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January 17, 2017, 08:59 PM
You may have read the story at SowPub, if not here is a link to it: http://sowpub.com/story-singing.shtml Yea, I was at the University of Akron, taking classes to get my Real Estate license with the designate, GRI. Graduate of Realtor Institute. I did get it, and my license and spent a miserable couple of years in Real Estate.

Then I started my singing telegram business and 90 days later I was making more than my broker, he wasn't amused. Listen, I'll be the first to admit, TIMING played a huge role in my success. Here is what happened.

My Navy buddies were Entrepreneurial and scattered around the U.S. One, in San Francisco alerted me to a hot new business getting a lot of press, The Western Onion Singing Telegram Business. At one time, Western Union delivered them, but they quit and for many years.
Anyhow, I told my wife I wanted to start one, and she and my best buddy laughed because I sang so off key. AND a biz was born.

Today, you have all kinds of SPECIALIZED DELIVERY SERVICES, balloons, telegrams, candy grams. Here, take a look:


Here is a singing gorilla with balloons. Which brings up:

Balloons Meet Charles Prosper
https://youtu.be/2jLuy1Najlo (https://youtu.be/2jLuy1Najlo) Melvin Powers introduced me to Charles Prosper, the Balloon Baron around 1998 or so, he has helped scores of people become successful in their balloon businesses. 28 is stuffing balloons with gifts. http://www.giab.com/ Check eBay for good deals and YouTube too. 29 is balloon decorations http://start-a-new-business.timetoreboot.net/balloon-decorating-ideas-balloon-business-start-up-kit/
https://www.pinterest.com/charlesprosper/balloon-decorating-ideas/ (https://www.pinterest.com/charlesprosper/balloon-decorating-ideas/)
30 is Balloon animals https://www.balloonhq.com/faq/twister_business.html

A few years ago, one of our SowPub members wrote a report on selling helium balloons to bakeries, along with cakes. I came up with the idea of adding a Pizza Card onto the balloon as an added gift. The card was a BOGO or buy large, get small birthday pizza free.

Which brings up an evergreen niche, BIRTHDAYS. And 7 ways to cash in.

31 Birthday parties FOR kids. We've had several magicians at SowPub over the years and almost all of them did parties for kids at one time or another. Clowns (which I hate), Characters, magicians, sing along entertainers all serve this never ending niche. Here are some ideas to consider:
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/190444 (https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/190444)
http://money.cnn.com/gallery/smallbusiness/2013/05/22/startup-ideas/6.html (http://money.cnn.com/gallery/smallbusiness/2013/05/22/startup-ideas/6.html)
https://www.amazon.com/Birthday-Party-Business-Childrens-Entertainer/dp/0941599272 (https://www.amazon.com/Birthday-Party-Business-Childrens-Entertainer/dp/0941599272)

BONUS: Doing research led me to this page o Google images. I link to it because it has a lot of IDEAS, just look over the images and let your mind run wild. Almost everything you see can be a fly low cash cow for the right person, for you? I don't know, but some very entertaining ideas here.

https://www.google.com/search?q=the+birthday+party+business+book+bruce+fi fe&biw=1366&bih=657&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj0_IW4gYPRAhUn5YMKHSmXCLoQ_AUICSgE (https://www.google.com/search?q=the+birthday+party+business+book+bruce+fi fe&biw=1366&bih=657&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj0_IW4gYPRAhUn5YMKHSmXCLoQ_AUICSgE)

Look for this book at Amazon, then see all the related books and see what else customers bought. A huge market for the kids. But don't forget us adults. 32 We like our special days too.

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