Many people with a specific talent, skill, or expertise would love to make a living sharing these interests with others. Teaching and coaching can be an extremely rewarding and lucrative career that allows you to do what you love every day.
Whether you’ve recently completed a degree or spent a career becoming an expert in your field, there is a place for you in the teaching and coaching industry. You may be a retired ballroom dancer who isn’t ready to hang up your dancing shoes or a recent graduate with a degree in finance looking to work for yourself instead of a large firm. No matter what your skills and background starting a teaching or coaching job can be a great career move.
One of the best things about the teaching and coaching industry is that you can tailor your business to your personal skills, interests, and availability. A music instructor may only take on one or two clients at a time, leaving room for a second job, while a legal consulting firm has the potential to grow into a large national or multinational firm.
A teaching or coaching business lets you build a career around what you know best. There is no better feeling than sharing your passion with others. Being able to make a living doing this is a dream for many.
Whatever your reason for wanting to operate a teaching and coaching business, we’ve got a great list of ideas for you to choose from.
An acting classes business provides group or one-on-one classes in acting for adults or children. As the owner of an acting classes business, you’ll provide training, coaching and support to those who are considering getting into the acting business or those already in the business who would like to improve their chances of landing a role. Most business owners in this field will want to find a niche. For instance, you might work with children, or with a career-oriented adult audience interested in stage acting, film, commercials, voice-over work or other areas of specialization.
Credibility is critical, so it’s imperative that you have a connections in the entertainment business. You do not need to be famous, but you need to have relationships with others in the industry, so they can verify that you have the knowledge needed to teach others the art of acting. If your specialization is in film acting training, you should be a current or retired film or television actor, director, casting director or have similar industry experience. If you’re teaching commercial acting, you should have experience as a commercial actor, director or on the ad agency commercial production side. Your reputation in the acting community and how you promote your credentials will be critical to your success.
Most people want to get in shape so they look, feel, and perform better. The problem is exercising can be boring and monotonous. An acrobatics, gymnastics, and aerial arts instructor helps people make the changes they want to see in their body and mind. And, they can often do it in a way that keeps people interested and motivated in during their workout routine.
An aerial art studio teaches students to do acrobatic movements and dancing in the air, either by hanging from a fabric (hammock, silk), a short bar (trapeze), a hoop (lyra), or a rope. This form of dancing or acrobatic movement is a total body workout that requires strength and flexibility. As a result, lots of people do it for fitness purposes and, if they stick with it, become very strong and flexible.
This business is perfect for anyone who is athletically inclined and has excellent spatial awareness. In addition to athletic ability, a business owner needs to understand the basics of running a profitable business. While long hours aren't typical, flexibility in scheduling is. Most students will have to come either before or after work or on the weekends. So, a business owners has to be willing to train students during "off peak" times of the day.
Aerial sports offer people outstanding views, adrenaline-inducing flight and lots of fun. Before people take off paragliding or hang gliding, however, they first need to learn how to take off, fly and land safely. Aerial sports instruction businesses offer lessons to novice, experienced and even expert flyers on how to safely enjoy these sports.
People who enjoy being outdoors and like aerial sports may be well-suited for opening an aerial sports instruction business. Business owners should be flexible and strong enough to fly paragliders and hang gliders. They should also have good people and communication skills, as much of their time will be spent interacting directly with students.
Art consultants serve two separate (but related) business functions. They may work with artists to help them find their best target audience and to promote the artist's work to increase sales. An art consultant may also work with collectors who wish to acquire specific kinds of art or galleries who wish to commission specific work from specific artists. Either way, a consultant is an important way for a community's artistic presence to grow and thrive.
Needless to say, this job is best for those with an artistic background. This includes practicing artists and those with a formal education in subjects such as art and art history. This provides the necessary background to understand both how the art world and artists themselves function.
Art lessons may target one demographic (such as children, teens, or adults) or be offered to all demographics. Similarly, your lessons may focus on a single specialty (such as painting or ceramics), though it is in the artist's best interest to teach in as many disciplines as they can.
Obviously, this business is ideal for veteran, practicing artists. It is also educational in nature, so it is good for those who have formal or informal experience with being a teacher or teacher's assistant. Finally, it's a job that is best for a “people person,” as your entire business model revolves around prolonged contact with strangers, so being able to engage and connect with them immediately is crucial.
A ballroom dance business provides ballroom dance lessons in a well-appointed studio. It can train teams that participate in national or regional competitions and also provide dance lessons for those who simply want to learn how to dance. A ballroom dance lessons business may be associated with a recreational center or a club, and may offer classes for both interested dancers as well as teachers.
This business is good for a person who has experience and knowledge of ballroom dancing, both competitive and social, and has access to a commercial space, preferably with hardwood floors. A person without the necessary experience to teach but who has a strong interest in dance could hire a few well-trained professionals to give the classes.
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You can start small by renting space by the hour and trying out a few different class options before setting up your own studio. A ballroom dance business has the potential to attract a wide range of clients. You may focus on those involved in competitive dancing or seek to bring your passion to beginners of all ages. If you’re able to form relationships with other businesses in the wedding industry, you may earn referrals for couples looking to learn a special dance for their big day. No matter what your goals are as a dance instructor, a ballroom dance business can be a successful and rewarding career choice.
A baseball hitting coach business helps little league players, junior varsity players, and varsity level players learn how to properly swing baseball bats. Even some adults sign up for baseball hitting lessons to improve performance in softball leagues, minor leagues, or to pass the knowledge down to their kids.
If you love baseball, athletics, being outside, and working with young people, this business is right up your alley.
Boxing clubs give people a way to work out their agression while increasing their personal strength. Workshops can be given for people of all skill levels to inspire a love of the sport, even if customers aren’t natural fighters.
This business is for people who eat, sleep, and breathe boxing. However, any potential owner should also have a good idea of how to organize classes, teach, and enforce safety standards in their boxing club.
Business consultants provide a necessary service to startup businesses and entrepreneurs. They help the business get off to a good start by providing the know-how and resources necessary for success. A business consultant usually retains a book of clients and may limit his or her business to just several hundred (or fewer) businesses or entrepreneurs.
