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Music Lessons

Share the sound of music with your students.

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Music Lessons

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

Business Overview

If you know how to sing, play guitar, piano, drums, a wind or stringinstrument well enough to teach others, then what are you waiting for?Capitalize on your talents and earn a great full- or part-time incomeby teaching customers how to play your instrument of choice.Classescan be conducted one-on-one or in a group format, from your home, atthe student’s location, from rented commercial space, or in conjunctionwith community programs, continuing education, or even at anestablished music store. Expanding the business requires nothing morethan hiring other experienced musicians to teach students. Fees aresplit’basically, you find the students, your instructors teach theclasses, and everyone profits. Lesson rates will vary depending onclass size, skill level, and instrument, but on average, group lessonscost students $10 to $20 per hour, and one-on-one lessons in the rangeof $40 per hour plus the costs of instrument rentals or purchases,course materials, and sheet music.

The Market

Adults or parents of children who would to learn how to play a musical instrument.

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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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