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Pest and Critter Control

If you don’t get grossed out by creepy crawlies, help people get rid of them.

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Pest and Critter Control

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

You can cash in on the booming pestmanagement and critter control industry by starting your ownpest-control service. You’ll be in good company, considering that thereare an estimated 65,000 people working in the pest-control industry inthe United States.

Specialize in ridding homes, offices, and commercialbuildings of pesky insects such as termites, roaches, spiders, ants,and bees. Or concentrate on ridding your clients’ properties of largercritters such as squirrels, snakes, rats, mice, and raccoons. For themore ecologically-minded client, some services even provide livecatch-and-release services for the removal of raccoons, snakes, skunks,and squirrels. In short, pest-control services locate, identify,destroy, catch, control, or repel pests by applying chemicals, settingtraps, installing physical barriers, or by manual removal techniques.Keep in mind that laws in both Canada and the United States requiretraining and licensing before you can offer customers pest-controlservices, especially those involving the application of pesticides.

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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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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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Gutter Cleaning

Everyone hates cleaning the gutters–so help them out.

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Gutter Cleaning

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Armed with nothing more than a ladder, garden hose, and basic transportation that will take you from one job to the next, it is possible to earn $200 to $300 per day cleaning leaves and other debris from rain gutters.
 
You will also need to obtain liability insurance coverage as well as workers’ compensation coverage, especially if you employ people, but these are also great sales tools because they give customers the peace of mind in knowing that they’ll be protected in the event of an accident or damage to their homes; they also project a professional image for your business. Market your gutter-cleaning services by designing a flier outlining the details of your service, along with contact information. Hand-deliver the fliers to homes in residential neighborhoods, and be sure to advertise a special promotion on the flier, such as a 20 percent discount to help secure work quickly. In addition to single-family homes, you can also contact home owner associations and property managers and pitch the benefits of your service.

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