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Photograph Restoration Service

People will appreciate having their cherished photographs look picture-perfect again.

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Photograph Restoration Service

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

Business Overview

Purchasing a good quality scanner, computerand photo restoration software will enable you to start a businessproviding photo restoration services for clients right from a homebased location.

Regardless of whether the photos are black and white orcolor, you’ll be able to restore old and damaged photos and produce newcopies in print format or on a CD.

It should be noted that you’ll needto spend time practicing the art of electronic photo restoration, asthe software isn’t designed for beginners. Refer to your localcommunity college to check on the availability of digital imagingtraining courses.

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Free Internet Terminals

Start a key electronic resource for others.

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Free Internet Terminals

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

Business Overview

Free Internet terminals are simply kiosksthat contain computer equipment capable of connecting to the Internet.The terminals are strategically located in high-traffic communitygathering places such as malls and sports complexes, and are free touse for visitors of the location.

Due to the fact that the Internetterminals are free to use, the business that owns and operates theterminals sell advertising space on the kiosks to local companies togenerate sales and profits for the business.

In most cases advertisingrevenue split will not have to be part of an agreement to securehigh-traffic locations throughout the community for the terminals.Participating businesses will benefit from increased foot traffic as aresult of the free Internet terminals being installed on the site.

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Communications Store

In the information age, communication is more important than ever. Get people talking by selling cell phones and other devices.

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Communications Store

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Franchises Available? Yes
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Stake your claim in the multibillion dollar communications industry byopening a communications store. Stock and sell items such asresidential and business telephones, fax machines, pagers, Palm Pilots,cell phones, and accessories.

Ideally, you’ll want to secure anauthorized agents agreement for the wireless side of the business.Securing this type of agreement should not prove difficult given thevast number of communication companies now providing paging, cell-phonecalling, and two-way radio systems.

Locate the store in a highlyvisible area of your community like a store or kiosk in a mall or astorefront on a major street. Additionally, be sure to employ outsidesalespeople to cold call on businesses in the area to bid on theircommunication product and service needs.
In most cases the salespeopleyou hire will be more than happy to work on a commission-only basis dueto the earnings potential for these types of sales. Thus you’ll be ableto maintain minimal overheads, while having the potential to increaserevenues via your outside sales contractors.

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Customers will be anyone looking for a cell phone, page, fax machine or other type of communications device

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Mobile Computer Training

Prevent employees from having to leave their office by taking computer training to them.

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Mobile Computer Training

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

Business Overview

Most computer training schools requirestudents to come to their location for training classes. But forcompanies that have upgraded or purchased new computers and software,this is often not practical, especially if there are five to ten ormore employees who are in need of training or retraining.

Likewise, noteveryone who purchases a new computer, software, or other hardwaredevices has time to attend classes to learn how to use the equipment.Herein lies the opportunity. Capitalizing on your computer, software,and marketing experience, you can start a mobile computer trainingservice and train students on-on-one, or in a group format at theirhomes, businesses, or office.

The proliferation of technologicaladvances, and the constant new stream of software applications andhardware devices means that there will always be lots of people in needof training or skills upgrading, so they can get the most benefit fromtheir computer equipment and programs. Advertise your service withfliers, in newspaper classifieds, the Yellow Pages, and by networkingat business and social functions.

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