Business Idea Center: Media/Publishing

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Business Name / Description

Barter and Swap Publication

One person's trash is another's treasure. Bring these people together with a barter and swap publication.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Building History Guides

Building guides can bring the past to life for locals and tourists.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? Yes

Business Directories

A collection of contact information for members of an industry can direct profits your way.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Campus Newspaper

Give college students an alternative to their university newspaper.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $50,000 - $100,000
Franchises Available? No

Catalogs

If you've looked at your mailbox lately, you'll know catalogs aren't dead. Get in on this industry by helping produce them.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Community Business Maps

Guide tourists to local attractions and points of interest but don't be surprised if you get lost in the profits.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Community Entertainment Directory

Make sure residents never say "There's nothing to do tonight" again.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Community Newsletter

Love where you live? Start a community newsletter.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Community Website

Bring your local flavor to the web for all to see.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Company Newsletters

Companies don't always have the in-house resources to produce their own newsletters. That's where you come in.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Copywriter

Have a way with words? Start a copywriting business.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Correspondence and Training Manuals

If you have time, patience and an interest in repeat clients, start a business producing correspondence and training manuals for businesses, schools and other organizations.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Coupon Books

Businesses want more customers, and customers want a bargain. Satisfy the needs of both groups.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Desktop Publishing

Use your design skills to lay out a business in publishing.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? Yes

Digital Printing Service

Traditional print shops are a thing of the past. With more businesses taking advantage of digital technology, a digital printing service is an ideal way to follow the trend.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Drive-By Broadcasting

Help people promote their businesses with short-range FM broadcasts.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Employment and Career Publications

Start an employment and career publication and work from home, or expand your business into a national franchise.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? Yes

Event Programs

From school plays to weddings, plenty of events depend on programs.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

For Sale By Owner Kits

Help cars, homes and other property get sold by creating for sale by owner kits. These can include tips on marketing and purchase form templates.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Freelance Writer

Live by the pen as a freelance writer.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Graphic Design

Take your flair for design and start a business.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Health-Care Newspaper

Spread the word about health tips and new procedures and products with a newspaper supported by local practitioners.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Home Decorating Guide

No, print isn't dead. Give homeowners a decorating guide they can flip through while sitting on their couch.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Home Office Resource Guide

Working from home can be isolating. Help home workers thrive with a specialized guide.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Home Safety Guides for the Elderly

Seniors and their families will appreciate guides with information on preventing fraud and creating a safe home.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

How-To Books

The things you can teach people "how to" do are countless.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Independent Record Label

Take your passion for music and start an indie record label for your favorite artists.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Invitations

Beautiful invitations will never go out of style. Draw in clients with creative marketing and high quality.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Jingle Writer

Don't let a lifetime of watching and listening to commercials go to waste--use your knowledge to make money for yourself.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Literary Agent

If you have marketing skills and love books, this may be the right business for you.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Newsletter Publisher

Help businesses and organizations get their news out by publishing newsletters.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Niche Greeting Cards

Let others use your unique perspective to express themselves--with a niche greeting card biz.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Online Entertainment Listings and Reviews

People are always in search of dining, entertainment and attraction information and reviews.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Online Studio Musicians

Help produce tracks for musicians from far and wide.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Personalized Story Time Books

Are you a pro at creating sentimental items for families? Look into personalized story time books.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $50,000 - $100,000
Franchises Available? No

Press Release Service

With up to 700,000 businesses being started each year, a press release service is in high demand.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Proofreader

Take your crusade against bad grammar and spelling to a career as a proofreader.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Puzzle and Game Books

Combine fun and local advertising by starting a puzzle and game book publication.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Restaurant Menus

Combine page designing talent with a love for food with this business idea.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Restaurant Placemats

Put designing capabilities to use on restaurant placemats.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Self Publishing Consultant

Know the secrets to self publishing? Help those who want to succeed too.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Self-Publisher

Don't want to deal with agents? Become a self-publisher.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Small Business Guides

Create small business guides and take advantage of the growing influence of small businesses in the U.S. and Canada.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Specialty Greeting Cards

When people need to say more than "Happy birthday, Mom," they turn to specialty greeting cards.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? Yes

Stock Watch Publication

Use writing and stock market know-how to develop your own publication.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Taxi Cab Publication

If you've ever been stuck in traffic during a cab ride, then you can probably see the appeal of an in-taxi publication to pass the time. You'll have plenty of advertising clients who will also want to take advantage of this audience.
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Transcript Service

A transcript service is unique, homebased and can generate a good income. How else should we spell it out for you?
Category: Media/Publishing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

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