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Appliance Repair Service

Are you handy? Help people fix their appliances.

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Appliance Repair Service

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

Business Overview

Appliance repair is a great moneymakingopportunity for mechanically inclined entrepreneurs. Stoves, fridges,dishwashers, washers, dryers, central vacuum systems and freezers arejust a few of the home appliances that you will be able to repair atrates as high as $75 per hour.

You will need home-appliance repairtraining, but certification courses can be completed in less than ayear, and you can contact the associations listed below to find classesavailable in your area. Further training in commercial kitchenequipment will enable you to also repair restaurant and food servicesequipment such as grills, fryers and commercial coolers.

Advertise inthe Yellow Pages and in your community classifieds. Offering customersa 24-hour emergency repair service, as well as an ironclad warranty onall work, is sure to get the telephone ringing. Also market yourappliance repair services to apartment landlords and property managers.This venture is perfectly suited to be operated from a homebasedworkshop to handle major repairs, while minor repairs can be completedright at your customers’ homes.

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Pest and Critter Control

If you don’t get grossed out by creepy crawlies, help people get rid of them.

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Pest and Critter Control

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

You can cash in on the booming pestmanagement and critter control industry by starting your ownpest-control service. You’ll be in good company, considering that thereare an estimated 65,000 people working in the pest-control industry inthe United States.

Specialize in ridding homes, offices, and commercialbuildings of pesky insects such as termites, roaches, spiders, ants,and bees. Or concentrate on ridding your clients’ properties of largercritters such as squirrels, snakes, rats, mice, and raccoons. For themore ecologically-minded client, some services even provide livecatch-and-release services for the removal of raccoons, snakes, skunks,and squirrels. In short, pest-control services locate, identify,destroy, catch, control, or repel pests by applying chemicals, settingtraps, installing physical barriers, or by manual removal techniques.Keep in mind that laws in both Canada and the United States requiretraining and licensing before you can offer customers pest-controlservices, especially those involving the application of pesticides.

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Paving Consultant

The right step for your future may be to start a paving consultant business.

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Paving Consultant

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

Starting a full-scale paving contractingbusiness is extremely investment capital-intensive. However, starting abusiness as an independent paving consultant is a very inexpensivebusiness to get rolling, and can generate an income in excess of$100,000 per year.

Simply put, market and sell paving services, andsubcontract the paving to a qualified and well-equipped pavingcontractor while retaining 10 to 20 percent of the contract value. Doorknocking, word-of-mouth, and distributing door-hanger fliers throughoutthe community will best accomplish marketing a paving service.Additional income can be earned by providing a driveway sealingservice, and driveway sealing work can be subcontracted to a qualifiedcontractor. Maintaining yearly gross sales of $400,000 will produce apretax income of $40,000 to $80,000 per year.

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Waterproofing Service

Help protect your clients’ property from the elements with a waterproofing service.

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Waterproofing Service

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

Starting a waterproofing service forresidential homes means that you can specialize in one or twoparticular types of waterproofing, such as concrete foundations orsolariums. Or, the service can focus on waterproofing solutions ingeneral for residential homes.

Waterproofing services can be promotedand marketed to both residential homeowners and property managementcompanies by employing traditional advertising and marketing mediumsand methods. The service can also be offered to renovation andconstruction companies on a subcontract basis.

The key to success inthis type of repair business is to have a good working knowledge ofconstruction practices and the ability to properly assess water ingressproblems. As this type of repair business is highly specialized, trueprofessionals will have no problem in creating a business income thatcan easily surpass $100,000 per year. A great additional revenue sourcefor the service is to also become an exclusive agent representingmanufacturers” waterproofing products. Many of these types ofspecialized waterproofing products can be used in your business, aswell as sold to architects, contractors, and the general public.

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