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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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Children’s Party Planning

Create great parties for both kids and parents to enjoy.

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Children’s Party Planning

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

Business Overview

Today’s moms and dads want to give their kids memorable parties justlike they had, but with a two-income household, it’s difficult to findthe time to plan and organize all this stuff.

And even moms or dads whodon’t work often feel that a really creative party is beyond theircapabilities. But if you’re creative, then you can be the life of thegala with a children’s party planning business. You’ll plan the theme,provide costumes (unless guests arrive wearing their own), décor, food,favors and other assorted goodies, entertainment, and clean upafterward so parents can enjoy the festivities instead of runningthemselves ragged. And you can do more than birthday parties–go allout with Halloween, Christmas, Chanukah, end-of-school andend-of-summer parties–whatever you can dream up and sell.

Theadvantages to this business are that your startup costs are low, it’screative and it’s always fun–heck, you get to go to birthday partiesevery working day! Besides that all-important creativity, you’ll needthe organizational skills to pull everything together and do itsmoothly so that everyone has fun. You should also know what kids liketoday so that you can plan parties around the cartoon character or hitmovie of the hour. And you’ll need to be a people person who can makesure that no shy child gets left out of the fun and no sensitive parentgets miffed at being left out the picture.

The Market

Your customers will be parents and kids who just wanna have fun. Sendbrochures to moms and dads in your area. Write fun, informativearticles for local newspapers. Place ads in the Yellow Pages and inlocal publications. Network among the kiddie set and post fliers (withthe owners’ permission) at dance and karate studios and otherchildren’s hang-outs. Donate a party to the lucky winner of a charityauction–always good publicity–and give free parties to friends who’llspread the word. Be sure to take pictures for your portfolio.

Needed Equipment

All you really need is a planning book and a telephone. If youspecialize in a certain type of party, like dress-up tea parties orwild animal parties, you’ll want to lay in a stock of costumes andmakeup for guests to put on.

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Voice Overs

You can use your impressive voice for more than commercials.

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Voice Overs

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

Business Overview

Perhaps your voice is your greatest asset,but you don’t yet realize it. Do you sound like a silky smooth DJ andcan you do multiple impersonations of celebrities and cartooncharacters?

If so, you may have a well-paying career ahead of you bystarting and operating a voice over service. Clients for your vocalabilities can include film producers, advertising agencies, radiocommercial producers, radio stations, publishers of audiobook tapes andcorporations for prerecorded telephone messages. Currently people whospecialize in supplying their voice or voice over work for variousprojects are charging rates for the service in the range of $50 to $75per hour. Joining a performers union is also recommended, as the ratespaid to union performers is generally higher than nonunionperformers’-not to mention the fact that it is also easier to marketyour service and secure more work.

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Modeling Agency

Use your connections to get models their big break.

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Modeling Agency

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Some of the world’s most profitable and famous modeling agenciesstarted on a shoestring budget. The key to success in this industry isnot having deep pockets, but good contacts and knowing how tocapitalize on those contacts.

When you stand back and analyze amodeling agency, what you find at the core of the business is simplythis: a modeling agency represents people of various appearances,shapes, sizes, races, etc., who are used to promote or display aproduct or service for paying a client. Nothing more. This gets back tomy first point, which was industry contacts. Contacts are important inthis industry for a few reasons, including the fact that the industryis very competitive or even cutthroat. Reliability is essential, andnew modeling agencies find a lot of closed doors unless they have acontact inside. Once established, a modeling agency can be veryprofitable, making this a business opportunity that is definitely worthinvesting some time into researching the possibilities further.

The Market

There are a variety of potential clients for your business:Photographers, ad agencies, fashion designers and even trade showparticipants who need to staff their booths.

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