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Natural Childbirth Classes

Help parents-to-be overcome their anxieties by preparing them for natural childbirth.

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Natural Childbirth Classes

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

Business Overview

Natural childbirth is and will always be ahot topic. This business has limitless possibilities and avenuesincluding natural childbirth classes, seminars, products and services.This business opportunity will have to be of particular interest to youand will require training and a great amount of research. However,professionals who specialize in the field are generally well paid andalways in demand. This business may be of particular interest tonurses, childcare givers and early childhood education teachers. Besure to do your homework so that your new business will comply with allthe rules and regulations of your particular community.

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Online Medical Center

With an online medical center, you can bring information on health-care providers across the country together under one website.

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Online Medical Center

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

Here’s an online business venture that hasthe potential to be expanded from coast to coast. An online medicalcenter is a collection of health-care providers from one communitygrouped together into one website.

Instead of each business orprofessional having to pay thousands of dollars to develop and maintainindividual sites, they can join your online medical center for a yearfor what it typically costs to host and maintain a site for one month.The site would have to be indexed by type of medical service or productthat is being featured, such as plastic surgery, medical equipment,dental, family practitioners and home-care providers. Visitors usingthe site would simply choose an area of interest in the index and belinked to a pop-up page within the site that described the business’smedical products and services, including contact information. This typeof site could be easily expanded by selling the franchise or licenserights to qualified operators to host, maintain and market a clone sitein every city or community across the country.

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Senior Home Care Agency

Help the elderly continue to live at home by providing care services.

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Senior Home Care Agency

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

Here’s the problem: A senior parent wants to live in his own home,maintaining his independence, but he has trouble bathing, fixing mealsand remembering to take his medications. The solution: You. As owner ofa senior home care agency, you’ll send a qualified, compassionateperson out to assist with the daily tasks of living.

This is aburgeoning field. With more and more seniors out there needingassistance and more and more two-income families, there’s nobody togive mom or dad a helping hand. And with health-care costs rising bythe moment, hospitals are discharging patients earlier than ever,sending them home too ill or too weak to fend for themselves. So seniorhome care is rewarding, not only financially but personally as well. Asa senior home care agency operator, you’ll act as a referralservice–locating cheerful, reliable, honest and kindly people to placein seniors’ homes on a temporary or long-term basis.

Your caregiverswill be independent contractors paid directly by the patient or hisfamily and though they must have the qualities listed above, they don’tneed medical training–just good common sense. The advantages to thisbusiness are that you can start part time and you have the satisfactionof filling a real need, helping seniors lead more independent lives andtaking some of the burden from worried family members. You’ll needterrific people skills–the ability to determine the suitability ofpotential caregivers and the magical quality of knowing which caregiverto pair with which client. Organizational and administrative skills arealso a must because you’ll be coordinating people, times and places allat once.

The Market

Your clients will be seniors and their families. You can place ads inlocal newspapers, but perhaps your best bet will be to establish yourservices throughout the medical community, which can provide referrals.Send sales letters and brochures to local hospitals and doctorsspecializing in geriatrics, cardiology and other diseases that affectseniors, local health-care agencies and senior centers, and evenemergency medical services like paramedics. Follow up with phone callsto reinforce your image. Get your business written up in localpublications.

Needed Equipment

You don’t need a medical background, but you should have the materialsand knowledge to give your caregivers a good grounding in CPR, firstaid and senior care professionalism. Make sure you don’t positionyourself as an employment agency or nursing registry because you’llneed to be licensed for either of these–use independent contractorspaid by the patient or his family. You’ll want a computer with inkjetprinter and the usual software.

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Vitamin Sales

The current focus on health and anti-aging products makes it the perfect time to capitalize on this market.

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Vitamin Sales

Startup Costs: $50,000 – $100,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Owning and operating your own vitamin storecould be the answer to your financial and self-employment dreams. Thetime has never been better than now to start a health-related business,as more and more people across North America become concerned abouttheir health in general.

And selling vitamins is not only a great wayto capitalize on consumer demand, but it’s also a fantastic way to helpothers strive for a healthier lifestyle. You’ll need a great deal ofknowledge about vitamin and mineral supplements, but with that said,you can research all of the information you need on the subject andeven hire experienced staff or a health consultant to help build andmarket the vitamin product line. Locating vitamin manufacturers andwholesalers for this venture won’t be difficult as there are thousandsworldwide who’ll be more than happy to establish wholesale accountswith new businesses. Startup costs are high, but the profit potentialis excellent. A retail location would best suit this venture, but tokeep startup costs to a minimum, a small kiosk in a busy mall would bea good alternative.

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