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Rekindle campfire memories and fire up profits.

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Campground

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Franchises Available? Yes
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

A big investment capital outlay but with thepotential for even bigger profit returns: This is the best way todescribe starting a campground. Campgrounds remain the single largestfamily vacation destinations in the travel industry. North Americansspend billions of dollars at campgrounds and on camping-relatedproducts each year.

There are various types of campground operationsthat can be started, including a seasonal campground, a year-roundoperated campground, tent-only camping, trailer and motor home-onlycamping, and campgrounds that cater to one specific industry such asfishing.

All of these campgrounds have one thing in common: the greaternumber of services and products that are offered to the campers, thehigher business revenues will be. This means you’ll want to have a poolor swimming facilities, an on-site store, firewood, washroomfacilities, activity centers, laundry, holding tank clean-outfacilities, and more.

The better and more expansive your service, thebetter the chance for return visitors and referrals. Furthermore, seekto join campground business owners’ associations in your area andadvertise in travel brochures. Being listed in these types of travelassociations and destination guides are a guaranteed way to havecampers stay at your campground.

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Sport Coach Training

More parents want their kids to succeed. And to do that they’re willing to spend the extra bucks to hire a specialized coach.

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Sport Coach Training

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Here is a unique business opportunity thatreally has big market potential as there are currently hundreds ofthousand of amateur sports coaches across North America, and thousandsmore joining their ranks every year. The title of this opportunity maybe somewhat misleading.

You do not want to provide the service oftraining sport coaches how to be better in their particular sport; inmost cases they already have a vast knowledge of the sport or theywould not be coaching. But you want to teach them how to be bettercoaches and mentors in terms of interacting with players on the team,parents, spouses, and game and league officials.

The idea is toorganize, market, and conduct seminars for sport coaches withspecialized management, interaction, and social responsibility themesto help train them to be better mentors and coaches. You can enlist theservices of professionals, such as motivational speakers,psychologists, and management specialists to speak at the trainingseminars and hand out printed material on the subject they areteaching. The seminars can be marketed directly to amateur sportsassociations, clubs, and organizations by initiating a direct mailcampaign. Objections from coaches and sports association members to theseminar training should be minimal.

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Sports Memorabilia

With the popularity of eBay, buying sports memorabilia is a venture that’s sure to pay off.

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Sports Memorabilia

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Buying sports memorabilia, such as teamjerseys, autographed sports celebrity photos, and sports equipment atdiscounted or bargain prices and then reselling the same memorabilia tocollectors and hardcore sports fans at a profit is a terrific littlepart-time homebased business venture to set in motion.

Initiating thisbusiness will require some time spent at flea markets, on the Internet,and rummaging through garage sales to find and purchase the sportstreasures. However, the payday can be large, especially when youconsider rare sports trading cards can fetch $1,000 or more.

Once aninventory of good quality sports memorabilia has been assembled it canbe resold by establishing a company Web site that sells sportsmemorabilia at sports trade shows and by even placing classifiedadvertisements in newspapers for the more rare and expensive sportsmemorabilia items for sale.

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Windsurfing School

If you’re near a windy body of water and love the sport, this is a business that may seem more like play than work.

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Windsurfing School

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

Business Overview

Windsurfing is a sport and recreationalpastime that roared to popularity in the early 1980s, and after a fewyears of steady growth in the popularity of windsurfing, began todecline. However, that was then, this is now. The popularity ofwindsurfing is again on the rise.

This is mainly due to the fact thatonce the equipment and training have been paid for, windsurfing is avery inexpensive sport to participate in, not to mention the thrill ofgliding over waves at 30 miles per hour. The first step in starting awindsurfing training school is to be a windsurfer or to hireprofessional instruction staff on a revenue-split basis. The businessis best established in a busy tourist area: one that preferably drawsyear-round crowds to the beach. In addition to the equipmentrequirements, it is well advised to seek out liability insurance, dueto the nature of the sport and the potential for serious accidents.

With the right training location, additional revenues can be generatedby renting windsurfing boards to tourists on an hourly and half-daybasis. Overall, this can be a great new business venture to establish,providing you have the right location. The profit potential for aseasonal wind surfing training school is in the range of $20,000 perseason, while a year-round training school could easily generateprofits two to three times that number. The revenue generated by therental aspect of the business could add an additional $10,000 to$15,000 per year, bringing the total potential profits for a year-roundoperation to $50,000 or more.

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