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Showroom Props

Help customers stage the perfect show by renting the right props.

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Showroom Props
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

Many retailers use props for store displays as opposed to the real product. Using props enables the retailer to keep costs down when establishing or updating a showroom. It also reduces the financial loss in the event of damage or theft of the showroom displays. There are two options in terms of initiating a business that sells showroom props to retailers: The first option is to design and manufacture the props; the second is to purchase the props in bulk on a wholesale basis from established manufacturers and add a profit percentage for resale. While both options are viable, the second option is far less costly to start and operate. However, the profit potential is also greatly reduced for the second option of operating. Careful research and planning will indicate the preferred method for starting the business for you.

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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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Grand Opening Service

Businesses will open with a bang thanks to your planning service.

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Grand Opening Service

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

According to the SBA, more than 700,000 newbusinesses open each year in the U.S., and this fact creates afantastic opportunity for the enterprising entrepreneur to start abusiness that specializes in providing clients with various grandopening services.

Grand opening services can include celebrity visitsfor grand opening events, a red carpet service, a ribbon cuttingservice and a press release service, just to mention a few.

As a uniqueway of marketing the grand opening service, consider initiating adirect-mail advertising campaign explaining the various services yourbusiness provides.

The campaign can be targeted at owners of businessesthat have recently opened or will be opening in the very near future.To obtain this type of contact information for the direct-mailadvertising campaign, simply contact your local business service centerand ask for a list of people that have recently applied and been issueda business license.

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One Hour Photo Lab

Do you enjoy seeing a finished product? Consider film development with a one hour photo lab.

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One Hour Photo Lab

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

In spite of the increasing popularity ofdigital imaging, print or negative photography will be around for manyyears to come. A good income can still be earned by starting andoperating a one-hour photo lab.

Of course the resourceful entrepreneurwill also provide customers with digital imaging services in additionto traditional film development services. Like any retail business,location will be a major consideration.

Good operating locations for aone-hour photo lab include stand-alone kiosks in malls, smallstorefronts in strip plazas, and kiosks within existing retail storessuch as grocery stores and pharmacies.

One-hour photo lab equipment iseasy to operate and most distributors of this equipment will includesome training when new or used photo lab equipment is purchased.

Thetitle of the business suggests that all film developing is completed inone hour or less. However, this is inaccurate as it is best to givecustomers film development options.

The faster they want their filmdeveloped the higher the costs. There are also incentives that you canoffer to secure new and repeat business such as two prints for theprice of one, a free roll of film with each three rolls developed, anda free 8-inch by 10-inch blowup of one picture per roll of filmdeveloped.

Also to increase revenues, be sure to establish drop-off andpick-up satellite locations. Satellite locations simply mean thatcustomers can drop off their film at various locations throughout thecommunity and pick up their photos at a later date.

You simply drive tothese location daily and pick up the film to be developed and drop itoff the next day when you return to pick up film again.

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