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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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Trim Carpenter

Help people put the finishing touches on their homes and businesses.

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Trim Carpenter

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

The home improvement industry is red-hot in North America and shows nosigns of cooling off anytime soon, which is great news forentrepreneurs with basic carpentry skills, especially if those skillsare utilized in starting a trim service. Trim carpenters installinterior windowsills and doorsills, jambs, and casings, as well asbaseboard trim and ceiling crown molding.

They trim out built-ins likefireplaces, bookcases, and wall niches. For home exteriors, trimcarpenters trim out windows, doors, fascia and bargeboards, as well asadd decorative trim and gingerbread molding. Rates vary depending onthe type of trim being installed, stain or paint requirements, and thetotal footage installed. Call around to other trim services in yourarea to find out about current rates.

The Market

In addition to installing trim directly for homeowners, you can alsosubcontract your services to general contractors, new-home builders,renovation contractors, kitchen and bath installers, flooringinstallers, and painters.

Needed Equipment

Fortunately, equipment requirements are minimal to get started’acompound miter saw, air compressor, nail gun, ladders, suitabletransportation, and basic hand tools.

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Fabric Restoration

Are you great at cleaning and mending? Try out fabric restoration.

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Fabric Restoration

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

Fabric restoration is big business for both residential and commercial applications, mainly because, if you stop to think about it, fabric covers just about everything in the home and office. Working from a well-equipped van on a mobile basis, you can repair and restore torn, cracked, faded, stained and burned fabrics like leather, suede, vinyl, cloth, plastic, carpet and velour.
Market your fabric restoration services through traditional advertising mediums like the Yellow Pages and classified ads and build working relationships with other businesses that have the potential to utilize your services on a regular basis. These businesses include hotels, motels, movie theaters, hospitals, carpet cleaners, furniture stores, boat dealerships, car and recreational vehicle dealerships, bus and limousine companies and restaurants. There is quite a bit of learning to be done, which makes starting a franchise operation a good choice because training is provided. At the same time, entrepreneurs with handyperson skills can master the trade on their own through trial and error and practice, practice and more practice.

The Market

Motels, hotels, movie theaters, hospitals, carpet cleaners, furniture stores, boat dealerships, car and recreational dealerships, bus and limousine companies and restaurants.

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Construction Cleanup Service

If you don’t mind heavy lifting and like big machines, try starting a construction cleanup service.

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Construction Cleanup Service

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Operating a construction cleanup service is a bit different than a residential or commercial cleaning service mainly because the work is much more labor-intensive. There is often heavy lifting, ladder work and some debris removal required. Construction cleanup crews are the people who make sure newly built or renovated homes are spic-and-span before the owners move in and take possession.
 
Duties can include cleaning windows inside and out, dusting and washing all surfaces, removing stickers on windows and appliances, hauling away the last of the construction debris, polishing all the interior glass, marble, and tile surfaces, dusting and washing walls and ceilings, and vacuuming the floors. Rates are generally based on an estimate prior to doing the work and vary greatly depending on the size of the job and scope of the work, but expect to earn in the $30-an-hour range. Renovation companies, contractors and property developers are all potential customers. Therefore, creating a detailed brochure or promotional package that can be delivered to them is your best marketing tool, along with calling and visiting them in person to pitch your services.

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