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Murder Mystery Parties

Have a flair for the dramatic? Host murder mystery parties.

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Murder Mystery Parties

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

Business Overview

Whodunit murder mystery parties are hugely popular and the basis for afun and exciting part-time business opportunity that can be kicked offfor peanuts, yet has the potential to earn excellent profits. If youhave writing aspirations and a creative flair, you can write the storyand murder mystery party scripts; if you do, be sure to try to includeyour clients in the script’their likenesses, personalities, and names.If you are not a wordsmith, you can use a popular mystery theme orstory as the basis of the mystery, or you can even purchase murdermystery scripts online. Rates for mystery dinner party services startat $25 per person plus the cost of a catered dinner, specialty propsand location rentals if the party is not held at the client’s location.

The Market

Clients can include individuals wanting to host an interesting dinnerparty for family and friends, corporations seeking fun social functionsfor employees or customers, and event planners searching for anextraordinary and unique experience for their clients.

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Band Rehearsal Space Rentals

Got some garage space? Rent it out to a promising garage band.

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Band Rehearsal Space Rentals

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

Musical bands and performers have always had a difficult time securingspace for rehearsing their acts and numbers, and starting a businessthat rents rehearsal space to musicians by the hour, day, week or monthis a fantastic new enterprise to get rolling.

Ideally, the businesswill be established on leased premises in an industrial building sothat noise won’t be a concern or become a problem. Additionally, thespaced that’s leased for the rehearsal space should also be subdividedinto a few smaller rehearsal rooms to accommodate more than onecustomer at a time. Current rental rates for rehearsal rooms start at$10 per hour and can go much higher depending if any equipment and PAsystems are supplied and included in the rent.

The Market

Typical customers will be anyone in the music industry–from musicians to singers to music producers.

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Video Editing Service

During wedding season, there’s always room for more video editors.

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Video Editing Service

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

Millions of North Americans now owncamcorders or digital camcorders and use them on a regular basis forfilming important family milestones, vacations, and special events.

Starting a video editing service that takes a client’s raw film footageand turns it into a fantastic video production including music, titles,and special effects is a fantastic business venture to put into action.A video editing business can easily be operated from a homebasedstudio, and the business can focus on both video film editing as wellas digital film editing. Utilizing a demonstration kiosk that can setup in a mall or grocery store is a fantastic way to promote a videoediting service, as it can give potential clients a firsthand look athow their treasured family videos will look after being professionallyedited. Starting a video and digital editing service does requirespecial skills and equipment. However, like any great businessopportunity, hard work, research, and planning can pay off in terms ofpersonal and financial rewards.

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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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