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Business Name / Description

Artist Agent

Represent artists to secure them work and gallery space.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Association Manager

Handle the management tasks that association members don't have time to tackle.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Auto Maintenance Course

There are many people out there who don’t know the difference between a dipstick and a gas cap. They could use your help.
Category: Autos/Transportation
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Business Consultant

Help others grow their businesses as a business consultant.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Business Plan Consultant

Use your entrepreneurial experience to help aspiring business owners through the planning process.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Business Plan Service

Lend your expertise to some of the 700,000 new businesses started in the U.S. every year with a business plan service.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Business Presentations

Many people hate putting together business presentations. So do it for them.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Business Startup Instruction

Trust us, there are a lot of aspiring entrepreneurs out there and we can't help them all.
Category: Education/Instruction
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Business Support Services

Aid fellow entrepreneurs with a business that'll provide them the help they need.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Career and Personal Coach

Help bring out the best in people as a career and personal coach.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Childproofing Service

Help parents feel good about letting their children loose in their homes.
Category: Children's Businesses
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Commercial Leasing Agent

Start a business by educating yourself about real estate leasing laws. The profits will make you feel right at home.
Category: Real Estate
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Computer Repair Technician

Are you a computer geek? The world of CPUs can use your savvy tech know-how.
Category: Computers
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Construction Estimating Service

Got an eye for assessing fix-it jobs? Help clients estimate the costs.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Construction Project Management

If you've got an eye for the really big picture, this may be the business for you.
Category: Real Estate
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Contract Negotations Service

Contract negotiations can be a dreaded aspect of business, but you can make the process less painful for clients with your negotiating skills.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Corporate Retreats

With thousands of retreat sites being unused by corporations, renting out these destinations may amount to your dream job.
Category: Real Estate
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Corporate Videos

Move over YouTube. Shooting corporate videos for promotions and training is the next big video venture.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
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

Customer Service Training

Have a knack for impeccable service? Teach companies' employees to deliver.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Demographic Data Broker

Provide businesses with the demographic data they need to better target their clients.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

E-Commerce Consultant

Use your web smarts to help others grow their online businesses.
Category: Online Businesses
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

eBay Consultant

Teach others to sell on eBay as an eBay consultant.
Category: Online Businesses
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Employee Trainer

Help whip a business into shape by becoming an employee trainer.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
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? No

Energy Management Consultant

Got tips on saving energy? Teach others how to be frugal with facilities as an energy management consultant.
Category: Education/Instruction
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Executive Organizer

Head straight to the top to get the boss organized and see the effect trickle down.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Executive Recruiter

Match execs with the companies who want them most.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Expense Reduction Consultant

If you have an eye for efficiency and cost-cutting, you could help businesses improve their bottom line.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Expert Witness Service

Compile a group of experts in their fields to serve as expert witnesses in legal cases.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Filing Systems

Keep businesses organized with helpful filing systems.
Category: Retail Businesses
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Firearms Training

If you have past military experience or just have a passion for firearms, teach others how to use theirs.
Category: Security
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

First-Aid Training

If you have a passion for helping people and you have the skills, first-aid training is always in demand.
Category: Education/Instruction
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

For-Sale-by-Owner Specialist

Help those who want to sell their own real estate.
Category: Real Estate
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Franchise Specialist

Help business owners start franchising their concepts and help smaller franchisors grow their organizations as a franchise specialist.
Category: Financial
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Fundraising Consultant

Use your sales and financial experience to be a fundraising consultant.
Category: Financial
Startup Costs: $50,000 - $100,000
Franchises Available? No

Handyman Service

If you're good at fixing things, there's always a need for a good handyman or handywoman.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Headhunter Service

Help find ideal candidates for companies as a headhunter.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Home Improvement Trade Shows

If you love chatting about home repairs and improvements read on.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Home Office Planner

Think you have the key to office space success? Help entrepreneurs design their home bases.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
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

