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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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Independent Sales Consultant

Years of sales experience could make you a great sales consultant.

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Independent Sales Consultant

Startup Costs: $50,000 – $100,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Some of the highest earning professionals inany industry are independent sales consultants working on a freelancebasis for clients. Freelance sales consultants represent companies thatsell products and services ranging from manufactured goods to homeimprovement services, and just about everything in between.

Securingclients to represent is easy, simply because freelance salesconsultants generally supply all the tools of the trade such astransportation, communications requirements, and computer equipmentthat may be needed to acquire customers and conduct business–not tomention the fact that many freelance sales consultants also generatetheir own sales leads.

Or, put differently, clients have little, ifanything, to lose by having freelance sales consultants representingtheir business. Remuneration for products or services sold is always byway of commission, which will range between 10 and 25 percent of thetotal sales value.

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Contract Negotations Service

Contract negotiations can be a dreaded aspect of business, but you can make the process less painful for clients with your negotiating skills.

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Contract Negotations 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 ability to successfully negotiate a business contract can mean the difference between prospering and failing. Many business owners are quick to realize that contract negotiation skills are an art form and often best left to professional contract negotiators. If you possess a high degree of business ethics, and have exceptional communications, negotiations and closing skills, then an unmatched opportunity waits in starting a contract negotiation service.

Securing clients for the service is best approached by creating a marketing package that explains the service, but more important, your accomplishments in terms of successfully negotiating contracts. Don’t be shy. If you have a track record of negotiating multimillion-dollar contracts in you past corporate life, let potential clients know.

Once the marketing package has been completed, set up appointments with companies and business owners that you feel would benefit from using your service and negotiations experience.

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