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Personal Concierge

Help your client with tasks they’re too busy to do on their own.

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Personal Concierge

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

According to a recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,there are nearly 16 million two-income families in this country. Andwhen everybody’s out in the workplace, no one’s left at home to takecare of all those little things that take up so much of a day–thingslike finding a dinosaur birthday cake for a kid’s party, tracking downa service to reweave slacks, running the car to the shop, standing inline at the post office, or making hotel and dinner reservations forvisiting guests.

If you like being on the go and in the know, doingsomething different every day, then this could be the business for you.You can specialize in helping corporate clients and denizens of officecomplexes, or you can concentrate on the homeowner who’s not at home.Or if you live in an area where there’s lots of entertainment, youmight specialize in obtaining event tickets.

The advantages to apersonal concierge business are that your days will always bringsomething new and different, and you get the satisfaction of helpingpeople’s lives run more smoothly and easily. You’ll need a strongorganizational sense, loads of get-up-and-go, and you’ll have to be amaster or mistress of multitasking.

You should have goodtime-management skills and the ability to track down even the mostoddball requests. You should have a good source of contacts andresources in a variety of industries and occupations and the peopleskills to build new ones on a daily basis. And last but definitely notleast, you need to be obsessive in fulfilling your clients’ requests.

The Market

Your clients can be private parties and businesses–anybody who needsan extra head, pair of arms and legs to accomplish the tasks theyhaven’t got time for. Direct-mail your brochures to people in targetedneighborhoods, those with enough discretionary income to afford yourservices.

Send brochures to the human resources departments andexecutives’ desks of large corporations and hand-deliver them to smallcompanies located in office complexes and parks. Place ads in localpublications and be sure to send press releases or write articles aboutyour service–it’s still novel enough that it’s likely to get publicity.

Needed Equipment

To get going, you’ll need a computer with an inkjet printer, the usualsoftware, a fax machine, internet access, and your little black book ofcontacts and sources. You may also want to invest in an electronic dataservice so customers can pay by phone.

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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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