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Home-Care Service

With more people wanting to grow old in their homes, this could be the perfect opportunity for a caring person.

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Home-Care Service

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

Business Overview

Starting a home-care service is a greatbusiness enterprise to initiate, as people are living longer and, moreimportant, living longer on their own. This type of new businessventure would best suit a person with a background and training in thehealth-care industry, but with that said, home-care training isavailable in almost every community across North America. Generally,there are two types of home-care providers, and the training requiredfor each is very different. The first type of home-care service is onethat focuses on assisting people with everyday tasks, such as cooking,cleaning, errands and personal hygiene. The second type of home-careservice can include the aforementioned with the addition of medicationadministration and in some cases, therapy. Income potential will rangefrom $20 per hour to as much as $50 per hour depending on servicesprovided and skill levels required.

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Online Store for the Disabled

The disabled will be grateful that they don’t have to leave their homes to make purchases.

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Online Store for the Disabled

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

People living with physical disabilitiesoften find even life’s easy tasks to be frustrating. Starting abusiness that specializes in selling products aimed at making lifeeasier for people living with physical disabilities is not only a wisechoice for a new business venture, it’s also a business that can assistpeople in leading a better life. Products could include wheelchairs,medical braces, canes and walkers. The business can focus on bothbrick-and-mortar style retailing, as well as developing a website foronline shoppers. This type of health-related business venture is verycostly to set in motion. However, the profit potential is good, and thebusiness can be personally rewarding.

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Nutrition Guides

Your nutrition guides might be the closest thing to the fountain of youth.

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Nutrition Guides

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

Most health experts agree a healthy diet isthe key to a healthy and long life. Starting a business that createsand distributes nutrition guides is a fantastic new venture to set inmotion. There are two approaches that can be taken with this businessin terms of generating revenues and profits. The first approach is tosell the nutrition guides through bookstores and specialty retailers.

The second approach is to distribute the nutrition guides free ofcharge throughout your community and support the business by sellingadvertising space in the guides to local businesses that would benefitfrom this type of advertising exposure. Good choices for potentialadvertisers in a nutrition guide would include vitamin stores, doctors,health professionals, organic food growers and health food restaurants.If you choose to adopt the second option in terms of operating thebusiness, the nutrition guides could be published twice per year,making this a potentially very profitable business opportunity.

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Personal Trainer

Help people get in shape and look their best as a personal trainer.

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Personal Trainer

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

Business Overview

Health and fitness are very big issues today–everyone wants to lookgood, feel better and live longer. If you like working out and you’regood at encouraging others to get fit, then this could be the businessfor you.

As a personal trainer, you’ll instruct clients on properexercise techniques, design regimes based on their goals, and analyzeprogress in body weight, muscle development and weight training. Whilemany of your clients will be interested in shaping up and losingweight, you can also help people with specific problems like arthritisto build other muscles to compensate or those who want to rebuild orretrain their bodies after accidents or illness.

You can work with yourclients in their homes, at a health club where you have a membership,or even on a scenic beach. The advantages to this business are that youhave the potential to make a very good living and you have thesatisfaction of helping people become healthier and happier. Besidesbeing physically fit and healthy yourself, you’ll need terrificmotivational skills to help your clients push beyond their physical andmental boundaries and keep at it week after week.

The Market

Your clients will be people who want to lose weight, gain muscle,recover from illness or injury, or just get into better shape. Sellyourself by leaving fliers or brochures at health clubs and spas; swim,running and biking clubs; fitness centers; athletic shoe and clothingshops; and vitamin and nutrition shops. Place ads in local newspapers.Introduce yourself and leave brochures with chiropractors, orthopedicsurgeons and doctors of sports medicine. Give seminars to professionaland civic groups and volunteer yourself as a guest on a local radiochat show. Get yourself written up in local publications. Donate a fewsessions to a charity fund-raiser in exchange for publicity.

Needed Equipment

You’ll need certification as a personal trainer. In addition, mostpersonal trainers have a college degree in physical therapy, physicaleducation, exercise physiology, sports medicine or related fields–thisis particularly important if you’ll be working with people recoveringfrom illness or injuries. You may want to purchase assessment toolslike fat calipers, but this depends on your (and your clients’)personal tastes. As for exercise equipment, you can let your clientspurchase their own.

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