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Here’s a great way to fund a cross country trip/vacation. Buy about 5 good used Segway machines and get an RV to haul them (and you) around in and set off across America.

Stop along the way at parks or parking lots (get permission from the owner… perhaps pay them a measly daily rental fee) and set up shop. Put out your pre-made big signs (and perhaps a lot of small ones in the area) and rent Segway rides in increments of 15 minutes.

You can even approach owners of large lots (like grocery stores and such) and see if they’d sponser an 8 hour day of free rides for their customers. They could offer free rides to all customers who buy $100+ in groceries. The store owner pays you a flat $1000 for a day’s worth of your 5 Seqways (or whatever you have). You just work your 8 hour day of quick training for each rider and then letting them ride in a predefined area (obstacle course… etc) and you’ve made yourself $1000 for an 8 hour day. Even if you don’t get the sponser gig each time, you can still set up in any empty open space and make at least $400 to $1000 a day by charging $10 for 15 minutes of riding time or something like that.

If you did this two days during the week and on Saturday and Sunday (4 days a week total), you could quite easily make $3000 – $5000 or more a week while travelling around the US.

All this business takes is a good legal disclaimer for the customer to sign, several machines for them to ride on, an RV, some signs, some time on your hands… and you’re set.

This is a pefect business for retirees. Retirement can actually be lucrative if you just give it some thought. 🙂

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  1. Segway Rental Business

    Dan Sherman:
    Here’s a great way to fund a cross country trip/vacation. Buy about 5 good used Segway machines and get an RV to haul them (and you) around in and set off across America.
    Stop along the way at parks or parking lots (get permission fr…

  2. Thanks Dan for posting a great idea.

    Some one is doing something related. A country club in Sedona, Arizona rents segway as golf carts. And its a big hit. Many people rent segways while playing golf – earning the country club about $50-70+ or so per segway per day (pays for a brand new segway in less than a 3 months!).

    What if some one made an options deal to buy segways in bulk and then went to golf courses and rented the segways out to them?

    It could become a very profitable business without a lot of management.

  3. Hi Ankesh,

    That’s a splendid off shoot of the Segway rental idea. You could even approach courses before you actually make the purchase to get their approval to do the idea. That way, you’re not out any money if you can’t find a course to take you up on the offer.

    You would have to position it so they don’t lose any of their existing cart rental business. In other words, they would make the same regardless if someone chose the cart or Segway (or more than the cart rental gross, of course.)

    Grand plan, my man!

  4. My neigbor bought a Segway two years ago. He used it for a week. Ever since it’s just been collecting cobwebs in his garage.

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