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Snorkel Tours

Snorkel tours allow you to explore the underwater world of business.

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

Business Overview

Tourists, sun, and water are the crucial elements that will make this business start-up a triumphant success. Starting a snorkel tour business is a fantastic way to earn a potentially lucrative income, and enjoy a personally rewarding lifestyle. How do you get customers for this business venture?

Easy. Design a very informative and colorful brochure depicting your fun and relaxing snorkel tours, and distribute them to all the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and restaurants in the local area where the business operates. Likewise, you will want to establish pickup times with all of these locations, in terms of starting the tour.

You will have to pay the hotels a booking fee, but the business can easily generate enough revenue and then some to cover the costs of booking commissions. Also consider enlisting the services of a tour-booking agent, as these booking agents work beaches and other busy tourist areas promoting and enlisting clients into the different tour activities they represent. Good booking agents can easily sign up 100 or more tourists in one day for various activities.

Needed Equipment

The requirements for this business enterprise are very specific. You will need general knowledge and experience in snorkeling as well as first-aid training and equipment.

However, due to the nature of this business you will be required to carry liability insurance and possibly a certificate or registration number identifying you as a tour operator.

Any business plan should always include research in terms of legal restrictions and registrations. Not required is a waterfront business location, as the idea of the tours is to pick people up at predetermined locations and shuttle them to one or more locations for the snorkeling, or to a boat. Premiere snorkeling areas in North America include Hawaii, the Florida Keys, Texas, and California.

Cold water snorkeling is also becoming popular in areas such as British Columbia, Washington state, and the Great Lakes. However, keep in mind that you will have to invest in two or three milimeter wet suits for customers to wear if you are planning to establish cold-water snorkeling trips. In addition to reef snorkeling, shallow water, surface shipwrecks, and designated marine parks are also popular spots for snorkeling.

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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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Rowboat Rentals

Row, row, row your biz gently down the cash flow stream.

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Rowboat Rentals
Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Here is a great little business that can be started for peanuts and operated on weekends and holidays on a part-time basis. Secondhand good quality rowboats can be purchased for as little as $500 each, yet the same rowboats can be rented for as much as $10 per hour to fishermen and sightseers.

With that kind of return on investment, it will not take long to get back your initial start-up costs and reap a healthy profit. Obviously the business has one main requirement in order to be operated: water. If the business is established within close proximity to a river or lake, the boats can be rented from a marina location, beach, or even right from a riverbank. A rowboat rental business also requires that you carry liability insurance and the boats are outfitted with safety equipment such as life vests, paddles, and a whistle.

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Skateboard Park

With skateboarding and in-line skating being two of America’s favorite pastimes, a skatepark can roll up some good profits.

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

Business Overview

Skateboarding and in-line skating are two of the most popular sports and recreational pastimes in North America, enjoyed by millions of participants every day. There has never been a better time than now to capitalize on the demand for anything skateboard or in-line skating related.

Perhaps one of the best ways to capitalize on this demand is to start a skateboard and in-line skating park. The park can be indoor or outdoor, depending on geographical location. Furthermore, the park can feature areas with obstacles for beginners to advanced skill levels.

Additional income can be earned by providing equipment rentals as well as instruction courses for skateboarding and in-line skating. Without question this is an expensive and difficult business to establish in terms of planning, research, and financing. However, the potential profits that can be earned justify the effort.

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