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Start a new business – Industry start-up guides – Cleaning Services – Small Business Building #example #business #plan

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Cleaning Services

What is involved in running a cleaning services business?

Cleaning service business operators provide a wide range of domestic and commercial cleaning services. This may include working in homes, businesses, schools, shopping centres, public spaces and other buildings and facilities.

As a cleaner, your role will involve the following activities and tasks:

  • cleaning and sanitising kitchen areas
  • cleaning and sanitising bathrooms and toilets
  • vacuuming and cleaning carpets
  • cleaning upholstery and drapery
  • mopping, polishing and waxing floors
  • dusting high and low surfaces
  • swimming pool maintenance
  • making beds and changing bed linen
  • performing home duties such as loading dishwashers, doing laundry and ironing
  • polishing furniture and fittings
  • cleaning windows, mirrors and light fixtures
  • cleaning corridors and entrance ways, stairs, lifts and foyers
  • emptying rubbish bins
  • moving furniture
  • r eporting faulty plumbing or other problems

Running a cleaning services business will also involve some tasks in addition to cleaning duties, such as finding new clients, managing your existing client accounts, creating invoices and completing some bookkeeping tasks. You will also need to maintain your equipment and manage your inventory and supplies.

Do I need any qualifications, licences or permits to work as a cleaner?

It is possible to work within the personal and home services industry as a cleaner without formal qualifications; however, there are various courses that can assist in developing customer service skills and personal and home services industry knowledge, such as a Certificate III in Cleaning Operations. For further information about undertaking an accredited course, please contact your nearest TAFE or Registered Training Organisation.

You should also check the relevant business licensing authority in your state and see if you are required to obtain any permits and/or licences prior to setting up your cleaning business.

You need to be aware that there may be some licensing and registration regulations in your state that govern water use for business, and storing bulk cleaning chemicals. As a business owner, you are responsible for the handling, labelling and storage of hazardous chemicals used in your business. If you plan to discharge trade waste into the sewerage system, you may need to check with your local council to see if a permit is required.

What facilities and equipment will I need to run my business?

Generally, cleaners don t need an office space or other facilities. As long as you have the essentials such as access to a mobile phone, fax, computer and internet access you should be able to effectively operate your business. It is important to ensure that it is easy for potential clients to contact you for quotes and enquiries.

A cleaning business will need to have a vehicle in order to provide a mobile service for the transportation of the required equipment (vacuum cleaner, mop and bucket, etc.). Reliable transport is very important for cleaners who are travelling outside their local areas. A vehicle such as a mini-van is useful for this type of business as it has the necessary storage space.

Depending on the type of services you plan to include, some of the equipment you may require include;

  • back pack vacuum cleaners
  • window squeegee
  • cleaning chemicals (for windows, tables, and tiles, etc.)
  • blade scrapers
  • safety equipment such as uniforms, goggles, boots and gloves etc.
  • garbage bags
  • cloths
  • dusters
  • polishing pads

What about the costs and how much can I charge?

Often new cleaning businesses will utilise their own equipment from home, and then purchase professional gear as they build the business. This makes for a smaller initial outlay and less financial risk if the business is slow to get going at the beginning.

If your start up capital permits, look at buying cleaning chemicals in bulk and try to get concentrates as this will save you a significant amount in the long run. Remember to keep in mind the storage requirements and regulations that might apply to bulk chemical purchases.

A cleaning business normally charges by the hour. Some may require a service to be undertaken for a minimum number of hours, e.g. minimum charge two hours. This means clients pay for two hours for any service equal to or under two hours, and extra payment is required on a hourly base for any time over two hours. Alternatively, some businesses charge by the size of facility to be serviced, e.g. number of rooms.

Customer service is crucial to the success of your business. If you are taking on domestic cleaning jobs you need to be mindful that are you entering a client s home, which is their personal space. You need to be dressed appropriately, not only to do your job but so that you look professional and presentable. You need to have good communication skills and know how to deal with customer complaints and dissatisfaction. A cleaning business heavily relies on word of mouth for advertising and reputation, so you must ensure that every customer is satisfied with the product or level of service you are providing.

Do I need insurance?

Before you start taking on any jobs, make sure you have adequate insurance coverage in place for damage and liability. Things may happen unexpectedly while on the job and you need to be in a position where you are sufficiently covered for any accidents or claims against you and your business. You also need to check your insurer s policy to see if they will cover you for both domestic and commercial cleaning or if you have to pay an additional premium to be insured for commercial jobs.

What if I want to employ staff or use contractors?

If you plan on employing staff for your business, you will need to be aware and up to date on issues such as:

  • Awards
  • Pay rates and allowances
  • Annual leave calculations
  • National employment standards
  • Industrial relations news

Where can I find more help and assistance?

