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Apartment and House Finder Service

Help people find homes with an apartment and house finder service.

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Apartment and House Finder Service

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Franchises Available? Yes
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Finding a new home or apartment to rent canbe a very time-consuming and daunting task. That’s why many peopleneeding to rent a home enlist the services of a professional apartmentand house-finder service.

The service can be operated from home and onthe web, or you can rent an office location for client visits, as wellas build a website to feature available properties for rent. Thisbusiness is competitive.

You might want to consider specializing in oneor more of the following types of rentals: roommate listings,short-term furnished and unfurnished accommodations, long-termfurnished and unfurnished accommodations, executive accommodations,rentals that allow pets, student housing, vacation properties, or nicheproperties such as penthouses only, parking stalls, floatingaccommodations, or artist lofts.
You also have a couple of options interms of fees. You can charge renters a fee to find the right place tosuit their needs. Or you can charge the landlord or building owner afee to list his or her properties with your service.

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Developer Home Sales

Use your sales and marketing skills in a career for independent homes sales.

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Developer Home Sales

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

Business Overview

If you have excellent sales and marketing skills, a career as anindependent new home sales consultant may be right up your alley. Inmost areas of the country a real estate license isn’t required to sellnew homes, townhouses and condos for the developer of these housing andsubdivision projects.

The main obstacle to overcome in establishingyourself as an effective and results-oriented professional is toconvince the developer that you’re the right person for the veryimportant task of marketing their capital-intensive developments.However, once established, persistence and results are generouslyrewarded, as top producers in this industry routinely earn six-figureincomes year after year.
Marketing your consulting expertise is likemarketing any business. Prior to contacting developers to solicit forsales consulting contracts, make sure you’ve done all your homework andhave prepared a complete presentation of the projected sales forecastsand marketing methods you’ll be implementing in the merchandising oftheir development project.

The Market

Housing developers

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Corporate Retreats

With thousands of retreat sites being unused by corporations, renting out these destinations may amount to your dream job.

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Corporate Retreats

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

Uniting corporate retreats from around theworld into a corporate retreat vacation club may be just the answer toyour business startup dreams. There are thousands of vacation retreatsowned by corporations from around the globe, and many of thesecorporate retreats sit vacant for a great deal of the year. Herein liesthe business opportunity.

Start a business that manages and rentscorporate retreats to business and pleasure travelers when the vacationproperty is not in use by the corporation. Revenues could be generatedfrom the weekly and monthly rental rates for the vacation retreats, andthe fee for managing and renting the retreats could be 25 percent to 35percent of the total rental revenue generated. Corporations would savemoney on property management costs, as well as gain rental revenue, andbusiness and pleasure travelers would have access to a wide range ofwell-equipped vacation properties around the world.

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Leasing Broker

Have a way with connections? Consider being a leasing broker.

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Leasing Broker

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Working as an independent or franchised leasing broker, you can helpbusiness owners lease the equipment they need to start, operate, andexpand their businesses, including everything from computers tomachinery to heavy equipment to specialized tools and lots more.

Theduty of a leasing broker is to bring together three parties’businessowners and managers wanting to lease equipment for their businesses,equipment manufacturers and retailers wanting to sell equipment, andlending companies willing to purchase the equipment and lease it backto the business owner. Broker fees are generally paid by the lender orby the equipment manufacturer or retailer.

Consequently, findingbusiness owners to work with should not prove difficult because theyhave nothing to lose’if you cannot arrange suitable financing, theydon’t pay for the service. You can work from home and visit clients attheir location, or rent suitable office space.
You will need toestablish working relationships with a number of lenders, and perhapsyou will want to specialize in one particular type of equipment such astools, computers, or vehicles so you can become known as an expert inthat area. Once established, this is the type of business that thriveson repeat business and referrals.

The Market

Small business owners who need to add equipment, like computers andperipherals and even cars, to their business, but may not have theresources to purchase them out-right.

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