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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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Flea Market Organizer

Bring great deals to the masses by organizing a flea market.

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Flea Market Organizer

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

Flea markets are a multibillion-dollarbusiness in the United States, and here is your opportunity to cash inon the boom by becoming a weekend flea market organizer and manager.

Get started by renting commercial space in a highly visible area withlots of passing traffic, one that is large enough to be subdivided intosmaller vendor booths’10-by-10, 10-by-20, and 20-by-20.

If climatepermits or during summer months, and if space allows, extra revenuescan be earned by renting outside vendor stalls as well. Rents varydepending on factors such as booth size, location, equipment (tablesincluded, etc.), and hours of operation, but generally are in the rangeof $3 to $10 per square foot per day.

When booking vendors, try for awide variety of products that will be offered for sale’antiques,electronics, kitchenware, food items, clothing, tools, toys, art andsporting goods. Doing so will ensure broad appeal to a large targetaudience of flea market shoppers.

Additional revenues can be earned bycharging a gate fee, parking fees, having an onsite ATM, rentingequipment and providing shoppers with delivery services for the largeitems they buy.

But be careful not to get too caught up in extra fees,because the bread and butter of the operation is booth rent. Vendoroccupancy is much more important than charging a dollar to park.

Theinvestment to get this business up and running can be significant, oncecosts such as rent, deposits, renovations, equipment, signage andmarketing have been taken into account.

But with that said, the profitpotential is excellent, as are the long-term growth opportunities.

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Virtual Tours

Virtual tours can make a hotel or for-sale home much more appealing. Give customers an edge by designing these tours for them.

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Virtual Tours
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Producing virtual tours for clients who are seeking the ultimate marketing tool for their websites is not only an incredible business opportunity, but the business also has the potential to generate profits far in excess of $100,000 per year. Virtual tours can range from a hotel that gives potential guests a tour of their facility, accommodations and amenities via their website to real estate brokers that broadcast house tours of properties they have listed for sale and posted on their websites. To get started, you’ll need specialized software, a computer and a digital camcorder, not to mention production and editing skills to produce the finished product. Marketing the service can be as easy as creating a few sample virtual tours and posting the tours on your own website for potential clients to view, as well as hiring a direct sales force to solicit business.

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