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Boat Cleaning Service

Get boats and your business into ship-shape.

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Boat Cleaning Service

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Franchises Available? Yes
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Don’t want to compete in the highlycompetitive residential or commercial cleaning industry, but would liketo start a cleaning service? If so, why not consider starting a boatcleaning service. The competition is minimal and, providing thecleaning service is established in the right area, the number ofpotential customers can be almost unlimited.

Starting a boat cleaningservice couldn’t be easier, as there are no special skills or equipmentrequired to operate the business, and marketing the service requires nomore than some printed fliers and a little bit of leg work todistribute the fliers at marinas and boating clubs. Considering a boatcleaning service can be started on an initial investment of less than$1,000, the income potential is excellent at $20 to $30 per hour.Providing customers with a boat bottom cleaning service can alsogenerate additional revenue for a boat cleaning service. This aspect ofthe service can be subcontracted to a qualified scuba diver to work ona split revenue basis.

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Hardwood Floor Refinishing

Don’t worry about heavy flooring supplies–refinish the hardwood floor that’s already there.

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Hardwood Floor Refinishing

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

Fifty or 60 years ago, if you had hardwood floors it meant that you couldn’t afford carpeting, and everyone who had the funds put heavy pile over those burnished boards.
Nowadays, hardwood floors are valued for the beauty and warmth they add to a room. Homebuyers who find an older house with original hardwood floors count themselves lucky, and owners of new homes often request that the builder install wood flooring. But after years of wear and tear–even when buried beneath carpeting–those gorgeous floors can look downright dingy. If you like working with wood, restoring ugly ducklings to their rightful titles of flooring beauties, then a hardwood floor refinishing business might be for you. The advantages to this business are that you can work from home, you can start part time with relatively low costs, and you get the deep-down glow that comes from giving new life to fine wood. Hardwood floor refinishing is an art–you should know how to read wood, whether it’s healthy or not, suffering from moisture or dryness, and how it lives in the home it’s in. You’ll need a good working knowledge and solid skills with your equipment and materials, including polyurethanes, varnishes and stains.

The Market

Your customers will be home and apartment owners, remodeling contractors and interior designers. You can generally figure that homes and apartments built prior to the late 1950s will have hardwood floors–target neighborhoods of these homes and leave fliers on doorsteps or as door hangers. Send fliers to interior designers and contractors, then follow up with phone calls to reinforce your company in their minds. Leave cards or fliers at neighborhood hardware or home improvement stores (larger warehouse-type centers don’t usually allow this). Get your company written up in the real estate or home section of your local newspaper. Network in your community.

Needed Equipment

You’ll need a drum floor sander, an edger, a buffer with steel wool pads, and a reliable vehicle like a pickup truck to get you and your equipment to jobs.

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Gutter Cleaning

Everyone hates cleaning the gutters–so help them out.

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Gutter Cleaning

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

Business Overview

Armed with nothing more than a ladder, garden hose, and basic transportation that will take you from one job to the next, it is possible to earn $200 to $300 per day cleaning leaves and other debris from rain gutters.
 
You will also need to obtain liability insurance coverage as well as workers’ compensation coverage, especially if you employ people, but these are also great sales tools because they give customers the peace of mind in knowing that they’ll be protected in the event of an accident or damage to their homes; they also project a professional image for your business. Market your gutter-cleaning services by designing a flier outlining the details of your service, along with contact information. Hand-deliver the fliers to homes in residential neighborhoods, and be sure to advertise a special promotion on the flier, such as a 20 percent discount to help secure work quickly. In addition to single-family homes, you can also contact home owner associations and property managers and pitch the benefits of your service.

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Roof Installations

Get a good roof over customers’ heads with this business and you’ll find yourself on top of the world.

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Roof Installations

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

The best aspect about starting a roofingservice is that unlike a new kitchen, a new roof is usually a need, nota want. Residential and commercial roofing manufacturers use manydifferent materials, such as asphalt, steel, cedar, and compositematerials.

The first step to get the business set in motion is todecide what type of roofing, and on what type of building you will beconcentrating your marketing effort on. Regardless of whether youconcentrate on residential or commercial, a roofing service will alwaysbe in high demand. Simply put, to get business there are many optionsavailable to you, including subcontracting for a new homebuilder, advertising directly to the end consumers, and becoming amanufacturer’s authorized installation representative. requirements:depending on the type of roof replacement service you will beoperating, the requirements will vary in terms of skilled staff,equipment, regulations, and operating location. In some areas of thecountry, a builder’s license is required to carry out roofinginstallations. Liability insurance is also and absolute must,regardless of the type of roofing installations you specialize in.

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