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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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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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