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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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Vacation Property Rental Agent

Caught in the hustle and bustle of a busy tourist area? Consider rental properties to supplement tourists’ vacations.

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Vacation Property Rental Agent

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

If you live in a busy tourist area, there is probably a good chancethat you can flourish by starting and operating a vacation propertyrental agency.

It is not uncommon for people to purchase vacation homesand condominiums with plans to rent them either part or all of the yearto tourists, to help offset the costs of financing, maintenance, taxes,insurance, and utilities. Unfortunately, rental income often fails tomaterialize, since many property owners don’t understand how much timeand work is involved in renting the properties’marketing, booking,cleaning, making repairs, and a lot more. Not to mention that mostowners are sometimes hundreds’if not thousands’of miles away.

As aresult, many vacation properties sit vacant when not being used bytheir owners. This creates a terrific opportunity to rent theseproperties for the owners on a revenue-splitting basis. In addition tomarketing and renting the properties, you will also be responsible forcleaning and light maintenance to ensure that they stay in tiptopcondition and attract top dollar when they are leased. Start small,representing one or two vacation property owners, and run the servicefrom home. As the business grows, so too can your time commitment untilyou are at the point of operating a profitable full-time business. Thesame business concept can also be applied to recreational vehicles andboats, if that piques your interest.

The Market

Absent property owners who would like to have their properties rentedout, but do not have the time or the expertise to manage renters.

Needed Equipment

A computer and For Rent signs with your phone number emblazoned onthem. Also, a scheduling book that will help you keep track of whenrenters are moving in and when their lease is up.

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House Preparation Service

Help real estate sell more quickly with a house preparation service.

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House Preparation Service

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

Educating yourself about the laws ofcommercial real estate leases and contracts can really pay off,especially if you apply this newfound knowledge and become a commercialleasing agent. A commercial leasing agent service can be set in motionfor less than $10,000, and can return as much as $100,000 per year inincome.

The main focus of this enterprise is to source buildings,stores, and offices to list for lease, and find suitable tenants tooccupy these locations. In exchange for your services you charge thelandlord of the building one month’s rent as your fee, or leasingcommission. Should another real estate or leasing agent be involved inthe transaction, you would simply split the fee with that person orcompany. Commercial leasing is very straightforward, but you will stillwant to extensively research the topic as well as check localregulations in terms of the legalities of becoming a leasing agent inyour community.

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For-Sale-by-Owner Specialist

Help those who want to sell their own real estate.

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For-Sale-by-Owner Specialist

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

Many people attempt to sell their own homes, properties and cottagesevery year. And while some are successful, many are not. This creates afantastic opportunity for the clever entrepreneur to start afor-sale-by-owner consulting business to assist these people in sellingtheir homes and properties quickly, conveniently and for top dollar.

Duties include instructing clients in how to prepare their home forlisting, helping them to establish a value, teaching them how to markettheir property, having signs made, instructing them on the finer pointsof hosting an open house, and providing them with template forms thatcan be used to write an offer and sale agreement. The for-sale-by-ownerspecialist is not working as a real estate agent or broker, but merelyas a consultant to guide clients through the steps to help them selltheir own homes. Charge clients a flat fee for providing the service,and charge separately for extras like printing fliers, creating ForSale and Open House signs and for listings on your Homes for Sale byOwner website and in any for-sale-by-owner publications that you printand distribute.

The Market

Securing clients is as easy as calling people who currently have theirhomes for sale by owner, and by advertising locally in the real estatesection of the newspaper.

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