Below is a list of industry associations that can further assist you in starting up a cleaning business and providing industry specific information:

The first step is to talk to your local business advisor about starting up your new venture. You can also call the Small Business Support Line on 1800 777 275 for more information.

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Steps 1 -5 – Start – a Commercial Cleaning Business #cool #business #names

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How to Start Your Own Commercial Cleaning Business – Steps 1-5

Step 1: What Buildings to Clean:

First and foremost, decide what you want to do with your commercial cleaning business. Do you want to clean small buildings or large buildings? Do you want to keep this business small or do you want to hire employees to do the work for or with you? This will determine what sort of buildings you are going to target.

There are many different areas of commercial cleaning. You can do small buildings such as banks, gyms, day cares, mom and pop shops or convenience stores. You can do small office buildings or large skyscraper buildings and schools. There are many options here. You will need to decide what you want to do.

If it is just you or just you and a partner, you may want to start small. Target smaller buildings that you can do by yourself. Then, when you get the feel for your business and want to hire help, target larger buildings.

So, now you know what sort of building you want to clean. Now, you need to set up the business. First, you need to decide on a business name. You will want to pick something professional since you are dealing with professional people that you will have to sell yourself to. I don’t recommend using a “cutesy” name. This will turn off many of those professionals that will be hiring you. Choose something that shows what you are made of. For example, Florida’s Best Cleaning Service or Tampa Bay’s Professional Commercial Cleaning. Adding your service area to your business name is also a big plus because your clients will be able to relate to you.

Step 3: Business License and Bank Account:

Now that you have a name, it is time to get your business license and bank account. Go to http://www.business.gov/register/licenses-and-permits/ and find your state. Contact a representative to see what sort of license is required for commercial cleaners. Most times you will only have to file for a DBA (doing business as), but this will vary from state to state.

Once you have a business license, you can then get a business checking account. There are many out there that will give you free checks and free transactions, so shop around. My business and personal are at the same bank, so they gave me a plan where I get free checks and free deposits and withdrawals. Check to see if your bank offers the same.

Step 4: Commercial Cleaning Insurance and Bond:

Now that you have a license and bank account, it is time to get liability insurance. Liability insurance will be a requirement for commercial cleaning. They will want to see your insurance certificate and some businesses may even want you to carry a certain limit on your insurance policy. The most any business should need would be a $1Million policy, but usually $500k would suffice.

You can find commercial liability insurance through your local agents as well as by going to http://ww.netquote.com. Just click on business insurance and get a quote right there. This can be costly depending on where you live, but the average is around $500/year. So, be sure to shop around to get the best coverage and quote.

If you are going to hire employees or you have a partner, it would be a good idea to get a bond. A bond will protect your business against employee theft. Bonds are not expensive and most of your clients will want you to have one as well. Your local agent should be able to help you get one or you can get one at http://www.janitorialbonds.com/. You can also shop around for a bond. Just do a search on the web for a janitorial bond. There are many companies.

The last step for setting up the backbone of your business before you start the operations part of the business is determining your rates. This doesn’t have to be as difficult as people make it out to be. There doesn’t have to be some magical formula. You can make up one if you want, but the best thing to do is determine what you need your hourly rate to be to make the kind of profit you want to make. Don’t forget to factor in things like expenses (insurance, license, gas, maintenace, supplies, etc.). Once you determine your hourly rates, do you think your service area can pay that kind of money or is that even lower than the norm for your area? Don’t know, just ask.

Once you figure out your hourly rate, you will have to figure out how many hours it will take for you to complete the cleaning job. Many factors will determine this. What kind of floor, how many rooms, how large is the building, how many employees, how many bathrooms.

This will be a learning curve for your to get your calculations correct, but don’t worry. Even if it took you longer to clean than you thought, you will get better and faster as you get used to the building.

Once you know how many hours, multiply by your hourly rate. Then multiply that by how many times you will clean in a month and put the monthly rate on your bid sheet. Most businesses will pay by the month, so you need to give them a monthly rate. Don’t tell them your hourly rate because they will start to nit-pick at certain areas or question why you need this much time to clean. Just give them your bottom line price, unless they ask for a breakdown.

That is all there is to the back end of your business. In steps 5-10, we will go over the operations of the business.

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How to start a cleaning company: 8 simple steps: Starting a business advice and business ideas #business #proposal

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How to start a cleaning company: 8 simple steps

If you’re looking for a low-cost business idea that you can get off the ground fairly quickly with minimal outlays then starting a cleaning business could be the perfect option for you.

