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Real Estate Photo Service

Capture your passion for photography and architecture in a few snaps.

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Real Estate Photo 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

A real estate photography service is aterrific and inexpensive homebased business to start and operate.Thousands of real estate agents and homeowners simply do not have thetime, equipment, or skills necessary to take professional photographsof a home or building they are selling or listing to be sold.

The bestmethod of marketing a real estate photography service is to simplyarrange appointments with real estate agents and present a portfolio ofhomes, buildings, and properties that you have photographed. Ideallythe service should be provided to clients in both film and digitalimage format. Amazingly, photographing a mere 50 homes per week, andcharging only $25 for each home photographed, will produce sales inexcess of $50,000 per year.

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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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Real Estate Appraiser

Good with numbers and values? Start a real estate appraisal business.

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Real Estate Appraiser

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

Real estate appraisers are specialists in estimating the value of landand the structures on that land. Real estate appraisals are commonlyrequired when people buy a home, sell a home, apply for or renew amortgage, for insurance purposes, to settle estates, and to settledivorce cases.

It is the job of the real estate appraiser to prepare awritten description of the property, and draw a diagram of the propertythat shows structures. Appraisers must also verify legal descriptionsof the property with county or city records, along with an estimatedmarket value. Fair-market values are based on factors such as propertycondition, the values of homes in close proximity, and buildingreplacement costs, using building valuation manuals and professionalcost estimators.

The Market

Homeowners, mortgage brokers and escrow companies. The key to successin this industry are alliances. You need to build working relationshipswith other professionals who commonly need, or whose clients need, realestate appraisal services. These professionals include mortgagebrokers, bankers, real estate brokers, real estate agents, and realestate lawyers.

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