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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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Online Wedding Service

Busy brides often turn to the web for convenient shopping and planning. Create a directory of vendors and services.

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Online Wedding Service

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Starting a commercial website venture solelydedicated to wedding could potentially make you the next onlinegazillionaire. The site can be indexed by state or even city and bebroken down into subsections featuring every imaginable wedding-relatedproduct or service including:

  • A directory of wedding photographers and videographers
  • A directory of wedding singers, DJs and bands
  • A directory of wedding planners and caterers
  • A directory of formalwear and rentals for both men and women.
  • A directory of limousine services <BR>Site visitors would simplyselect the geographical area they live in, choose the topic ofinterest, and start to view the listing and information. Anyone gettingmarried would be able to log onto the site to find a photographer, plana honeymoon and book a reception hall all with the click of a mouse.

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In-Store Demonstration Service

Do you know how to hold a crowd’s attention? Create in-store demonstrations.

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In-Store Demonstration 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

If you’ve got a flair for demonstrations, people skills and the gift oforganization, then an in-store demonstration service might be thebusiness for you. You’ll contract with food brokers and other suppliersand manufacturers to show off their products via your own on-call,personally trained demonstrators.

People are more likely to purchasegrocery products after tasting them, and customers of other types ofgoods can also be enticed by something they can see in action, feel,hear or smell, all of which makes the demonstration business valuableto brokers and manufacturers as well as store owners. You can startsmall and grow big–some demonstration companies manage as many as2,000 to 20,000 demonstrators in several states.

You’ll probably startoff by doing the demos yourself and hire others as your company grows.The advantages to this business are that you’re always on the go sothere’s no time to get bored, you can work from home, and your start-upcosts are minimal. Many owners of in-store demo businesses have abackground in the grocery industry. This is helpful but not an absolutemust. The must-haves are strong organizational skills to keep track ofyour demonstrators, their assignments and the materials they’ll need tobring to each job; and top-notch administrative skills for paying yourpeople and making sure you get paid. People skills are anothermust–you’ll be dealing with lots of personalities, from store managersto food brokers to your own demonstrators. You’ll also need a flair fordemonstrating products and for teaching others how to do the same.

The Market

Yourbest clients will be supermarkets and warehouse superstores like Costcoand Sam’s Club, but you can also sell your services to departmentstores. Offer free demos to supermarket managers. Once they see howwell you do, they can connect you with food distributors andmanufacturers or hire you themselves–some stores offer demos of theirown recipe ideas. You can also contact distributors and manufacturerson your own–if you’ve got access to a computer or a typewriter, makeup a letter describing your services and requesting an appointment,then follow up with a phone call. And don’t forget companies other thangrocers–lots of products lend themselves to demonstrations.

Needed Equipment

You’ll eventually need a computer with a laser printer and a faxmachine, but to start with, you don’t really need anything but a phoneand a car to get to your demo sites. You can hire your staff asindependent contractors or as employees, depending on the laws in yourstate. This can be a sticky area as far as the IRS is concerned, so besure to check with an accountant when you reach the hiring stage.
Sincedemonstrators supply their own equipment, you’ll need an electricfrying pan or griddle for serving those hot tidbits, a card table onwhich to operate, and a wastebasket for used paper napkins andtoothpicks.

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Singles-Only Event Promoter

Help singles connect by promoting events designed just for them.

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Singles-Only Event Promoter

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Two things make starting a singles-only event promotion business a safebet in terms of the potential for success and profitability’a 50percent divorce rate, and people choosing to stay single much longerthan in decades past.

Lots of people in their, 20s, 30s, 40s and evenolder–are still looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right. The result is a wholebunch of single people looking to meet other singles for fun,friendship, and maybe even love. Plan and host singles events such aspub nights, group outings to concerts and sporting events, local andinternational travel destinations, bingo nights, Saturday morningwilderness hikes, and Thursday night potluck dinners. Providing theevents are unique, fun, and exciting, word will spread fast, precludingany need of costly advertising and promotion once the business isestablished.

The Market

Singles of all ages, ethnic groups and religions.

Needed Equipment

Desktop computer with the usual office suite and desktop publishing software to create flyers and a website.

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