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However – bear in mind – because it’s a fairly simple business to start, competition is rife, with the industry dominated by lots of small organisations.

You’ll need to have a clear vision about where you plan to position your cleaning business in this somewhat crowded market and carve a niche for yourself to ensure your start-up stands out.

Read our eight simple steps to get your cleaning venture on the path to success.

1. Determine what type of cleaning business you’re going to specialise in

There are three main types of cleaning company:

  • Domestic – domestic cleaning will involve cleaning people’s homes (normally while they’re at work) and can be undertaken by you as soon as you secure some clients. You may eventually take on staff as your client-base builds.
  • Commercial – in order to clean commercial properties you’ll need a team of people (the properties will be tend to be large office buildings) and it may be that your role is more managerial than on the ground cleaning.
  • Specialised – there are lots of niches to explore, from window cleaning to schools to vehicle cleaning.

Bear in mind your skills set (are you prepared to clean every day or are you more suited to the administrative side of a cleaning business) and where there’s the best market opportunity in your desired area.

2. Research, research, research

As mentioned above – researching the potential market and local demographic will be key in determining the type of cleaning business you should start. If you’re planning on running a domestic cleaning venture you’ll need to ensure that people in the local area are financially able to pay for someone else to do their domestic chores, likewise for a commercial business are there enough viable contracts to win? Market research will also be key in determining your prices (try posing as a prospective client and ringing around the local competition to ensure your pricing point is competitive).

3. Decide on your business model (could franchising be an option?)

From the outset it’s important to think about your long-term plans for your cleaning business. If you’re looking for a business that you can grow slowly and organically and that you can keep control of in the long-run then going it alone is probably sensible. However, to hit the ground running (and if you’re nervous about some of the elements of setting up a business) you could consider franchising. There’s lots of franchises in the cleaning industry with average upfront costs of around £12,000.

4. Budget appropriately for your equipment

Cleaning equipment costs can vary considerably. For domestic cleaners, more often than not the equipment is provided by the households, but if you’re thinking of launching a commercial cleaning company there’s some basic equipment you’ll need to invest in:

  • Equipment trolleys: £250-£400 each
  • Professional vacuum cleaner – £100 upwards
  • Sweeping machine – £200-£2,000
  • Van – £3,000 upwards

It’s important that you ensure any outlays you have to spend on equipment will be counteracted in profits.

5. Create a marketing plan

As well as some initial spend on equipment – it may be necessary to allocate some budget for marketing. One of the hardest elements of starting a cleaning company (and in fact any service business) is building up a client list. Depending on the nature of your business some traditional advertising such as classified listings and flyers could be the best place to start – although it’s worth considering investing in some online advertising as well, such as pay-per-click. particularly if you are offering a niche service (and can therefore go for a specific search term such as ‘Brentwood carpet cleaner’). And don’t be afraid to go out and knock on some doors – cleaning can be a personal business and prospective clients may be more likely to sign up if they meet you face-to-face!

6. Develop a strong brand and build a reputation

Once your business gets underway and starts to gain momentum it’s important to build a brand that you can be proud of – as apart from any marketing spend – you’ll mainly be reliant on gaining customers via word of mouth and personal recommendations. To build a brand identity it’s a good idea to have a logo designed and to have a uniform for any staff with clear branding on it. Subscribing to trade organisations which have a compulsory standard for membership can also help create a professional reputation, as well as getting satisfied clients to provide testimonials. Try to create a USP that isn’t just about price – something that clearly defines your brand as a cleaning business that won’t be forgotten.

7. Managing cashflow and getting paid

As with any new business, cashflow can be sporadic initially – but particularly for domestic cleaners as clients can be somewhat unreliable in terms of how regularly they’ll want you, bearing in mind holidays, sicknesses etc. In addition you’ll need to work out a payment system with clients that works for you. Typically people expect to pay their cleaner cash-in-hand per job but for your cashflow you may want to insist on an advance payment system.

8. Training and regulations

You do not need a license to run a cleaning business but obtaining a criminal records check from the CRB can only improve your image (and that of your staff) as trusted professionals. Training is also not a prerequisite but some basic training such as an NVQ or Cleaning Operatives Proficiency Certificate could give your business credibility.

If you’re going to be taking on staff there’s a number of regulations you’ll need to bear in mind. Typically cleaning work is not well paid – it’s likely that your staff will receive the minimum wage (currently £6.31) so you’ll need to keep on top of annual rises. You’ll also be responsible for employer’s liability insurance and if you’re taking on commercial cleaning jobs you’ll need to adhere to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations – which state that when you take on a cleaning contract with an office or other business premises you must use their existing staff. Lastly, there’s a number of health and safety regulations to consider, as cleaning often involves working with potentially harmful chemicals.

