Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Board-Up Service

Board-Up Service

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

Business Overview

We have all been witness to the changing global climate over the past few decades, which has noticeably increased the ferocity and frequency of hurricanes, tornadoes, tropical storms, blizzards, and gales, resulting in millions of dollars' worth of property damage every time one of these weather disasters happens. While you might not be able to anticipate these weather patterns, you can, however, help home and business owners be more prepared when the weather does turn foul by starting a board-up service. Board-up work is actually quite simple; you go to your client's home or business and measure all windows, cut plywood panels to fit, label each panel for the corresponding window, install quick-assembly hardware on the exterior window trim, and presto! The next time the weather turns ugly, your customers can have their windows professionally boarded-up in a matter of moments. The boards can be stored when not needed, and when the need does arise, each is already sized and ready to install. This means no long waits at the lumberyard with hundreds, if not thousands, of other anxious people trying to buy plywood and fasteners to board up their windows before the storm hits.
 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Cosmetics Retailing


Business At A Glance

Cosmetics Retailing
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

With even men and children becoming more interested in cosmetics, this large market is one worth considering.

Business Overview

The sales of cosmetics generate billions of dollars every year worldwide, and starting a business selling cosmetics is just about as straightforward as a new business venture can get. There are numerous ways to sell cosmetics and make a profit. However, in the spirit of being unique, we'll analyze one segment of the cosmetic sales industry that can generate huge profits in a few different ways. The business can be set in motion for less than a $5,000 initial startup investment. Locate a manufacturer of cosmetic products who doesn't have representation in your community, state or even country. Negotiate an exclusive contract to represent and distribute their cosmetic products in the desired area. Once the distribution contract has been secured, the cosmetics can be sold to retailers on a wholesale basis. Or you can hire a direct sales team whose main focus is in-home sales of the cosmetics. Both approaches have the potential to generate enormous sales and profits.

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Scratch Posts



Business At A Glance

Scratch Posts
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.

Franchises Available? No
Online Operation? No

Help save couch arms everywhere with scratch posts.

Business Overview

Scratch posts'cats love them, and cat owners love them even more. Starting a manufacturing business that focuses on building cat scratch posts is probably the easiest manufacturing business featured in this chapter to start. This enterprise requires virtually no special skills and only basic hand or power tools. Logically, the best venue for selling this type of product will be local pet stores and cat shows. Purchasing a few scratch posts can give you a good idea in terms of how this product is constructed and the various types of materials required. Once again, if possible try to incorporate recycled materials into the construction of the cat scratch posts, as it will serve as a good marketing tool and, of course, help the environment. This business venture is ideal for the person who is seeking a few extra dollars each month, earned by running their own homebased business.

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