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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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Home Theater Rooms

A combination of construction and cinema create a perfect picture–in high-def, of course.

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Home Theater Rooms

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

Home theaters have become a very popularhome renovation. Big-screen TVs, surround sound, and full contact audioproducts are all helping to fuel the demand for the perfect familyentertainment room. Thus, starting a business that specializes indesigning and renovating existing rooms into home theater rooms is afantastic business enterprise to set in motion for the new millennium,consider establishing an alliance or joint venture with an existingaudio/visual electronics retailer. Your company would provide the roomdesigns and construction, while the retail business would provide thehome theater electronics products. This type of joint venture would bevery beneficial to both businesses and increase the profit band marketshare potential overall.

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Party Balloon Service

Selling and setting up these party products may balloon into a great business.

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Party Balloon Service

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

Less than $5,000 will set you up in your own party balloon service. Thedemand for this service is certainly not limited to only children’sbirthday parties. Marketing a party balloon service is best achieved bycreating a colorful presentation to be distributed to all local eventplanners, children’s stores, catering companies, daycare centers,wedding planners and banquet halls.

Likewise, attending localnetworking clubs or chamber of commerce meetings is also a fantasticway to get the message out about your new service. A small amount ofresearch into your local market will assist you in product pricing aswill determining demand and competition in your local community. Shouldyou encounter a great deal of competition, you may want to addadditional services to your enterprise to create a competitiveadvantage. Great add-on services can include a party cleanup serviceand an event planning service. This is a business that can besuccessfully operated from home. However, you’ll require adequatetransportation, as the balloons need to be filled with helium the dayof the event.

The Market

Your customers are anyone throwing an event–a children’s birthdayparty, an anniversary party, a wedding and reception, a businessbanquet, holiday party, etc.

Needed Equipment

A great stock of balloons, helium tank, and large vehicle

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Musical Festival Promoter

Combine music and devotion to a cause as a music festival promoter.

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Musical Festival Promoter

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

Music festivals are extremely popularentertainment events across North America, and becoming a musicfestival promoter is an outstanding opportunity for the entrepreneurthat is seeking to start a part-time business. The business concept isbasic and you can get started by first deciding what type of musicfestival or festivals you want to promote; country and western, jazz,rock, or folk. The choices are unlimited, as different music stylesappeal to everybody. Consider the following six-step process toestablishing the business.

  1. Secure a suitable location for the musicfestival, such as a park, beach, outdoor arena, or farmland.
  2. Applyfor and secure all required permits from local government agencies.
  3. Secure performers and vendors for the festival.
  4. Build alliances withco-sponsors for the event, such as TV and radio stations.
  5. Assemble avolunteer workforce to assist in operating the event. This can usuallybe accomplished by joining forces with a local charity that receives aportion of the admission sales.
  6. Print and sell tickets. There is agreat amount of research and planning required to organize and host amusic festival; however, once established the festival can be heldannually and even expanded to additional communities.

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