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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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Theater Productions

A talented play producer can make money from one of the oldest forms of entertainment.

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Theater Productions

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

Producing theatrical plays is much easierthan you think, and many plays have the potential to generateoutstanding profits even if they’re only small community productions.Producing plays simply means you’re the financial backer of theproduction and you pay for the costs associated with bringing the playto stage.

However, there’s a major benefit for producing these types ofsmall plays–often the performers, directors and stagehands will workfor little or no financial compensation. Just the fact that they’retaking part in the play itself is reward enough. Additionally, manyvenues for performances can also be secured for free, providing thereare benefits for the owner of the venue such as refreshment sales orproduct sales. The key to success in producing a community play forprofit is to retain as much of the ticket revenue as possible whileseeking out ways to reduce or eliminate production costs.

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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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Party Entertainment Service

Are you always the life of the party? Make it your business.

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Party Entertainment 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

There is big money to be earned operating aparty entertainment service and providing live entertainment forparties and special occasions’clowns, soloists, musical bands,magicians, singing telegrams, public speakers, spokespeople, acrobats,jugglers, comedians, adult-themed entertainers, and lots more.

Kidsparties, corporate events, social events, graduations, birthdays,anniversaries, weddings, trade shows, conventions, and Christmasparties are a lot more fun when there is live entertainment to keepguests entertained and in high spirits. Entertainers can be employed ascontractors working on an on-call basis, and can be paid by way ofrevenue-sharing; the range of 60/40 in the entertainer’s favor is theindustry standard. Promote the service by running advertisements inyour local newspaper and in the Yellow Pages, as well as by contactingwedding planners and event planners in your community and explainingthe various types of entertainers your service provides, as well asrates. This service can easily be managed from home, and start-up costsare modest, with the bulk of the budget being spent on business setupand marketing to get the telephone ringing with eager customers wantingto book acts for their special occasions and events.

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