This business is perfect for seasoned business owners or upper level managers who are looking for a career change. A business consulting firm must be experienced in business management, marketing, and team building and management. They must also understand how to generate revenue from a wide range of businesses and expand existing streams of income.
Businesses looking for money need to present their research-based strategies to investors and lenders in clear and concise writing. Such information is detailed in business plans, which business owners can write themselves or have written by specialists. Business plan writing businesses specialize in this particular type of writing.
Writers who can compose effective business plans will always be in high demand. A business’ chances of successfully growing or securing funding almost double if there’s a business plan drawn up as opposed to when there is no plan in writing.
Anyone who enjoys writing and is an entrepreneur at heart may enjoy running a business plan writing business. Much of the work involves writing, and having a love for business will help writers stay motivated while working on plans. Writers should also be detail oriented, as much of the writing process includes in-depth research.
Career coaching is in high demand as more individuals enter the job market and jobs continue to be scarce. Offering professional insight to others as they seek to grow their personal brand and increase their career trajectory can be a very rewarding business, both personally and financially.
If you love working with people, are a great communicator and motivator, career coaching may be a great fit. Generally, career coaches have been in the business world for some period of time, may have advanced degrees, have spent time in a consulting firm, or perhaps are retiring from executive leadership positions.
Production companies regularly have specific talent needs for the productions they’re working on. Casting agencies help production companies find the talent they need. Most agencies specialize in a specific niche, such as theater performers, commercial actors, films and television show actors, or extras.
As video-based mediums continue to grow, there is a lot of opportunity for casting agencies. According to IBISWorld, agencies’ aggregate revenue in the United States is $875 million annually and growing at 4.3 percent.
Casting agencies are good businesses for people who have a passion for entertainment and previous experience in the industry. A love for the work will help business owners stay motivated when working long hours, and previous industry experience helps business owners network (see below).
Business owners should be prepared to work nights and weekends, as production companies rarely operate on a standard 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. schedule. Most people who have experience in video or theater are already familiar with the hours that the industry requires.
School counselors are often overwhelmed with the number of students they counsel each year, leaving them little time to assist in the college planning process. College planning consultants guide families through the entire process, assisting in choosing schools, the completion of application forms and essays, and preparing for standardized tests.
Those with a thirst for knowledge and who are passionate about helping others will excel in this profession. Your team’s primary focus will be to get to know these young adults on a personal level, using this knowledge to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Once you’ve tapped into this, you’re equipped to assist them in determining what schools are best for them and how best to proceed from there. Since colleges consistently change their admissions process, you must be committed to keeping up with these changes. A love of traveling is also important, as you’ll want to spend a portion of your time visiting college campuses, building relationships with individuals in the admissions office.
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As higher education becomes more competitive and costly, the need for a professional to help students navigate through the process effectively is growing. A college planning business can offer an invaluable service to parents and children looking to maximize their success when it comes to admissions and scholarships. Since a new group of students will be applying for schools every year, you have an endless supply of potentials clients in search of your valuable services. There is also flexibility when it comes to the size and scope of your business. You can start out on your own, meeting clients in your home or theirs, before capitalizing on your successes by hiring a staff of consultants and opening an office. If you have a knack for understanding people, seeing and appreciating their strengths, and helping them excel, running a college planning business may be an excellent and rewarding career.
While a content marketing agency focuses on creating content, the nature and purpose of that content may change from client to client. Some clients primarily want to increase their customers via traditional advertising, whereas others want content that integrates with their sales funnel and improves the process of gathering leads. Still other clients may want help developing their unique brand and creating a social media presence in which their target demographic may engage with that brand.
Content marketing is, put simply, an intersection of creativity, sales, and media management. Thus, this job is ideal for someone who is already experienced in one or more of those areas. For instance, someone with a background in writing will have an easier time creating certain kinds of content, whereas those with a background in advertising will approach content from a different angle. Sales veterans will understand how all of this impacts a company's bottom line, whereas savvy social media users will understand the need to use non-traditional channels to build, maintain, and propel a company's brand.
A contract negotiation service has a wide variety of clients. This includes clients in fields such as media, insurance, software, and so on. Your business may occasionally work with governmental entities, non-profits, and unions. Regardless of the client, your business serves to resolve disputes and ensure that the companies involved are able to come to terms.
This business is best for those who are able to easily understand various points of view from different parties. An ability to quickly gain confidence in others and persuade them to make necessary compromises is also beneficial. While it is not strictly required, having a college degree in fields such as business, political science, or a related field in which you intend to specialize can help you out, and it may be necessary to negotiate certain contracts with certain companies.
A counseling center can consist of one counselor in private practice or multiple counselors involved in the same practice. It assists the members of the community by offering mental health services to those who want to lead better lives. Typically, all counselors will share similar educational backgrounds, as well as philosophies regarding the best course of treatment. Therapy may be given to people of all ages, including young children for a variety of behavioral problems. Clients may include those who seek out the services themselves, or those who are mandated to receive therapy by the court system.
This business is good for those who enjoy helping others discover their best selves. Navigating relationships, jobs, and life decisions can be overwhelming, but therapists can make the path that much clearer for those they serve. The best possible people for this job are those who find order in their own lives by helping others find order in theirs.
Customer service can make or break a business. When a customer calls in with a question, problem, or concern, the way they're treated often determined whether they will remain a customer or buy from a competitor. Service also determines how well a customer's problem is addressed and, ultimately, whether the business does a good job solving it.
This is why a customer service consulting business is so valuable. It helps businesses and firms improve their customer service by doing customer surveys, offering customer service training lessons, examining the workflow of customer service processes, or trying to develop an improved culture of service.
This business is perfect for individuals with good people skills and a drive to facilitate good communication between two or more people.
Dance instructors have the experience and knowledge required to offer dance lessons, but they need a venue to teach their craft. A dance studio provides instructors with space to offer dance lessons, including both group classes and private sessions.
Anyone with access to a commercial space that can be adapted into a couple of classroom sized rooms and a larger performance area might consider opening a dance studio.
A passion for and knowledge of dance is helpful, but not necessary because the studio owner doesn’t necessarily have to be the instructor, but can hire or lease space to one or more instructors.
Many dog owners either don’t know how to effectively train their dogs or don’t have time to. A dog training business offers dog owners a convenient, safe and effective place to have their canines trained. A business may be located in a home or in a commercial space, or a trainer may go to clients’ homes.
