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Love surveys? Start a public opinion service.

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Public Opinion Service

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

If you’ve got a flair for demonstrations, people skills and the gift of organization, then an in-store demonstration service might be the business for you. You’ll contract with food brokers and other suppliers and manufacturers to show off their products via your own on-call, personally trained demonstrators.
People are more likely to purchase grocery products after tasting them, and customers of other types of goods can also be enticed by something they can see in action, feel, hear or smell, all of which makes the demonstration business valuable to brokers and manufacturers as well as store owners.
You can start small and grow big–some demonstration companies manage as many as 2,000 to 20,000 demonstrators in several states. You’ll probably start off by doing the demos yourself and hire others as your company grows. The advantages to this business are that you’re always on the go so there’s no time to get bored, you can work from home, and your start-up costs are minimal.
Many owners of in-store demo businesses have a background in the grocery industry. This is helpful but not an absolute must. The must-haves are strong organizational skills to keep track of your demonstrators, their assignments and the materials they’ll need to bring to each job; and top-notch administrative skills for paying your people and making sure you get paid. People skills are another must–you’ll be dealing with lots of personalities, from store managers to food brokers to your own demonstrators. You’ll also need a flair for demonstrating products and for teaching others how to do the same.

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Businesses of all sizes as well as non-profit organizations and even politicians.

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Online Art Prints

Sell art prints to customers anytime, anywhere with an online store.

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Online Art Prints

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

Caught up in the excitement of having printsproduced from their original artwork, many artists fail to consider howthey will market the prints. Herein lies a business opportunity.Develop a website that exclusively features art prints for sale.

Thesite can be indexed by print theme and artists from around the worldcan submit pictures of their prints to be posted. Upon sale of a printthe artist would ship it to the purchaser and would receive apercentage of the sales value. Ideally, marketing efforts would beaimed at individuals and organizations that routinely purchase artprints such as decorators, corporations, and property developers. Thistype of cyberventure is relatively easy to establish and could beoperated from home on a part-time basis.

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Online Contractors Directory

Contractors are always in need. Help others find them with an online directory.

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Online Contractors Directory

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Not all contractors and renovation companieshave the time, budget, or skills required to create and maintain theirown Web site. Thus there is a fantastic opportunity awaiting thecybersavvy entrepreneur by launching a ‘contractors online directory.’The Web site can be indexed by the various construction or renovationservice featured, such as a painting section, flooring section, andsunroom section.

Ideally, the site would service one particularcommunity or city, thus allowing for future growth by franchising orlicensing the operating format to qualified webmasters across thecountry. People would simply log onto the site and view the service andproduct listings that were of interest to them. Each contractor couldreceive a listing in the index hyperlink to a pop-up page to describetheir business, or even link to their Web site if they have one.Charging clients a monthly fee of $100 including site maintenance andcoupon page options is not out of line. Providing you can secure 100clients, you will generate sales in excess of $100,000 annually.

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Online Children’s Camps

Help parents find the right camp for their kids with an online directory.

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Online Children’s Camps

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Worldwide, parents have thousands of options in terms of what type and what style of camp they can choose to send their children to. However, due to the fact that there are thousands of choices, most parents will only learn about a very small percentage of these camps, thus potentially missing out on an opportunity to send their children to a camp that would be beneficial in terms of development. Herein lies the business opportunity.
 
Create a website that operates as a directory for children’s camps located around the globe. The site could be indexed by the style of camp and geographic area. This would enable parents or kids to locate camps that are of interest to them within close proximity to their community.You could literally employ sales consultants in every state, or even country for that matter, to contact camps in their area and solicit the camps to become members featured on the website. Given the fact that there are thousands of various camps worldwide it would only require that a small percentage of these camps pay a minimal yearly listing fee to be featured on the site for this online venture to become profitable.

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