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Marketing Consultant

Use your marketing expertise to help others grow their businesses.

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Marketing Consultant

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

Let’s face it: Without marketing, businessescannot survive. So it is no surprise that topnotch marketingconsultants are in high demand across North America.

Consequently, ifyou are an experienced marketer, the time has never been better to putthat experience to work leading other businesspeople down the path tomarketing success.

Marketing consultants offer a wide range ofservices, including developing marketing plans, establishing marketingbudgets, hiring and training salespeople, and developing advertising,telemarketing, and direct marketing programs to meet each client’sneeds and budget.

Marketing consultants also help businesses expandinto new markets, and even new countries, as well as build newdistribution channels and profit centers.

In short, marketingconsultants are the Jacks-of-all-trades in terms of helping clientsbuild their businesses, revenues, and profits.

Market your servicesthrough networking activities, and by setting appointments withbusiness owners and managers to explain how your services will benefitand ultimately profit their business.

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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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Packing/Unpacking Service

Do the packing and unpacking work that clients don’t have time to do themselves.

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Packing/Unpacking Service

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

Business Overview

We live in a mobile society. The average American moves about onceevery two years–but nobody likes the nitty-gritty of it. Even worse,in today’s two-income families, nobody has the time to do all thiswork.

But if you’ve got a penchant for boxing things up and you’reorganized and efficient, you can ease the process with apacking/unpacking service.

You can supply packing materials as well asmuscle and, if you’re doing the packing, you’ll neatly and carefullylabel everything so your customers can easily locate items at the otherend of the line.

The advantages to this business are that you can starton a shoestring, part-time if you like, you’re always on the moveyourself, and you get a peek at lots of different residences andlifestyles.

For this business, you’ll need to be organized, efficientand fairly detail-oriented. You should have the people skills to dealwith customers in a stressful situation (what move isn’t stressful?)and enough experience to know how to safely pack items that canpotentially spill, ooze or break.

The Market

Your clients will be homeowners, apartment renters and businesses whoare moving in or out. Post fliers at apartment and condominiumcomplexes, office complex leasing offices, laundromats, supermarkets,and ask moving truck rental firms like U-Haul and professional movingcompanies to refer you–be sure to give them supplies of your businesscards.

You might consider paying them a small commission or finder’sfee for referrals. Introduce yourself to real estate, rental andinsurance agents and give them your cards as well.

Needed Equipment

This is truly a shoestring start-up. All you really need is yourself.If you like–and it’s a nice touch–you can also provide packing boxesand materials, but if you do, be sure to figure these costs into yourprice.

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Mailbox Center

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

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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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