People who love dogs and other people may be well-suited for owning a dog training business, as the work involves interacting with both dogs and their owners. Patience is another valuable attribute, because training dogs often requires repeating the same drill multiple times. Dog training businesses usually operate during the day, which can make it difficult to run a business while keeping a traditional day job.
Doulas are professionally trained to assist expectant mothers throughout their pregnancy. They educate women on pregnancy, labor, and new motherhood, as well as provide emotional and physical support. A doula’s role is to assist a woman through the birthing process, ensuring a healthy and liberating experience.
Since the primary role of a doula is to focus on the physical and emotional needs of a birthing mother, a female would do best in this position. Most women who enter this field are drawn to it because of their passion for supporting other women in their community. They are advocates for women’s rights, particularly in the delivery room, where expectant mothers are often pushed into making choices that do not follow their original birthing plan.
In many states, completing a driver’s education program is a requirement for getting a new driver's license or a learner's permit. Every state has different driver’s education requirements. Instead of paying a fine for a traffic infraction, many states offer the alternative of attending traffic school and the courts may also mandate that a person must attend a driver’s education program. Moreover, attending a defensive driving program may also entitle a driver to have lower vehicle insurance premiums.
An online driving school (also called a “traffic school”) can be started by anyone who has an affinity for creating web-based services, who is also willing to go to the trouble to be legally certified by a state authority. Schools that offer in-class instruction needs certified teachers who are skilled in public speaking. If getting up in front of a crowd of strangers to explain things does not intimidate you, you would be very good at this. Most driving schools also offer on-the-road training, which requires instructors to be both patient and firm with students, so as to help them learn how to drive while avoid making dangerous mistakes.
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Driving schools are great because there will always be a steady stream of potential clients who need to learn to drive. Your biggest client base will be young people who have just reached the legal driving age, but there is also a market for adults who have put off getting a license and are now looking for a quality school to get them on the road. Driving schools also offer their owners some flexibility. You may choose to operate a purely online school, creating training programs to help students pass the written driving test. You can also offer in-person classes for this purpose by either renting space or opening your own location. Finally, many schools also offer on-the-road instruction where students can get in their required driving hours before applying for their license. Whatever path you take, if you have a successful marketing strategy that gets ahead of the competition, there are few limits to your growth and success.
An educational toy store (or instructive toy store) sells toys and games that are meant to stimulate and challenge the player’s creativity and intelligence. The market for educational toys is huge. Every age level can benefit from educational or instructive toys, stores typically have different sections for infants/toddlers, children, and adults. These toys have been known to decrease stress, increase happiness, and even potentially fight debilitating diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
This business is great for someone who understands and is passionate about educational toys. Every potential customer has a different skill set they want to exercise when buying these toys. For example, a more verbal person will gravitate towards certain games over others. You will also need people skills to work with customers and employees on a regular basis.
Projects for energy consulting companies on a smaller scale include conducting an energy audit of a single-family home. Larger commercial projects include making recommendations for large data centers that use massive amounts of electricity, government organizations with many public buildings, and major national companies with multiple locations.
Energy consulting companies provide energy audit reports to their clients that make specific recommendations for energy conservation and improved efficiency. They also provide information to clients about possible tax incentives for investing in alternative energy systems. Some companies in this sector sell, install, and maintain equipment such as solar panels, wind farms, geothermal systems, and bioenergy projects.
An energy consulting business is a great business for individuals who are environmentally conscious and wish to make an active contribution towards fighting global warming. This is a rewarding business opportunity on many levels for yourself, your clients,and the betterment of the world.
As more and more non-English speakers arrive in English-speaking countries, there is a growing need to help these new arrivals learn how to speak English to increase their chance to work or attend school. An ESL school meets this need by providing adult and children with instruction on how to speak, read, and write English. These types of schools are sometimes known as English Language Schools. ESL stands for English as a Second Language.
A person who is passionate about education and loves languages makes a great ESL instructor, but a successful owner of an ESL school needs to also possess the skillset required to run a business. In addition, an owner needs to have the desire to work with individuals from a wide range of cultural and sociological backgrounds. Due to the nature of the business, most schools are open until late at night seven days a week, as this allows students to work or attend school during the day. Therefore, being able to keep a flexible schedule is a must.
Etiquette training gives lessons to people of all ages on the proper way to conduct oneself in a variety of settings, especially in the professional world. Etiquette can cover how to act in both international and domestic settings, from a formal dinner in Japan to a debutante ball in Georgia. As globalization becomes more common, these types of lessons can be invaluable for many companies and professionals. Etiquette trainers may give online lessons or in-person lessons, depending of their budget and location. The instructions may be anything from cell phone etiquette for teenagers to the best way to send a thank you letter after a job interview.
This business is good for someone who understands how and why we use formal behavior to signify the meaning of certain events. An instructor can be successful though even if they only specify in one event, such as teaching Americans how to eat continental style. To really exceed and expand the business, entrepreneurs should have a background and interest in their chosen field to give the best possible advice and instruction to their students.
Event planners help their clients organize and orchestrate events of all types and sizes. Everything from weddings and social gatherings to an industry-specific, professional soiree, an event planner’s job is to make sure everything runs smoothly, ensuring that any problems will be handled appropriately.
Those with an eye for detail, applied creativity, and the ability to easily converse with the general public, will find a great match in event planning. You must also have patience, humility, and the ability to help materialize the customer’s vision for their event.
Family counseling sessions may be conducted in a one-on-one format or involve group counseling. Counseling clients often have diverse needs, ranging from helping children cope with divorce and trauma to helping spouses repair and even save their marriages.
This business is best for those who have already trained for it via formal education. Therefore, ideal business owners are those who have successfully completed a Master's degree or higher in a field such as Marriage and Family Therapy. Such a degree is required in order to meet the strict licensing requirements for such a business in most states. Beyond that, this job is best for those who are naturally empathetic with others and who truly enjoy healing those around them.
A fashion consulting business can exist with a variety of scales. For instance, the business may be run by a lone consultant or as a major firm, and the clients may be individuals, retail stores, or major brands. The job can effectively be run from your home, which allows you to do this as a “side job” before making it your primary line of work.
