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Pedal Boat Rentals

Pedal your way to success with this company.

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Pedal Boat Rentals
Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

A fleet of ten pedal boats can generate as much as $30,000 in rental revenue in a single three-month season. Considering the business can be operated by one person and is relatively inexpensive to launch, that is an excellent return on investment. To establish a pedal boat rental business you will need a waterfront location to operate from.

The location can be independent or in partnership with an existing business such as a marina. The business can be supported by walk-in traffic as well as two-for-one coupons that can be issued for use on slower mid-week periods. Extra income can be acquired by adding a small catering cart that sells soft drinks and popcorn. This business venture may not make you wealthy, but it can generate a good income and definitely will be a relaxing work environment.

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Cigar Sales

This hot business is so specialized, it’ll have you smokin’ out profits in no time.

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Cigar Sales
Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Across the United States millions of dollars’ worth of cigars are sold monthly, some for $250 or more each–making this a very lucrative market. Once you’ve secured a wholesale source for purchasing cigars, here are a few ways to retail them for a profit:
  • Establish a small kiosk in a mall or market location for selling cigars.
  • Employ direct sales teams remunerated by way of commission based on their sales.
  • Initiate a direct-mail and email campaign aimed at corporations to purchase the cigars to give to valued clients and business associates as gifts.
  • Purchase vending machines and stock these machines with cigars for sale. The machine will have to be a ‘minihumidor’ and can be located in high-traffic gathering places such as restaurants and pubs.

The Market

Cigar coinsurers and novice smokers alike

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Scuba Dive Charter Boat

Are you a dive master? Explore the realms of this business idea to bring profits to the surface.

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Scuba Dive Charter Boat
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Calling all dive masters, dive instructors, and boat owners. A financially and personally rewarding lifestyle awaits anyone who starts a scuba dive charter boat business. The two main requirements to get this business rolling are an experienced dive master or instructor on board and a boat. Perhaps you possess one of these requirements, but not the other.

This can be the groundwork for a potential business partnership or joint business venture with a company or individual that has what you lack. The business can be marketed by utilizing all the traditional marketing and advertising methods, as well by building alliances with companies and individuals who are already in the travel and recreation industry who can refer your business to their clients for free. Or they can even act as a booking agent for your business and receive a commission for doing so. Ideally, a scuba dive charter boat will be operated in a busy tourist area, or in an area where weather permits year-round scuba diving.

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Coins and Stamps

Feed your collecting soul with a store that buys, sells and trades collectible coins and stamps.

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Coins and Stamps
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

Opening a retail store that buys, sells and trades collectable coins and stamps is a good business venture for the hobbyist coin and stamp collector to get going. The store doesn’t need a great amount of square footage, as the inventory is compact.

As a method to reduce startup and operating costs, consider a joint venture with another retailer. Good matches for this type of shared retail space include pawnshops, comic book retailers, and memorabilia stores. As is the case with any retail venture, the goal is to buy low and sell high; thus, you must possess strong negotiation skills and have experience identifying the condition and value of coins and stamps.

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Coin and stamp collectors

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