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Reach Truck Service

Help people reach places they can’t get to via ladder with a reach truck service.

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Reach Truck Service

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Starting a reach truck service is afantastic small business for someone who is seeking to operate his orher own business on a part-time basis. The service is verystraightforward: you purchase a used small bucket reach truck in goodmechanical condition, and rent your services out for small residentialand commercial building and structure repair jobs that are not easilyor safely reached by a ladder. The possibilities are endless as to thevariety of services you can provide with this type of equipment.

Youcan include window washing, painting, gutter cleaning, and signmaintenance. You can rent your services to construction and renovationcompanies who need to remove and install products on second and thirdfloors of buildings that do not otherwise have good ground or workingaccess. This kind of unique service has little competition, and youshould have no problems commanding $50 to $60 per hour for your service.

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Courier Service Business Opportunity

Help get things from one place to another with a courier service.

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Business At A Glance

  • Business: Courier Service
  • Online Business? No
  • Basic Needs:
    • Transport vehicle
    • Stock room
    • Logbook
    • Website.

Business Overview

Start a courier service specialising in envelopes, small packages or large shipments, or combine all package types and sizes to maximise profit potential.

The least expensive way to get started in the courier industry is to subcontract your services to an established courier company, meaning that you supply the transportation and yourself to pickup and deliver parcels. But this option also leaves you with the lowest profit potential and ability to grow the business.

Related: The Courier Guy: Steven Gleisner

A better option is to start your own courier service outright, and hire other owner/operators on a revenue-sharing basis to make deliveries, while you concentrate on marketing, managing and building the business.

In addition to suitable transportation, depending on the types of parcels you will be delivering, you will also need to invest in a courier’s license, a two-way radio system and moving dollies.

Every municipality has its own regulations for issuing courier’s licenses to both drivers and courier companies, so you’ll need to take a trip to city hall or a transportation office to make inquiries about obtaining a license. Courier rates vary by size, weight and parcel destination.

Competition in the courier industry is stiff,but providing great customer service and reliability will go a long way toward ensuring long-term success.

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Self Service Car Wash Business Opportunity

Set up a spot where clients can wash their own cars and watch the profits flow in.

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Business At A Glance

  • Business: Self Service Car Wash
  • Start-up Costs: Medium
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

When most people think of a car wash, they tend to think of an exterior-conveyor wash. There are other types of washes, though,including self-service car washes. Most self-service car washes are coin-operated brush-and-hose combinations that the driver uses to dispense soap, wash the card and rinse it off.

The Market

The self-service car wash patron is typically a renter. Since they don’t own a home and may have little space to wash a car where they live, a professional facility is a necessity.

They’re also a bit more cost-conscious than those who frequent full-service or exterior-conveyor washes, and tend to have slightly lower incomes.
Men tend to use self-serves more than women, according to industry research.

Needed Equipment

You need the wash unit, vacuums and water systems for your car wash.

Related: Car Wash Business Plan

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Conveyor Car Wash

Start a simple car wash business that requires few employees.

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Conveyor Car Wash

Startup Costs: $100,000 +
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

When most people think of a car wash, they tend to think of anexterior-conveyor wash. These are the washes that put cars on amotorized track and drag them through a tunnel where they are rinsed,soaped up, washed, rinsed again and possibly waxed. The cars thememerge clean (and perhaps relatively dry) at the other end. Alsofitting into this conveyor wash category is the full-service car wash,combining the exterior conveyor cleaning with a manual interiorcleaning. In addition to offering cleaning cars, many car washes alsohave gas pumps, maintenance stations and shops where customers can buyanything from snacks to gifts.

The Market

Research suggests that women are more likely to use the services of anautomatic wash, perhaps because of the convenience. As you mightexpect, the typical patron is a bit more affluent than those usingself-service car washes.

Needed Equipment

Possibly three separate areas of the car wash need to be equipped,depending on the type of wash you operate. Full-service andexterior-conveyor washes need all the car washing equipment, such asthe power-wash units, vacuums, dryers and a water reclamation system.The offices for these types of washes also need to be equipped with allthe basics, such as phones, fax machines, computers and calculators.Both washes need cash registers, but full-service washes offering ashop or other services may also need shelving, vending machines andinventory.

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