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With the growing popularity of running businesses or working at home, a copy center can offer a range of services for people who lack office equipment.

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Copy Sales
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

The popularity of operating a business or working from home has catapulted a copy center into one of the hottest business startups available for the new millennium simply due to the fact that most people working from home lack the resources to purchase this type of office equipment, or can justify the expense for the limited use.

Copy centers typically provide customers with a wide range of services, including black-and-white photocopying, digital color copying, a fax transmission service, laminating, booklet and report binding, mail box rentals, courier and shipping options, and small-run print jobs of business cards, fliers, and business presentations.

The key requirement for success in this business is unquestionably location. The copy center must be located in a highly visible area with excellent parking facilities and/or lots of walk-by foot traffic. As a method to reduce startup costs–since this type of equipment is extremely expensive–you may want to consider purchasing secondhand equipment or lease new equipment.

The Market

People who need office supplies or quick office-related jobs done

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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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Inventory Service

Recording inventory for a business can save them days of valuable time.

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Inventory 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

In spite of the fact that many businesseshave a computerized inventory tracking system in place, most businessesstill must conduct semiannual or annual inventory counts for tax andinventory shrinkage reasons.

This fact creates a fantastic opportunityto capitalize by starting an inventory recording service. The businessconcept is very basic, and there are specialized handheld electronicrecorders that enable the user to rapidly record and document inventorywith a business or warehouse.

One of the main marketing tools that willbe available to you in terms of persuading potential clients to utilizethe inventory service is simply the fact that in most cases theinventory counting can be conducted at night.

Not disturbing thebusiness or having to pay employees overtime wage rates to conduct thecounts, not to mention the fact of accuracy in counting and recordingmethods, make this attractive to businesses.

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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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