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Handyperson

Fix yourself up with a handyman business and start helping others today.

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Handyperson

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

Cash in on the multibillion-dollar home repair industry by starting your own handyperson service. Handyperson services require little explanation about the business opportunity.
 
The main requirement for starting such a service is, of course, that you are handy with tools, have the required tools and equipment and have a good understanding and working knowledge of many trades’painting, carpentry, flooring, plumbing’basically, that you are a jack-of-all-trades. Currently, handyperson billing rates are in the range of $25 to $40 per hour, plus materials and a markup to cover the costs associated with handling and delivery. The service can be promoted and marketed to both residential and commercial clients through traditional advertising and marketing means such as the Yellow Pages, newspaper advertisements, fliers and door hangers, site and vehicle signage, door knocking and home-and-garden shows. Repeat business and word-of-mouth referrals will become your main source of new business once you are established, providing you offer clients good value and excellent service.

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Mobile Screen Repair

If you’ve ever had a cat or dog, you know your screen won’t last forever.

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Mobile Screen Repair

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

Every year millions of window and doorscreens have to be repaired or replaced entirely. Starting a mobilescreen repair business could put you on the road to riches. Activatinga mobile screen repair service only requires a few basic tools andmaterials, such as a miter saw, screen rollers, various screenmaterials, and screen replacement parts. The business can be operatedfrom an enclosed trailer or truck to provide shelter from inclementweather. The key requirement, in terms of marketing a mobile screenrepair service, is to establish alliances with companies andindividuals that require window screen repairs and replacements on aregular basis.

These companies can include residential and commercialproperty management firms, strata corporations, government agencies,and community associations like recreation centers and schools. Theprofit potential for a mobile screen repair service is excellent, asthere is limited competition and consumer demand is high for screenrepairs and replacements. Furthermore, screening materials are veryinexpensive to purchase; yet the retail selling price of window anddoor screen repairs and replacements is typically five to eight timesas much as the material costs to produce the screens. The income thatcan be earned in this business venture will vary as to the total numberof screen repairs. However, a well-established mobile screen repairservice can generate sales in excess of $100,000 per year.

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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.

The Market

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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Trim Carpenter

Help people put the finishing touches on their homes and businesses.

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Trim Carpenter

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

The home improvement industry is red-hot in North America and shows nosigns of cooling off anytime soon, which is great news forentrepreneurs with basic carpentry skills, especially if those skillsare utilized in starting a trim service. Trim carpenters installinterior windowsills and doorsills, jambs, and casings, as well asbaseboard trim and ceiling crown molding.

They trim out built-ins likefireplaces, bookcases, and wall niches. For home exteriors, trimcarpenters trim out windows, doors, fascia and bargeboards, as well asadd decorative trim and gingerbread molding. Rates vary depending onthe type of trim being installed, stain or paint requirements, and thetotal footage installed. Call around to other trim services in yourarea to find out about current rates.

The Market

In addition to installing trim directly for homeowners, you can alsosubcontract your services to general contractors, new-home builders,renovation contractors, kitchen and bath installers, flooringinstallers, and painters.

Needed Equipment

Fortunately, equipment requirements are minimal to get started’acompound miter saw, air compressor, nail gun, ladders, suitabletransportation, and basic hand tools.

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