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Tax Preparation Service

Your accounting and tax prep skills can give customers time to stop and smell the roses in April.

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Tax Preparation Service

Startup Costs: $50,000 – $100,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

An accounting background is preferred;however, there are training and certification courses available thatwill enable you to start your own income tax preparation service as aqualified professional. As in any business, the more you know and thebetter your skills are, the more you will potentially earn. Though taxpreparation is a seasonal service, additional income can also be gainedby providing business clients with year-round bookkeeping services.Once established, word-of-mouth advertising and repeat business willsupport the service. However, to initially secure clients for thebusiness, consider offering a two-for-one special for your first yearof operation, prepare one tax return for the regular fee, while aspouse or partner receives the service for free.

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Leasing Agent

Connect clients with companies leasing the products they want.

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Leasing Agent

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

In most areas of the United States andCanada a special license is not required to match clients with lendinginstitutions that specialize in providing financing solutions on alease basis for purchases ranging from automobiles to computerequipment for business use.

Operating this service is very easy. Simplysecure clients wishing to lease a product and complete and submit thelease documents to two or three leasing companies or financialinstitutions. The lenders that reply with the best lease rates andterms for your clients are the companies that will earn your clients’and your business. Revenues for the service are earned by charging thefinancial lenders a fee or a commission based on the value of the totallease amount. Income and profit potential range is $40,000 to $100,000per year.

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Mortgage Broker

Help clients get the mortgages they need to purchase a home.

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Mortgage Broker

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Help people fulfill their dreams of homeownership by becoming an independent mortgage broker. The primaryfunction of the mortgage broker is to bring together people who want toborrow money to buy real estate, with lending institutions that advancefunds for the purpose of real estate purchases.

It should be noted thatthe rules and policies for obtaining a mortgage broker’s license differamong states and provinces, but you can contact the associations listedto find out about training and licensing requirements in your area.Once a mortgage broker has received an application from a client andchecked credit and work references, the next step is to send theapplication to one or more lending institutions for acceptance orrejection.

Mortgage brokers are typically paid a commission by thelending institution that advances the mortgage funds, ranging anywherefrom a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, depending on themortgage amount. Sometimes, however, in more difficult fundingscenarios’second, third, or bridge financing, for instance’a mortgagebroker will also charge the borrower a fee to cover the extra workinvolved in securing suitable financing. Most mortgage brokers handlefinding residential mortgages for their clients, but you can also workwith clients who want to renew their mortgages, increase their mortgageamounts, take out second or third mortgages, use equity for bridgefinancing, or purchase commercial properties, vacant land, incomeproperties, or vacation properties. This is very much a business thatthrives on referral and repeat business, so be sure to build workingrelationships with numerous real estate brokers and agents.

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Online Loans

Draw customers browsing for loans online.

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Online Loans

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Business startup loans, home improvementloans, and automotive loans are all types of financing services thatcan be featured on an online loans website. Banks, venture capitalistsand other lending institutions would pay a yearly fee to be listed andfeatured on the site as well as be given space within the site topromote and give details about their lending prerequisites and otherinformation.

People seeking financing for a product or project wouldlog onto the site, select the type of loan and lending institution theyare seeking, and complete and submit an application for financing rightonline. The application would be confidential and secure and beelectronically forwarded to the lending institution(s) of their choice.

Once again, specialization is the buzzword, thus you may want toconsider specializing in one particular type of financing, like homeimprovement loans. If this route were chosen, it could open doors interms of how you market the website. In the case of home improvementloans, home improvement contractors could link their website to yoursand their customers seeking financing for a renovation project would beable to complete a financing application right from the contractor’swebsite. The contractor would pay you a fee for having the service soreadily available.

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