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Paving Consultant

The right step for your future may be to start a paving consultant business.

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Paving Consultant

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Starting a full-scale paving contractingbusiness is extremely investment capital-intensive. However, starting abusiness as an independent paving consultant is a very inexpensivebusiness to get rolling, and can generate an income in excess of$100,000 per year.

Simply put, market and sell paving services, andsubcontract the paving to a qualified and well-equipped pavingcontractor while retaining 10 to 20 percent of the contract value. Doorknocking, word-of-mouth, and distributing door-hanger fliers throughoutthe community will best accomplish marketing a paving service.Additional income can be earned by providing a driveway sealingservice, and driveway sealing work can be subcontracted to a qualifiedcontractor. Maintaining yearly gross sales of $400,000 will produce apretax income of $40,000 to $80,000 per year.

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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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Siding Installations

Be a handyman with a niche. With low startup costs, this could be a great business opportunity.

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Siding 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

Siding sales and installations are about asstraightforward as a home improvement business start-up can get. Sellthe siding, and install the siding. Pricing for siding products andinstallations are generally based on a per-square basis (one squareequals 100 square feet). There are, like any home improvement orrenovation service, upgrades to the standard package that can be madeavailable to the consumer.

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