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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.

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

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Drywall Installations

For the builders out there who have found their niche. Drywall is a great, easy-to-use material that can offer a great business opportunity.

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Drywall 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

Drywall installation and finishing is messy work that not many people enjoy doing; which is great for you, if this is the type of new business you wish to start. The drywall trade does require some practice to master. However, if you are patient, you can master the drywall trade quickly.
 
The fastest way to establish and expand a drywall business is to market the service directly to homebuilders and renovators. Additionally, market the drywall service to home painters and fire and flood restoration companies, as these businesses can also provide you with plenty of work. Drywall repair is an essential part of their service. These companies typically subcontract this work to an outside drywall contractor. At the time this directory was written, drywall rates were $50 per hour plus material for repairs and $1 to $1.25 per square foot for new finished drywall installation. However, you will have to conduct your own market survey in your local area to establish drywall installation and finishing rates.
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Construction Cleanup Service

If you don’t mind heavy lifting and like big machines, try starting a construction cleanup service.

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Construction Cleanup Service

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Operating a construction cleanup service is a bit different than a residential or commercial cleaning service mainly because the work is much more labor-intensive. There is often heavy lifting, ladder work and some debris removal required. Construction cleanup crews are the people who make sure newly built or renovated homes are spic-and-span before the owners move in and take possession.
 
Duties can include cleaning windows inside and out, dusting and washing all surfaces, removing stickers on windows and appliances, hauling away the last of the construction debris, polishing all the interior glass, marble, and tile surfaces, dusting and washing walls and ceilings, and vacuuming the floors. Rates are generally based on an estimate prior to doing the work and vary greatly depending on the size of the job and scope of the work, but expect to earn in the $30-an-hour range. Renovation companies, contractors and property developers are all potential customers. Therefore, creating a detailed brochure or promotional package that can be delivered to them is your best marketing tool, along with calling and visiting them in person to pitch your services.
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Mobile Screen Repair

If you’ve ever had a cat or dog, you know your screen won’t last forever.

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Mobile Screen Repair

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

Every year millions of window and doorscreens have to be repaired or replaced entirely. Starting a mobilescreen repair business could put you on the road to riches. Activatinga mobile screen repair service only requires a few basic tools andmaterials, such as a miter saw, screen rollers, various screenmaterials, and screen replacement parts. The business can be operatedfrom an enclosed trailer or truck to provide shelter from inclementweather. The key requirement, in terms of marketing a mobile screenrepair service, is to establish alliances with companies andindividuals that require window screen repairs and replacements on aregular basis.

These companies can include residential and commercialproperty management firms, strata corporations, government agencies,and community associations like recreation centers and schools. Theprofit potential for a mobile screen repair service is excellent, asthere is limited competition and consumer demand is high for screenrepairs and replacements. Furthermore, screening materials are veryinexpensive to purchase; yet the retail selling price of window anddoor screen repairs and replacements is typically five to eight timesas much as the material costs to produce the screens. The income thatcan be earned in this business venture will vary as to the total numberof screen repairs. However, a well-established mobile screen repairservice can generate sales in excess of $100,000 per year.

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