Business At A Glance
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Franchises Available? No
Online Operation? No
If you live in an area frequented bytourists and are a real people-person, why not consider starting apersonal tour guide service? It can be started for virtually peanuts,and has the potential to generate an income that can easily top $50,000per year if you work at it full-time.
Promote your tours aggressivelyby building contacts with businesses and individuals who can refer yourpersonally guided tours to their clients. These people and businessesinclude coach and taxi drivers, event planners, hotels, restaurants andtravel agents. In addition to the usual fare of stopping at the oldestbuilding, the best beach and area museums, also show some of the moreunusual sights in your community’crime scenes, television or movie setlocations, and past or present celebrity houses.
Personal tour guidesare charging $150 to $200 for half-day tours, and up to $350 forfull-day tours plus the cost of transportation and tickets to eventsand attractions. Provide clients with an unforgettably fun experiencecombined with incredible service and you will have the two mainingredients to secure lots of referral and repeat business. Also marketyour services to corporations that want to treat their visitingout-of-town customers, employees and executives to a special event.