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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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Inventor

It only takes one good idea to become a full-fledged inventor.

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Inventor

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

Business Overview

Are you the type of person who is alwaysthinking of how to do something better? If so, maybe you should giveconsideration to becoming an inventor. The title is not as ominous asit sounds. Every day thousands of products, formulas, and methods arebeing invented to make life’s tasks easier, or to assist mankind ingeneral. Inventions do not have to be ground-breaking discoveries, theydo however, have to have a practical use and be innovative and unique.The potential to profit as an inventor is as varied as the start-upcost of the invention itself. To see first-hand a simple and effectiveidea of what an invention can be, visit www.lawnbuddy.com. This veryenterprising entrepreneur and inventor has a clear and conciseunderstanding of the art of invention.

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Bouncy House Rentals

Supply the life of the party with a bouncy house rental business.

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Bouncy House Rentals

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Bouncy houses are inflatable amusement gamesthat children and adults absolutely love to bounce around in (and on)and they are available in a wide range of shapes, sizes and themes suchas castles and blimps.

Renting bouncy houses is easy, and you can makeincredible profits, up to $250 per day, just for delivering, setting upand returning at the end of the day for pick up. This is perhaps one ofthe best part-time business opportunities available. New inflatableamusement games cost in the range of $2,000 for small basic models, andup to $15,000 for large, fully featured models. Used ones are availablefor about half the cost of new. In addition to renting theseinflatables for children’s birthday parties, they can also be rented tocharities, sports and social clubs, and for corporate and communityevents. Setup is fast, taking one person approximately 30 minutes andabout the same amount of time for dismantling and removal.

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Party Tent Rentals

Help people prepare for perfect parties

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Party Tent Rentals

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Renting party tents is a fantastic opportunity for people who aresearching for an easy way to earn extra money. Just think of all thepeople, companies, and organizations that routinely rent large tentsfor outdoor events’wedding planners, catering companies, event andcorporate planners, charity organizations, retailers hostingunder-the-tent sales and clearance events, and sports teams and clubs,to name just a few.

New party tents can be expensive, up to $5,000 ormore for large ones, but with a little bit of research it is possibleto buy secondhand party tents in good condition for about half the costof new and even less if you are prepared to make a few repairs. As arule of thumb, large party tents require about one hour for two peopleto set up and about the same time to disassemble, while one person canerect and disassemble smaller tents in half that time. Depending ontent size, rental rates are in the range of $200 to $400 per day,including delivery, setup, and disassembly. Extra income can also beearned by renting tables, chairs, lighting, and PA systems.

The Market

Wedding planners, catering companies, event and corporate planners,charity organizations, retailers hosting under-the-tent sales andclearance events, and sports teams and clubs, as well as individualshosting events.

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