Obviously, this business is ideal for fashionable people. If you regularly keep up with the latest trends, fashions, and styles, this job is ideal for you. It can also be good for those with previous backgrounds in things like the fashion retail industry, as this gives you the experience to find the best deals for your clients.
A financial consulting firm helps individuals and small businesses manage and grow their wealth. You are more likely to service individuals than large corporations, but your small business should be prepared to do both. Clients will look to you for detailed financial information, informed financial forecasting, and ways to invest to achieve their short-term and long-term goals.
This business is best for someone who understands finance inside and out. Prior experience working as a consultant for another firm is ideal, but any experience in investment and wealth management is helpful. A formal education in subjects such as finance can give you a solid knowledge base to work from, and certifications in particular kinds of financial advising will help you further your skills.
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Financial consulting firms are an excellent business pursuit for anyone with previous experience or education in finance. For many, trying to figure out the best way to handle their money can be very overwhelming. Regulations, tax structures, and investment opportunities are always changing, and without specialized knowledge it can be easy for people to feel overwhelmed. A financial consultant can provide an invaluable service to clients in all income levels and stages of life. If you’ve already gotten the proper education and training, the business is also extremely inexpensive to operate. Many financial consultants can run their business right from their home by offering services online or during in person meetings at their clients homes or other meeting places. While running a solo operation can be very profitable, the growth potential for financial consultants is wide. As you bring on more clients, you can hire staff and expand your firm as much as you’d like.
A financial advising business helps people set financial goals and plan out a course of action to realize it. Financial planners who work for the business help clients by analyzing budgets, investments, insurance, and other financial products. They make plans for clients and serve a vital role in today’s world, since they have advanced knowledge of both basic and complex financial concepts. They can also teach their clients how to make their own financial plans and act as a coach or guide.
Most people find finance inherently difficult to understand, so a financial planning business bridges the knowledge gap while providing extensive support and tools for clients. The best financial planning businesses don’t just sell products and services. They transform peoples’ lives and get them to think seriously and deeply about money and how it impacts their life and the world.
A first aid training center offers instruction and certification in first aid and related skills. This includes AED (Automated External Defibrillator), first aid, blood-borne pathogens, CPR (including pediatric), and instructor training.
Whether in the classroom, at the grocery store, or on a job site, there’s always the potential that someone could need immediate, life saving medical assistance. Many SCA victims require defibrillation within 4 minutes of an attack, yet it takes emergency medical personnel 8-12 minutes to arrive after an emergency call is placed. Your assistance in training individuals and workplace teams will, undoubtedly, save someone’s life.
If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and thrive on helping others, owning a first aid training school is a profitable and rewarding career. Those who enjoy working with and around others, as well as communicating to an audience, are ideal for this career.
Flying a plane requires a significant amount of knowledge and skill, which must be learned. Flight school businesses teach individuals who are interested in flying the knowledge and skills they need to attain a private pilot license. Schools’ curriculums typically consist of both classroom instruction and flight time.
Running a flight school requires knowledge of flying and airplanes. Even if a business owner isn’t the person taking students up in planes or servicing the school’s fleet, they still need to know enough to accurately assess instructors’ abilities and make wise decisions regarding the maintenance of planes.
Because a knowledge of flying is extremely helpful, experienced and former pilots are particularly well qualified to open a flight school business. A flight school business might be a good venture for a pilot in the armed forces who is leaving active duty, or a commercial pilot who would like to retire from the industry and stay home more often.
Business owners don’t technically need experience as a military or commercial pilot to open a flight school business, but the experience can be a great help.
When it comes to our mother tongue, most of us don’t give language a second thought. However, without language, almost all aspects of life as we know it would break down. Teaching foreign languages gives others access to a completely fresh perspective on human life, as seen through the lens of a new language. With today’s growing rate of globalization, starting a foreign language instruction business can offer you an exciting and profitable career.
Teaching a language generally requires a person to be fluent in that language. However, a language lover who is still learning might consider teaming up with others who are fluent in order to start this business. Definitely, one must possess a real passion for world culture, and an interest in sharing that appreciation with his or her students. This is what makes the challenges of language-learning worthwhile.
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In our highly globalized world, knowing one or more foreign languages is becoming an increasingly desirable skill. For this reason, operating a foreign language instruction business can be a very profitable pursuit. Whether you’re a teacher looking to branch out on your own, a native speaker of a high demand language, or just a savvy entrepreneur looking to get into a growing market, this business can be a great choice. You have flexibility when it comes to starting and running the business. You may start by offering private lessons part time to build experience and a client base before branching into larger group instruction. Even if you don’t speak a foreign language, setting up a business that connects clients with instructors who do can also be a successful strategy. This business has low start up and maintenance costs and a great potential for growth.
Well over 20 million people golf, and many people who enjoy the sport would like to improve their game. A golf instruction business offers golfers individual and group lessons. Business owners may offer lessons at public or private courses, driving ranges or students’ homes.
Anyone who enjoys golf and likes interacting with people may be well-suited for owning a golf instruction business. In order to teach the game, it’s necessary to be highly accomplished at it. It’s also helpful to be a people person, as business owners are frequently interacting directly with students.
A gymnastics classes business provides gymnastics instruction to people of all ages with a particular focus on youngsters. This business serves a number of important purposes. It promotes physical activity, gets people in shape, boosts confidence, enhances coordination and fosters relationships that have the potential to last a lifetime.
This business is ideal for an individual who would like to make a difference in his community. Open a gymnastics classes business and you will have the opportunity to shape young people in a meaningful manner. Your gymnastics classes just might turn a couch potato into a superstar gymnast. If you would like to help people get in shape, have fun and spend time with others, you should open a gymnastics classes business. Ideally, you will enjoy working with kids and have motivational skills as this line of work requires extensive interaction with youngsters.
A health coach combines a variety of wellness techniques to give their clients a better outlook on their bodies and their lives. They help the community by spreading positive change and wellness techniques that can be used by more people than just their direct clients. This business is all about finding customized solutions that fit an individual’s lifestyle, so they’re more likely to stick with a plan.
