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Aid fellow entrepreneurs with a business that’ll provide them the help they need.

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Business Support Services

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Every business needs those unsung heroes or heroines behind the scenes,the ones who do the word processing, filing and bookkeeping. But mostSOHOs don’t have the funds–or sometimes even the space–to accommodateassistants. If you’ve got the secretarial right stuff, you can be asmall-business person’s knight or knightess by providing businesssupport services.

You’ll take on all those office tasks–wordprocessing, filing, bookkeeping and even desktop publishing. Theadvantages to this business are that you can work at home, you get aninsider’s view of lots of different businesses, you’re always doingsomething different, and your clients are appreciative of yourservices.

Plus, with more and more small businesses out there, thisfield is poised for growth. And it’s recession-sturdy–companies thatmight no longer be able to afford in-house staff will still need help,and that’s you. You’ll need top-notch secretarial skills, includingimpeccable spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Many businesspeople skimover these tasks–part of your job will be to translate C- English intopolished prose. You should also have good communication skills fordealing with a variety of different people, and the ability to decidewhich projects need immediate attention and which can be set aside forlater.

The Market

Your customers will be small and home basedbusinesses of every type youcan imagine. Place ads in your local Yellow Pages and newspapers.Network at your chamber of commerce.

Introduce yourself and leavebrochures at banks, insurance agencies, accounting firms, attorneysspecializing in business–anybody who will have small-businesscustomers they can refer to you. Give talks at local professional andcivic organizations and get your business written up in localpublications.

Needed Equipment

You’ll need a computer system with a laser printer, a fax machine, acopier and a sharp selection of software packages, including wordprocessing, desktop publishing and accounting. You’ll also want storagespace for each client’s letterhead and envelopes, plus blank and draftpaper, extra printer and fax cartridges, and files for copies ofclients’ ongoing work.

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Errand Service Business Opportunity

Help busy people get through the day by providing an errand service.

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  • Business: Errand Service
  • Start-up Costs: Minimum
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Let’s face it; today’s busy lifestyles mean that a lot working people just don’t have time for even the simplest of errands, such as taking the family pet to the veterinarian for a routine checkup, buying AuntSue a birthday present, or picking up the kids after school.

Which is great news if you’re a multi-tasker looking to start your own simple,inexpensive, yet potentially very profitable business. An errand service can be operated with nothing more than a cell phone and reliable transportation.

Land clients by networking and by creating a simple marketing brochure explaining the services you provide along with your contact information.
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The brochures can be pinned to community bulletin boards, hand-delivered to homes and businesses and distributed with the local newspaper.

A few promotional items such as pens and memo pads emblazoned with your company logo, name and telephone number given out to potential customers will go a long way as a daily reminder of your fast, reliable and affordable errand services.

This is the kind of business where growth is fuelled by referrals, so customer service and satisfaction are the most important goals.

The Market

Busy individuals who need a little help getting their day to day errands done. You can also market your services to small business owners.

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Mobile Paper Shredding

Looking for a green business? Do your part in taking care of the environment by shredding mass amounts of papers to be recycled.

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Mobile Paper Shredding

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Recycling paper is practiced by more than 50percent of North American companies. However, not all paper productsand documents can simply be dropped into the blue bin for recycling.

Many must first be shredded as they may contain confidential business,employee, or customer information. Starting a mobile paper shreddingservice is very straightforward.

The main equipment requirement is astep van or five ton truck outfitted with an industrial paper shredderand a generator as a power supply.

This type of mobile setup willenable you to shred paper right at the customer’s site. Clients forhigh-volume paper shredding include large corporations andorganizations, such as hospitals, law firms, manufacturers, andeducation facilities.

Once shredded, the paper is simply dropped off atany recycling depot. This type of recycling business requires carefulplanning, as the investment to get the business rolling is substantial,and not every community has the industrial and business base needed tosupport the volume of paper shredding considered necessary to make thisa profitable venture.

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Holiday E-Mail Service

Remind busy professionals about upcoming birthdays and holidays and supply them with e-mail templates for their notes.

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Holiday E-Mail Service

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Starting a holiday and special occasiongreeting card e-mail service is a fantastic new business enterprise toset in motion, especially when you consider the business can beoperated from home and put into action with less than a $3,000 initialinvestment.

Business owners, corporate executives and professionalslead very busy lives, often not leaving time for the small butimportant things in life, like sending a card to a family member on aspecial occasion or thanking a client at Christmastime for theircontinued support and business.

Designing fill-in-the-blank templatesfor a number of occasion,s such as birthdays, anniversaries and thanksfor your business, is the first step toward establishing the business.The templates can be quickly altered and e-mailed to recipients at yourclient’s request.

Setting fees for the service will greatly depend on aclient’s volume of e-mail greeting cards sent on a yearly basis.However, securing 200 clients and e-mailing 100 customized greetingcards for each on a yearly basis can generate gross revenues of$40,000, providing you only charge $2 for each e-mail greeting cardsent, or about half the cost to send a traditional print greeting cardvia the mail.

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