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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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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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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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