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Sandblasting Service

Help erase the sands of time by blasting it with more sand.

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Sandblasting Service

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

There are two approaches that can be takenwhen considering starting a sandblasting service. The first approach isto operate a sandblasting service from a fixed location. The secondapproach is to purchase a van and operate the service on a mobilebasis. The second option is less costly to establish.

Operating amobile sandblasting service will also enable access to a larger varietyof sandblasting work. The cost to purchase basic sandblasting equipmentis minimal, and the required equipment is generally available atindustrial supply centers. There are many different types ofsandblasting work that can be secured in every community.

However, inthe spirit of being unique and in an attempt to limit competition andseek a niche, pinpoint one particular sandblasting specialty, such asheadstone sandblasting. It is a common practice for headstones to beinstalled in cemeteries while the person they are intended for is stillalive. When the appropriate time arrives, the headstone is completedwith the date sandblasted into the headstone at the cemetery. Thebusiness is best marketed by visiting all the monument companies inyour community and offering this type of mobile sandblasting work.Current rates are in the range of $30 to $60 per headstone and each onerequires one to two hours to complete.

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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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Hardwood Floor Refinishing

Don’t worry about heavy flooring supplies–refinish the hardwood floor that’s already there.

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Hardwood Floor Refinishing

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

Fifty or 60 years ago, if you had hardwood floors it meant that you couldn’t afford carpeting, and everyone who had the funds put heavy pile over those burnished boards.
Nowadays, hardwood floors are valued for the beauty and warmth they add to a room. Homebuyers who find an older house with original hardwood floors count themselves lucky, and owners of new homes often request that the builder install wood flooring. But after years of wear and tear–even when buried beneath carpeting–those gorgeous floors can look downright dingy. If you like working with wood, restoring ugly ducklings to their rightful titles of flooring beauties, then a hardwood floor refinishing business might be for you. The advantages to this business are that you can work from home, you can start part time with relatively low costs, and you get the deep-down glow that comes from giving new life to fine wood. Hardwood floor refinishing is an art–you should know how to read wood, whether it’s healthy or not, suffering from moisture or dryness, and how it lives in the home it’s in. You’ll need a good working knowledge and solid skills with your equipment and materials, including polyurethanes, varnishes and stains.

The Market

Your customers will be home and apartment owners, remodeling contractors and interior designers. You can generally figure that homes and apartments built prior to the late 1950s will have hardwood floors–target neighborhoods of these homes and leave fliers on doorsteps or as door hangers. Send fliers to interior designers and contractors, then follow up with phone calls to reinforce your company in their minds. Leave cards or fliers at neighborhood hardware or home improvement stores (larger warehouse-type centers don’t usually allow this). Get your company written up in the real estate or home section of your local newspaper. Network in your community.

Needed Equipment

You’ll need a drum floor sander, an edger, a buffer with steel wool pads, and a reliable vehicle like a pickup truck to get you and your equipment to jobs.

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Gutter Protection

Help clients never have to clean their gutters again with a gutter protection service.

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Gutter Protection

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

Do you want to make $50,000 or more per year, and be independent within a week from now? If so, then starting a gutter protection business may be exactly the type of new business enterprise that you have been searching for. What is a gutter protection business? Gutter protection is a product that quickly snaps into place over the top of four- and five-inch gutters.
 
Once installed, gutter protection allows water to pass into the gutter, but not debris, such as leaves and small branches. Of course, the greatest benefit to a product like this is the fact that the homeowner no longer has to risk life and limb on a ladder to clean the rain gutters two or three times per year. If this product is so easy to install, then why would the homeowners not simply install it themselves? Because of the fact that many homeowners do not even realize that this product is available, and because it still requires a lot of ladder work to install. To effectively market this product and service, you will want to design and distribute a promotional and informational flier.
 
The flier should highlight all the benefits of having this product installed, as well as indicate your contact information for your business. A demonstration booth, which can be assembled for use at home and garden shows and malls, is a fantastic way not only to demonstrate the product benefits, but also to generate sales leads from potential customers. The following are reasons why a homeowner should have this product installed; you may want to include these benefits in all advertising and promotional information that you create for the business:
  • No more cleaning rain gutters yourself or hiring people to do so, which saves money and time.
  • No more risking personal injury by having to clean your rain gutters from an unstable ladder.
  • Debris prevented from entering your home’s drainage system, which can eliminate any chance of costly repairs to the drainage system.

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