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Community Tour Guide

Earn money by taking people for a walk on the local side.

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Community Tour Guide

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

Business Overview

If you live in an area frequented bytourists and are a real people-person, why not consider starting apersonal tour guide service? It can be started for virtually peanuts,and has the potential to generate an income that can easily top $50,000per year if you work at it full-time.

Promote your tours aggressivelyby building contacts with businesses and individuals who can refer yourpersonally guided tours to their clients. These people and businessesinclude coach and taxi drivers, event planners, hotels, restaurants andtravel agents. In addition to the usual fare of stopping at the oldestbuilding, the best beach and area museums, also show some of the moreunusual sights in your community’crime scenes, television or movie setlocations, and past or present celebrity houses.

Personal tour guidesare charging $150 to $200 for half-day tours, and up to $350 forfull-day tours plus the cost of transportation and tickets to eventsand attractions. Provide clients with an unforgettably fun experiencecombined with incredible service and you will have the two mainingredients to secure lots of referral and repeat business. Also marketyour services to corporations that want to treat their visitingout-of-town customers, employees and executives to a special event.

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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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Kayak Tours

If you love being outdoors and on the water, start a business giving kayak tours.

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Kayak Tours

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

Business Overview

Turn your passion for kayaking into a profitable full- or part-timeenterprise by starting a kayak tour business.

Offer outdoor enthusiastsvarious tour packages’a half-day beginners’ course, a full day ofpaddling including basic training and lunch and weeklong paddlingexcursions including overnight campouts on islands and beaches. Ideallocations for this type of venture are coastal areas of the UnitedStates and Canada, as well as states and provinces surrounding theGreat Lakes.

Current rates are in the range of $65 per person forhalf-day tours, $120 for full day and $1,200 for weeklong toursinclusive of transportation, overnight gear and meals. Multiply thesenumbers by six and you have the potential to earn $3,000 per week andmore having fun, enjoying your sport and living it up in the greatoutdoors.

The Market

Outdoor enthusiasts.

Needed Equipment

You will need to invest in five or six fiberglass or plastic touringkayaks and related equipment including life jackets, dry bags, sprayskirts and paddles, as well as suitable transportation for six, and atrailer to carry the kayaks and gear.

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Off Road Tours

Stay off the beaten track of 9 to 5 and start your business on a different path.

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Off Road Tours

Startup Costs: $50,000 – $100,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Off-road, or four-wheel-drive, tours havebecome an extremely popular day excursion for many vacationers, as itis a reasonably priced vacation activity that can be enjoyed by everymember of the family.

Generally, off-road tours are offered in half-dayor all-day packages to clients and are currently priced from $50 to$100 per person. Advertising and promoting off-road or backwoods toursis very easy and is best accomplished by designing and distributingpromotional material about the activity to all local restaurants,hotels, and travel agents.

This kind of tour business can be veryprofitable, even if the business associates or partners receive a 10 or20 percent commission for referring clients to the business.

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