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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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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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Natural Home Remedies

Alternatives to medication can bring you healthy profits.

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Natural Home Remedies

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

Every year, thousands of people turn to amore natural approach to health, and this fact creates a terrificopportunity to start a natural home remedies business and capitalize onconsumer demand and the growing popularity of natural home healthremedies.

Natural home remedies have been around for hundreds of years,and only recently has the popularity of home remedies really taken offin a big way. Research and planning are definite prerequisites for thistype of health business enterprise. To find information on natural homehealth remedies, start at your local library, harness the power of theinternet and visit local bookstores.

Finding natural home remedymanufacturers and wholesalers for the business will not provedifficult, as there are thousands in North America alone. Innovativeentrepreneurs can always create their own line of natural homeremedies. Just be sure you follow local and federal regulations interms of product ingredients and product health or benefit claims. Tokeep startup costs to a minimum, consider selling the natural homeremedies via mail order or online.

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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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