For a detailed step-by-step guide on how to start a cleaning business read our comprehensive guide here .


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Many people, including some leading business representatives, argue that small firms are over burdened by the weight of business law.

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Premises provide the second-biggest overhead for many businesses. If you can start your business from your home, it will be much easier to break even.

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How To Start An Import #new #business #plan

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How To Start An Import/Export Business (Part 1 of 2)

Updated August 07, 2016

So you want to sell to the world? You’ve come to the right place. Thanks to the Internet, setting up an import/export business can be ridiculously simple and very profitable. Here are ways to make it happen.

• Select your business name and set up a website and blog.

Without a website or blog, you can t have a networked import/export business. Get yourself a platform that allows you to develop a presence online and grow your business beyond your wildest imagination.

The goal is to balance the flow of communications, sell products online (or offline) and build your customer base to drive profits for your international business.

But first, remember to register your business name with a reputable web host because your domain name is what customers use to find you and your business. And it can’t hurt to consult with an international lawyer, banker and accountant for advice on establishing a virtual import/export business and keeping it in the best legal and financial position possible.

A couple of places to get started with a website are Network Solutions. Go Daddy. Intuit and Verio. All offer domain name registrations and affordable website hosting packages with easy-to-use site building capabilities.

To create a professional blog, which allows a continuous flow of engaging communications, try Blogger. Typepad or WordPress. These services allow you to create a blog in minutes with stunning designs, reliable hosting and on-demand tech support.

Now you are ready to share your business expertise and capabilities and sell to the world.

• Pick a product to import or export.

When it comes to importing and exporting, you cannot be all things to all customers. Decide on something and stick with it.

You have two viable reasons for choosing a product to import or export: you know it will sell or you like it.

Hopefully, you can meet both criteria. That’s an ideal business model. Would you buy it if you saw it in another part of the world? Then you are on to something!

• Find the right market.

You’ve selected a product, now you must look for someplace to sell it! You will improve your odds of picking a winner if you cultivate a knack for tracking trends, or even spotting potential trends. Getting in on the ground floor and importing or exporting a product before it becomes a super-seller in a country could be the business breakthrough of a lifetime!

Do the homework and research the market beforehand to locate the best potential foreign market for your product or service. Two places to check are The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business and globalEDGE’s Market Potential Index.

You might also check with local government officials to best determine sources for conducting market research. For example, in the United States, there are the Department of Commerce International Trade Administration’s Data and Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade. which governs the reporting of all import/export statistics.

These resources are helpful for determining where in the world products and services are moving to and from, and why and how to get in on the action.

Once you have a likely import or export product in mind, learn everything there is to know about it. If you were its creator, how would you improve it? Go to a manufacturer and suggest product improvements to turn a mediocre product into something slightly ahead of its time. Your suggestions might mean the difference between a Sony Walkman and an Apple iPod.

The easiest access to reputable suppliers might be Alibaba. Global Sources. and Thomas Register. There are others, but these three are considered the holy grail to finding high quality suppliers. manufacturers, exporters, importers, buyers, wholesalers and trade leads.

In continuation to our first installment which covered how to start and map out an import/export business, here we provide the sales and distribution aspects of establishing an import/export business.

The business model for an import/export business is based on two critical elements within the international sales operation.

1. Volume (number of units sold).
2. Commission on that volume.

The goal is to price your product in such a way that your commission (markup on the product to customers) does not exceed what your customer is willing to pay and offers you a healthy profit. Typically, importers and exporters take a 10% to 15% markup over cost, which is the price a manufacturer charges you when you buy a product from them.

The more you sell, the more you make. Keep your product pricing separate from logistics because, at some point, you combine the two to determine a landed price per unit. A good transportation company can assist here. Don’t let this part intimidate you!

Provided you have done a good job with search engine optimization on your blog or website, customers will find you. But don’t rely on it. You should also go hunting for customers! Check with local contacts, such as trade organizations, Chambers of Commerce. embassies and trade consulates. They generally have a good sense of who’s doing what in the international marketplace. They can offer contact lists specific to your industry and also suggest trade shows that are taking place locally and internationally that might help you connect with customers in a faster and more efficient manner.

An excellent service on the exporting end is the U.S. Commercial Service (CS) Gold Key Matching Service. The U.S. CS can help you find potential overseas agents, customers, distributors, sales representatives and business partners.

At the same time, work your social media and networking platforms (your blog, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter) by posting information about your product or service and asking specific questions about your audience s needs. This gets the conversation going and keeps it going while making sure it s related to your business. The point is to keep your business on the minds of potential customers worldwide.

