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Fence Repairs

Help complete the perfect picture by fixing the white picket fence.

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Fence Repairs

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

Business Overview

Fences are very easy to repair, and securing work for a fence repair service is even easier. Design a standard fence repair estimate form, leaving a blank area for the description of the repair to be completed.
 
Once you have printed 50 or so of these estimate forms, simply start driving around your community in search of fences that are in need of repairs. The completed fence repair estimate can be left attached to the homeowner’s mailbox with a business card and brief cover letter explaining your fence repair service. Aim to close 25 percent of the fence estimates that you complete, and I will guarantee that you can make more than $25,000 per year repairing fences, which is not bad for a business that can be started for less than $1,000.

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Mobile Paint Spraying

Go ahead, paint the town whatever color you like. It’ll be easy with a mobile paint spraying business.

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Mobile Paint Spraying

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

Prior to researching information for thisbook, I did not even realize that there was such a business as a mobilepaint spraying service. However, there is, and it can be a veryprofitable business to start and manage. The business, in a nutshell,is just as it sounds: providing paint spraying services to clients on amobile basis.

The enterprise can be operated in two fashions. The firstis to use an enclosed trailer or truck to house the equipment, as wellas to use as a mobile paint-spraying booth. The second option is totransport the paint spraying equipment in a smaller truck or trailerand paint items outside utilizing portable walls that, when erected,form a mini paint-spraying booth. Both operating methods are extremelyeffective.

 However, the latter is less expensive in terms of start-upinvestment. Mobile paint spraying services can be marketed to bothresidential homeowners and business owners. The following list is justa few items that can be included in your promotional brochures as itemsthat can be spray painted.

  • Fencing
  • Wood siding
  • Garden equipment
  • Appliances
  • Handrails
  • Flag poles
  • Metal roofing
  • Store fixtures
  • Patio furniture
  • Steel boats
  • Signs
  • Trailers
  • Constructionequipment
  • Concrete floors
  • Outdoor toys
  • Parking lot lines

Theincome potential will greatly vary for this type of unique service.However, the companies I contacted that provided mobile paint sprayingservices all quoted rates over the telephone in the range of $35 to $50per hour, plus the additional costs of paint.

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Parking Lot Power Sweeping

How do all those parking lots stay clean? Power sweeping businesses.

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Parking Lot Power Sweeping

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

Look around at many parking lots and what you’ll see are leaves, paper,cups, food wrappers, cigarette butts, and broken glass. All leave anegative impression about the business. Here is your opportunity toclean up your community and help business and property owners projectthe right image, by starting a parking lot power sweeping service.There are basically two styles of power sweeping equipment’truckchassis mounted sweepers and vacuums, and portable sweepers. The firstare classified as heavy equipment, the type cities use to power-sweepstreets. These models are very expensive, which will put them out ofthe financial reach of many entrepreneurs.

The second style, portablepower sweepers, are inexpensive and can be mounted on the back of anypickup truck. The second biggest advantage of portable power sweepingequipment, next to the cost savings, is that your truck can be aduel-use vehicle’power sweeper in place for business, and power sweeperremoved for personal use. The equipment is also small enough to allowfor sweeping of underground parking lots where the larger powersweepers cannot get in. This also creates a great opportunity tooperate the business part-time on nights and weekends.

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Potential customers will include property managers, shopping centers,schools, strip plazas, hospitals, car dealerships, grocery stores, andevery other business, agency, or organization with parking lots thatneed to be kept clean.

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Stump Removal Services

Spruce up lawns by removing unwanted tree stumps.

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Stump Removal Services

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 fastest and most efficient way to getrid of a tree stump is to grind or cut it out. Purchasing a stumpgrinding machine is the first step on the way to starting a stumpremoval service. The cost of a new stump grinding machine starts at afew thousand dollars and generally requires a trailer or truck to beused for transporting, as the machines are very heavy.

Contacting andsoliciting firms, such as construction companies, landscape companies,architects and property maintenance companies for stump removal workwill generally secure all the business that a one-person stump removalservice can handle. Currently, tree stump removal rates are in therange of $35 to $50 per hour. The more difficult stump removal jobs areusually estimated prior to starting the job.

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