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Air Conditioning Service

Put your talents to work with an air conditioning service.

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Air Conditioning Service

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Franchises Available? Yes
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Calling all air conditioning service and repair tradespeople; it’s timeto stop making money for the boss and starting putting your talents towork for you with your own air conditioning service and repairbusiness. And for those of you who are worried about job security andincome: don’t. Simply premarket your service and build a customer baseprior to leaving your job.

How, you may ask? Easy. Design apresentation package that outlines your abilities and special skillsalong with air conditioning repair and service rates, and begin tocirculate the package to potential clients, such as residential andcommercial property management firms as well as directly to residentialand commercial building owners. (Be careful to not court your currentemployer’s customers. You don’t want to burn bridges. You could evenbecome a subcontractor for your current employer someday.) You may besurprised and encouraged by the results, since a small homebased repairbusiness such as this can really compete with larger firms, especiallywhen it comes to service rates, product markup and service-responsetime.

The Market

Your customers are residential and commercial property management firms, as well as homeowners and commercial building owners.

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Mirror Installations

Can you see yourself being successful? All you have to do is look into a mirror.

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Mirror 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

Mirrors are required for just about everyresidential and commercial washroom application, and a mirror sales andinstallation business can easily be operated from a home garage. Allthat is required is a truck with a basic glass rack, a few tools andthe ability to cut glass (or hire an assistant who can cut the glass).

The current rate to install bathroom mirrors is in the range of $5 to$7 per square foot, while the wholesale cost of the mirror is only $2per square foot. Your math skills do not have to be good to know thatleaves around $4 per square foot just for installing the mirror.
Forexample, if the average installation job is four mirrors with anaverage size of nine-square feet per mirror, then this would leave youand a helper $150 for installing the mirrors, which would take about anhour to do. Once you have established the business, you can begin tomarket the services to commercial and residential constructioncompanies, and it should not take long to build up a solid customerbase.

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Miniblind Cleaning Service

Put your attention to detail to work when cleaning miniblinds.

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Miniblind Cleaning Service

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Almost everybody’s got at least one set of miniblinds in their homes oroffices–and everybody who has them also has a major problem with thedust and grime that sticks to blind surfaces and defies soap and water.You wash one side and dirt drips to the other. Tackle that side and youwind up with globby streaks on your first side.

But you can conquerdirt and prove that grime doesn’t pay with a miniblind cleaningservice. You’ll roll to customers’ homes with your ultrasonic cleaningsystem on board and give each miniblind a maxi shine. The advantages tothis business are that you’re always on the go so there’s no time toget bored in one place and there’s plenty of room for growth. You’llneed experience or training in ultrasonic miniblind cleaning, which youusually receive when you purchase your machine, and the marketingskills to reach customers who may not be aware that systems like yoursexist.

The Market

Your customers can be both residential and commercial. Tackle them byplacing ads, perhaps with a discount for the first set of blinds, incoupon mailers or with a direct-mail campaign. You can visit smallbusinesses directly, leaving your flier and business card, and placeads in the Yellow Pages and your local newspaper.

Needed Equipment

Your major piece of equipment, of course, is the ultrasonic machine,but you’ll also need the cleaning solutions that go with it and areliable utility vehicle like a van to transport it and you around town.

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Siding Installations

Be a handyman with a niche. With low startup costs, this could be a great business opportunity.

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Siding 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

Siding sales and installations are about asstraightforward as a home improvement business start-up can get. Sellthe siding, and install the siding. Pricing for siding products andinstallations are generally based on a per-square basis (one squareequals 100 square feet). There are, like any home improvement orrenovation service, upgrades to the standard package that can be madeavailable to the consumer.

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