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Theater Productions

A talented play producer can make money from one of the oldest forms of entertainment.

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Theater Productions

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

Producing theatrical plays is much easierthan you think, and many plays have the potential to generateoutstanding profits even if they’re only small community productions.Producing plays simply means you’re the financial backer of theproduction and you pay for the costs associated with bringing the playto stage.

However, there’s a major benefit for producing these types ofsmall plays–often the performers, directors and stagehands will workfor little or no financial compensation. Just the fact that they’retaking part in the play itself is reward enough. Additionally, manyvenues for performances can also be secured for free, providing thereare benefits for the owner of the venue such as refreshment sales orproduct sales. The key to success in producing a community play forprofit is to retain as much of the ticket revenue as possible whileseeking out ways to reduce or eliminate production costs.

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Proposal Writer

Here’s a homebased business that may write you a big commission check.

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Proposal Writer

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 government agencies on the federal, state, and local levelsput thousands of RFPs (requests for proposals) out for bid. Theproposals can range from building government buildings to supplyingcomputer equipment for government offices, and just about anything inbetween. Though many of these proposals can be very lucrative for thecompany or individual that successfully bids for the contract, manysmall- to medium-sized contractors simply do not complete the proposaland bid forms.

The bidding process is extremely involved and usuallyrequires technical drawings, action plans and contingencyplans–business owners and management have neither the time norabilities to complete them. A proposal writer compiles and completesthe proposal documents on behalf of the contractor. It’s as simple asthat. Proposal writers charge fees based on the amount of time it willtake to complete the proposal, typically in the range of $30 to $40 perhour. Some proposal writers even charge a commission on the value ofthe contract should their client be awarded. Furthermore, most proposalwriters specialize in an area of expertise such as nonperishable goods,construction, services, maintenance or nonprofit. A proposal writermust have access to a wide range of research resources and in mostcases a technical writing ability.

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Equipment required for the service is basic and only includes standard office and computer equipment.

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Comedy Club

People can always use a laugh. Keep them smiling by giving comedians an outlet for their material.

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Comedy Club

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Comedy clubs are a very popularentertainment venue, and there are a few approaches that can be takenin terms of starting a comedy club. The first and most costly option isto open a comedy club from a fixed location. The second and cheaperoption is to establish a mobile comedy troop and book performances forthe troop across the country for nightclub engagements, seminarperformances, weddings, universities, colleges, and many other specialoccasion events. Regardless of which approach is employed to establishthe business, comedy clubs and acts are extremely popular as more andmore people are seeking to reduce stress in their lives through humor.

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Wedding Singer

Love to sing? Be the life of the party for a living.

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Wedding Singer

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

Unlike the movie, many wedding singersactually do possess a great musical and singing talent, and starting awedding singer service may be just the new business opportunity thatyou have been searching for.

There are a few options available in termsof starting a wedding singer service. The first option is of course, ifyou have the talent, then you can be the wedding singer and market yourservices. The second option available is to start a wedding singerdirectory service or agency. The second option will be more costly toinitiate. However, it also has the possibility to generate higher salesand potential profits for the business, as you would be representingmultiple wedding singers and retaining a portion of their performancefee as your commission. Profit potential range is $20,000+ per year.

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