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River Rafting

This new business idea may be waiting just around the river bend.

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River Rafting
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

White-water river rafting is a low-cost, mini adventure trip that almost anyone can participate in. White-water rafting excursions can be advertised to the general public as well as schools, corporations, and clubs to gain customers.

There is no marketing magic here. This is a good business and a fun adventure that does not require a lot of arm twisting to get people excited about paying you to go rafting. With that being said, you will still want to separate yourself from any competition and seek your niche in the marketplace.

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You and your employees that will be operating either the paddle-style rafts or motorized-style rafts will be required to get a license, which is commonly referred to as a river guide certificate.

Likewise, all employees will need certification in first aid and river rescue techniques. You will also be required to carry a substantial amount of liability insurance. All of these certification courses are widely offered by outdoor instruction and certification companies.
Additional information about these companies can usually be obtained from local police and fire departments. In terms of equipment, there are generally two types of river rafts used in this business venture. The first is a motorized inflatable raft, and the second is, an inflatable paddle raft. All boats and passengers have to be equipped with safety gear such as life vests and helmets.

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Paintball Games

Aim for clubs and associations looking to build camaraderie to paint this business front.

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Paintball Games
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

If you have ever participated in a paint ball war game, you know how popular and fun these events can be that place you in direct competition with family, friends, and co-workers. The business structure is quite simple. People pay you a fee for transporting them to a site, so they can form teams and use paint ball guns to shoot paint balls at each other in a strategic game of war or cat and mouse.

Market the business by going directly to large groups of people who will use a day of paint ball war games as an opportunity to take part in an event that can include a large portion of their entire group. Ideal candidates are corporations, schools, clubs, and sports associations. To really kick things into high gear attempt to enlist local high-profile politicians and business people to take part in a charity game.

Place the citizens of the community in direct competition with these high-profile community leaders. Not only will this give you a real shot in the arm in terms of exposure for your new business, it can also raise a great deal of money for a local charity. requirements: The main requirement for this business venture is land to operate and host the paint ball game events. Additionally, an enclosed trailer can also be located on the event site to serve as a portable office and for equipment storage.

Secondary requirements include liability insurance, first-aid equipment, and emergency action plans. The transportation of the participants can be contracted to a local transportation company to reduce start-up costs. start-up costs: Including the cost of equipment, advertising, land lease, and a portable trailer, the complete business can be started for less than $15,000.

To reduce investment requirements, it may be possible to negotiate a profit-split arrangement with the owner of the land where the games will be played. profit potential: Participants pay a flat fee for the game, usually including transportation to the site, a basic lunch, and the game itself. The fee can vary between $30 and $50 per person.

Participants also pay for the paint balls used in the game. This business, even operating on weekends only, can easily generate profits in the range of $20,000 to $30,000 per year. This venture also lends itself to selling T-shirts, hats, and jackets to the participants at the end of the game. Generally these keepsakes would have captions such as ‘I survived the Third World War’ with your company logo and a business name printed on the item of clothing.

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Parasailing

The waves of clients that pour in will take this business smooth sailing.

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

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Parasailing is a blast and the only thing I can think of that would be more fun than parasailing is owning a parasailing business. Be forewarned, this is not a cheap business venture to set in motion, as professional parasailing equipment is very expensive and used parasailing boats can cost as much as $50,000 alone.

However, with that being said, securing the right high-traffic beach to work from, the investment to start the business will seem small compared to the profits that can be earned by a parasailing business. Parasailing rates vary from location to location and also on the amount of time the person is in the air, but typically parasailing rates are in the range of $30 for ten minutes. In one day a parasailing business can generate sales of $1,000 or more (tandem riders), which is excellent for a business that only requires two people to operate it.

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Laser Tag

Looking for a business that gives you a rush? Consider opening an indoor laser tag center and play your way to profits.

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Laser Tag
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Indoor laser tag is quickly becoming as popular as paint ball games, and starting a laser tag recreation center may just put you on the path to financial independence. Though this is a very costly business to start and operate (well into the six-figure range0, the profit potential is outstanding.

Revenues are earned by drop-in customers that want to play, as well as by selling monthly memberships to the center. You can also market laser tag games to corporate clients, schools, and clubs, and create special packages that include laser tag games, food, and beverages for corporate and social functions like birthday parties.

Additionally, many operators of laser tag centers also create team leagues and monthly tournaments and give away prizes to the winners. Of course you will also want to have a concession counter on site and sell related products, such as promotional clothing and equipment to bolster sales. The initial objective when you first open is to get as many people as possible to come out and try the game, as a great number of these people will return as regular customers. To accomplish this, give away two-for-one play coupons, and create joint promotions with other businesses in the community.

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