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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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Mobile Paint Spraying

Go ahead, paint the town whatever color you like. It’ll be easy with a mobile paint spraying business.

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Mobile Paint Spraying

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

Prior to researching information for thisbook, I did not even realize that there was such a business as a mobilepaint spraying service. However, there is, and it can be a veryprofitable business to start and manage. The business, in a nutshell,is just as it sounds: providing paint spraying services to clients on amobile basis.

The enterprise can be operated in two fashions. The firstis to use an enclosed trailer or truck to house the equipment, as wellas to use as a mobile paint-spraying booth. The second option is totransport the paint spraying equipment in a smaller truck or trailerand paint items outside utilizing portable walls that, when erected,form a mini paint-spraying booth. Both operating methods are extremelyeffective.

 However, the latter is less expensive in terms of start-upinvestment. Mobile paint spraying services can be marketed to bothresidential homeowners and business owners. The following list is justa few items that can be included in your promotional brochures as itemsthat can be spray painted.

  • Fencing
  • Wood siding
  • Garden equipment
  • Appliances
  • Handrails
  • Flag poles
  • Metal roofing
  • Store fixtures
  • Patio furniture
  • Steel boats
  • Signs
  • Trailers
  • Constructionequipment
  • Concrete floors
  • Outdoor toys
  • Parking lot lines

Theincome potential will greatly vary for this type of unique service.However, the companies I contacted that provided mobile paint sprayingservices all quoted rates over the telephone in the range of $35 to $50per hour, plus the additional costs of paint.

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Parking Lot Power Sweeping

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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