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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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Party Balloon Service

Selling and setting up these party products may balloon into a great business.

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Party Balloon 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

Less than $5,000 will set you up in your own party balloon service. Thedemand for this service is certainly not limited to only children’sbirthday parties. Marketing a party balloon service is best achieved bycreating a colorful presentation to be distributed to all local eventplanners, children’s stores, catering companies, daycare centers,wedding planners and banquet halls.

Likewise, attending localnetworking clubs or chamber of commerce meetings is also a fantasticway to get the message out about your new service. A small amount ofresearch into your local market will assist you in product pricing aswill determining demand and competition in your local community. Shouldyou encounter a great deal of competition, you may want to addadditional services to your enterprise to create a competitiveadvantage. Great add-on services can include a party cleanup serviceand an event planning service. This is a business that can besuccessfully operated from home. However, you’ll require adequatetransportation, as the balloons need to be filled with helium the dayof the event.

The Market

Your customers are anyone throwing an event–a children’s birthdayparty, an anniversary party, a wedding and reception, a businessbanquet, holiday party, etc.

Needed Equipment

A great stock of balloons, helium tank, and large vehicle

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Musical Band Management

If you’ve got connections, use them to help bands get their next gig.

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Musical Band Management

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

There are a few approaches that can be takenin terms of starting a musical band management service. The firstapproach is to start and operate the business on a part-time basis fromhome and perhaps only represent one or two musical bands or solomusical performers.
The second option Is to start a full-timemanagement agency that represents multiple bands or solo performers atone time. Both approaches to establishing and operating the businesshave their pros and cons, however, careful research will determine thebest approach for you. Additionally, be sure to follow current orpopular music trends when seeking a band or performer to represent, asthe likelihood of success will be much greater.

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Street Entertainer

Have extraordinary talent and want to make money independently? Try this idea and give those street mimes some competition.

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Street Entertainer

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

Do you possess a special entertainmenttalent such as miming, juggling, or walking on stilts? If so, perhapsyou should consider applying that talent to becoming a professionalstreet entertainer or busker, as many buskers routinely earn more than$1,000 per week and, best of all, the earnings come in the form ofcash.

Becoming a street performer is very easy. However, there are twopotential drawbacks to operating this unique entertainment service as abusiness. The first drawback is that many buskers routinely travel towhere the tourists are depending on the season. While this may not be adrawback for all people considering this career, it will be for anyonewith a family. The second potential problem is that many communities inthe United States and Canada are starting to regulate street performersby issuing licenses or permits to conduct the performances, andgenerally the permits are awarded on a lottery basis, so research isvital.

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