• Transport your products.

Your next step is to focus on logistics — transporting the product to where you will be selling it. By now, you have located a customer who loves your product, solidified the terms of the sale with them and established a means for getting paid. Now you must move your product.

Hire a global freight forwarder who serves as an all-round transport agent for moving cargo, typically from a factory door to another warehouse. Their service saves you a lot of time, effort and anxiety for a very reasonable fee. Based on information you provide, they take care of all shipping arrangements, which includes but is not limited to handling documentation, arranging insurance, if requested, and determining necessary licenses, permits, quotas, tariffs and restrictions (country regulations). which can be one of the most complicated aspects of importing/exporting for a newbie international trader.

You can find freight forwarders online under “transportation,” or check listings in trade magazines or other international handbooks. Pick two or three that seem like a good fit for your product or shipping destination.

Two well-known companies that are eager to work with brokers, consultants and small businesses are UPS and Fed Express. Either can also assist with getting paid, a critical part of the international sales process.

• Provide great global customer service!

The relationship between you and your overseas customer shouldn t end when a sale is made. If anything, it requires more of your attention.

Think of your after-sales follow-up on your import/export business as part of your product or service offering. The first step is to say, wholeheartedly — whether in person, via Skype, by email or telephone — Thank you for your business! For more on this, take a look at “How to Provide Great Global Customer Service” .

Congratulations! You have officially learned the fundamentals on how to establish an import/export business. Now start booming and go make the world your business!

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Hubby is wanting to start a hot shot business! #today #stock #market

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Hubby is wanting to start a hot shot business!!

My husband has been driving trucks for about 10 years, now he says that hes tired of driving for other ppl and wants to start his own hot shot business. Me being the worry wort I am i’m really concerned. We have 2 kids and just recently moved from WV to OK. My hubby seems to think he would be able to make a really good living. I was just wondering if anyone would be able to either make me feel better about this decision or prove to him i am right.

Well this is a tough one. Yes there is a living to be made doing this, but it is not cheap to get started. My suggestion to you and your husband is to read this forum completely (every single post!!) at least 3 times TOGETHER. Then discuss it in a friendly way. Then ask us every question you can come up with (even the ones you think are silly or dumb). The folks here on this forum will be happy to help. Lee

Buster(Lee) is 101% on point.
I have been in this business for decades. It is always a crap shoot by nature of the business. Make a lot of money. Some weeks tickle you pink with good stuff, other weeks give you ulcers.
This biz is expensive to start if you begin with really good equipment, and it is expensive to keep running. Good equip’t allows you to run with less maintenance costs but cost more to start. Lower end equip’t forces you to take more time and money to keep running. The difference? Down time can cost you good paying freight and give you a bad reputation if it is ongoing. It will also run up your blood pressure and anxiety level.
If you lapse on insurance, it is a red flag. Insurance is expensive and is the first bill you need to cover each month(if you don’t pay yearly). Truck and trailer payment [$$$?]. dunnage, straps, chains, tarps, duct tape, corner protectors, etc. are ongoing expenses, you need it when you need it. Things wear out. Bungies are not really cheap because they don’t last very long in the environment. Ya, they’re cheap, by the box, but all these things add up. Not enough cheap bungies can ruin a good tarp fast.
Fuel. Pay with a credit card=credit price. Stay warm or stay cool idling the truck=more fuel cost or extra expense for some auxilliary power/fuel.
You have to be relatively comfortable on the road, you have to get good rest.
First thing I missed [big truck to little truck] was an air ride seat, second was the space I had to forfeit.
Another HUGE area in this biz if you flatbed, IT IS FLATBEDDING. Not for everyone. If you are new to it, you MUST learn how to tie down.
It is imperative. I could easily continue for days and weeks and.
The great part? What you screw up, noone to blame. What you accomplish, YOU did it. It can be very rewarding. It is a lot of work and it takes a special talent to do it by yourself. Read this forum in it’s entirety, and I mean completely in it’s entirety, over and over and over and over again. Then read it over again. You will not find the truth about this biz ANYWHERE else in any shape or form as you will find it here.
This is not to discourage you, but to inform you well. One more thing, a personal thing, please be careful not to sanitize his dream in anyway. Negativity breeds negativity. Dreams put into action are what make everything work, the fuel of life. Ignorance is a lazy fault, and can be fixed. The knowledge for this business is available here, but you have to supply your part to make it whole. Above all, have fun and laugh alot.


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Do you have a friend who constantly asks you for advice, but then always makes excuses for not following through?

