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Feel out sales leads for your clients.

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Prospecting Agent

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

In a nutshell, a prospecting agent generatesand qualifies sales leads for their clients. However, the serviceshould not be confused with a telemarketing service, as a prospectingservice never attempts to close a sale or go beyond qualifying a saleslead for their clients. Prospecting agents are paid for each lead theygenerate, and the higher the value of the client’s products andservices, the larger the fee for supplying qualified leads.Additionally, some prospecting agents also generate sales leads firstand then sell the leads to the highest bidder. An example of this wouldbe a prospecting agent that sets up a display booth at a home andgarden trade show and collects names, addresses and contact informationfrom people that are considering a home improvement renovation. Thetype of renovation they are considering will dictate what kind of homeimprovement company the prospecting agent will approach to purchase theleads.

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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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Flier Distribution Service

Help clients distribute fliers with this low-cost advertising method.

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Flier Distribution 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

Not only is a flier delivery service a veryeasy business to start, it also has the potential to generate afantastic annual income. Companies have used promotional fliers fordecades as a low-cost highly effective advertising method. Starting aflier delivery service requires no more than a telephone and a goodpair of walking shoes.

Currently, flier delivery services are chargingdelivery rates in the range of 7 to 15 cents per hand-delivered flier.As a method to increase your delivery workforce, consider hiringretirees and students to deliver fliers during busy times.

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Website Quality Consultant

Tell clients what is–and isn’t–working on their site and how they can fix it.

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Website Quality Consultant
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

In exchange for a fee, give small business owners the real lowdown on the quality of their site. In the rush to get online, many small-business owners forget that information and services should provide value on their site. In a nutshell, as the quality consultant you’d view a client’s website and submit a full report. The report could include a comparison to competitor sites, a rating on how user-friendly their site is, and suggestions on how the site could be improved. These improvements could range from including a software application to providing enhanced visitor services to changing the style of how content is presented.

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