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Dry Cleaning Delivery

Make people’s lives a little easier by delivering their dry cleaning.

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Dry Cleaning Delivery

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

Business Overview

Here’s the problem: You’ve got half a dozen good suits to wear to theoffice. Five are lying dirty at the bottom of your laundry hamper, andyou’ve just dribbled mustard all down the front of the sixth. If onlythere were time to run out to the dry cleaner and then more time topick up the suits afterward.

The solution: a dry-cleaning pickup anddelivery service. If you’ve got good organizational skills, you likebeing on the run and hope to earn good money, then this might be justthe business for you. You’ll contract with dry-cleaning establishmentsto service your customers’ clothes.

Then you’ll pick up the dirtiesfrom homes and offices, take them in for cleaning, pick them up afterservicing and return them to their rightful owners. You can arrangeregular biweekly stops, picking up fresh dirties as you drop off yourlast visit’s load of now-clean garments, and you can have customerscall for emergency pickups.

The advantages to this business are thatyou can work from home, and you’re always on the go, so you’re notsitting around waiting for activity. You’ll need organizational andlogistical skills as well as good sales and marketing techniques toconvince dry cleaners and customers to use your company.

The Market

Your customers will be busy business and residential people who don’twant to spend their time trotting to and from the cleaners. Businessesmake excellent targets because people at work are generally on-site (ortheir secretaries or other employees are) and easily accessible.

Youmight also target military bases if there are any in your area–peoplein the uniformed services always need clean, pressed clothes and are agood source of revenue. Be sure to check with base authorities first tomake sure you’ll be granted access. Direct mail brochures to prospectsin the neighborhoods you plan to service–target middle- andupper-income areas where people can afford your service.

Deliver yourbrochures to businesses–particularly large office complexes where youcan hit a lot of customers in one stop–and explain the advantages ofusing your company. Stop in often, even if you don’t get requests forbusiness right away. Sooner or later, people will start piling on theclothes.

Needed Equipment

A van equipped to carry hanging garments without squashing them orslinging them onto the floor is a must. You’ll also need a cellularphone or pager so customers can quickly contact you.

Invest in cotton,vinyl or canvas laundry bags imprinted with your logo to leave withcustomers–it gives them the cachet of having ‘their own service’ andencourages them to put in garments for you to pick up.

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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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Ministorage Center

With businesses popping up at a record rate, the ministorage industry is growing bigger everyday.

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Ministorage Center

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 ministorage industry is booming. Why?Simply because with homebased businesses opening at a record pace,homebased business owners require storage space for products, displays,and equipment.

Likewise, the baby boomer generation is scaling down tosmaller residences and require storage space for their personalbelongings. Without question, starting a ministorage business involvesan enormous investment on behalf of the entrepreneur.

However, theincome that can be earned from a well-established ministorage businesscan exceed $150,000 per year or more. A possible solution to combatthis high investment dilemma may be to form a group of investors toback the business venture financially, with you as a minority shareholder and the operator of the storage business.

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Executive Recruiter

Match execs with the companies who want them most.

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Executive Recruiter

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

If you’ve got sales and people skills in big supply, then this could bethe business for you. As an executive recruiter, you’ll match jobcandidates with potential corporate employers. Sometimes you’ll startwith an executive looking for a new position; on other occasions acompany with a slot to fill will initiate the search.

While anemployment agency generally works with lower-echelon prospects,executive recruiters–as the name implies–concentrate their efforts onhigher-level posts, filling management, and professional and technicalspots. You can specialize in a particular industry or you can be ageneralist.

And there’s plenty of work–according to the U.S. Bureau ofLabor Statistics, nearly 2 million executive, administrative,managerial, professional specialty and technical support employeesactively sought new jobs in one recent year. And in executive search,these people are just the tip of the iceberg–most of your successescome from recruiting those already happily employed.

The advantages tothis business are that you can work at home or anyplace else where youcan access the telephone, your startup costs are low, and you get thesatisfaction, when everything goes right, of delivering matches made incorporate heaven.

You’ll need A+ people skills, coupled with thebusiness acumen to assess a candidate’s skills and level of experienceagainst the requirements of the position. You have to be a stellarsalesperson because you are, after all, selling–candidates tocompanies and vice versa. If you specialize in a particular industry,you’ll also need up-to-the-nanosecond knowledge of its trends andtechnology.

And last but definitely not least, you’ll need thesalesperson’s thick skin–you’ll have to do a lot of trolling forclients, and you’ll net a lot of ‘no thanks’ along the way.

The Market

Depending on whether you specialize and in what industry, your clientscan be anything from a five-star hotel desiring an executive chef to anoil company looking for a petroleum geologist to a software companydesperately seeking a CEO. Look through trade and business publicationsfor companies advertising for, then call to offer your services.

Direct-mail brochures to clients in your specialty, then follow up withphone calls. Network at trade shows and professional organizations andwith present and former colleagues. Establish relationships with otherexecutive recruiters–often they’ll have a client for whom you have theideal candidate, or vice versa, and you can share the placement fee.

Needed Equipment

You don’t need special licenses or permits to be an executiverecruiter, but an employment agency does, so take care that you don’tmislabel yourself. Some states prohibit meeting candidates or clientcompanies in a home setting, so check into this before you launch yourhome office. (You’ll conduct the vast majority of your business byphone anyway.)

You’ll need the basic office setup–a computer, a laserprinter, a fax machine and the usual office software–plus a databaseprogram for tracking clients and candidates and plenty of filing spacefor the hundreds of resumes you’ll have on tap. And you’ll want one ofthose nifty telemarketer’s headsets so your ear doesn’t go numb fromhours spent jammed against the earpiece.

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