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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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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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