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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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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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