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5 Small Businesses That’ll Help You Make Good Money

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Small Business For Entrepreneurs

Having a small businesses is one of the best choices you can make.

If you had a job that pays $1000-$2000 a month, that’s not good enough.

However, crafting your own small scale business ideas will be of great help, at least, to support family, cover debts and other expenses.

Your small scale business ideas can open up opportunities and also build a bright future for many years to come.

small businessesEvery business from neighborhood to global begins with an idea. The next General Motors or Wal-Mart or Microsoft will not spring forth fully developed from the back of an envelope. Big ideas need big funding.

But your next job, or your next source of supplemental income, can begin with a small idea and grow from there.

The two keys to success in small business are these:

  1. Find something that makes good use of your skills and experience.
  2. Market that idea to people and businesses that need your product.

In this article (5 Best Small Businesses for under $5000), you’ll find a realistic guide to turning your ideas and skills into a business that you can run part-time or full-time or even as an absentee owner.

Some of the other books about starting a small business are little more than a laundry list of job ideas, some practical, some ridiculously fanciful.

There may be millions to be made in recycling toxic waste, but it’s not realistic to consider setting up a processing plant in your backyard pool.

You may be able to earn a nice income running a dog-walking business, but you do need to give serious thought to things like liability, health codes, and personal safety.

Some jobs, such as babysitting or vacation house watch service, are simple to set up and run, we will talk about them and a few ones then show you how to keep it simple and beneath the radar.

Other jobs very quickly become more complex.

Here are a list of 5 small businesses you can start for under $5k without any hassle.

1. Lawn Care Services

First, it’s not just a matter of keeping up with the Joneses; in most communities, laws and regulations require that property owners keep their land reasonably neat.

Cutting the grass also helps reduce the incidence of ticks, fleas, and other unwelcome visitors in residential neighborhoods.

That said, not everyone has the time, inclination, or ability to take care of their own lawn.

The market for lawn mowing services includes older homeowners, persons with disabilities, and people who just don’t have the time to do it themselves.

Getting Started and The costs Involved

First, try to market your services before people will need them.

In the best of all possible worlds, you will be able to sign up enough clients ahead of the season to justify purchase of equipment. Place ads on bulletin boards, at gardening supply stores, and in community newspapers.

Ask friends and neighbors for referrals. Offer a discount or a free service for any clients they bring to you.

Draw up a simple but complete agreement with clients listing exactly which services you will be providing and the cost.

Include in the agreement whether lawn mowing services will be provided on a regular schedule (weekly, biweekly, on a particular day of the month) or whether the client must call to schedule a visit each time.

Get specific written instructions about any special conditions, a flower bed to be avoided or a section that needs to be hand-trimmed.

The Costs

Commercial equipment can be quite expensive; you may need to amortize the cost over an entire season, or even over more than one season.

A heavy-duty machine can easily cost $1,000, reaching to $3,000 for the most powerful, widest and most flexible devices.

Investigate buying used equipment from a reliable dealer who will offer a warranty and provide service.

Additional services such as edging and trimming, fertilizing, weed killing,and pest control will require purchasing additional equipment and chemicals.

2. Snow Removal

In addition, snow happens more in some parts of the country than others. Many people do not have the time to clear snow, or they may not be physically able to do so.

In some parts of the country, including many rural areas, local governments may hire subcontractors to clear snow on an as-needed basis. Owners of commercial real estate also need to arrange for snow removal at stores and office complexes.

Getting Started

Market your services before they are needed. Your goal should be to sign up enough clients ahead of the season to justify purchase of equipment.

Place ads on bulletin boards, at hardware and home center stores, and in community newspapers. Ask friends and neighbors for referrals. Offer a discount or a free service for any clients they bring to you.

Draw up a simple but complete agreement with clients listing exactly which services you will be providing and the cost. Include in the agreement whether snow removal services will automatically be provided after a certain amount of snow falls, or whether the client must call to schedule a visit each time.

Get specific written instructions about any special conditions, a flower bed to be avoided or a section that needs to be hand-shoveled.

Although it will be extremely difficult to promise exact times for snow removal, you can’t schedule the storms, find out from clients whether they have particular needs to meet the demands of their jobs or medical necessities.

If you want to run the business on a more casual basis, you can merely load up a truck with a snowblower or plow and cruise the neighborhood looking for desperate homeowners who need help. Be sure to get a firm agreement on the price before you begin work.

