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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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Corporate Meeting Planner

Can you keep a group organized? Try your hand at corporate meeting planning.

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Corporate Meeting Planner

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

Business Overview

Using your organization and event planningskills will enable you to start a corporate-meeting planner service.Long gone are the days of boring boardroom meetings for middlemanagers, executives, employees, investors and business alliances.Today, corporations need and want to keep all executives, managers,employees, customers, investors and alliances highly motivated,energized, productive and happy.

Consequently, they are more than happyto part with, in some cases, very big bucks to pay for innovativemeeting locations, games and preparations for same. The duties of thecorporate-meeting planner are straightforward: They do what it takes toplan and execute a great meeting. You will make all arrangementsincluding, if applicable, sending out invitations, making follow-upcalls, catering, booking locations, booking speakers, making hotelarrangements for out-of-town guests, arranging suitable transportation,distributing meeting plans and documents, looking after equipmentrentals and everything else required to pull the event together withouta hitch. The best way to market a corporate-event planning service isto simply get out and talk to business owners and managers, and pitchthem on why your service is just the right service to meet and exceedtheir needs.

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Music Lessons

Share the sound of music with your students.

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Music Lessons

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 know how to sing, play guitar, piano, drums, a wind or stringinstrument well enough to teach others, then what are you waiting for?Capitalize on your talents and earn a great full- or part-time incomeby teaching customers how to play your instrument of choice.Classescan be conducted one-on-one or in a group format, from your home, atthe student’s location, from rented commercial space, or in conjunctionwith community programs, continuing education, or even at anestablished music store. Expanding the business requires nothing morethan hiring other experienced musicians to teach students. Fees aresplit’basically, you find the students, your instructors teach theclasses, and everyone profits. Lesson rates will vary depending onclass size, skill level, and instrument, but on average, group lessonscost students $10 to $20 per hour, and one-on-one lessons in the rangeof $40 per hour plus the costs of instrument rentals or purchases,course materials, and sheet music.

The Market

Adults or parents of children who would to learn how to play a musical instrument.

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Holiday and Event Decoration

Love to decorate? Share the wealth as a holiday and event decorator.

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Holiday and Event Decoration

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

One of the hottest new services to sell is holiday and event decorationservices. Not only is there the potential to earn big bucks and have alot of fun doing it, but the business also has minimal start-upinvestment and skill requirements.

Holiday and event decorators offerclients a wide variety of services’everything from installing Christmaslights, to decorating banquet halls for wedding receptions, to’creeping-out’ a house, business, or office for Halloween celebrations.Establishing working relationships with wedding planners, eventplanners and retailers can go a long way toward gaining valuablereferrals. In addition to Christmas and special occasions, you can alsohelp decorate customers’ homes, stores and offices for anniversaries,Halloween, Easter, New Year’s Day, and Fourth of July celebrations.Decorations may be purchased wholesale and marked up for retail,providing an additional revenue source. Ultimately, your work will beyour greatest advertisement, so be sure to use site signs promotingyour service, hand out lots of business cards and send press releasesto the media when you have done a bang-up job on a house, office orbusiness.

Needed Equipment

To provide clients with holiday and special event decorating services,you will need basic tools like ladders, a cordless drill, and handtools, along with a creative flair and suitable transportation.

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