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    Start Your Own Travel Hosting Business

    Jason R. Rich

    GET PAID FOR YOUR PADAn ever-growing number of travelers are searching for more convenient and low-cost accommodation alternatives, as opposed to staying at traditional hotels. As a result, online-based services like Airbnb, FlipKey, HomeAway, Roomorama, and VRBO are making it easy for you to list extra bedrooms or your entire home, condo, or apartment, as a short-term rental option for travelers. Start Your Own Travel Hosting Business will help you make intelligent renting decisions, take appropriate actions and precautions, and deal with realistic expectations while protecting yourself, your property, and your personal belongings. It will help you quickly acquire the core knowledge you need to become a successful travel host and teach you how to:• Prepare your property, maximize amenities, and create a house manual for your guests• Create a listing that generates the highest possible revenue using tips from Superhosts• Attract a constant flow of short-term renters and business travelers with the perfect nightly rate• Apply a variety of tools and resources that will make handling your responsibilities as a travel host easier and less time consuming• Interact with your guests, earn the best possible ratings and reviews, and avoid the most common pitfalls and mistakes made by first-time hosts• Calculate your expenses, understand your tax obligations, and generate the highest possible revenueYou’ll also gain valuable insight from in-depth and exclusive interviews with veteran Airbnb hosts and executives within the travel hosting industry. Whether you choose to rent through Airbnb, HomeSuite, Kid & Coe, or take your rentals to sea via Yachtico, this book will help you get started.

    Start Your Own Restaurant and More

    Rich Mintzer

    Shifting demographics and changing lifestyles are driving the surge in food-service businesses. Today’s busy consumers don’t have the time or the inclination to cook—they want tasty, nutritious meals without dishes to wash. More and more singles, working parents, and seniors are demanding greater convenience and are looking to restaurants and food services to fill that need.There’s plenty of room for more food businesses, but for a successful startup you need more than just good recipes. You also need to know about planning, capitalization, inventory control, and payroll management. The staff of Entrepreneur has put together everything you need to know to start, run, and grow the successful restaurant or food service of your dreams.

    Start Your Own Medical Claims Billing Service

    Charlene Davis

    LAUNCH A CAREER IN MEDICAL CLAIMS BILLINGThe market for medical claim billers is growing exponentially. With legions of providers and an ever-expanding patient pool, health-care industry spending is expected to grow by 5.8 percent each year through 2024. By then, health-care spending will total $5.43 trillion and account for 19.6 percent of the gross domestic product. So let there be no doubt: Health care is big business and its growth shows no signs of slowing. This makes it the perfect time to start your own medical claims billing service.

    Start Your Own Lawn Care or Landscaping Business

    Cheryl Kimball

    If you enjoy the outdoors, love nature, or enjoy the smell of fresh cut grass, then a lawn care or landscaping business is your chance to rake in plenty of green. Your business can range from lawn maintenance to applying chemicals, trimming and shaping trees to designing landscapes for residential or commercial jobs.Everything you need to start a successful lawn care or landscaping business is in your hands. Start turning green grass into cold cash today!

    Start Your Own Construction and Contracting Business

    Rich Mintzer

    Focusing on budgeting and estimating — the least understood but most important factors of a contracting business — this guide shows contractors how to price their services to recover expenses and still have money for capital expenses and profits. It goes into detail on accounting issues and provides checklists for required government accounts. Plus, it covers concerns such as dealing with problem employees and clients and establishing lines of communication within the company.

    Start Your Own Specialty Food Business

    Cheryl Kimball

    Bring Your Fresh Ideas to Market and ProfitFueled by growing consumer demand for new tastes, cleaner ingredients, health benefits, and more convenient ways to shop and eat, the business of specialty food is taking off at full speed. This step-by-step guide arms entrepreneurial foodies like yourself with an industry overview, the hottest trends, important research and statistics, and insight from practicing specialty food business owners on key growth drivers, opportunities, and how you can differentiate from other food businesses.Discover how to:Find the right avenue for your specialty food business: home-based, retail shop, production, wholesale, or distributionCreate a solid business plan, get funded, and get the essential equipmentGet the right licenses, codes, permits, insurance for your operationsGain a competitive edge using market and product researchFind a profitable location, partnerships, and in-store shelf spacePromote your business, products, and services online and offlineAttract new and loyal customers using social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and PinterestManage daily operations, costs, and employeesPlus, get valuable resource lists, sample business plans, checklists, and worksheets