House Safety Service

Help parents keep their kids safe while at home by serving as a safety consultant.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Independent Sales Consultant

Years of sales experience could make you a great sales consultant.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $50,000 - $100,000
Franchises Available? No

Internet Marketing Consultant

Are you an online marketing whiz? Help others plan their campaigns.
Category: Advertising
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Inventory Service

Recording inventory for a business can save them days of valuable time.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Licensing Specialist

If you know your product branding and licensing laws, this business has your name all over it.
Category: Education/Instruction
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Management Trainer

Help other entrepreneurs train top-notch management.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Marketing Consultant

Use your marketing expertise to help others grow their businesses.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Mediator

Help opposing sides find common ground.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

New Parents School

You know what they say: There's no manual on how to be a parent. Well, at least you can offer a class.
Category: Children's Businesses
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Office Protocol Consultant

Advise clients on a range of issues, from conflict resolution to sexual harassment procedures.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Online Factory Direct

Don't like middlemen? Eliminate them with a factory direct business.
Category: Import/Export
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Online Home Repair Advice

Help homeowners help themselves when it comes to projects around the house.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Online Tutors

There is always a need for tutors, so use your online business to show others where to find the help they need in their area.
Category: Education/Instruction
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Online Venture Capital Forum

Help investment-seekers from far and wide with an online VC resource.
Category: Financial
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Paralegal

If you can decipher legal jargon, consider becoming a paralegal.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Paving Consultant

The right step for your future may be to start a paving consultant business.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Personal Assistant

Busy executives and business owners can use your help with everything from answering phones to purchasing gifts.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Private Investigator

Get paid to use your nosy nature as a private investigator.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Prospecting Agent

Feel out sales leads for your clients.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $50,000 - $100,000
Franchises Available? No

Protocol Consultant

Stickler for rules? Know business backwards and forwards? Become a protocol consultant.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Prototype Design

Engineering, vision, artistic talent, this is what prototype design is all about.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Public Speaking Instruction

Public speaking will never go out of fashion. If you've got the gift of gab, this is a perfect business opportunity.
Category: Education/Instruction
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Resume Service

Help people polish up their professional background with a resume service.
Category: Education/Instruction
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Retired Presidents Service

Collect and connect retired professionals to start your own consulting firm.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

River Rescue Instruction

If you have emergency skills training, river rescue instruction could keep you afloat.
Category: Education/Instruction
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Seminar Speaker

Find your passion, expertise and your voice in a career as a seminar speaker.
Category: Entertainment & Events
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Sewing Classes

Give sewers the guidance they need while stitching together some profit for yourself.
Category: Education/Instruction
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Small Business Coach

Inspire success in other entrepreneurs as a small business coach.
Category: Business Services
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

Special Event Security

If you like going to concerts and athletic events and can tap connections such police officers, this venture may be worth looking into.
Category: Security
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Sport Coach Training

More parents want their kids to succeed. And to do that they're willing to spend the extra bucks to hire a specialized coach.
Category: Sports
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Stock Day Trader

Consider investing in this business if buying and selling is your specialty.
Category: Financial
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Survey Service

Gather the data businesses need to succeed.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Temporary Help Agency

Connect qualified workers with businesses in need of temporary help.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Theft Prevention

Many people don't know how vulnerable they are. If you have a police or security background, this could be your road to independence.
Category: Education/Instruction
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Time Management Classes

Technology has made it easier than ever to do more things at once. Unfortunately, the amount of time in a day has stayed the same. This is where you come in to help.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Travel Agent

With a business like this, you're sure to be going places.
Category: Travel
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Virtual Human Resources Consultant

Help companies too small to have and HR department on hand as a virtual HR consultant.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Wedding Consultant

Help make sure a couple's special day goes off without a hitch as a wedding consultant.
Category: Entertainment & Events
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Wholesaler

Be the middle person between a manufacturer and the retailer. With any product or service included, this is a business that will always be needed.
Category: Retail Businesses
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No
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