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In-Store Demonstration Service

Do you know how to hold a crowd’s attention? Create in-store demonstrations.

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In-Store Demonstration Service

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’ve got a flair for demonstrations, people skills and the gift oforganization, then an in-store demonstration service might be thebusiness for you. You’ll contract with food brokers and other suppliersand manufacturers to show off their products via your own on-call,personally trained demonstrators.

People are more likely to purchasegrocery products after tasting them, and customers of other types ofgoods can also be enticed by something they can see in action, feel,hear or smell, all of which makes the demonstration business valuableto brokers and manufacturers as well as store owners. You can startsmall and grow big–some demonstration companies manage as many as2,000 to 20,000 demonstrators in several states.

You’ll probably startoff by doing the demos yourself and hire others as your company grows.The advantages to this business are that you’re always on the go sothere’s no time to get bored, you can work from home, and your start-upcosts are minimal. Many owners of in-store demo businesses have abackground in the grocery industry. This is helpful but not an absolutemust. The must-haves are strong organizational skills to keep track ofyour demonstrators, their assignments and the materials they’ll need tobring to each job; and top-notch administrative skills for paying yourpeople and making sure you get paid. People skills are anothermust–you’ll be dealing with lots of personalities, from store managersto food brokers to your own demonstrators. You’ll also need a flair fordemonstrating products and for teaching others how to do the same.

The Market

Yourbest clients will be supermarkets and warehouse superstores like Costcoand Sam’s Club, but you can also sell your services to departmentstores. Offer free demos to supermarket managers. Once they see howwell you do, they can connect you with food distributors andmanufacturers or hire you themselves–some stores offer demos of theirown recipe ideas. You can also contact distributors and manufacturerson your own–if you’ve got access to a computer or a typewriter, makeup a letter describing your services and requesting an appointment,then follow up with a phone call. And don’t forget companies other thangrocers–lots of products lend themselves to demonstrations.

Needed Equipment

You’ll eventually need a computer with a laser printer and a faxmachine, but to start with, you don’t really need anything but a phoneand a car to get to your demo sites. You can hire your staff asindependent contractors or as employees, depending on the laws in yourstate. This can be a sticky area as far as the IRS is concerned, so besure to check with an accountant when you reach the hiring stage.
Sincedemonstrators supply their own equipment, you’ll need an electricfrying pan or griddle for serving those hot tidbits, a card table onwhich to operate, and a wastebasket for used paper napkins andtoothpicks.

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Party Tent Rentals

Help people prepare for perfect parties

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Party Tent Rentals

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

Business Overview

Renting party tents is a fantastic opportunity for people who aresearching for an easy way to earn extra money. Just think of all thepeople, companies, and organizations that routinely rent large tentsfor outdoor events’wedding planners, catering companies, event andcorporate planners, charity organizations, retailers hostingunder-the-tent sales and clearance events, and sports teams and clubs,to name just a few.

New party tents can be expensive, up to $5,000 ormore for large ones, but with a little bit of research it is possibleto buy secondhand party tents in good condition for about half the costof new and even less if you are prepared to make a few repairs. As arule of thumb, large party tents require about one hour for two peopleto set up and about the same time to disassemble, while one person canerect and disassemble smaller tents in half that time. Depending ontent size, rental rates are in the range of $200 to $400 per day,including delivery, setup, and disassembly. Extra income can also beearned by renting tables, chairs, lighting, and PA systems.

The Market

Wedding planners, catering companies, event and corporate planners,charity organizations, retailers hosting under-the-tent sales andclearance events, and sports teams and clubs, as well as individualshosting events.

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Charity Casino Organizer

Make a business of combing fun with charity by renting out casino services or locations for events.

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Charity Casino Organizer

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

There are two options available forgenerating revenues and profits by starting and operating a charitycasino business. The first option is to simply rent casino equipment tocharities for their events.

The second option is to completely organizethe event, supply the equipment, and supply dealers and staff tooperate the event, and finally supply the location for the charitycasino event. The first option will be less costly in terms ofestablishing the business, but with that said, the amount of revenuethe business is capable of generating will also be less than the secondoption. Additional aspects of the business to consider prior toestablishing the business will be local government regulations inregards to operating the business and demand for the service from localcharities.

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Video Editing Service

During wedding season, there’s always room for more video editors.

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Video Editing Service

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

Millions of North Americans now owncamcorders or digital camcorders and use them on a regular basis forfilming important family milestones, vacations, and special events.

Starting a video editing service that takes a client’s raw film footageand turns it into a fantastic video production including music, titles,and special effects is a fantastic business venture to put into action.A video editing business can easily be operated from a homebasedstudio, and the business can focus on both video film editing as wellas digital film editing. Utilizing a demonstration kiosk that can setup in a mall or grocery store is a fantastic way to promote a videoediting service, as it can give potential clients a firsthand look athow their treasured family videos will look after being professionallyedited. Starting a video and digital editing service does requirespecial skills and equipment. However, like any great businessopportunity, hard work, research, and planning can pay off in terms ofpersonal and financial rewards.

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