    Start Your Own eLearning or Training Business

    Ciree Linsenmann

    Possibly credited to advancements in technology or learning behaviors, or a rise in focus on personal development, the education and training industry is steadily growing, creating a demand for eager entrepreneurs. Exploring varied opportunities aspiring business owners will be given business ideas, teaching and training methods, and an overview of essential tools. A range of industry examples will be given for:•Accreditation, certifications, and credit•Adding training onto an existing business as side income•How to sell media/training tools•How much to charge clients•Start up costs•Software types used•The legal obligations around taxes, business registration, working from home, and content confidentiality•Growth planning and writing a business planRelevant and fun call-outs, tip boxes, industry stats, an index, and a rich appendix and glossary will be provided. Appendix will offer resources in:•Continued learning and rounded training for trainers•Industry organizations and trade groups•Books and eBooks•Videos•Software•Websites•Successful online trainers and online education institutions•Consultants•Certification organizationsTeaching methods and tools will cover:•Videos•eBooks•Interactive software types•College sponsored staff training for college instructors•Hardware, camera, video, sound equipment•Online group forums•Online events•Choosing the right presentation style and linking to appropriate social media sites•Networking presentations

    Start Your Own Child-Care Service

    Jacquelyn Lynn

    START YOUR OWN CHILD-CARE SERVICE AND GET PAID TO CARE FOR KIDSAs the number of working parents grows the number of children who need quality childcare grows along with it. That need is creating a tremendous entrepreneurial opportunity for people who love children and want to build a business caring for them. This guide has the latest trends, facts, and figures, along with an updated list of resources to help you create a stable and enriching environment for child development, as well as a sound and profitable business.Learn how to:Choose the type of child care program and services to offerAcquire the right licensing, permits, insurance protection, and state-specific child care licensingAnalyze the market, asses the needs of the community, and match services to fit those needsFind the right location, or decide to operate from homeComply with safety regulations and child-care provisions of the Disabilities ActConsider zoning laws, space requirements, and legal determinations of offsite propertiesCalculate startup costs, get funded, manage finances, create a business plan, and account for the day-to-day operating costsStay competitive in the market with low-cost marketing tacticsFind, hire, and keep good employees

    Start Your Own Microbrewery, Distillery, or Cidery

    Corie Brown

    Start Your Own Microbrewery, Distillery, or Cidery and Craft Your Success StoryGrowing each year, this multi-billion dollar industry, driven by consumer preferences, shows no signs of slowing down—giving you the perfect opportunity to start up.Corie Brown of Zester Daily and our experts introduce you to more than 30 craft producers, including pioneers like Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Jörg Rupf creator of Hangar 1 Vodka, Kent Rabish owner of Grand Traverse Distillery, and Mike Beck co-owner of Uncle John’s Cider Mill.You'll gain an insider’s look at how to:Analyze craft products, their distinct challenges, and dynamic marketWrite a winning business plan that promotes growth and secures fundingKeep overhead low and margins high with options like self-distributionCapture customers and create evangelists with the story behind the brandEnhance the brand experience with events, taprooms, tastings, and toursDevelop invaluable relationships with distributors and restaurants

    Start Your Own Food Truck Business

    Rich Mintzer

    Start Your Own Food Truck Business and Satisfy Your Hunger for SuccessAt over a billion dollars, the mobile food industry is enjoying more publicity and notoriety than ever before. Catering to a new generation of foodies looking for quick and unique specialties, the mobile food business is booming with new opportunities for eager entrepreneurs like you.From gourmet food to all-American basics and hot dog wagons to bustaurants, our experts give you the delicious details behind starting and running a successful mobile food business.This guide covers:Six of the hottest mobile food options: food carts, concession trailers, kiosks, standard and gourmet trucks, mobile catering, and bustaurantsIdentifying the perfect foodie niche and customer baseCreating menu items that save time, money, and space in the kitchenFinding a profitable location, time and time againAttracting new and loyal customers with social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and TwitterManaging daily operations, costs, and setting pricesLicenses, codes, regulations, parking, and other considerationsPlus, gain recipes, shopping lists, favorite equipment buys and more from practicing food truck entrepreneurs.From choosing a vehicle to franchising and everything in between, learn what you need to know to get your business moving toward success!