This business is excellent for people who love to give practical advice to everyone they meet. Health coaching has everything to do with finding goals that work from an individual, so health coaches need to be emphatic listeners and excellent communicators. They should also be comfortable with authority, as clients hire coaches to take charge. Entrepreneurs should also have a strong sense of how to achieve a balance between diet, exercise, and everyday life.
Home tutoring allows you to offer individualized lessons to students of all ages regarding any special skill sets that you have. A good home tutoring business is flexible because your students will have very different needs: some are struggling with classes in school, some are studying for college entrance exams, and others may be adult learners who need to master certain skills to benefit their employment.
This business is ideal for current and former teachers, which is why many teachers begin their home tutoring business as a part-time job. You must be a people person, as most of the business regards direct, one-on-one interaction with others. It helps to be good with children of all ages, as they comprise the vast majority of your customers. Finally, it helps to be organized and self-motivated: conducting home tutoring as a full-scale business means managing many contacts, reaching out to local schools, and making sure you have enough time during each session for your various clients.
A horseback riding business offers lessons to people of all skills, from someone who has never been near a horse before to the experienced rider who wants to improve on a skill or learn a new skill, such as a different style of riding.
The perfect person to run a horseback riding business is someone who loves horses, doesn't mind working outside regardless of the weather, and is physically active. Other factors include being able to work with customers, having business management experience, and having stable management experience. Depending on the side businesses you may want to add retail management knowledge and some knowledge in horse nutrition.
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Horseback riding businesses are great because they can be a lucrative addition to a current horse farm or a rewarding endeavor for someone looking into horse ownership. This business is particularly beneficial to those who already have a fully functional farm or ranch and want to bring in extra revenue. In this case, starting a business giving riding lessons will require few additional expenses and can be very profitable. Opening a riding lesson business from scratch will entail a great deal of time and money, but if you are willing and able to make the required investments, once established this can be a very rewarding and successful endeavour.
Improve the conditioning and overall well-being of your clients with Jazzercise, a franchised cardio and strength exercise program highlighting dance as a workout.
You should be passionate about physical fitness and have the charisma, enthusiasm, and leadership qualities necessary to build a following. As a certified Jazzercise associate instructor or franchise owner/instructor you’ll recruit new members, lead classes, and grow your part- or full-time business. That means you need to be equal parts coach, teacher, fitness guru and entrepreneur.
The inherent complexity of business contracts, consumer protection laws, and regulations in many (if not all) industries means that lawsuits are a natural part of doing business. The risk of those lawsuits necessitates council and advisory firms to help contain costs and defend companies against claims. This is what a legal consulting firm can help with. By acting as a consultant, rather than a traditional legal firm, your company would be able to advise companies’ legal departments and draw up compliance plans that meet local, state, and federal regulatory guidelines. You can also advise companies with no legal department, lowering their legal costs.
This business is ideal for lawyers who want to leave their law firm or break out of the traditional or conventional role of a law firm.
A life coach speaks with clients about any issues the clients have, help clients set motivating goals for themselves, navigate through important personal and professional decisions, and much more. Though most life coaches help coach clients in various aspects in their lives, it is possible to specialize your coaching to an area about which you are really passionate. A few examples of specialized life coaches include health coaches, special needs life coaches, relationship coaches, career coaches, and executive coaches.
Anyone who has been able to achieve their own goals and would like to help others may be well-qualified to be a life coach; however, there are courses available to teach coaches the most effective strategies to use with clients. Coaches typically have strong interpersonal skills, as the success of a life coaching business depends entirely upon the business owner’s ability to connect with and assist other people.
Business owners’ calendars need to be able to accommodate meetings with clients, but these meetings can be scheduled during business hours, evenings or weekends. Many life coaches have started their businesses by working as a coach part-time during non-business hours while remaining employed part- or full-time, and then transitioned to coaching more as their business grew.
Local business consulting firms offer the guidance, planning, tools, and solutions local small businesses need. By focusing on growth and scale simultaneously, a local business consultant helps decision makers create ongoing solutions while being able to support themselves.
Business consulting is great for any professional-minded individual who wants to find their professional niche, become familiar with the local business scene, discover industry limitations, and garner the expertise needed to help others achieve success. Business consulting is similarly a good idea for those who are experienced with taxes, accounting, management, legal areas, and insurance.
Market research firms offer specialized marketing services to their clients. They collect and analyze data to determine how well their clients are connecting with their target audience. Additionally, these firms identify industry trends and advise clients regarding what tactics they should continue and what new strategies should be implemented.
Individuals who enjoy understanding people on a deeper level make the best market researchers. They consistently seek new ways to grow and learn and are passionate about passing this knowledge on to others.
Museum consulting is the business of assisting museums in attracting customers and developing captivating spaces and exhibitions. Museum consulting businesses offer their clients consulting services that are relevant to the museum. The scope of museum consulting can range from museum planning, exhibition development, and interior design to marketing support, project management, and a litany of other tasks.
This profession is recommended for those with an understanding of the art and design world. If you possess this knowledge, as well as a keen eye for style and forward-thinking trends, museum consulting might be your niche.
Many people’s interest in music goes beyond just listening to it. A lot of people who enjoy listening to it are also interested in learning how to play an instrument. A music lessons business gives novice musicians a way to learn to play an instrument, and it provides more seasoned musicians with advanced training to help them improve their musical abilities. A business may offer private or group lessons in home or classroom settings.
People who are passionate about music and can play at least one instrument well may be interested in starting a music lessons business. Music teachers in schools and band members are especially qualified, as they both have credentials and connections to people who love music. People don’t have to be a music teacher or in a band to start a music lessons business, though.
Business owners should have a significant amount of time available for teaching lessons, but this time doesn’t need to be during typical business hours.
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Music lesson businesses are great because they are flexible, cost very little to start, and can be extremely personally and financially rewarding. If you know how to play an instrument and enjoy interacting with others, you have what it takes to start a music lesson business. Most business owners conduct lessons in their own home or the homes of their clients, so there is no need to rent or own a separate space. With little to no overhead costs, this means you can work as much or as little as you want. You can market your services to schools, camps, or other group settings looking for a good instructor, or keep your business simple by giving private lessons. There is even the potential for further growth if you pool your resources with others to open a school with several instructors.
