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Camping Classes

More than ever it’s important for people to get outside and take a breath of fresh air. You can show them how to make the most out of the great outdoors.

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Camping Classes
Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Franchises Available? No
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Camping is an outdoors recreational pastime enjoyed by millions of people across North America. Thus, starting a ‘how-to camp’ instructional business that teaches novice campers and hikers practical information and tips on how to safely go camping is an extremely low-cost business start-up that can potentially generate fabulous profits.

One of the best aspects of starting this business is the fact that the classes can be held outside and, in most cases, without having to pay a fee or rent for the class location. The business can be marketed directly to potential students by distributing fliers and informational brochures through local retailers such as outfitters. The business can also be marketed through a partnership arrangement with community and recreation centers. For a business that can be initiated for an investment of less than $5,000, this one is a very good choice that also promises to be a whole lot of fun.

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Video Arcade

The nostalgic allure of vintage gaming could make for a successful business.

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Video Arcade
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Gone are the days of 25-cent video and pinball games. Today’s high-tech games can often cost as much $2 or $3, and children (and adults) are still lined up to play. A video arcade is a high-investment business to properly establish; nevertheless, the potential profit returns are also extremely high.

Like any business that requires a large volume of people to be successful, you will want your video arcade to be located in a high-traffic, highly visible location. Mall and tourist attractions make fantastic operating locations for video arcades.

The largest and most successful video arcades also include food concession stands, retail product sales, such as theme T-shirts, and family pass options, all of which you’ll want to consider implementing. Prior to starting a video arcade, complete a full and in-depth market survey into its viability. The investment into this business warrants the expense of such a market study.

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Martial Arts

Kick butt physically and financially with a business in martial arts.

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Martial Arts
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Martial arts as a sport is second only to golf in terms of number of new participants over the past decade. Typically, a martial arts school will focus on one particular type of training such as kung fu or kick boxing. A martial arts school can be an expensive new business venture to set in motion. However, the average cost now paid by a student per year for martial arts training is in excess of $600.

Providing the business could train 200 students per year, this would result in revenues exceeding $120,000, based on an average of $600 per year per student. Needless to say, this type of specialized instruction can be very financially lucrative. In addition to group training, one-on-one martial arts training is also becoming popular for the serious student who is prepared to pay $40 per hour or more for an intensive training session.

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Miniature Golf Center

Put your love for the sport in a company that putts out profits.

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Miniature Golf Center
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

There are a few approaches that can be taken for starting and operating a miniature golf business. The first approach is to establish the miniature golf course in a fixed location, indoors or outdoors.

The second approach is to conduct the business on a mobile basis, setting up the miniature golf course in high-traffic tourist areas or in a way that people seeking a unique activity for birthday parties and special events can rent the portable miniature golf course. Regardless of the operating format for the business, both enjoy a common feature, which is miniature golf is extremely popular. Consumer demand for miniature golf has been proven successful for many decades, making this opportunity a wise choice as a new business venture for all people seeking self-employment independence.

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