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Small Engine Repair

Use engineering experience to rev-up a plan for this small business idea.

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Small Engine Repair

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

Mechanically inclined entrepreneurs have theopportunity to make fantastic full- or part-time cash repairing outdoorpower equipment and small engines, right from a fully equippedhomebased workshop, or from a small commercial storefront. Even if youdo not have previous small-engine repair experience, there are numerousschools offering in-class and correspondence small-engine repairtraining, such as the one listed below.

The list of equipment you canrepair is almost unlimited: lawn mowers, outboard motors, gas trimmers,lawn tractors, snowmobiles, snow blowers, leaf blowers, and chainsawsare only the tip of the iceberg. There are additional revenue sourcesas well. The first is to establish a certified-warranty repair depotfor outdoor power-equipment manufacturers. The second is to buysecondhand outdoor power equipment in need of repairs at dirt-cheapprices, fix it, and sell it for a profit right from your shop. And thethird additional revenue source is to rent outdoor power equipment andtools to local homeowners and contractors. Combine the three with therepair side of the business and you could easily generate in excess of$100,000 per year in sales.

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Rubbish Removal

Being a trash man may not sound glamorous, but there’s plenty of money to be made hauling junk.

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Rubbish Removal

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

It isn’t pretty, but trash could put you on the road to riches. Rubbishremoval is charged by the hour, truckload, or by a quote beforeremoving the junk. If you can offer home and business owners fast andconvenient rubbish removal services at competitive prices,word-of-mouth advertising will generate more work than you can handle.

Be sure to build alliances with people who can refer your business totheir customers and clients; these referral brokers include real estateagents, residential and commercial cleaners, and home service companiessuch as carpet cleaners, contractors, and property managers. If you’relooking for a low-cost business start-up that requires little in theway of skills or experience, a rubbish removal service is one of thebetter choices. After expenses and dumping fees, you should have noproblem earning in the range of $25 to $40 per hour.

The Market

Anyone who needs large amounts of trash removed from their property including homeowners, construction sites and businesses.

Needed Equipment

A secondhand truck or trailer, shovels, rakes, and a few garbage cans are all you need to start a rubbish removal service.

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Carpet and Upholstery Service

This maintenance business is in constant demand.

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Carpet and Upholstery 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

Here’s how it happens–the kids get a little carried away with the Kool-Aid, dad tracks in dirt from the garden, and the dog doesn’t quite make it to the backyard for his morning romp. And all of a sudden, the battle of the dirt transforms that pretty beige carpet into one ugly mud puddle.
Those rentable carpet shampooers down at the supermarket don’t really do a professional job and the in-laws are coming to visit in a week. And now that you look, your sofas have somebody’s chocolate fingerprints on them plus a nice film of smoke from the time you burned the burgers under the kitchen broiler. If you like putting the spring back in a carpet’s fibers and making dingy upholstered furniture clean and bright, you can save the day–and clean up profits in the process–with a carpet and upholstery cleaning service. All you need to get started is some experience with carpet- and upholstery-cleaning machines and the basic skills to operate them safely and effectively, plus the marketing know-how to make your own spot in the field.

The Market

Your customers can come from both residential and commercial sectors. Apartment and rental property owners and managers make good target markets because people are always moving in and out, and even the tidiest tenant leaves carpeting in need of cleaning. You can also target real estate agents who may have vacant or lived-in properties that need a good shampoo to put their best feet forward. Visit these businesspeople and leave your card or brochure, call and introduce yourself and your services, or initiate a direct-mail campaign. Advertise to residences through coupon mailers, offering specials like a discount for one room if you do two or more.

Needed Equipment

As a carpet/upholstery cleaner, you’ll need a good steam, rotary or dry-cleaning system, a commercial-grade vacuum cleaner, and of course, lots of shampoos, stain removers and stain guards, along with a sturdy vehicle to cart it all around in. You can also invest in a polo or good-quality T-shirt with your company name on it to lend a professional image.

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Home Maintenance and Repair

Keep clients’ homes in tip-top shape with a home maintenance and repair business.

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Home Maintenance and Repair

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

Business Overview

If you’re the type who can (and likes to) do just about anything around the house–mend a leaky faucet, nail down those sagging shingles, paint a wall, unstick a sticking door, repair a broken cabinet or build a garbage can enclosure, then this might be just the business for you.
You’ll be on-call in your neighborhood for all those jobs that aren’t quite big enough to hire an expensive contractor but are beyond the homeowner’s expertise or time constraints. This is a business with room for growth: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Americans spent nearly $43 million on home maintenance and repairs in a single recent year. The advantages to this business are that you can work from home, you can start on a shoestring, you’re always doing something different, and it’s gratifying. People are delighted when you can save them money by doing the job yourself and appreciative of skills that they don’t possess. You’ll need a variety of home-repairs skills–everything from minor plumbing to minor electrical to painting and carpentry. You’ll want people skills because you’ll be dealing with a variety of personalities on their home turf, and a good sense of logistics to help you determine which jobs to schedule in what order.

The Market

Your customers will be mostly homeowners, but you can also target owners or managers of small apartment buildings or condominium complexes who don’t have a maintenance person on staff, and small shopkeepers and real estate agents who may need help with a vacant property. Deliver fliers detailing your services to potential customers by tucking them under doormats or making them into door hangers. (Don’t place them in mailboxes–the U.S. Postal Service gets very upset about this.) Place ads in your local newspaper and in your neighborhood Yellow Pages. For small-business commercial customers, hand-deliver fliers or brochures and explain your services. You may not get any takers the first time you visit, but don’t get discouraged. A repeat visit or two can often seal a deal.

Needed Equipment

In some states, you’ll need a contractor’s license, so be sure to check with your local contractor’s board or commerce department before you start. You’ll want to be bonded. And you’ll need the handyperson’s stock-in-trade: hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, grip vises, flashlights, a cordless saw, a stepstool and ladder, and paint brushes and rollers. You should also have a pager so customers can reach you during the day and a pickup truck for making house calls.

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