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Street Entertainer

Have extraordinary talent and want to make money independently? Try this idea and give those street mimes some competition.

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Street Entertainer

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

Do you possess a special entertainmenttalent such as miming, juggling, or walking on stilts? If so, perhapsyou should consider applying that talent to becoming a professionalstreet entertainer or busker, as many buskers routinely earn more than$1,000 per week and, best of all, the earnings come in the form ofcash.

Becoming a street performer is very easy. However, there are twopotential drawbacks to operating this unique entertainment service as abusiness. The first drawback is that many buskers routinely travel towhere the tourists are depending on the season. While this may not be adrawback for all people considering this career, it will be for anyonewith a family. The second potential problem is that many communities inthe United States and Canada are starting to regulate street performersby issuing licenses or permits to conduct the performances, andgenerally the permits are awarded on a lottery basis, so research isvital.

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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.

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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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Charity Casino Organizer

Make a business of combing fun with charity by renting out casino services or locations for events.

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Charity Casino Organizer

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

There are two options available forgenerating revenues and profits by starting and operating a charitycasino business. The first option is to simply rent casino equipment tocharities for their events.

The second option is to completely organizethe event, supply the equipment, and supply dealers and staff tooperate the event, and finally supply the location for the charitycasino event. The first option will be less costly in terms ofestablishing the business, but with that said, the amount of revenuethe business is capable of generating will also be less than the secondoption. Additional aspects of the business to consider prior toestablishing the business will be local government regulations inregards to operating the business and demand for the service from localcharities.

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Voice Overs

You can use your impressive voice for more than commercials.

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Voice Overs

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

Business Overview

Perhaps your voice is your greatest asset,but you don’t yet realize it. Do you sound like a silky smooth DJ andcan you do multiple impersonations of celebrities and cartooncharacters?

If so, you may have a well-paying career ahead of you bystarting and operating a voice over service. Clients for your vocalabilities can include film producers, advertising agencies, radiocommercial producers, radio stations, publishers of audiobook tapes andcorporations for prerecorded telephone messages. Currently people whospecialize in supplying their voice or voice over work for variousprojects are charging rates for the service in the range of $50 to $75per hour. Joining a performers union is also recommended, as the ratespaid to union performers is generally higher than nonunionperformers’-not to mention the fact that it is also easier to marketyour service and secure more work.

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