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Help clients never have to clean their gutters again with a gutter protection service.

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Gutter Protection

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

Do you want to make $50,000 or more per year, and be independent within a week from now? If so, then starting a gutter protection business may be exactly the type of new business enterprise that you have been searching for. What is a gutter protection business? Gutter protection is a product that quickly snaps into place over the top of four- and five-inch gutters.
 
Once installed, gutter protection allows water to pass into the gutter, but not debris, such as leaves and small branches. Of course, the greatest benefit to a product like this is the fact that the homeowner no longer has to risk life and limb on a ladder to clean the rain gutters two or three times per year. If this product is so easy to install, then why would the homeowners not simply install it themselves? Because of the fact that many homeowners do not even realize that this product is available, and because it still requires a lot of ladder work to install. To effectively market this product and service, you will want to design and distribute a promotional and informational flier.
 
The flier should highlight all the benefits of having this product installed, as well as indicate your contact information for your business. A demonstration booth, which can be assembled for use at home and garden shows and malls, is a fantastic way not only to demonstrate the product benefits, but also to generate sales leads from potential customers. The following are reasons why a homeowner should have this product installed; you may want to include these benefits in all advertising and promotional information that you create for the business:
  • No more cleaning rain gutters yourself or hiring people to do so, which saves money and time.
  • No more risking personal injury by having to clean your rain gutters from an unstable ladder.
  • Debris prevented from entering your home’s drainage system, which can eliminate any chance of costly repairs to the drainage system.

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Home Maintenance and Repair

Keep clients’ homes in tip-top shape with a home maintenance and repair business.

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Home Maintenance and Repair

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

Business Overview

If you’re the type who can (and likes to) do just about anything around the house–mend a leaky faucet, nail down those sagging shingles, paint a wall, unstick a sticking door, repair a broken cabinet or build a garbage can enclosure, then this might be just the business for you.
You’ll be on-call in your neighborhood for all those jobs that aren’t quite big enough to hire an expensive contractor but are beyond the homeowner’s expertise or time constraints. This is a business with room for growth: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Americans spent nearly $43 million on home maintenance and repairs in a single recent year. The advantages to this business are that you can work from home, you can start on a shoestring, you’re always doing something different, and it’s gratifying. People are delighted when you can save them money by doing the job yourself and appreciative of skills that they don’t possess. You’ll need a variety of home-repairs skills–everything from minor plumbing to minor electrical to painting and carpentry. You’ll want people skills because you’ll be dealing with a variety of personalities on their home turf, and a good sense of logistics to help you determine which jobs to schedule in what order.

The Market

Your customers will be mostly homeowners, but you can also target owners or managers of small apartment buildings or condominium complexes who don’t have a maintenance person on staff, and small shopkeepers and real estate agents who may need help with a vacant property. Deliver fliers detailing your services to potential customers by tucking them under doormats or making them into door hangers. (Don’t place them in mailboxes–the U.S. Postal Service gets very upset about this.) Place ads in your local newspaper and in your neighborhood Yellow Pages. For small-business commercial customers, hand-deliver fliers or brochures and explain your services. You may not get any takers the first time you visit, but don’t get discouraged. A repeat visit or two can often seal a deal.

Needed Equipment

In some states, you’ll need a contractor’s license, so be sure to check with your local contractor’s board or commerce department before you start. You’ll want to be bonded. And you’ll need the handyperson’s stock-in-trade: hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, grip vises, flashlights, a cordless saw, a stepstool and ladder, and paint brushes and rollers. You should also have a pager so customers can reach you during the day and a pickup truck for making house calls.

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Kitchen Facelift Service

Liven up everyone’s favorite room with a kitchen facelift service.

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Kitchen Facelift 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

If you launch a kitchen facelift service, your most powerful salesargument could easily become, ‘Why spend $20,000 to replace yourkitchen, when we can give you an entirely new look for a fraction ofthe cost?’ The average cost of a complete kitchen replacement now tops$20,000–out of the reach of many homeowners.

Yet many of these samehomeowners have the financial resources to part with a few thousanddollars to get the next best thing’a professional kitchen facelift.Leaving the wall and floor cabinets in place, install new doors,countertops, hardware, tile backsplash, accent lighting and trim tomake even the dullest kitchen look new and exciting for a fraction ofthe cost of a total kitchen replacement. Exhibiting at home-and-gardenshows with the aid of a before-and-after kitchen facelift display willenable you to generate sales leads from people interested in havingtheir kitchens updated. Traditional forms of advertising in newspapers,on the radio, site signs and via direct mail will also get thetelephone ringing.

The Market

Homeowners looking to revamp their kitchens without the cost associatedwith completely replacing their kitchen. You can also target apartmentcomplexes who need to update kitchens in their units.

Needed Equipment

You will need carpentry skills, woodworking tools and equipment to successfully start and operate this service.

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Sandblasting Service

Help erase the sands of time by blasting it with more sand.

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Sandblasting 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

There are two approaches that can be takenwhen considering starting a sandblasting service. The first approach isto operate a sandblasting service from a fixed location. The secondapproach is to purchase a van and operate the service on a mobilebasis. The second option is less costly to establish.

Operating amobile sandblasting service will also enable access to a larger varietyof sandblasting work. The cost to purchase basic sandblasting equipmentis minimal, and the required equipment is generally available atindustrial supply centers. There are many different types ofsandblasting work that can be secured in every community.

However, inthe spirit of being unique and in an attempt to limit competition andseek a niche, pinpoint one particular sandblasting specialty, such asheadstone sandblasting. It is a common practice for headstones to beinstalled in cemeteries while the person they are intended for is stillalive. When the appropriate time arrives, the headstone is completedwith the date sandblasted into the headstone at the cemetery. Thebusiness is best marketed by visiting all the monument companies inyour community and offering this type of mobile sandblasting work.Current rates are in the range of $30 to $60 per headstone and each onerequires one to two hours to complete.

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