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Commercial cleaning is a huge industry always in demand. Learn how you can get started.

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

Business Overview

A dirty establishment is a sure way to lose customers. But who in an office or store has the time–or the inclination–to get in there with the cleanser and scrubby sponge? The answer is nobody. But if you like making the world sparkle and you’re not afraid of elbow or any other kind of grease, then you can lather up a good living with a commercial cleaning service.

You can take the usual route to squeaky-cleanness with familiar products, or you can go green and use only environmentally healthy products. The advantages to this business are that you can start on a shoestring and, provided you’re not one of those rare cleaning-challenged people who leave things more streaked after a good mop-up than before, you don’t need any special skills, background or experience.

Another plus is that this is an ideal part-time startup business because offices and stores want you to work after hours, leaving you plenty of time to maintain your present job until you get established. To shine at commercial cleaning, all you need is a steady supply of good old-fashioned elbow grease coupled with a knowledge of cleaning products and how to use them–especially if you’re going green. (Janitorial supply houses are good sources for both materials and advice.)

The Market

Your clients can be small businesses–everything from doctors’ offices to insurance agencies to companies in strip centers and office parks–as well as retail shops. Large corporations are not your best bet because you’ll need several crews to cover the whole place every night or so, but with smaller firms, you can contract to do one or more a night over the course of a week.

Visit prospective clients and give them your fliers and business cards or start a direct-mail campaign, perhaps offering an introductory discount. If you’re cleaning green, be sure to stress the benefits of your service and products over your competitors’.

Needed Equipment

Your tools will include a good commercial-grade vacuum cleaner (for shoestring startups you can use your home model, but it probably won’t hold up for long), a floor buffer, rubber gloves, a mop, a bucket, sponges and rags, a squeegee, a supply of garbage bags and your cleaning products.

You’ll need a reliable vehicle to cart everything around in, and you should be bonded because companies will entrust the keys to their kingdoms to you.

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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 At A Glance

  • 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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Temporary Help Agency

Connect qualified workers with businesses in need of temporary help.

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Temporary Help Agency
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Outsourcing, downsizing, and consolidation are buzzwords in today’s business world, and all have helped to make the placement of temporary workers a thriving industry. In short, when businesses and organizations need temporary or seasonal help, many turn to the services of a temporary help agency to fulfill their manpower needs.

It often costs less and is more convenient than having to run help wanted ads and interview candidates. In starting your temp help agency, we suggest that you specialize in supplying qualified workers in one particular industry or area of expertise, such as the construction industry, retail sales, home care, domestic work, office work, or warehouse staffing. Recruiting workers prepared to work on a temporary basis should not prove difficult. Just target students, early retirees, homemakers, and even other homebased business owners seeking to earn extra income periodically.

The Market

Marketing can be as easy as creating an information package describing the service and your available work force, and distributing it to businesses and companies that occasionally rely on temporary workers. You can network for clients at business and social functions, and use the Yellow Pages and newspaper classifieds for advertising.

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Medical Billing Service

You can work from home while handling billing and tracking down unpaid claims for medical facilities.

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Medical Billing Service

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

The medical billing industry is extremelycompetitive. However, for the determined entrepreneur there is still agood opportunity to earn $40,000 per year or more operating a homebased medical billing service.

All medical billing is processedelectronically and sent directly to Medicare clearinghouses, socomputer equipment will be required as well as medical billing softwareto operate the service.

Additionally, you’ll have to familiarizeyourself with the diagnostic and procedure coding systems used bydoctors and health-care professionals on medical claim forms toindicate the type of service being billed.

Currently, medical billingservices are charging clients in the range of $2 to $3 per claimprocessed, and the overall profit potential for the service is good,providing you can process medical claims on a volume basis.

 There’s asteep learning curve for operating a medical billing service andcareful planning and research techniques will have to be practiced.

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