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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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Trade Show Visitor

Scope out the competition by attending trade shows for businesses.

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Business At A Glance

Trade Show Visitor
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Did you know that many corporations enlist the services of an independent trade show visitor or researcher as a method of keeping track of their competition exhibiting at trade shows? Starting a trade show visitor service is just about as straightforward as any new business venture can be. The duties of a trade show visitor are to collect information for clients about their competition exhibiting at the show. The information collected includes items such as marketing brochures, display booth designs, pictures, traffic counts, special promotions, new product introductions and just about anything else a client may request. To ensure the business is financially viable, most trade show visitors attend trade shows representing as many as 10 to 15 clients. To establish and operate the service, excellent communication and marketing skills will be needed and a digital camera and notebook computer will prove invaluable.

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Mailbox Center

Find a convenient location and turn your business into a mailbox center.

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Business At A Glance

Mailbox Center

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

Business Overview

Starting a mailbox center is a very easybusiness enterprise to activate that requires no special businessexperiences or skills. The main requirement will be a small retailstorefront location; approximately 600 square feet will be more thansufficient.

Likewise, you will need individually locking mailboxes anda few pieces of office equipment such as a high-speed photocopier, fax,personal computer, and scanner.

The purpose for the additional officeequipment is so you will have the ability to provide your customerswith extra services like a photocopying service.

Also, try to acquirethe rights to act as a drop-off and pickup depot for courier companies,as this service can also produce sizable extra revenues and profits.

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Notary Public

Be the go-to person when others need forms notarized.

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Business At A Glance

Notary Public

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

Notaries public are legal officers with specific judicial authority toadminister oaths, certify affidavits, and take depositions. Notariesprepare wills, mortgages, and other legal documents, which they certifywith an official seal, as well as providing official witnessing ofsignatures.

There is a growing need for notaries public to work in theareas of real estate, business, finance, insurance, and law. Imaginethe flexibility that becoming a notary public affords.

You can workfrom a homebased office, on a mobile basis going to your clients’locations, open an independent office, or work in conjunction with acompatible business such as a real estate office, insurance office, orlaw office.

In a nutshell, if you are prepared to invest in thetraining required to become a notary public, you have lots of optionsfor how you operate your business once you’re certified.

Notary PublicOnline, www.notarypublic.com, provides state-by-state notary publictraining and certification requirements. In addition to traditionaladvertising in the Yellow Pages and newspapers, the most successfulnotaries public are those who build a broad network of businessalliances with professionals who require notary public services.

The Market

Clients include realtors, health-care providers, insurance brokers, and professional service providers as well as individuals.

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