Have you ever heard this:

  • “Why doesn’t she ever call me back?” (Perhaps it’s because you make yourself way too available and desperation oozes off you.)
  • “I hate my job…” (yet you’ve done nothing to change it except complaining)
  • “Ugh, I really need to go to the gym” (but instead, these people will continue making excuses, like how they can’t afford the $50 even though they pay that much in late fees every month)

If we’re honest, WE’RE guilty of the exact same thing. I’ve spent a decade studying and testing the best ways to stop sabotaging yourself and start following through.

Here’s the brutal truth. PASSION ISN’T ENOUGH.

You need business systems. I’m talking about repeatable, reliable, automated (or nearly automated) ways of completing key business processes. I couldn’t run I Will Teach without the systems I invented and I definitely wouldn’t have the great work/life balance I enjoy.

IWT has thousands of systems now, but if you took it all away tomorrow, all you really need are these three. I spent years perfecting them, and you can use them right away.

Afraid or launching an online business?

I struggled with the same fears for years … until I discovered the psychological breakthroughs and systems that make it easy and fun to get started.

We’ll deep dive into the 3 major FEARS around starting an online business, so you’ll know how to ignore the critics, focus on doing your very best, and be confident enough to laugh at your own failures and become successful faster.

I’ll show you how you can grow an online business with a tiny email list — or even without a website at all.

You don’t have to have a huge email list or wait until you have 100,000 followers. You can actually start NOW. Once you find the right people, you can build a successful online business with fewer people than you’d ever thought possible .

My students will show you how they launched their online businesses and scaled them up one student even got 5-figures in just a few months, without any email list.

How top performers balance profitable businesses with free time

We all have the same number of hours in the day, but some people top performers seem to get 10x the amount of work done as the rest of us. In these case studies and interviews, you’ll understand how.

Cal is totally dominating his post-doc while maintaining a successful blog. His trick: ruthlessly optimizing his schedule and saying “No” a lot.

Tim Ferriss of the Four Hour Work Week asks me about false starts and success rates.

Erica sold her company for over $1 million at age 26. When she talks, I listen.

I want to introduce you to one of my most influential mentor, whose insights have changed my life. If you’ve ever wondered who I study and learn from, here’s your answer.

I’ve put together a step-by-step guide so you can start launching a profitable online business in your spare time. You’ll see some of my juiciest case studies, strategies, and more insights I’ve spent over $1,000,000 and thousands of hours discovering. Just sign up for my free Insider’s List below, and you’ll hear when my step-by-step program, Zero to Launch, opens for enrollment:

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Advice For Start Home Based Business #personalized #business #gifts

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Advice For Start Home Based Business

After deciding on the type of business you want to start, it will be time to take the next steps.

Even though you will be working from home. this is still a business, and you must always remember that.

There are a few things you should ask before start home based business:

  1. Will you work specific hours each day?
  2. Will it be necessary for you to separate your family and work spaces?
  3. Are customers going to come to your physical location, or will everything be done with the help of your home computer, phone and any mobile devices?
  4. Will this be a full-time situation, or are you planning to continue working at your current job?

The answers to all of these questions will help you determine how much of an effect your home business will have on your family life. If you plan to work at home in addition to a current job, there is a chance that you may become overworked.

It is a good idea to break up your day a bit. You can also ask a family member for help if you become overwhelmed. They can assist you with things like answering phones, printing shipping labels and responding to emails.

There are other tasks that you will need to complete yourself. These include calling clients or writing articles. You can do these after everyone has gone to bed for the night. This means that your work day will not have to dip so far into your family time.

It is crucial that you are very disciplined and consistent when you are working from home. This means that you should continue learning more each day and using it to better your business. This will help you reach the heights of success you have been striving for.

When you first start your business, you will have to work very hard with promotions. Becoming a household name is not something that happens overnight, so you will need to be patient and persistent.

When you are working from home, no one is able to see you. It will be your job to find people who will be interested in your products and services.

This means that you will have to put a great deal of time and effort into the marketing of your home business. It may sound hard, but it will pay off later.

Having a phone number and a web address on all of your promotional materials will make it easy for people to contact you in order to get what they need.

It will be necessary for you to have a decent source of income until you can get your business off of the ground.

You should plan ahead and make sure that you have a substantial amount in your savings. It is recommended that you have enough money to last you for six months to one tear.

Cooking more meals at home and streaming content online can help you save more money in the interim.

You can also consider a part-time job since that can help you cover basic business expenses. You should also consider selling any household items you had no use for if you are looking for extra cash for your business.

Your business will do particularly well if y ou are able to get a great start. Having the right mindset and remaining optimistic when you get started will help you become as successful as you could have ever imagined.

