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Personal Organizer

Not everyone is as organized as your are–and they want your help.

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Personal 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

If you’re a neat-a-holic, then this could be the business for you. As apersonal organizer, you’ll bust clutter in your clients’ homes, neatlyarranging kitchens, closets, file drawers, garages and attics, andteaching them to keep things tidy for easier, less stressful lives.

Most personal organizers take on tasks in the corporate world as well,straightening out executive messes–you can wear this hat if you likeor stick to home work.

The advantages to this business are that you canstart part-time on a shoestring, it’s creative and gives you the chanceto peek into lots of people’s lives, and if you’re a natural neatnikyou get the satisfaction of helping others become one, too.

You’ll needa healthy dose of organizational ability, which you must be able toapply to other people’s homes and situations. You’ll also need to be anorganization-oriented shopper, with a keen knowledge of what homefurnishings and accessories are in the marketplace so you can makerecommendations.

You should have good people skills because you’ll beworking with clients in their most intimate surroundings. You’ll needto make suggestions in a tactful manner and deal with junk that mightbest be tossed.

The Market

Your clients can be homeowners and apartment dwellers who are tired ofliving with clutter and losing time looking for things that should beunder their noses. Your best bets for attracting clients are placingads in your local paper and writing articles for local publications.

Give talks to women’s groups, place ads offering discounts in couponmailers, and donate a free makeover to a local charity in exchange forpublicity.

Needed Equipment

All you really need to get started is that creatively organized brainand a planning book, although as you grow you’ll want to invest in acomputer, a printer, a fax machine and all the usual software.

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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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Telephone Answering Service

Give callers a live person to talk to with an answering service.

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Telephone Answering Service
Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

The only talents needed to start a home based telephone answering service are a pleasant telephone manner and excellent communication skills. Business owners, professionals and sales consultants are all starting to realize that customers want the personalized service of talking to a live person when they call a business, not a prerecorded message. Many business owners are turning to forwarding their calls to a telephone answering service after normal business hours, on weekends, during lunch breaks and when no one is available to take incoming calls.

Services provided by a telephone answering service include: answering incoming calls, answering basic customer questions, forwarding messages and often additional office services, such as sending and receiving faxes and e-mails. Rates are based on the number of services provided for clients, and standard nonbusiness-hour telephone answering rates start at about $200 per month. Securing 10 to 15 clients for the service could easily generate business revenues in the range of $3,000 to $5,000 per month.

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Online Business Brokerage

Connect people from far and wide with an online business brokerage.

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Online Business Brokerage

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Thousands of established businesses andbusiness opportunities are bought and sold annually in North America,and now is your chance to cash in on the public’s demand foropportunities in self-employment by posting a business for salewebsite.

The site will have to be indexed into numerous sections thatrepresent various businesses for sale and opportunities likemanufacturing, distributorships and so on.

In exchange for a $100posting or listing fee, clients would receive a six-month posting onthe site that describes their business or business opportunity for salealong with contact information.

Once the website has been developed, itcan be kicked into high gear by employing subcontract sales consultantsto solicit listings. To secure listings the sales consultants couldsimply scan classified business for sale advertisements in their localarea and contact the owner to pursue a listing agreement.

Objectionsshould be few, as this is a very low-cost, highly effective method forbusiness owners wishing to sell their business to reach a globalaudience.

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