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Store Directory Boards

Love maps and floor plans? Create store directory boards.

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Store Directory Boards
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

Large retailers, office buildings, malls, and sports complexes all use directory boards to show visitors where they are, where items can be found, and where the various departments are located. Manufacturing store and office directory boards is a very artistic process, simply because the requirements for each location varies. This means that in most cases you do not have to compete against mass-produced directory boards. However, this is still a very competitive segment of the manufacturing and sign industry, so be sure to take a unique and innovative approach to the manufacturing process and appearance of the finished product. Recently, some companies have been selling and installing electronic directory boards for free into high-traffic locations. Of course, the catch is that the boards also feature advertising, which is sold to local businesses that serve the community. This may be a route to consider.

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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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Temporary Help Agency

Connect qualified workers with businesses in need of temporary help.

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Temporary Help Agency
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Outsourcing, downsizing, and consolidation are buzzwords in today’s business world, and all have helped to make the placement of temporary workers a thriving industry. In short, when businesses and organizations need temporary or seasonal help, many turn to the services of a temporary help agency to fulfill their manpower needs.

It often costs less and is more convenient than having to run help wanted ads and interview candidates. In starting your temp help agency, we suggest that you specialize in supplying qualified workers in one particular industry or area of expertise, such as the construction industry, retail sales, home care, domestic work, office work, or warehouse staffing. Recruiting workers prepared to work on a temporary basis should not prove difficult. Just target students, early retirees, homemakers, and even other homebased business owners seeking to earn extra income periodically.

The Market

Marketing can be as easy as creating an information package describing the service and your available work force, and distributing it to businesses and companies that occasionally rely on temporary workers. You can network for clients at business and social functions, and use the Yellow Pages and newspaper classifieds for advertising.

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Medical Billing Service

You can work from home while handling billing and tracking down unpaid claims for medical facilities.

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Medical Billing 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

The medical billing industry is extremelycompetitive. However, for the determined entrepreneur there is still agood opportunity to earn $40,000 per year or more operating a homebased medical billing service.

All medical billing is processedelectronically and sent directly to Medicare clearinghouses, socomputer equipment will be required as well as medical billing softwareto operate the service.

Additionally, you’ll have to familiarizeyourself with the diagnostic and procedure coding systems used bydoctors and health-care professionals on medical claim forms toindicate the type of service being billed.

Currently, medical billingservices are charging clients in the range of $2 to $3 per claimprocessed, and the overall profit potential for the service is good,providing you can process medical claims on a volume basis.

 There’s asteep learning curve for operating a medical billing service andcareful planning and research techniques will have to be practiced.

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