Children’s Party Planning
Do parents a favor and plan their next children’s party. From hiring Sesame Street character look-alikes to coordinating games, decorations and food, you’re sure to be the life of the party by allowing parents to relax and have fun, too. Plan birthday, holiday, and religious-ceremony celebrations . . . and let the festivities begin!
As a child-care provider, you’ll need a state license, plenty of baby-sitting experience, and a lot of patience and TLC. Whether you “sit” at your place or theirs, you’ll find busy parents aren’t your only clients; many office complexes, gyms and other businesses need quality child care, too.
Safety first: When it comes to keeping tabs on children, there’s no excuse for kidding around. By offering parents a complete child-identification program, including information files, fingerprinting, identification tags and photos, you not only set parents’ minds more at ease, but provide a safety net for our next generation.
If there’s one thing that never seems to run out, it’s a kid’s supply of energy. Tap into that vast resource with a children’s fitness program. Put your knowledge of children’s education and physical fitness to the test by renting a location, then coordinate activities such as tumbling, dance, gymnastics and karate. And hop to it!
Children’s Transportation Service
For working and nonworking parents alike, transporting junior to and from school (as well as to after-school activities) can become, well, taxi-ing. By providing a reliable children’s transportation service, you give busy parents a break-and keep their busy kids on schedule.
Stairs, cabinets, electrical cords and outlets-they’re all potential baby hazards. New parents, grandparents, and even baby sitters could all benefit from a more kid-friendly house. So grab your tools and be prepared to get down on your hands and knees (it helps to view things from a baby’s perspective).
Computer Training for Kids
Reading, writing, arithmetic… and computers. Though it seems like kids today are born speaking computerese, they’ve got to start learning somewhere. Teaching them the basics early on is sure to put kids at the head of their class — and you at the head of your own business.
For busy parents, finding a good nanny isn’t child’s play. Nanny-placement agents-who screen applicants, check references, match personalities, and set schedules-provide clients an invaluable service by saving them considerable time and worry.
New Mother/Infant Home Care
Make new babies’ homecomings from the hospital less tiresome for parents by providing the in-home care and support they need. Preparing meals, diapering the baby, and providing light housekeeping are all a great relief to proud-but occasionally exhausted-new parents.
Thought your proficiency in high school algebra was all for naught? Think again: As a tutor, you could help others bone up on their studies. Whether it’s reading, writing or arithmetic, help your students reach the top of their class with a little-experienced guidance and support.
With your eye for photo opportunities-at weddings, parties, special events and more-you could be zooming in on profits as a freelance photographer. Be prepared to work weekends and evenings (when many clients will need your services) and to hire an assistant to help you juggle your photo paraphernalia.
Errand Runner/Personal Shopper
Calling all shopaholics: Here’s one business where you can truly shop till you drop… without spending a penny of your own! Personal shoppers-who may also perform other errands, such as picking up prescriptions or buying groceries-can never complain about a lack of things to do.
Money can grow on trees… family trees, that is. Family-history videographers are hitting home by filming personalized accounts of weddings, births and other memorable occasions. Should a customer’s other family members give the film a thumbs up, you may be looking at future generations of customers.
Mobile Disc Jockey
As a mobile disc jockey, weddings, parties and other events are all music to your ears. Start jammin’ with a collection of compact discs, a CD player, and a speaker system, then pass on the word about your services to wedding and event planners.
Getting married isn’t always as simple as saying, “I do.” There’s a caterer to be contracted, a location to be rented, and flowers to be ordered. So when it comes to making matrimony a more harmonious event for the new couple and their families, wedding planners take the cake.
If your life has been, well, uneventful until now, we have a solution: Be an event planner! Whether it’s a party, wedding or convention, you’re sure to be at the center of all the action when you coordinate everything from room rentals and speakers to decorations and food.
With a limo and some insurance, you could be the driving force behind a new business venture. Stretch your market by adding more drivers and cars to your fleet. Then, once you’ve established a reliable reputation, start-driving home your limousine-service sales.
Photo Birth Announcements
For birth-announcement producers, business is booming as fast as the population! Some basic desktop-publishing software, scanning equipment, and the names of new parents put you in the starting blocks; from there, create fanciful photo-cards, including those all-important details: name, birth date, time and weight.
You may not win a producer-of-the-year award, but you’ll win the appreciation of your clients when you capture their weddings, bar mitzvahs, birthdays and more on videotape. Keep the film rolling at special events, then edit a final version for clients’ own special screenings.