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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

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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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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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Power Tool Rentals

Start fixing up your business by buying quality power tools and setting up rental rates.

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Power Tool Rentals

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

Simply start by purchasing good-qualitycommercial-grade power tools, design an information brochure listingtool descriptions, and indicate day and weekly rental rates. The rentalprice list can be distributed to local construction and renovationcompanies. Your advantage over the competition is that you canadvertise that you guarantee free delivery of the rental tool (if instock) to the job site in one hour. The entire business can beconducted right from a delivery truck with the assistance of a cellularphone for incoming rental inquiries.

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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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