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Get out your old painting jeans and ladder to start a house painting business.

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House Painting

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

Business Overview

One of the hallmarks of a well-kept home or prosperous business is afresh, professional coat of paint. But most people hate painting–ittakes a lot of time and skill to do the job right–plus you have tospread drop cloths over everything, climb around on ladders orscaffolding, and hope you don’t get paint in your hair.

But if you likepainting–you love the transformation as a dingy room or buildingbecomes clean and new–and you’ve got the talent and experience todeliver a first-class job, then this could be the business for you. Theadvantages to this business are that you can work from a home base,your startup costs can be relatively low, and if you like the feelingof accomplishment that comes from a good day’s physical labor, it canbe both rewarding and lucrative. You’ll need experience in paintinginteriors and exteriors and in working with different types of paintsand primers. You’ll also need some people skills in dealing withvarious personalities and the ability to estimate a job and come out onthe winning end.

The Market

Your targets will be homeowners, apartment buildings and condominiumcomplexes, businesses large and small, interior designers, and realestate agents who may need help with a vacant property. You may want tospecialize in certain types of painting–homeowners and interiordesigners will go for decorative treatments like sponge-painting, fauxaging or stenciling–or, if you live in a historic area, you canspecialize in ‘painted ladies,’ those glorious, gaudy Victorians,Colonial homes, or whatever suits your neighborhood.

Using authentichistoric colors for antique homes is very popular these days, so youcan offer color consultation and expertise as part of your historicalservice. To sell to this type of client, send brochures to historichome associations or introduce yourself to homeowners and contractors.To target other types of prospects, send brochures; leave fliers onhomeowners’ doorsteps; and network with interior designers, contractorsand real estate agents. You can also place ads in local papers. If youspecialize in decorative-painting techniques, get your company writtenup in local publications, give talks to local groups and volunteeryourself as a guest on a local radio chat show.

Needed Equipment

You can start off with a couple sizes of ladders, an assortment ofbrushes, rollers and paint trays and perhaps a sprayer and a breathingmask. As you grow, you can branch out to heavy-duty sprayers andcompressors and a set of scaffolding. You’ll also need a pickup truckto carry you and your equipment to jobs.

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Window And Door Repair Service

Help clients keep their windows and doors is good working order.

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Window And Door Repair Service

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

Business Overview

The target market for a window and doorrepair service is owners of older homes that have wooden sash doors andwindows. The reason to target these homes for this type of business isdue to the fact that old wooden windows and doors require yearlymaintenance, such as new putty, paint, and removal and installation ofstorm windows. The demand for this type of repair service will alwaysbe strong, as many of these homeowners would not consider replacing thewindows and doors because the heritage value the wooden doors andwindows add to the home’s appearance. Potential income range is $20 to$35 per hour.

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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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Graffiti Removal

Love your neighborhood? Keep it spic and span with a graffiti removal service.

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Graffiti Removal

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

Look anywhere and you’re sure to find graffiti’walls, sidewalks, signs, and fences’making a graffiti removal service a very timely and in-demand start-up. Removing graffiti does not require a great deal of work experience. In fact, it can be learned on the job through trial and error. The market is unlimited, largely untapped, and is constantly being renewed so there is lots of upside growth potential.
The only equipment required is a portable pressure washer (water) and perhaps a portable sandblaster, but in recent years most graffiti removal services have been getting away from sandblasting because of the potential to damage surfaces. Regardless, both machines can be conveniently mounted on a trailer for easy transportation to and from job sites.

Likewise, both can also be rented as needed to help keep initial start-up costs to a minimum, and then purchased from the profits the business earns. One marketing option is to visit businesses that are often the victims of graffiti vandalism and offer them a low-cost graffiti-removal solution. Provide clients with a monthly graffiti-removal option in which, for a fixed monthly fee, you’ll check in once a week to see if there’s any new graffiti to be removed. If new graffiti is present, you simply remove it. If no graffiti is present, you move on to your next client’s location.

The Market

In addition to business owners, graffiti removal services can also be marketed to schools, libraries, homeowners and just about any other location with graffiti problems.

Needed Equipment

A portable pressure washer, portable sandblaster and trailer to haul it all around.

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