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Survival and Outdoor Training

Create your own “Man vs. Wild”-type business as a survival and outdoor trainer.

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Survival and Outdoor Training
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

What would you do if you were trapped on a mountainside, in subzero weather, with a blizzard approaching? This may not seem like a very likely scenario for many of us, but if you are one of the many millions of outdoor enthusiasts across the country engaged in any number of outdoor adventure activities like skiing, snowmobiling, paragliding, hiking, ice-climbing, or whitewater kayaking, this scenario, or one with similar dire consequences, could happen.

Operating a survival and outdoor training service is perfectly suited to people with a taste for adventure, but with a steadfast safety-first attitude. People with search-and-rescue, military, or fire training are good candidates for the job, but so are people who are willing to get the training needed so they can train others to play safe while enjoying their adventurous pursuits.

You can contact the resources below to learn about becoming a certified instructor. You might also consider specializing in one or more types of survival training, such as avalanche rescue, mountain rescue, swift-water rescue, cold-weather or desert survival, wilderness first aid, or map, compass, and GPS training.

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Outdoor, extreme sports and adventure enthusiasts.

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Horseback Riding

Marry your passion and income with horseback riding lessons.

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Horseback Riding
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Starting a horse riding stable, training, and boarding facility requires an enormous capital investment, and this type of business start-up is strictly for the experienced horse fanatic, not to mention that you must be a seasoned business veteran.

However, if your dream is to operate your own horse stable then maybe you could start small with a few horses that can be boarded at a local farm. The same farm may allow you to conduct riding classes on their property for a split of the business profit. The initial start-up costs will still be high, but only a fraction of what it would cost to establish a complete horseback riding facility.

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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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