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Disposal Bin Service

This takes a little bit of cash upfront, but if there’s one thing we’re never short of, that’s trash.

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Disposal Bin Service

Startup Costs: $50,000 – $100,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

The home renovation and constructionindustry creates an enormous amount of waste each year that has to bedisposed of into landfill sites or taken to recycling facilities for arenewed lease on life. There are a few different approaches that youcan take in terms of starting and operating a disposal bin service.

Thefirst and more traditional approach is to own and operate your ownroll-off or winch truck that is used in the transportation, delivery,and pickup of the disposal bins. The second option is to own only thedisposal bins and subcontract the delivery and pickup service to atrucking firm.

The second option is less expensive in terms of start-upcapital requirements. However, it will also generate less revenue andprofit for the business. The third, and maybe most interesting approachis to use tandem-axle trailers, which can be purchased secondhandrelatively inexpensively, and can be towed behind any one-ton pickuptruck.

This third option enables you to enter into a waste disposalservice with less money, while controlling all aspects of the businessand revenues. Disposal rates are generally charged on a flat fee basisthat is based on distance traveled, plus the cost of disposing of theconstruction waste.

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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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Protocol Consultant

Stickler for rules? Know business backwards and forwards? Become a protocol consultant.

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Protocol Consultant

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

In this age of political correctness, disputes between employees or between employees and management based on allegations of sexual harassment, racism, or other forms of abusive behavior within the office environment can bankrupt a business, morally and financially. Needless to say, the time has never been better to start a business as an office protocol consultant. The concept is very straightforward. As an office protocol consultant, you can advise clients on issues pertaining to these subjects as well as create a training program for employees and management on how to avoid, or respond to any unfavorable situations that arise in the office environment.

The demand for this type of consulting service is huge, as thousands of corporations rush to retain the services of protocol consultants as a proactive measure to ensure that they are not involved in politically or socially inappropriate situations. The protocol consultant may thus be viewed as a guardian of corporate image, morale, and financial stability. Scheduling meetings with human resources managers and networking at business and social functions is a good way to get started.

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Record Storage

This business acts as a warehouse for another company’s legal documents and files.

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Record Storage
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

Many companies are required by law to retain financial and legal documents and files about their business and clients for long periods of time. In some cases this can be up to ten years or more from the original date of the information or document. This fact creates a huge opportunity for the innovative entrepreneur to start and run a record storage facility, as many companies simply run out of space to store their documents and files. Ideally the business will be established in a location or warehouse that will take the following considerations into account: security, fire sprinklers, building condition, pest control, square footage, ease of accessibility, potential for expansion, central high-traffic location, and affordability. Rates for record storage vary greatly to the clients specific needs, in terms of volume of record storage and type of documents being stored. However, a well-planned and managed records storage business can post yearly profits that exceed six-figures.

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