A nutritionist business helps community members live in the healthiest manner possible. Nutritionist business owners analyze clients' dietary intake and biology in order to determine the types of food and beverages that can improve their physical and mental health. These businesses are vital to the health of the community as they help countless individuals combat obesity, build muscle, and live as healthy a lifestyle as possible.
If you are interested in helping others realize their health potential, owning a nutritionist business is for you. This is your chance to transform bodies, help people combat disease, and get the most out of life. Nutritionist businesses also appeal to those who have an interest in food, human biology, and physical health and wellness.
Online courses are offered for many types of learning. Global Industry Analysts, Inc. reported the global, online, eLearning industry was over US $107 billion in revenues during 2015. There are plenty of opportunities to make money with an online courses business.
Online courses may lead to earning a degree, getting certification and/or completing legal requirements. Online courses are popular for corporate training, continuing education purposes, self-improvement, learning foreign languages, hobbies, and “how-to” instructions for a variety of projects.
Online courses are created by people with a considerable amount of expertise and experience in the field they wish to teach. As such, having a niche skill makes it easier to offer desirable courses. These businesses require a considerable amount of time when they are the live video-conference style.
Online courses can be more difficult to teach than standard classes as students typically need lots of interaction with the teacher. A high-quality computer and speedy internet connection are essential when teaching online courses if you intend to offer live, video-conference style courses.
An online dating consultant helps people navigate the complicated online dating world. A dating consultant doesn't have to be strictly used for finding a spouse. They may fill a variety of needs from serious to casual. Consultants create unions that strengthen neighborhoods with positive relationships. In addition to helping to create a better community, children of well-matched couples tend to be more responsible members of society.
This business is excellent for someone who genuinely cares about what it means to interact with another person both online and in-person. Those who are most successful took a long, hard look at how they handled their own relationships before moving forward with their an actual business. Once they felt they had a good handle on their approach, they could go out and help others develop their own style.
Many people these days are trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle and are placing more emphasis on nutritious food and regular exercise. An Orangetheory gym offers its members a highly-intensive workout which focuses on complete coach-led cardio and strength training programs while maintaining a target heart rate. It is a one-of-a-kind approach to exercising at health clubs, and it works.
An Orangetheory franchise makes sense for anyone looking for a full-time opportunity in the popular health club industry. Owning an Orangetheory gym is the perfect match for someone who is interested in combining a healthy, active lifestyle with a well-known and respected business.
A personal stylist helps to perfect the image of a client. The services of a stylist may be required before a major event or even be incorporated into daily life for certain clients. The role of a personal stylist includes handling hair, makeup, fashion, and anything else related to the image of a client. This business is a vital part of any community as it helps individuals achieve success in an increasingly image-conscious world.
This business is ideal for someone who has personal and/or professional experience in categories such as fashion, hair care, and makeup. It is also good for those who are already part of a network that may include actors, broadcasters, and anyone else who regularly requires personal styling before media appearances. Finally, it's a good job for a “people person,” as you may spend extensive amounts of time with very different kinds of clients.
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Personal styling businesses are great because there are virtually no start up costs beyond advertising, a great deal of flexibility, and excellent growth potential. In today’s digital world, there is more demand than ever for help achieving the best, most up to date style. People in all walks of life want to look their best in person and online whether it’s for job interviews, company websites, or just their personal instagram account. Your clients will include young professionals looking to develop a style for success, models and actors looking to make their best impact online and during auditions, and anyone in between hoping to look their best. Because there are very few overhead costs, you have great flexibility in how your business is run. You may start out part-time with only a few clients, or turn your business into a full-time career.
Personal trainers work with individuals to help facilitate diet and fitness goals. Personal trainers help a variety of individuals to achieve diverse goals regarding their health. This may involve creating custom workouts and diets as well as helping to establish specific goals for clients who aren't sure what they need to do next.
Obviously, this business is great for those who are already fit and have worked hard to create an exercise and health regimen that works, as they can use their personal experience to help educate others. It's good for someone who is a “people person,” as the entire job revolves around regular interaction with a diverse clientele. It is also good for someone who is a natural leader—just as a good manager or coach helps people to visualize and then actualize success, a good personal trainer helps clients visualize a healthier self and provides a pathway to achieving that goal.
A Pilates business promotes physical health through guided instruction of exercises that engage the body's core and boost strength. Pilates instructors understand and teach the nuances of proper breathing, body alignment, and concentration. Those who own Pilates businesses typically enjoy a loyal customer base that appreciates the myriad benefits of Pilates classes. These benefits include the alleviation of lower back pain, the strengthening of abdominal muscles, increased flexibility, and rapid recovery from injuries.
An individual who is on the prowl for a profitable business that enhances physical well-being and helps people recover from injury will find owning and operating a Pilates studio to be quite rewarding. Pilates is especially popular at the moment. This is a trendy form of exercise that will likely continue to thrive for at least another half-decade or longer. If you have an interest in physical health, exercise, and new forms of physical activity, you should give serious consideration to launching your own Pilates business.
A professional meditation business provides a location for clients to practice different forms of meditation in order to become more relaxed and focused. Different clients seek out meditation centers for different purposes. Some clients merely want to achieve a better sense of relaxation and peace. Other clients see meditation as a path towards performing better in their careers and relationships.
Obviously, this business is best suited for someone who has a long history of practicing meditation. If you have your own experiences as part of group meditation, it can be easier to transition those experiences as a student into being a kind of teacher for your clients. Finally, a background in business can help you both establish your business more quickly and make running its day-to-day operations even more smoothly for you.
A speech writer will write a script for a speaker to follow when they address a crowd. While most people think of politics when it comes to speech writing, there are plenty of other markets for this skill. Everyone from business executives to motivational professionals may need someone to help them create a speech that speaks to their audience.
This business is excellent for someone who loves inspiring people with words. It’s a niche form of writing that is far more dependent on choice of vocabulary and syntax than it is on technical writing skills (e.g., formal grammar, etc).
Managers who have to juggle complex business projects are under a lot of stress. This is why project management consultants are so valuable. They use their expertise within a specific field to help other businesses and firms to develop and manage a project. It reduces the stress managers experience and helps a business complete a project on schedule and within its budget.
Consultants typically assist upper level management in overseeing a project from its beginning to its completion, providing a "soup to nuts" service that's often very "hands on."
