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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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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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Trophies

Reward yourself–and someone else–with a business that makes trophies.

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Trophies

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

Each year in North America millions oftrophies are given to winning sports teams, game MVPs, and to peoplebeing recognized for outstanding achievement.

The demand for trophiesis not only proven, it also continues to increase every year as thepopulation of people and popularity of sports continues to grow. Atrophy supply and engraving business can be started for less than$5,000, and purchasing trophies on a wholesale basis should not proveto be difficult as there are thousands of trophy manufacturersworldwide. Furthermore, the equipment needed for engraving name plaquesfor the trophies is inexpensive and available at most building centersin every community. Profit potential range is $10,000+ per year.

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