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Airport Shuttle Service

For those who don’t mind the red eyes, an airport shuttle service is a practical business with an assured customer base.

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Airport Shuttle Service

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

Business Overview

Not unlike a limousine, taxi or courierservice, the largest challenge to overcome in starting an airportshuttle service is to acquire an operator’s license. An operator’slicense can be difficult to get through local government channels inmost areas of the country, and very expensive if you plan to purchaseone from an existing shuttle service.

However, it’s certainly notimpossible to obtain an operator’s license for a shuttle service, andit can be well worth the effort. An airport shuttle service can be avery profitable business to own and operate. Marketing a shuttleservice is best accomplished by building alliances and partnershipswith companies and local businesses that can supply you with customers,such as hotels, tour operators, travel agents, and large corporations.

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Cruise Ship Travel Agent

Help cruisers connect with their perfect vacations.

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Cruise Ship Travel Agent

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

Working from the comforts of a homebasedoffice, you can plan and book cruise vacations-of-a-lifetime for yourclients. Travel consulting experience is recommended for thisopportunity; if you do not have experience, I would advise you tocontact the National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents toinquire about training courses in your area.

You could also choose afranchise cruise agent business, which provides all franchisees withintensive training in the areas of marketing, administration andreservation booking. The cruise travel agent industry is competitive,but at the same time it is also the fastest-growing segment of thetravel industry.

Key to success in this business is marketing. You haveto tap in to the demographic groups that are most likely to take acruise’-which include the 50-plus crowd and newlyweds’-and target yourmarketing efforts to these groups. You might also want to considerspecializing in a niche area of the cruise holiday industry, such assingles-only and alternative lifestyle cruises.

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Extreme Adventure Trips

This business will keep you on the edges of life.

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Extreme Adventure Trips

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

Does taking a hot air balloon trip over Australia interest you? Howabout a kayak trip down the Amazon River? You can start a business inwhich you act as an agent or broker on a local basis for adventuretravel companies located around the world.

Starting this type of uniquebusiness requires very little in the way of investment capital toinitiate, and the service can be marketed directly to consumers via theinternet or through traditional mediums of print advertising.

Onceyou’ve secured a paying customer and all the travel accommodations andactivity plans have been confirmed, you would charge the adventure tourcompany a 20-percent commission of the total trip value.

Providing youcan maintain yearly sales of $500,000 (which shouldn’t be difficultgiven the fact that many of these adventure tour trips are selling foras much as $10,000 per person), the business would generate gross salesof $200,000, which is outstanding for a homebased owner-operatorbusiness.

The Market

Your customers will be anyone who is into the outdoors and enjoys thrill-seeking activities.

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Travel Agent

With a business like this, you’re sure to be going places.

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Travel Agent

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

Business Overview

The main requirement for starting a travelagency or starting a business as an independent travel consultant willbe to check local regulations in terms of certifications that may berequired to operate the business.

Additional considerations alsoinclude:

  • Operating a general travel agency, or specializing in aparticular type of travel.
  • Operating location: storefront orhomebased.
  • Target markets: the well-heeled traveler or the budgettraveler.
  • Advertising, promotions, and marketing. The travel industryas a whole is extremely competitive, especially for businesses thatoperate as general travel agencies. To limit competition it isimportant to specialize in this industry and seek a niche market.

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