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Solar Tube Installations

Get into the specialty lighting business by installing solar tubes.

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Solar Tube Installations
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

Solar tubes are a low-cost alternative to installing skylights. These miniskylights are available in a few different sizes and are packaged complete with roof flashing, expandable tunnel, interior finishing ring, and all required installation hardware. What makes this a terrific business start-up is the fact that solar tubes are easy to install, require no permits or special tools, and cost the homeowner less than $600 for the complete installation, including the product. The benefit of the solar tube is that they can add a tremendous amount of natural light to areas that are normally dark, such as closets, stairways, bathrooms, and hallways.

The market for solar tubes is cations. Solar tubes are a relatively new product to enter the home improvement market. The potential growth is excellent and current competition is limited. The best way to promote the product and your installation service is to build a mobile showroom n a trailer, keeping it completely free from light inside the trailer with exception of a solar tube. Both you and your customers will be amazed at the amount of light that is generated by the solar tube, which of course is a great sales tool. requirements: Only basic construction knowledge and power tools are required to install solar tube skylights. Currently there are no regulations for the installation of solar tubes, but check with local building officials in your area. Note: A few of the solar tube manufacturers have a night light option. If you are considering providing this option to your customers, ensure that you are, or you have access to, a licensed electrician to complete the electrical hookups.

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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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Mobile Paper Shredding

Looking for a green business? Do your part in taking care of the environment by shredding mass amounts of papers to be recycled.

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Mobile Paper Shredding

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Recycling paper is practiced by more than 50percent of North American companies. However, not all paper productsand documents can simply be dropped into the blue bin for recycling.

Many must first be shredded as they may contain confidential business,employee, or customer information. Starting a mobile paper shreddingservice is very straightforward.

The main equipment requirement is astep van or five ton truck outfitted with an industrial paper shredderand a generator as a power supply.

This type of mobile setup willenable you to shred paper right at the customer’s site. Clients forhigh-volume paper shredding include large corporations andorganizations, such as hospitals, law firms, manufacturers, andeducation facilities.

Once shredded, the paper is simply dropped off atany recycling depot. This type of recycling business requires carefulplanning, as the investment to get the business rolling is substantial,and not every community has the industrial and business base needed tosupport the volume of paper shredding considered necessary to make thisa profitable venture.

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Hotel Art Supply

Hotels need a lot of artwork for their many walls–and you can supply it.

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Hotel Art Supply

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

Look closely and you’ll notice that hotelsare virtually art galleries. You will find paintings, prints, andsculptures in almost every room, hallway, lounge, and lobby.

Assumethat one hotel has 150 rooms, one lobby, two banquet rooms, one lounge,and ten hallways. The hotel’s art requirements could be as many as 200paintings or prints alone.

Simply supplying one hotel with a completeart decor package can make you thousands of dollars in profits. Toactivate this business you will want to establish a relationship withat least 15 to 20 different artists who work in various art mediums.

Next take digital pictures of the artwork and place it on a CD-ROM andsimply start setting meetings and knocking on doors. Placing picturesof the sample artwork on CD-ROM will enable you to do mobileprofessional presentations right from your laptop computer.

Of course,the big profit opportunities are landing art supply contracts withhotels that are being constructed or undergoing total interiorrenovations.

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