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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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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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Dance Studio

Dance your way to profits with a studio for lessons and rehearsals.

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Dance Studio

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Starting a dance instruction school is a wonderful new business ventureto set in motion, as dance schools have been proven financially soundfor decades. The business can focus on dance instruction in general, oron specific dance styles such as tap or swing. If you aren’t a danceinstructor yourself, professional dance instructors can be hired on anas-needed part-time, revenue-sharing basis to conduct the instructionclasses. The innovative entrepreneur who starts and operates a danceschool can also increase revenues and profits by videotaping theinstruction classes and selling the videos by way of mail order and theinternet.

The Market

Your customers will vary depending on what type of dance studio youdecide to open. You can have a studio strictly for adults, one thatfocuses on instruction for children, or a dance studio for all ages.

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Old-Time Radio Programs

Nostalgic productions can be brought to life with a love for acting and history.

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Old-Time Radio Programs

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

History always has a way of repeatingitself, and old-time radio programs from the 1930s and ’40s are noexception to the rule, as these radio programs are once again becomingvery popular. Seek to purchase the rights or pay for the rights tore-record old-time radio programs onto cassette tapes and compactdiscs. Once complete, the tapes and compact discs can be sold toretailers on a wholesale basis, or directly to consumers via mailorder, the Internet, or even infomercials. Providing you can secure theright radio programs to re-record and that demand is high for theprograms, the profitability of the business could be outstanding as itonly costs a couple of dollars each to mass produce tapes and CDs.

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