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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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Fire and Flood Restoration

Sometimes bad things happen. You can help save the day with a fire and flood restoration business.

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Fire and Flood Restoration

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

A small kitchen fire or a burst plumbing pipe can be common occurrences in the lives of homeowners. Starting a fire and flood restoration service means that you may soon be able to assist these homeowners in repairing the damage that can be caused in these unfortunate circumstances.
 
The main duty of a fire and flood restoration service is to initially go to the job site and carry out immediate, or sometimes temporary measures, to limit any further damage to the home. These measures can include boarding up broken windows, covering roofs that have been damaged, and removing water that may have accumulated inside the buildings. The secondary duties can include repairing the damage or hiring subcontractors to repair the damage. The largest requirement in successfully establishing a restoration service is to build contacts with insurance companies and brokers, as insurance companies and brokers will authorize the repair work in 90 percent or more of all fire and flood restoration situations.

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Graffiti Removal

Love your neighborhood? Keep it spic and span with a graffiti removal service.

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Graffiti 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

Look anywhere and you’re sure to find graffiti’walls, sidewalks, signs, and fences’making a graffiti removal service a very timely and in-demand start-up. Removing graffiti does not require a great deal of work experience. In fact, it can be learned on the job through trial and error. The market is unlimited, largely untapped, and is constantly being renewed so there is lots of upside growth potential.
The only equipment required is a portable pressure washer (water) and perhaps a portable sandblaster, but in recent years most graffiti removal services have been getting away from sandblasting because of the potential to damage surfaces. Regardless, both machines can be conveniently mounted on a trailer for easy transportation to and from job sites.

Likewise, both can also be rented as needed to help keep initial start-up costs to a minimum, and then purchased from the profits the business earns. One marketing option is to visit businesses that are often the victims of graffiti vandalism and offer them a low-cost graffiti-removal solution. Provide clients with a monthly graffiti-removal option in which, for a fixed monthly fee, you’ll check in once a week to see if there’s any new graffiti to be removed. If new graffiti is present, you simply remove it. If no graffiti is present, you move on to your next client’s location.

The Market

In addition to business owners, graffiti removal services can also be marketed to schools, libraries, homeowners and just about any other location with graffiti problems.

Needed Equipment

A portable pressure washer, portable sandblaster and trailer to haul it all around.

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Pool-Cleaning Service

Help keep pools sparkling clean with a pool-cleaning service.

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Pool-Cleaning 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

Swimming pools can be a haven on a hot day, a source of pride forhomeowners, and a necessity for apartment and condominium complexes andhotels and motels. But keeping them pristine is not a job for theuninitiated or those with no time, and besides being unsightly, a dirtypool can be costly.

Business owners whose pools don’t meet local healthdepartment standards can be fined or have their watering holes closeddown, which can cost not only money, but also customers. But if youlike working outdoors with the sun on your back and the sound of waterat your feet, then you can banish the pool pH blues with apool-cleaning service.

You’ll make weekly rounds, checking andadjusting chemical levels, maintaining pumps, skimmers, filters andother equipment, and doing routine cleaning. In addition to pools, youcan service spas and hot tubs, too. The advantages to this business arethat you can start part-time if you like with a minimal investment; youget to work outdoors; and pool cleaners have a sort of mystique in oursocial consciousness. You’ll need a good working knowledge ofpool-cleaning techniques and supplies, from pH levels to chlorinetablets and beyond. You’ll also need the physical strength tomanipulate poles and skimmers through the drag created by water all dayand the motivation to work quickly and efficiently.

The Market

Your clients will most likely be homeowners and owners of apartment andcondominium complexes and hotels and motels, but you can also targetschools and health clubs. Establish relationships with pool supplystores and pool builders in your area, leave a batch of your businesscards and ask them to refer you to their customers.

The best way tosell to businesses is to introduce yourself to the manager (ormaintenance manager if it’s a large facility) and leave your businesscard and flier. If you don’t get an immediate offer–which you probablywon’t–check back or call to remind them that you’re available. Forhomeowners, purchase a mailing list of pool owners in your area orcheck with your county tax assessor’s office–it may have a list ofpool owners on file. Then send a brochure or flier–you can offer anintroductory discount or a free pool checkup.

Needed Equipment

In some states, you need to be certified to clean pools used by thepublic–be sure to check with your local health department. You’ll needpoles, hoses, skimmers, chemicals and test kits, and a pickup truck ortrailer to carry them around in. And don’t forget your sunscreen and ahat!

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