suite and desktop publishing software to create flyers and a website.

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Event and Party Planner

If you have a knack for planning and parties, this could be the biz for you.

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Event and Party Planner

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 love to plan and host parties and special events, then startingan event and party planning service will be right up your alley. Eventand party planners share common personality traits; they aredetail-oriented, well-organized, good communicators and very creative. In a nutshell, event and party planners are responsible for organizingand hosting special events such as wedding anniversaries, birthdays,graduations and award ceremonies for their clients.

Duties can includecreating and sending out invitations, selecting event locations,decorations, arranging for entertainers and speakers, selectingcaterers and menus and just about everything else that is required topull a special event together and put it on without a hitch, includingarranging to get everything cleaned up after all the guests have left.

Networking, networking and more networking will be your main marketingtool for attracting and keeping new business, peppered liberally withadvertising in newspapers, the Yellow Pages and direct-mail fliers. Youwill also need to build a reliable team of contractors; businesses andindividuals who you can call on and rely on to supply products andservices required for hosting events on time and on budget. The morereliable your team is, the more successful and profitable your eventand party planning service will be.

The Market

Businesses and individuals who are planning special occasions and events.

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Party Balloon Service

Selling and setting up these party products may balloon into a great business.

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Party Balloon Service

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

Less than $5,000 will set you up in your own party balloon service. Thedemand for this service is certainly not limited to only children’sbirthday parties. Marketing a party balloon service is best achieved bycreating a colorful presentation to be distributed to all local eventplanners, children’s stores, catering companies, daycare centers,wedding planners and banquet halls.

Likewise, attending localnetworking clubs or chamber of commerce meetings is also a fantasticway to get the message out about your new service. A small amount ofresearch into your local market will assist you in product pricing aswill determining demand and competition in your local community. Shouldyou encounter a great deal of competition, you may want to addadditional services to your enterprise to create a competitiveadvantage. Great add-on services can include a party cleanup serviceand an event planning service. This is a business that can besuccessfully operated from home. However, you’ll require adequatetransportation, as the balloons need to be filled with helium the dayof the event.

The Market

Your customers are anyone throwing an event–a children’s birthdayparty, an anniversary party, a wedding and reception, a businessbanquet, holiday party, etc.

Needed Equipment

A great stock of balloons, helium tank, and large vehicle

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