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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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Mobile Hearing Testing

People will be more likely to get their hearing tested if the service comes to them.

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Mobile Hearing Testing

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

Business Overview

In many areas of the country, workers’compensation boards and workers’ insurance and benefits programsrequire workers to undergo yearly hearing tests as part of an ongoingworkers’ safety program to ensure that industrial noise isn’t damagingworkers’ hearing ability. This fact creates a terrific opportunity forthe innovative entrepreneur to capitalize on by starting a businessthat conducts hearing tests for workers on a mobile basis. Beforewarned that the equipment needed for this type of unique healthservice is expensive, and the hearing technician to operate theequipment must be certified. However, this is a business opportunitythat has amazing growth potential as workers’ health issues are at theforefront of all levels of governments and industry. The profitpotential is outstanding, and this is definitely a business venturethat deserves and warrants further investigation.

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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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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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