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Karaoke DJ Service

Take the karaoke to where the party is. What business owner doesn’t want to leave his or her customers singing?

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Karaoke DJ 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

Karaoke singing has become wildly popular in the past decade and toback this statement up, look no further than your own community. I’msure there’s a local karaoke club or karaoke singing night at a bar orclub. The requirements for starting a karaoke DJ service are basic: Youneed karaoke equipment, a good music selection, and reliabletransportation. Of course a fairly decent singing voice and a dynamicpersonality isn’t going to hurt business either. You can market yourservice to event and wedding planners as well as to local nightclubs,restaurants and pubs that may entertain the idea of a weekly karaokesinging event or contest.

The Market

Your main customers are the venues that will host your karaokeservices. This can include bars, restaurants and clubs. Don’t forgetless-visible lounges like those in bowling alleys, hotels andrestaurants. You can also market your service to planners of eventslike corporate meetings, holiday parties, weddings and birthdays. Yoursecondary customers are the karaoke singers; you’ve got to provide agreat selection of songs and good service to keep them coming back weekafter week. Usually, tips will also be part of your business income soit pays to be friendly, fun and helpful.

Needed Equipment

You need a professional-level karaoke system, which may include akaraoke machine, microphones and speakers. (The last item is a must ifyou’re marketing to venues that don’t have speakers you can plug into.)You will also need monitors so that participants can read the lyrics, avery large catalog of CD-Gs (karaoke discs that include the graphicsthat appear on monitors), and a way for people to look through thesongs–alphabetic lists by artist and song title in three-ring bindersusually do the trick.

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Seminar Speaker

Find your passion, expertise and your voice in a career as a seminar speaker.

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Seminar Speaker

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

Business Overview

Corporations, associations, and eventplanners are on the constant lookout for interesting speakers tolecture at corporate events and seminars. If you possess special lifeexperiences in business, travel, finance, or overcoming the odds, thenan outstanding opportunity awaits you by becoming a freelance seminarspeaker. Initially to secure speaking engagements, create a resumeoutlining your experience and related skills, and distribute thisinformation to event planners, seminar organizations, and corporations.This is the type of service that is built on word-of-mouth referrals,and if your speeches and lectures are good, you will soon be in demandfor speaking engagements across North America, and perhaps the world.

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Dance Studio

Dance your way to profits with a studio for lessons and rehearsals.

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Dance Studio

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Starting a dance instruction school is a wonderful new business ventureto set in motion, as dance schools have been proven financially soundfor decades. The business can focus on dance instruction in general, oron specific dance styles such as tap or swing. If you aren’t a danceinstructor yourself, professional dance instructors can be hired on anas-needed part-time, revenue-sharing basis to conduct the instructionclasses. The innovative entrepreneur who starts and operates a danceschool can also increase revenues and profits by videotaping theinstruction classes and selling the videos by way of mail order and theinternet.

The Market

Your customers will vary depending on what type of dance studio youdecide to open. You can have a studio strictly for adults, one thatfocuses on instruction for children, or a dance studio for all ages.

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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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