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10 Low-Cost Weekend Businesses to Start #business #taxes

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10 Low-Cost Weekend Businesses to Start

February 1, 2010

Whether you want to just make some extra money in your free time or desire to one day quit your day job and create a full-time business, starting a low-cost business on the weekend is an easy way to test the entrepreneurial waters. You ll need to invest little more than your time, and before long, you ll know if owning a business full time is the right choice for you.

To help you get started, we ve developed this list of 10 great businesses to start. No matter where your interests or talents lie, you ll be sure to find an idea that ll fit you like a glove.

If you like to party.

Party Balloon Service The demand for a party-balloon decorator is endless and certainly not limited to only children s birthday parties. Marketing this service is best achieved by creating a colorful presentation to be distributed to all local event planners, children s stores, daycare centers and banquet halls. Likewise, attending local networking clubs or chamber of commerce meetings is also a fantastic way to get the message out about your new service. A small amount of research into your local market will assist you in product pricing as well as determining demand and competition. Should you encounter a great deal of competition in your local community, you may want to offer additional services like party cleanup or event planning to create a competitive advantage. This is a business that can be easily run from home, but you will need adequate transportation to bring the balloon arrangements to events.

If you like working around the house.

Storm Window Installations and Storage Starting a business that provides residential homeowners with a service of installing storm windows in the fall and removing the windows in the spring is a very straightforward endeavor to initiate. It probably won t make you rich, but it can provide a great seasonal income of $15 to $25 per hour, with the potential for additional cash if you also offer optional window cleaning and repair services. The equipment necessary to get rolling includes a few ladders and basic tools, such as hammers and screwdrivers. Ideal customers for this service are owners of Victorian and heritage homes as wood storm windows often do not open or provide air circulation in the summer, requiring them to be removed and reinstalled later.

If you’ve got a green thumb.

Tree Trimmer Trees make the earth a greener, cleaner, more beautiful place, but occasionally even the best tree needs a trim. Branches become diseased or damaged–and dangerous–or grow too close to power lines. And most homeowners lack the skills or the courage to climb up to the trouble spots and chop away. If you ve got the right stuff–both tools and expertise–you can earn green with a tree-trimming service. Leave fliers on homeowners doorsteps, especially after heavy storms, and advertise in your local Yellow Pages.

If you like to work hard.

Garage Attic Cleaning/Hauling Service Nobody likes to spend a weekend cleaning out the garage, attic or garden shed–it s dirty and time-consuming, and when it s done, there s still the task of hauling off all that discarded junk. But if you don t mind the physical labor, a cleaning and hauling service can be a lot of fun. You can usually find a few treasures among the trash, which most people are delighted to give away, and you can add to your income by recycling bottles, newspapers and metal cast-offs. You ll need a pick-up truck or other vehicle capable of carrying everything from cast-iron sinks to old timbers. Start off by advertising in your local newspaper.

If your favorite friends are furry.

Pet-Sitter What could be a better business for a pet-lover than playing with Patches or Princess? That s what a pet-sitter does for out-of-town or work-all-day owners: feeding, watering and horsing around with four-footed clients, providing love and attention along with essential nutrients. Some pet-sitters also handle medical needs, administering insulin injections or providing in-home after-surgery care. Remember that you ll be on duty during the holidays when people tend to leave town and you ll need wheels to take you to clients homes. To get started, distribute fliers to veterinary clinics and pet stores and ask them to refer customers to you.

If you’ve got an eye for auctions.

eBay Business Thousands of prospective business owners just like you have found a niche online without investing much more than a dime through online auction services like eBay. Got a closet full of junk? CDs or videos you no longer want? An eye for garage and estate sale finds? Snap a picture, upload it to the web, write a description and wait for people to bid on your product. Okay, it s not that easy. (Is anything ever?) You ll be making many trips to the post office, continually honing your description skills and understanding the different auction posting options for the site you use, and spending a lot of time e-mailing buyers. Customer service is key in this business and it will take up your time. But there s no easier and cheaper way to start selling products online, and many people have formed full-time businesses around selling solely this way.

If you like being on the road.

Vending Machines The snack vending business is a multibillion dollar industry in North America and continues to grow each year. Entering into the vending industry is very easy. Simply purchase a few vending machines, stock and locate them, and you re in business, right? Wrong. This industry also has one of the highest failure rates due to the fact that people may invest in a shady opportunity, choose the wrong location, or not realize it takes constant maintenance to keep machines in tip-top selling shape. To get started, you must purchase the machines as well as the merchandise being vended. Don t slouch in your research of the vending machine, merchandise supplier(s), and potential locations. You must pay the location owner a percentage based on sales. The big secret to any route deal is to get locations in high-foot-traffic areas and, of course, as close to one another as possible. If your locations are spread far apart, you ll waste time and traveling expenses servicing them.

