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Musical Festival Promoter

Combine music and devotion to a cause as a music festival promoter.

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Musical Festival Promoter

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

Music festivals are extremely popularentertainment events across North America, and becoming a musicfestival promoter is an outstanding opportunity for the entrepreneurthat is seeking to start a part-time business. The business concept isbasic and you can get started by first deciding what type of musicfestival or festivals you want to promote; country and western, jazz,rock, or folk. The choices are unlimited, as different music stylesappeal to everybody. Consider the following six-step process toestablishing the business.

  1. Secure a suitable location for the musicfestival, such as a park, beach, outdoor arena, or farmland.
  2. Applyfor and secure all required permits from local government agencies.
  3. Secure performers and vendors for the festival.
  4. Build alliances withco-sponsors for the event, such as TV and radio stations.
  5. Assemble avolunteer workforce to assist in operating the event. This can usuallybe accomplished by joining forces with a local charity that receives aportion of the admission sales.
  6. Print and sell tickets. There is agreat amount of research and planning required to organize and host amusic festival; however, once established the festival can be heldannually and even expanded to additional communities.

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Party Entertainer

Always been the life of the party? Start a party entertaining business.

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Party Entertainer

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 are a couple of options available in terms of starting a partyentertaining service. You can work as an agency, representingentertainers for parties.

Or, if you have the skills, you can be anentertainer yourself. The different types of entertainers forchildren’s parties include clowns, magicians, trained pet shows,singers and skit plays. You can also gear your act to adults and offeryour services for corporate events as a magician or karaoke deejay.This is a relatively low-investment business to start and operate, andthe profit potential is very good. I contacted four different agenciesand found the average rate for party entertainers was $50 per hour,with a minimum charge for 1-1/2 hours including travel. An agencyrepresenting entertainers for parties or being an entertainer yourselfis a good home based business that allows for flexible hours, goodincome potential and loads of fun.

The Market

Your customers are parents who are giving their children parties, andbusinesses who are planning anniversary, holiday or summer events fortheir employees. While you can advertise in the Yellow Pages and sendfliers to local businesses, your best marketing tool will beword-of-mouth. Be sure to bring brochures or business cards to everygig you get.

Needed Equipment

Your area of expertise will dictate the tools of your trade. You will also need reliable transportation.

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Mystery Dinner Parties

A passion for drama, imagination and social interaction could make this perfect for you.

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Mystery Dinner Parties

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

Organizing and hosting mystery dinnerparties is not only a sensational business venture to initiate, but itcould also prove to be a lot of fun. ‘Who done it’ or murder mysterydinner parties have become an extremely popular entertainment servicein the past few years, and there are many benefits to starting thisunique and fun service including:

  • The business can be managed from ahomebased office and operated on a full- or part-time basis.Additionally, the initial start-up investment is less than $3,000.
  • The demand for the service is excellent, and clients can includeindividuals wanting to host an interesting dinner party, corporationsseeking a fun social function for their employees and customers, andevent planners searching for something out of the ordinary in terms ofa unique entertainment experience for their clients.

The theme of theparty can be created or you can use a popular mystery theme or storythat people are familiar with. Currently, mystery dinner party servicesare charging rates in the range of $15 per person plus the cost of acatered dinner.

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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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