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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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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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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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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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