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Medical Seat Cushions

Most people take sitting for granted. Make it more comfortable for patients to sit with medical seat cushions.

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Medical Seat Cushions

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

Millions of people commute back and forth towork each day in agony, suffering everything from back problems to hipand joint problems. Starting a business that sells specialty automotivemedical seat cushions may prove to be very profitable and make you asuperstar with commuters. The business is very easy to establish andoperate. The first step is to locate a manufacturer of medical seatcushions. This can be accomplished by harnessing the power of theinternet for research purposes, or by acquiring a manufacturersdirectory. Once you’ve found a few manufacturers, aim to secure anexclusive distribution contract for their products in the area yourbusiness will operate. The seat cushions can be sold directly toconsumers by way of mail order and the internet, as well as by settingup a sales kiosk or booth at car shows and automotive trade shows. Theprofit potential for this type of enterprise is excellent, as the seatcushions can easily be marked up by 100 percent or more for retailsales.

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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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Weight Loss Clinic

Give clients the skinny on the most effective weight-loss techniques.

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Weight Loss Clinic

Startup Costs: $50,000 – $100,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Starting your own weight loss clinic may bejust the type of new business venture that you’ve been looking for. Arecent U.S. government survey indicated that 50 percent of Americanadults felt their weight was too high and that 80 percent of therespondents intended to start a diet or fitness program within the nextsix months to correct their weight problem.

This survey fact alone isreason enough to start a weight loss clinic. There are two optionsavailable to you in terms of business location for a weight lossclinic. The first option for establishing the business would be aretail location where customers come to you, and the second optionwould be private, in-home consultation where you go to the customer.

The first option would require more startup capital. However, theprobability of generating larger revenues and profits is greater in thelong run for a weight loss clinic operating from a fixed location,especially once the business is established. The second and lesscapital-intensive option is a great way to provide your customers witha personalized service and could easily generate an income in the rangeof $40 to $50 per hour. The largest requirement for starting a weightloss clinic is to be a certified dietitian, or at least have one onstaff.

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Nutritionist

Everyone wants to be a bit healthier these days, and a nutritionist is the perfect person to help.

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Nutritionist

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Nutrition is big in everybody’s minds these days–people want to livelonger, think smarter, eat healthier and weigh less doing it. As anutritionist, you’ll help your clients attain all these goals through avariety of venues–you can act as a personal diet coach or as aconsultant to restaurants and food manufacturers, give classes andseminars, or work with health clubs and health-conscious companies.

Ifyou like teaching other people about healthy lifestyles, cheering ontheir achievements and motivating them through plateaus, then this isthe business for you. The advantages to being a nutritionist are thatyou can tangibly measure your success through your clients’ successes,you can make a positive difference in others’ lives, and you can do itall for a small start-up cost, start on a part-time basis, and workfrom home. You’ll need a strong knowledge of health, nutrition andpsychology, along with sales and marketing skills to snap up clients.You can get (or you may already have) a registered dietician degree(called an RD) from the American Dietetic Association. This is adefinite plus but not a necessity. Since state licensing andcertifications for nutritionists vary, call your state Board ofDietetics and Nutrition.

The Market

Your clients can be just about anybody you care to target: individualsor corporations. You can coach on a personal level in your clients’homes or offices; you can also work as a consultant for health clubs,large companies or institutions. If you choose to work with clients ona one-to-one basis as a coach, place ads in local publications. Networkin your community. Offer your services to one lucky person at a charityauction or raffle in exchange for free advertising. Make up a brochureand mail it to people in the middle- to upper-income levels of yourtown. Send brochures and sales letters describing your services tocorporate, institutional and health-club prospects, then follow up withphone calls requesting appointments.

Needed Equipment

About all you’ll need is a computer, a printer and the usual softwarefor creating sales letters, brochures, menus and other materials foryour clients.

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