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Litter Pickup

Help keep your area clean with a litter pickup service.

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Litter Pickup

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 are looking for an easy service to sell that requires no specialskills or experience, yet still has excellent income potential and astart-up investment of only a few hundred dollars, then a litter pickupservice might be just what you’ve been searching for. Armed with only arake, shovel, garbage can, and a pair of gloves, you can be cleaning uplitter for paying customers in your community.

Ideally, these customerswill be retailers, professionals, and other business owners who need toproject a good business image. Having litter in and around theirbusinesses in parking lots, lawns, flowerbeds, and sidewalks isobviously not the image they want to project. Create a detailedpromotional flier outlining services and litter pickup fees anddistribute it to retailers, service providers and professionals withstorefronts and parking lots. In exchange for a flat monthly fee, visitcustomers’ business locations daily to pick up any litter lying inclose proximity to their shops’sidewalks, entranceways, flowerbeds,lawns and parking lots’and in no time you will be well on your way tobuilding a profitable business.

The Market

Retailers and other business owners who want to project a good business image.

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Fence Panels

Add the finishing touch to any yard or field by offering fence panels.

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Fence Panels

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

Almost all new wooden fences that are being installed today are constructed from prebuilt fence panels in 4-, 5-, and 6-foot heights. Typically these prebuilt fence panels are constructed from pressure treated wood or from cedar wood, and are available in a wide range of styles.
 
To get started building and selling fence panels you will need a homebased workshop, basic power and hand tools, and some design plans, but that’s about it. The fence panels can be sold to fence installation companies, landscape contractors, to do-it-yourself building centers, or directly to homeowners by placing advertisements in your local newspaper.Once established, and the manufacturing bugs have been worked out, there should be no problem averaging $20 to $30 per hour for building the fence panels.

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Mirror Installations

Can you see yourself being successful? All you have to do is look into a mirror.

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Mirror Installations

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

Mirrors are required for just about everyresidential and commercial washroom application, and a mirror sales andinstallation business can easily be operated from a home garage. Allthat is required is a truck with a basic glass rack, a few tools andthe ability to cut glass (or hire an assistant who can cut the glass).

The current rate to install bathroom mirrors is in the range of $5 to$7 per square foot, while the wholesale cost of the mirror is only $2per square foot. Your math skills do not have to be good to know thatleaves around $4 per square foot just for installing the mirror.
Forexample, if the average installation job is four mirrors with anaverage size of nine-square feet per mirror, then this would leave youand a helper $150 for installing the mirrors, which would take about anhour to do. Once you have established the business, you can begin tomarket the services to commercial and residential constructioncompanies, and it should not take long to build up a solid customerbase.

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Line Painting

It’s a simple concept, but someone needs to do it–painting and repainting lines.

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Line Painting

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

Help give your fellow humans the directions they need by starting aline-painting service. Line painting is needed in parking lots todelineate spaces, show handicap zones, directions, and reserved parkingareas. Line painting is also needed for sports fields and runningtracks, temporary marking for special events, and for interior usessuch as marking zones and directions in warehouses and factories. Inall, an initial investment of less than $10,000 will get you started.This is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to earn in excess of $25per hour on a full- or part-time basis. Line painting is also an easyskill to learn and the service is always in demand.

The Market

Customers include commercial property owners, property managers,developers, and warehouse owners, as well as sports field and runningtrack contractors, paving contractors, sports clubs, and schools.

Needed Equipment

Walk-behind paint-striping machines for both pavement- and turf-markingare available at a relatively modest cost, in the range of $1,500 to$5,000, along with reusable stencils for marking. You will also need atruck or trailer to move the equipment from job site to job site and apower washer or blower to clean surfaces before applying traffic paint.

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