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Miniblind Cleaning Service

Put your attention to detail to work when cleaning miniblinds.

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Miniblind Cleaning Service

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

Almost everybody’s got at least one set of miniblinds in their homes oroffices–and everybody who has them also has a major problem with thedust and grime that sticks to blind surfaces and defies soap and water.You wash one side and dirt drips to the other. Tackle that side and youwind up with globby streaks on your first side.

But you can conquerdirt and prove that grime doesn’t pay with a miniblind cleaningservice. You’ll roll to customers’ homes with your ultrasonic cleaningsystem on board and give each miniblind a maxi shine. The advantages tothis business are that you’re always on the go so there’s no time toget bored in one place and there’s plenty of room for growth. You’llneed experience or training in ultrasonic miniblind cleaning, which youusually receive when you purchase your machine, and the marketingskills to reach customers who may not be aware that systems like yoursexist.

The Market

Your customers can be both residential and commercial. Tackle them byplacing ads, perhaps with a discount for the first set of blinds, incoupon mailers or with a direct-mail campaign. You can visit smallbusinesses directly, leaving your flier and business card, and placeads in the Yellow Pages and your local newspaper.

Needed Equipment

Your major piece of equipment, of course, is the ultrasonic machine,but you’ll also need the cleaning solutions that go with it and areliable utility vehicle like a van to transport it and you around town.

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Pooper-Scooper Service

Do the dirty work for your customers with a pet waste removal service.

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Pooper-Scooper 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

Believe it or not, you can make a very comfortable living by startingand operating a doggie pooper-scooper service in your community. Infact, this service has really taken off in the past few years and newpooper-scooper services are popping up daily across the country.

Thisis an easy business to start requiring little investment, no specialskills, and minimal equipment to operate. Basically, if you can handlea shovel and plastic bags, and can put up with less than aromaticsmells, you’re qualified to run a pooper-scooper service. If not, youcan still cash in on this booming growth business by marketing andmanaging the service while hiring others to do the dirty work. Spreadthe word about your pooper-scooper service by advertising in localnewspapers, pinning fliers to bulletin boards, and through dog-relatedbusinesses and clubs in the community. Most services charge a flatmonthly rate of between $30 and $60 to stop by customers’ homes orbusinesses weekly to clean up their yards, which takes no more than tenminutes per visit.

The Market

Pet owners.

Needed Equipment

You will need reliable transportation, a cell phone, garbage buckets,plastic bags, shovels, gloves, and a good pair of rubber boots.

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Zinc Strips And Moss Removal

Do you live in a wet area? Then a zinc strip and moss removal business may be for you.

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Zinc Strips And Moss Removal

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 biggest requirement to starting a zincstrip and moss removal service is that you must live in a wet and rainyarea of the country where moss accumulations on rooftops can causebuilding and structure problems. Providing this requirement is met, thebusiness is very easy to set in motion.

Simply put, this businessventure involves removing moss from rooftops and installing mosspreventative zinc strips and flashing. The fastest and most economicalway to market this service is to design a highly effectiveinformational flier explaining the benefits of moss removal andprevention, as well as your service. Distribute the fliers to homes andbusinesses in your community that have a visible moss problem.Providing you have included the right information in the marketingflier, it will not take long for the phone to start ringing and profitsto start coming in. Potential income range is $20 to $30 per hour, plusa markup on installed moss prevention zinc products, such as ridgestrips and flashings.

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Hardwood Floor Refinishing

Don’t worry about heavy flooring supplies–refinish the hardwood floor that’s already there.

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Hardwood Floor Refinishing

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

Fifty or 60 years ago, if you had hardwood floors it meant that you couldn’t afford carpeting, and everyone who had the funds put heavy pile over those burnished boards.
Nowadays, hardwood floors are valued for the beauty and warmth they add to a room. Homebuyers who find an older house with original hardwood floors count themselves lucky, and owners of new homes often request that the builder install wood flooring. But after years of wear and tear–even when buried beneath carpeting–those gorgeous floors can look downright dingy. If you like working with wood, restoring ugly ducklings to their rightful titles of flooring beauties, then a hardwood floor refinishing business might be for you. The advantages to this business are that you can work from home, you can start part time with relatively low costs, and you get the deep-down glow that comes from giving new life to fine wood. Hardwood floor refinishing is an art–you should know how to read wood, whether it’s healthy or not, suffering from moisture or dryness, and how it lives in the home it’s in. You’ll need a good working knowledge and solid skills with your equipment and materials, including polyurethanes, varnishes and stains.

The Market

Your customers will be home and apartment owners, remodeling contractors and interior designers. You can generally figure that homes and apartments built prior to the late 1950s will have hardwood floors–target neighborhoods of these homes and leave fliers on doorsteps or as door hangers. Send fliers to interior designers and contractors, then follow up with phone calls to reinforce your company in their minds. Leave cards or fliers at neighborhood hardware or home improvement stores (larger warehouse-type centers don’t usually allow this). Get your company written up in the real estate or home section of your local newspaper. Network in your community.

Needed Equipment

You’ll need a drum floor sander, an edger, a buffer with steel wool pads, and a reliable vehicle like a pickup truck to get you and your equipment to jobs.

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