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If you have project management experience, consulting experience, or both, operating your own project management consulting business is an excellent way to use your knowledge to become your own boss. Equipped with the necessarily skills and experience, running a project management consulting firm requires very few overhead costs. Most businesses are run out of your home, locating clients online and conducting business at their homes or offices. There is also plenty of flexibility when it comes to how you run your business. You can focus your consulting on a specific niche market, or on more general services to help businesses get their jobs done efficiently. Because this is such a specialized area, if you can make a good name for yourself the potential for growth is strong. While not necessary, the most successful consulting businesses can even hire additional staff and expand into larger firms.
This business is perfect for seasoned business owners and advisors who have extensive experience in business management, project management, and who perform well under stress. Because many high level business projects are under strict deadlines, consultants must also be excellent at managing their time well.
A proofreader reviews the written word in its various forms for clients and corrects for spelling, punctuation, and typos. To start a proofreading business, you must have a strong command of language usage, spelling, and punctuation. Depending on your clientele, you might be reviewing and correcting the language used in books, magazine articles, web content, ads, packaging, student assignments, or virtually any other vehicle of written communication.
In addition to being a meticulous writer from a mechanical standpoint, you must be the kind of person who pays close attention to detail. Keep in mind, a proofreader is not the same as an editor. You’re not reviewing what your clients are trying to communicate, but rather how they write it in terms of spelling, punctuation, typographical errors, and word usage.
Public speaking instruction may be one-on-one or in small groups or in larger classrooms. The clients may be preparing to speak for special events, upcoming presentations, or simply become better communicators at their job.
This job is great for those who are good at public speaking. Former teachers do well in this job due to their experience writing and conducting lectures. Writers are also good at this job because part of good speech instruction is knowing which words will have certain effects on certain audiences.
Everyone wants to be healthier, but going to the traditional gym is not for everyone. Pure Barre is a fitness program which takes the best techniques from ballet, Pilates, and yoga to create a fast, low-stress class in a friendly and inclusive environment.
Pure Barre is the perfect business opportunity for anyone who is looking to get into a fitness-based franchise which stands out from hundreds of other gyms. Fitness enthusiasts, as well as those who want to promote healthy and positive lifestyles, will fit in well with the company's philosophy as long as they have a business background and enough money to fund the opportunity.
A relationship coach offers helpful, actionable tips about how to strengthen relationships with romantic partners. A relationship coach may work with husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, or single people. It's unequivocally different from couple's therapy in that it focuses more on the behavior patterns of the relationship and not as much the thought patterns. It doesn't require couples to delve into their past, or to open up about their innermost desires and fears. It is not designed to address serious underlying issues like mental illness or domestic violence. It’s a method of helping couples or individuals find the motivation they need to tweak their habits, so they can survive and thrive. It helps single people identify what they need in a relationship, and separate those needs from what they want. Coaches help communities by resolving conflict, promoting domestic harmony, and establishing healthier coping skills.
This business is good for those with excellent listening skills, and for those who enjoy the idea of coaching other people through their problems. Entrepreneurs who start this business should want to promote a better understanding of why people do what they do, and how to better respond in stressful situations.
A resume writing service will assist job seekers by creating a resume that clearly communicates a candidate’s skills. Those who perform this service will have to interview candidates, and construct resumes that positively catch the attention of those reviewing the candidate’s resume. This service can include cover letters or thank-you letters to potential employers.
People with English or journalism degrees will be attracted to the writing aspect of this business, but there's more to it than that. A resume is like a sales letter, and it needs to be easy to read. When most hiring managers spend only a few seconds on each one, the format and word choices have to count.
Those who have experience in HR and a thorough understanding of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) will do well. You will need a certain amount of people skills to attract clients, but the results will matter far more than how friendly and personable you are. If 90% of your clients find a job in their field after paying you a visit, these numbers will speak for themselves.
A reviews website provides a platform where various users can offer their thoughts and reviews on specific products and services. This provides a helpful service to your local community in helping residents determine where to spend their hard-earned money.
This business is good for those who are web-savvy, as creating an attractive and usable interface is a large part of the learning curve. It is also good for avid consumers, particularly of any kind of niche market that the product caters to. Finally, it's good for those who have used similar services (such as Yelp) extensively, as this lets you determine how you will both structure and differentiate your own site.
Unlike some other forms of martial arts, the purpose of self-defense training is to help people ward off an attack. Because of this, you may end up working with police officers, martial arts instructors, and assorted trainers and managers.
This business is great for people who are already healthy and active; looking “fit” is one of the best ways to advertise yourself. A prior background with martial arts and/or self-defense training can be a major help, as is any prior background in fields such as law enforcement and security.
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Self-defense training businesses are great because you can go home each night knowing that you have provided your customers with skills that could potentially save their lives. As long as you have proper training and a place to conduct business, whether at your own home or a separate facility, you have pretty much all you need to start this business.
A skateboarding lessons business focuses on providing lessons (typically lasting from half an hour to one hour) that help customers improve their skateboarding skills. Such lessons are typically taught at public skate parks, which also helps this business easily establish itself as a community presence.
Obviously, the business is good for those who are already very good at skateboarding. It is also good for current or former teachers or others who are good at working with children and young adults, as these will be your primary customers.
Stress management training can increase a business’ profitability by giving employees the tools they need to manage difficult emotions or particularly taxing situations. Hiring a counselor who can impart the wisdom employees need to keep their cool and maintain their quality can be a huge boost to their bottom line and it can even increase employee loyalty.
Those who have a deep understanding of human behavior will do well in this business. It’s recommended that you have some type of advanced degree in psychology before striking out. While you don’t need a graduate degree, you cannot practice as a licensed counselor without it.
Running a surf school and teaching surfing classes is a lifestyle with a dedication to the ocean water. It has the requirement to live on the coast of a country. The best places in America are the west coast of California and the islands of Hawaii. You may also find some decent surfing in other parts of the world such as Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and even in exotic places like Fiji and the beach areas of Sanya, China. No matter where you decide is best, you need to love the ocean water, work in a nice surfing spot, and want to teach people how to surf.
Surfers are people who enjoy the surfing lifestyle. Every day is a day at the beach when the waves are good. Surfers who want to teach others are even more special because they need to have patience when being an instructor for first-time learners. The best surfers enjoy daily surfing and catching good waves for them is a spiritual experience.
