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Pooper-Scooper Service

Do the dirty work for your customers with a pet waste removal service.

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Pooper-Scooper 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

Believe it or not, you can make a very comfortable living by startingand operating a doggie pooper-scooper service in your community. Infact, this service has really taken off in the past few years and newpooper-scooper services are popping up daily across the country.

Thisis an easy business to start requiring little investment, no specialskills, and minimal equipment to operate. Basically, if you can handlea shovel and plastic bags, and can put up with less than aromaticsmells, you’re qualified to run a pooper-scooper service. If not, youcan still cash in on this booming growth business by marketing andmanaging the service while hiring others to do the dirty work. Spreadthe word about your pooper-scooper service by advertising in localnewspapers, pinning fliers to bulletin boards, and through dog-relatedbusinesses and clubs in the community. Most services charge a flatmonthly rate of between $30 and $60 to stop by customers’ homes orbusinesses weekly to clean up their yards, which takes no more than tenminutes per visit.

The Market

Pet owners.

Needed Equipment

You will need reliable transportation, a cell phone, garbage buckets,plastic bags, shovels, gloves, and a good pair of rubber boots.

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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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Power Tool Rentals

Start fixing up your business by buying quality power tools and setting up rental rates.

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Power Tool Rentals

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

Simply start by purchasing good-qualitycommercial-grade power tools, design an information brochure listingtool descriptions, and indicate day and weekly rental rates. The rentalprice list can be distributed to local construction and renovationcompanies. Your advantage over the competition is that you canadvertise that you guarantee free delivery of the rental tool (if instock) to the job site in one hour. The entire business can beconducted right from a delivery truck with the assistance of a cellularphone for incoming rental inquiries.

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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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