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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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Construction Estimating Service

Got an eye for assessing fix-it jobs? Help clients estimate the costs.

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Business At A Glance

Construction Estimating 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

Calling all handymen, carpenters, and improvement gurus. The time has never been better than now to start a construction estimating service, and the possibility to earn more than $100,000 per year is very real.

Unlike a home inspection service that provides a detailed report on what is wrong with a home, property, or building, a construction estimating service provides a detailed report on what is wrong with a home, property, or building, a construction estimating service provides a detailed report on how to fix the problems and what the renovation or construction work will cost.

The main market for this type of service is home buyers , who not only want to know what is wrong with a home, but also want to know how it can be corrected and what the costs involved will be. A secondary market is existing home and property owners who would like to have an initial cost analysis completed in regards to a home improvement or construction project to assess the value of the project.

The main requirement for establishing and running this type of unique consulting service is to have a good understanding of all areas of construction industry and trades. Rates for a construction estimating service will greatly depend on the size and value of the potential project. However, charging a fee in the range of $50 per hour is certainly not out of line.

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Temporary Help Agency

Connect qualified workers with businesses in need of temporary help.

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Temporary Help Agency
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Outsourcing, downsizing, and consolidation are buzzwords in today’s business world, and all have helped to make the placement of temporary workers a thriving industry. In short, when businesses and organizations need temporary or seasonal help, many turn to the services of a temporary help agency to fulfill their manpower needs.

It often costs less and is more convenient than having to run help wanted ads and interview candidates. In starting your temp help agency, we suggest that you specialize in supplying qualified workers in one particular industry or area of expertise, such as the construction industry, retail sales, home care, domestic work, office work, or warehouse staffing. Recruiting workers prepared to work on a temporary basis should not prove difficult. Just target students, early retirees, homemakers, and even other homebased business owners seeking to earn extra income periodically.

The Market

Marketing can be as easy as creating an information package describing the service and your available work force, and distributing it to businesses and companies that occasionally rely on temporary workers. You can network for clients at business and social functions, and use the Yellow Pages and newspaper classifieds for advertising.

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Medical Billing Service

You can work from home while handling billing and tracking down unpaid claims for medical facilities.

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Medical Billing 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 medical billing industry is extremelycompetitive. However, for the determined entrepreneur there is still agood opportunity to earn $40,000 per year or more operating a homebased medical billing service.

All medical billing is processedelectronically and sent directly to Medicare clearinghouses, socomputer equipment will be required as well as medical billing softwareto operate the service.

Additionally, you’ll have to familiarizeyourself with the diagnostic and procedure coding systems used bydoctors and health-care professionals on medical claim forms toindicate the type of service being billed.

Currently, medical billingservices are charging clients in the range of $2 to $3 per claimprocessed, and the overall profit potential for the service is good,providing you can process medical claims on a volume basis.

 There’s asteep learning curve for operating a medical billing service andcareful planning and research techniques will have to be practiced.

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