If you find yourself in the ocean water every day looking for the next great wave, you are a real candidate for this business as long as you also like working with other people to teach them how to surf better.
If you love the outdoors and have a passion for teaching others to experience nature and improve their life skills, the survival school business might be right for you. Your students might be children, families, or friends out for an interesting weekend experience. You may even attract people who are active adventurers seeking to learn practical survival skills for their next big trip. Your school might focus on barebones survival, or bushcraft, which places an emphasis on thriving over longer periods in the wilderness, or perhaps a mix of both.
Your first and most immediate skill must be a love for and depth of knowledge in outdoorsmanship. You should also have an innate ability to teach and to encourage students to share your passion for nature and wilderness survival. Depending on the specific direction you take your business and the ecosystems of your area, you might also require knowledge of first aid techniques, survival trapping, plant and animal identification, harsh weather survival, or other kinds of outdoor survival skills.
A swimming school is a good business for any community, because most children would like to learn how to swim. While such a school can prosper in any community, it will obviously do better in communities that have prominent water parks, public pools, and/or beaches, where there is ample opportunity for kids to try out their new skills.
First and foremost, this is for someone both passionate and knowledgeable about swimming, as you must be able to provide specific tips and techniques in order to help swimmers succeed. You must be good at working with children, as most of your customers will be younger. And you must be careful modulating group lessons and individual instruction in order to underscore the value of your private lessons.
Computers are a standard part of every household and are the primary tool used by a majority of today’s businesses. Most of us, however, have little to no knowledge when it comes to fixing these gadgets when an issue arises. Tech support companies provide support for consumers on an as-needed basis. Both small and large organizations hire tech support companies to provide ongoing maintenance as part of their preventative maintenance strategy, in addition to handling any current obstacles. Services include: installation and maintenance of equipment, software installation, system networking, system auditing, troubleshooting and repair, and training. With the right technical background and equipment, many issues can be solved remotely, eliminating travel time and reducing the overall time it takes to complete the repair.
Are you the person your friends and family call whenever they have a computer or software problem? Do you enjoy working with computers? Have you received any official training or considered obtaining certification? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this business venture could be the perfect fit for you.
A technical writer works with technical information to fulfill a number of company objectives. Their job may include writing manuals, official documentation, or how-to guides. They may work for technical companies and write for technical audiences, or they may work with everyday businesses and write for lay people.
Technical writers should be excited to explain complicated concepts to readers quickly without patronizing them. They should be able to boil down a lot of information into a helpful document that a reader will retain. Ideally, it’s for someone who has an interest in engineering or technology who craves flexibility beyond a standard 9 to 5 and a touch of creativity.
A test prep business often helps prepare customers for tests such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, MCAT, and LSAT. The business may also help customers prepare for other tests. You may instruct clients by themselves or as part of a group. Your business may be located in a separate office, or you may visit clients; alternately, you may conduct lessons entirely online via services such as Skype.
Obviously, this business is good for those who are great at taking tests and have already taken many standardized tests. It is a great business for a current or former educator, as this helps you in teaching fundamentals of test-taking to customers. Above all, it is great for those who want to improve their local community by helping people get into the universities and programs of their dreams and better themselves.
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Test prep businesses are great because there is a never ending stream of potential business from clients looking for this valuable service. As college and graduate admissions become more and more competitive and costs rise, the importance of excelling at entrance exams has become increasingly important. An applicants tests scores alone can be the difference between receiving a scholarship or being faced with paying off loans for decades. For this reason, test prep businesses are in high demand. This is a great business model since you can make your own hours and work out of your or your clients homes. Whether you have developed your own method of tackling standardized tests in general or have become a pro at the SATs or GREs specifically, there is a market for your services among nervous students hoping to do their best.
Our roadways are used every day to move products and supplies from one end of the country to the other. Truck drivers are responsible for making sure these deliveries arrive safely and on time. Operators require a specific set of skills and knowledge, as the safety of those they share the roadways with are in their hands. A truck driving school helps operators build a solid foundation of knowledge and skills, providing classroom and hands on education. This is the first requirement for obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
Have you spent years on the road, delivering goods from one location to another? Have you ever had the desire to share your knowledge and experience with those just starting their path in this career? Or, perhaps you’re feeling it is time for a change in career path, but you don’t want to leave the industry altogether? If so, opening a truck driving school may be exactly the change you are looking for.
Yoga has a long history, dating back over 5,000 years, to the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India. This meditative, low-impact exercise has evolved over time, combining a variety of techniques, beliefs, and ideas. As Eastern medicine gained merit across the world, yoga followed, with studios being introduced globally. With its popularity growing, so has the need for qualified, reputable yoga instructor schools. Many of these schools offer a combination of services, each centered on the concept of reducing stress and holistic healing.
Are you a yoga instructor who is ready to take your professional transformation to the next level? One of the many beautiful aspects of yoga is that it calls to many for continuous growth. If you are a passionate learner who yearns to share your teachings with others, opening a yoga instructor school may be exactly what you are looking for.
Yoga is a relaxing, low-impact exercise that has become immensely popular in recent years. Participants often attend yoga classes to improve fitness and reduce stress. A yoga studio business offers several different yoga classes.
People who are passionate about nutrition, fitness, health and, most of all, yoga may be well-qualified to open a yoga studio business. Business owners should be strong and flexible enough to demonstrate most, if not all, yoga poses. Strong communication and public speaking skills are also helpful, as yoga instructors teach groups of people new poses and guide them through routines.
A Zumba studio provides customers a safe and fun place to get fit. It offers trademarked Zumba dance fitness classes, which combine various acrobatic and dance movements, including salsa, mambo, and hip hop. Classes can be hosted at an established gym or a dedicated Zumba studio.
To run a successful Zumba studio, you must be dedicated to consistently delivering quality classes to your students. You must be passionate about helping your students reach their fitness goals and motivating people through dance.
Looking for a flexible work environment? Want to be your own boss? Starting a home-based business can be a great way to launch your new company.
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If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, starting your own business can be fun, profitable, and a great learning experience. Being your own boss sure beats working at the local community pool or fast-food joint.
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