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Reunion Organizer

Bring old classmates together by organizing reunions.

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Reunion Organizer

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

Business Overview

As a reunion organizer, you’ll be a combination event planner andprivate detective, hunting down missing members of high school andcollege classes, large families, groups and associations, then planningand organizing the bash of the decade.

To find those missing members,you’ll pore through phone directories and computer databases andcontact school and civic records departments and friends, neighbors andrelatives. Reunion-organizing is a growing field–with all those babyboomers being joined by Generation Xers just reaching high schoolreunion age, there’s no dearth of potential customers. And since justabout everybody is out in the workforce these days, no one has the timeto spend on tracking down former classmates or associates and thenattending to all the details of the event. Which leaves lots of workfor you. The advantages to this business are that you can work at home,it’s creative, challenging and rewarding–you get to help people havefun and renew old ties every time you plan a reunion. As a reunionorganizer, you’ll have to be obsessive about locating attendees, aswell as creative about ways to broaden your search. You’ll also need tobe extremely detail-oriented and organized–people will be travelingfrom all over the country to attend events you arrange and counting onyou to pull it all together.

The Market

Your customers can be the Class of X for high schools and colleges,groups and associations, and large, far-flung families. Your best betfor selling to these groups is to establish yourself in your community.Introduce yourself to and leave brochures with vendors inevent-planning industries who can refer people to you–caterers,hotels, florists, printers and photographers. Find out who’s in chargeof the reunion committees for your own high school or college class orthose of your friends and relatives, then call and introduce yourselfand your services.

Needed Equipment

You’ll need a computer with the usual office software, a laser printer,a fax machine, a calendar, a planning book and a phone.

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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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