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Executive Organizer

Head straight to the top to get the boss organized and see the effect trickle down.

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Executive Organizer

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

Business Overview

The average businessperson faces a daily avalanche ofinformation–e-mail, snail mail, faxes, memos, reports, revisions,agendas, addenda, ad infinitum–and is nearly swept under by the sheermass of all this stuff. If you’re a neat freak with a passion for orderand efficiency, then you can save the day as an executive organizer.

You’ll work with businesspeople and their employees to bring order tochaos. You’ll streamline paper flow, set up filing systems, clean upand organize desks and work spaces, rearrange schedules, delegatetasks, and even create quiet times to maximize office efficiency. Ifyou’re a computer person, you can turn your talents to organizingWindows desktops and document storage, too.

The advantages to thisbusiness are that you can start part time, it’s creative, you canexplore the business worlds of lots of different people, and once youget going, you can earn extra income giving seminars. You can also–asmost professional organizers do–take on tasks in private homes as apersonal organizer.

The key ingredient here is, of course,organizational ability, which you must be able to apply to otherpeople’s situations. You’ll have to diagnose how an office works aswell as how it should work and then apply that diagnosis to do-ablesolutions for your clients.

You’ll also need to be anorganization-oriented shopper with a keen knowledge of what furniture,accessory, software and office supply products are in the marketplaceso you can make recommendations.

The Market

Your clients can be any corporation, executive or small-business owner.Rein in these prospects by networking with business consultants,interior designers and architects, and professional and civicorganizations.

Place ads in the business section of your local paperand in the Yellow Pages. Write articles and press releases for localpublications. Give seminars and workshops at local colleges andalternative learning centers, and give talks to local business groups.

Join professional organizing associations–these can be terrificsources of referrals.

Needed Equipment

All you really need to get started is yourself and a planning book, butonce you get up and running, you’ll want a computer, a laser printerand a fax machine, along with the usual office software. You may alsowant special time-management and form-design or desktop-publishingsoftware.

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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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Independent Sales Consultant

Years of sales experience could make you a great sales consultant.

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Independent Sales Consultant

Startup Costs: $50,000 – $100,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Some of the highest earning professionals inany industry are independent sales consultants working on a freelancebasis for clients. Freelance sales consultants represent companies thatsell products and services ranging from manufactured goods to homeimprovement services, and just about everything in between.

Securingclients to represent is easy, simply because freelance salesconsultants generally supply all the tools of the trade such astransportation, communications requirements, and computer equipmentthat may be needed to acquire customers and conduct business–not tomention the fact that many freelance sales consultants also generatetheir own sales leads.

Or, put differently, clients have little, ifanything, to lose by having freelance sales consultants representingtheir business. Remuneration for products or services sold is always byway of commission, which will range between 10 and 25 percent of thetotal sales value.

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Community Delivery Service

Like cruising around your community? Why not start a local delivery service?

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Community Delivery 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

Equipped with nothing more than a cell phone to handle incoming and outgoing customer calls, coupled with reliable transportation, you can offer clients in your community fast and convenient delivery and/or pickup services for dry cleaning, spirits, fast foods, medications, event tickets, groceries, pet foods, flowers or just about anything else imaginable.

The business is also easily expanded simply by putting your marketing and management skills to work. Concentrate on promoting your services and securing new customers, while hiring subcontracted drivers with their own automobiles to handle the pickups and deliveries on a revenue-split basis.

Maximize the efficiency of the operation by installing two-way radios in each vehicle linked to a central dispatcher, thereby limiting downtime and nonproductive travel time. In addition to advertising with promotional fliers, in the newspapers, and via direct-mail coupons, also be sure to strike deals with restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and other retailers to handle their delivery services.

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