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Mailing Service

Save businesses valuable time by putting together their mailings for them.

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Mailing 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 increase in home based business startupsand the shift to employees working from home as opposed to a corporateoffice has created a terrific opportunity to start a mailing service.Good organizational skills, a postage meter and a desktop computer andprinter are about all that is needed to put this business into action.

A mailing service provides clients services such as newslettermailings, mail merge services, parcel shipping, accepting mail andparcels, and mass mailings of direct mail advertisements and marketingbrochures.

Fees are based on the services provided as well as theamount of mail shipped and received, plus postage charges. The profitpotential is good and should average out to the $25 per hour range.

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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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Mobile Paper Shredding

Looking for a green business? Do your part in taking care of the environment by shredding mass amounts of papers to be recycled.

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Mobile Paper Shredding

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Recycling paper is practiced by more than 50percent of North American companies. However, not all paper productsand documents can simply be dropped into the blue bin for recycling.

Many must first be shredded as they may contain confidential business,employee, or customer information. Starting a mobile paper shreddingservice is very straightforward.

The main equipment requirement is astep van or five ton truck outfitted with an industrial paper shredderand a generator as a power supply.

This type of mobile setup willenable you to shred paper right at the customer’s site. Clients forhigh-volume paper shredding include large corporations andorganizations, such as hospitals, law firms, manufacturers, andeducation facilities.

Once shredded, the paper is simply dropped off atany recycling depot. This type of recycling business requires carefulplanning, as the investment to get the business rolling is substantial,and not every community has the industrial and business base needed tosupport the volume of paper shredding considered necessary to make thisa profitable venture.

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Holiday E-Mail Service

Remind busy professionals about upcoming birthdays and holidays and supply them with e-mail templates for their notes.

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Holiday E-Mail Service

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Starting a holiday and special occasiongreeting card e-mail service is a fantastic new business enterprise toset in motion, especially when you consider the business can beoperated from home and put into action with less than a $3,000 initialinvestment.

Business owners, corporate executives and professionalslead very busy lives, often not leaving time for the small butimportant things in life, like sending a card to a family member on aspecial occasion or thanking a client at Christmastime for theircontinued support and business.

Designing fill-in-the-blank templatesfor a number of occasion,s such as birthdays, anniversaries and thanksfor your business, is the first step toward establishing the business.The templates can be quickly altered and e-mailed to recipients at yourclient’s request.

Setting fees for the service will greatly depend on aclient’s volume of e-mail greeting cards sent on a yearly basis.However, securing 200 clients and e-mailing 100 customized greetingcards for each on a yearly basis can generate gross revenues of$40,000, providing you only charge $2 for each e-mail greeting cardsent, or about half the cost to send a traditional print greeting cardvia the mail.

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