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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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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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Gutter Protection

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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Rubbish Removal

Being a trash man may not sound glamorous, but there’s plenty of money to be made hauling junk.

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Rubbish 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

It isn’t pretty, but trash could put you on the road to riches. Rubbishremoval is charged by the hour, truckload, or by a quote beforeremoving the junk. If you can offer home and business owners fast andconvenient rubbish removal services at competitive prices,word-of-mouth advertising will generate more work than you can handle.

Be sure to build alliances with people who can refer your business totheir customers and clients; these referral brokers include real estateagents, residential and commercial cleaners, and home service companiessuch as carpet cleaners, contractors, and property managers. If you’relooking for a low-cost business start-up that requires little in theway of skills or experience, a rubbish removal service is one of thebetter choices. After expenses and dumping fees, you should have noproblem earning in the range of $25 to $40 per hour.

The Market

Anyone who needs large amounts of trash removed from their property including homeowners, construction sites and businesses.

Needed Equipment

A secondhand truck or trailer, shovels, rakes, and a few garbage cans are all you need to start a rubbish removal service.

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