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Independent Listing Agent

If you have telemarketing skills, here’s a low-cost business venture that calls prospective home buyers.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: Under $2,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Franchises Available? No
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Here is a very inexpensive businessenterprise that anyone with a phone book and telephone can start.Working as an independent listing agent for real estate professionalsmeans that you cold call or telemarket for various real estate agents.

Starting at ‘A’ in the telephone book and calling people inanticipation that they are now or will be soon considering listingtheir homes for sale is all that is required in terms of jobdescription for this business. Once you have established that a personmay be interested in listing their home for sale, you simply turn thisinformation over to a real estate agent to complete the negotiations.

For every confirmed listing the real estate agent receives as a resultof you initiating the procedure, the agent would pay you $250. Forevery property sold that was listed via your service, the real estateagent would pay you an additional $500. It would only take 30 listingsand sales in order to generate an income of more than $20,000 per year.

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Transit Advertising

The profits will roll in when you start operating and marketing a transit advertising program.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Like many advertising service contracts,operating and marketing a transit advertising program is generallyawarded by the transit commission or agency that operates the transitservice on a tendered basis.

Typically, the tenders renew every fewyears and the decision to award the contract to one particular serviceprovider is made on the basis of reliability, revenue generation andperformance record.

This type of advertising service contract can beextremely difficult to acquire. However, for the successful biddingcontractor the financial rewards can be outstanding as transitadvertising is some of the most sought-after advertising media bycompanies, agencies and merchants.

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T-Shirts in a Can

Capitalize on the novelty factor by designing T-shirts in a can for gifts, retail or wholesale.

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Business At A Glance

  • 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

Designing novelty T-shirts and the can theshirt will be sold in is a very interesting business opportunity to getrolling. The T-shirts can feature jokes, images or messages based on avariety of themes from political humor to children’s cartooncaricatures.

Once the silk-screening is completed, the T-shirts can bepackaged in tin cans that have a slot in the top to serve a secondfunction of a piggy bank. T-shirts in a can make a terrific noveltygift and can be sold to retailers on a wholesale basis or directly toconsumers via a sales kiosk or the internet.

Furthermore, to keepinitial startup costs to a minimum, the silk-screening aspect of thebusiness can be contracted to a local silk-screener as opposed topurchasing the equipment. In addition to selling T-shirts in a can,larger sweatshirts can also be printed with humorous messages andpackaged in larger, one-gallon paint cans.

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Window Displays

Use your flair for design to attract shoppers.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: Under $2,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Retailers often must rely on an elaboratewindow and in-store displays to attract the attention of passingconsumers, and starting a business that specializes in creatingeffective window displays for retail merchants is the focus of thisbusiness opportunity.

Marketing a window display service can be as easyas approaching local retailers and initially providing your servicesfor free until the owner of the business starts to realize the benefitsand increased sales that a well-designed window display can garner.Additionally, the ‘free’ display that you create can also be used as apowerful marketing tool to present to other shop owners.

Placing a signby the display that explains your service and gives contact informationwill help in getting the word out. Furthermore, be sure to build aninventory of interesting props so that you can provide clients with an’all inclusive’ display service.

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