Start a Home-Based Commemorative Directory Business


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How many commemorative events have you either attended or were aware of over the past year? In the town I live, just this year we read in the local newspaper of a city employee who was about to retire after a distinguished career spanning over 25 years. The city was planning a small thank you event in his honor as was customary for employees who had a long tenure with the city.

Besides this commemorative event for the city employee, I continue to notice the numerous graduation parties, birth announcements and birthdays being advertised throughout the city by means of the signage that gets scattered across many street corners informing guests of the location of the special event.

So what does this mean to you? Can these commemorative events be used to start a home-based business? Absolutely, here is your new work at home opportunity – The Home Based Commemorative Directory Business. This opportunity will be unique and there should be virtually no competition in this business.

One thing I am sure of is, that in attendance at all of these events are numerous amateur photographers who will be feevishly cranking away on their digital cameras. The pictures captured will later be distributed and stored in boxes, photo albums and even framed if they even end up being printed.

Besides the pictures, what about the other memories, the funny stories, the jokes, the “incident" and all the many table discussions that make an event so memorable that everyone wishes they could just bottle up and keep revisiting as time passes. Luckily, your business does just that. You collect and package all the memories into a format that can be visited over and over again.

So how do you put together a Commemorative Directory for events of these types that will not only be valuable to the attendees but also will pay you for your creative time?

1) Gather all event photographs
2) Gather the event guest list
3) Gather any newspaper materials, articles written as in the case of my city employee example, or announcements of births, birthdays or graduations
4) Solicit an interview with the event coordinator, do they have unique untold or known stories that can put some color to the event
5) Find a sponsor for the directory, the sponsorship money should not only cover your cost of producing the directory but will also be your profit. If you have 50-100 people attending an event, you can imagine that a local business will be extremely enthusiastic about having their business name and picture on the inside and back cover of the directory. Nobody will be throwing this away and it will always serve as a reminder of the businesses involvement in the event
6) Lastly, put everything together in a booklet format and mail out to the events attendees

As you grow this business one of your biggest advertising mouthpieces will be those who receive the Commemorative Directory. Make sure that you place your contact information somewhere on the back cover so that others know how to get in touch with you for their own events.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy your work at home experience.

Peter Engelbrecht is President of Diagonal Street Business Services which operates the web site . The web sites provides work at home ideas for stay at home moms and dads


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