Costs Involved

Commercial snowblowers can be quite expensive; you may need to amortize the cost over an entire season, or even over more than one season.

A heavy-duty machine can easily cost $1,000, reaching to several thousand dollars for the most powerful devices.

A commercial snowplow, just the plow, not the truck, can cost several thousand dollars. Then you’ll need a sufficiently heavy truck, with four-wheel drive and a power takeoff to control the movement of the plow.

Investigate buying used equipment from a reliable dealer who will offer a warranty and provide service.

3. Landscape Designing

Furthermore, beautifully planted and maintained properties with flourishing shrubs, artfully placed flowers in vibrant bloom, and handsome rolling lawns do not happen by chance.

A great deal of work goes into designing, planting, and maintaining a stand-alone garden or plantings around a house.

Unless you were born with a green thumb or have developed one through years of practice, it may make sense to hire a professional landscape designer.

Getting Started

You can gain hands-on experience by working as a helper for a gardener or landscaping company. Some large home supply stores and garden centers offer classes on planting and landscaping.

Post flyers and ads at community centers, in retail stores, and on bulletin boards. Place ads in newspapers and shopping guides.

Make contact with area greenhouses and nurseries, contractors, and real estate agents; ask them to refer business to you and offer them a bonus or commission for doing so.

Ask friends, acquaintances, and satisfied customers to recommend your services, offering them a bonus or discount on future work.

Also, you can operate this job in conjunction with lawn mowing service or separately.

If you will not be offering lawn care, make contact with a company that provides this service and seek a reciprocal agreement whereby they will refer landscaping jobs to you and you will recommend them for their services.

Start-up Costs

Get your own tools for planting and maintenance, including shovels, trowels, shears, pruners, and weeders. You will be able to rent major pieces of equipment such as earth movers and power shovels, or hire a subcontractor for such work.

You will need a vehicle large enough to carry your equipment. Most nurseries and plant suppliers will deliver trees and shrubs to your work site.

Some landscapers use computer programs to draw plans that show how plants and shrubs will be placed on the property.

4. Children’s Outdoor Playset Installer

Backyard swing sets have come a long, long way from the days when you hung a rope and a tire from a tree. Modern equipment offers multiple platforms, various types of swings and slides, and design options to reduce the chances of injury.

These complex constructions often require specialized tools and skills for assembly; the ground must be properly prepared and adequate anchors installed. The job may be beyond the skills and interest of the client.

How to Get Started

Contact commercial vendors of equipment and become a reseller. Learn about predesigned units as well as the availability of custom designs.

Post flyers and ads at community centers and schools. Place ads in newspapers and shopping guides.

Make area landscapers and contractors aware of your availability; offer them a bonus for any business they direct your way.

Ask customers to recommend you to friends and neighbors; offer a bonus or discount for work they refer.

You’ll need a set of tools, shovels, and posthole diggers, a wheelbarrow, and equipment to prepare concrete where necessary.

Capital or costs to start this business

You’ll need a set of tools, shovels, and posthole diggers, a wheelbarrow, and equipment to prepare concrete where necessary.

The manufacturer or a trucking company can deliver Playsets to the site; you may not need a truck of your own. Other expenses will include advertising and online promotional tools.

5. Interior Decorator

Somewhere in the mind’s eye of most of us is a vision of the house beautiful and the office spectacular. Yet relatively few of us have the background, the training, or the time to create a handsome environment all at once.

An interior decorator can redo an entire house or a single room.

Also, a new baby may be on the way, or a spare bedroom may be due to make the transition to a home office.

Companies need to have attractive spaces for conferences, meetings with customers, and showrooms for products.

How to Get Started

Post flyers and ads at community centers and retail stores. Furniture and home supply centers may allow you to advertise your services in their stores if you promise to direct some of your customers to them.

Contact area contractors

They may want to have a model home decorated and in return would allow you to promote your service there, and they may be willing to give your name to any client who asks for a designer. Offer a  commission or bonus for work they send your way.

Ask friends and acquaintances to recommend your services; offer a bonus or discount on future jobs for any business they direct to you. Do the same with satisfied customers.

Create a portfolio of jobs you have completed; obtain permission from clients to take photos for the portfolio or for a web site. (You don’t have to identify the names and addresses of clients if they prefer anonymity.)

You may have some expenses in educating yourself about furniture and equipment. Other costs include advertising and promotion.

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