An Idea for a Small Business You Can Start

Start-up costs range $50 to $500,000+, earnings $5,000 to $2,000,000++, skills from knowing nothing to running an airline. Bon appetit!


Start-up cost: $12,000 - $60,000

Potential earnings: $25,000 - $100,000+

Advertising: Market your services or tapes to the associations, schools, and distribution companies that sell videos on your topics; send direct mail (include an introductory tape to show samples of your work); sell to catalog companies that serve customers interested in your specialized topics.

Equipment needed: At least one camcorder, multimedia computer system and related software, scanner, VCRs, editing equipment, digital switcher, computer, modem, business phone, fax, answering machine or service. You can start out renting necessary equipment, as well as using the services of video reproduction houses.

With little more than a home video camera and an idea, you can produce your own educational and training tapes for schools and businesses. Video production services involve scriptwriting, taping and editing. Multimedia production services involve the video production along with music, graphics, computer technology, etc., to produce presentations for seminars, business meetings, conventions, talks, and training programs.

Just about any how-to topic makes for a good video. Topics for business videos could include safety tips, basic step-by-step training (could be a series), descriptions of new products, or business management techniques. Educational videos could be made in conjunction with textbooks or school classes or for sports instruction or training. Videos for consumers could cover endless how-to topics, such as gardening, sports, crafts, and art instructions.

Excerpted with permission from "101 Best Home-Based Businesses for Women" by Priscilla Y. Huff. Published by Prima Publishing. For more on this and 100 other great businesses you can start, Buy the book now or ask for it at your favorite bookstore. You can also call (800) 632-8676

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