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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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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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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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Contract Negotations Service

Contract negotiations can be a dreaded aspect of business, but you can make the process less painful for clients with your negotiating skills.

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Contract Negotations 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 ability to successfully negotiate a business contract can mean the difference between prospering and failing. Many business owners are quick to realize that contract negotiation skills are an art form and often best left to professional contract negotiators. If you possess a high degree of business ethics, and have exceptional communications, negotiations and closing skills, then an unmatched opportunity waits in starting a contract negotiation service.

Securing clients for the service is best approached by creating a marketing package that explains the service, but more important, your accomplishments in terms of successfully negotiating contracts. Don’t be shy. If you have a track record of negotiating multimillion-dollar contracts in you past corporate life, let potential clients know.

Once the marketing package has been completed, set up appointments with companies and business owners that you feel would benefit from using your service and negotiations experience.

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