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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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Entertainment Booking Agent

Put your networking skills to work as an entertainment booking agent.

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Entertainment Booking Agent

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’re looking for a business opportunity that could prove to beboth fun and profitable, look no further than starting a business as afreelance entertainment booking agent. A booking agent is a person thatactively seeks out opportunities in the entertainment industry, such asbooking music bands for nightclub performances, theater groups forstage performances and just about any other type of entertainer forlive performances. Generally, an entertainment booking agent doesn’trepresent or act as management for entertainers, but merely buildsalliances with entertainers and retains a portion of the performancefee paid to entertainers for work the agent has secured.

The Market

People looking to break into the entertainment business

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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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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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