If you’re a wire whiz.

Home Entertainment/Car Stereo Installer If you re one of the rare few who can hook up all those wires and cables at the back of the television, DVD player, digital video recorder, cable, CD player, video games and stereo system and make the whole thing work, then this is the business for you. You ll work at customers homes, putting together new systems or adding new components they ve purchased, or hooking things back together after a move. You can also make money by installing customers car stereo systems. Attract customers by leaving fliers with cooperative electronics sales stores and place ads in your local newspaper.

If you’re book smart.

Educational Tutor For parents wanting the peace of mind that their child is receiving the proper education, extracurricular tutoring can be the preferred method of extending educational training beyond public school. There is one main requirement for starting this type of instruction business: You must be an expert in the field in which you intend to teach or tutor. Beyond that, this business is very simple to start. It can be operated on a mobile basis by going to the client or from your home office with the client coming to you. Building a customer and referral base for this type of business can be accomplished by joining community business associations and parent teacher associations. Networking and self-promotion are probably the best marketing strategies. Tutoring is a competitive industry and to gain the upper hand requires explanation and disclosure of credentials firsthand.

If you’ve got a head for numbers.

Bookkeeper Every business needs a bookkeeper to pay the bills, send out invoices, reconcile bank statements, and handle all those record-keeping tasks that send most of us running the other way. If you re a whiz with figures and you like the satisfaction of putting things in order, you can earn a tidy sum and help fellow small-business owners as a part-time bookkeeper. You ll need to stay abreast of current tax rules and regulations, and you ll want a computer, printer and accounting software–with a laptop, you can even travel to clients offices. Send brochures to local businesses, place ads in your local newspaper, and be sure to have a business card at the ready for word-of-mouth opportunities. Slideshow source: Success for Less: 10- Low-Cost Businesses You Can Start Today by Rob Terry Adams Looking for more weekend business ideas? Weekend Entrepreneurs (Entrepreneur Press) has 101 businesses to start, plus advice on running your own part-time business.

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Top 50 Incredible Mobile Small Business Ideas to Start #business #names #available

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What are the best mobile business ideas for the year? Are you in need of business opportunities that requires low startup capital, low overhead and no office location? Do you want a business you can run from any location of your choice? Then i advice you read on .

The concept behind running a mobile business is to take your goods or services to the doorstep of your customers; by any means necessary. For instance, if you have a particular talent in cooking, rather than starting a catering or restaurant business; you may consider taking your services to the doorstep of your customers using a food truck or a food cart. This particular act gives you an advantage over those who operate from a stationary location such as shops and stands.

Aside this illustration, there are actually more ideas you may want to consider. Without wasting your time, below are the following top 10 best mobile business ideas you can start this year.

Top 10 Best Mobile Small Business Ideas to Start

If you look online, there are countless of opportunities for individuals who know two or more languages. What this mean in essence is that there is certainly a great demand for interpreters and you can take advantage of this opportunity by pooling a team of translators together. The good thing about this business is that you don’t need an office location; all you need is just a mobile phone, a computer, access to the internet and a list containing the contacts of translators; that will execute your tasks.

Whether you have experience in human resources or have the technical aptitude to come up with appropriate apps, starting a mobile business may just fit your profile. With companies opening their doors for freelance opportunities, you can help them out in, recruiting employees, monitoring their employees with your management skills, ensuring a high performance level among employees, or better still; you can come up with a product that boosts employee productivity.

Mobile salon business. Do you have skills in hair dressing, facial makeovers, etc; then another good mobile business idea you may want to consider is to set up a mobile salon. Since people are always conscious about the way they look and they always crave for convenience, it can make a great combination for a business. The catch here now is that you can stay mobile, and offer your services house to house. You can also get a truck and operate your business from inside the truck.

For the sake of convenience and in the name of health, healthy vending machines are expected to boom. Needless to say, I decided to include this item in the top 10 mobile business ideas because it is worth venturing into.

If you have the skills to repair for electronics, home machines, iPhones. automobiles, mobile phones, laptops. power generators, industrial machines, etc; then you can help customers in the maintenance and repair of these gadgets. You don’t even need a workplace and you can execute your services in the client’s location.

People skills are essential in this business. If you can pool human resources together, you can take advantage of this opportunity from the top 10 mobile business ideas. I know some individuals who are into contract execution, yet they don’t have an office or operate from a single location. For instance, getting interior decoration contracts, supply contracts, real estate development contracts, etc are some businesses you can engage in without needing an office space.

Before a service or product is released in the consumer market, big corporations go through comprehensive testing. Also, they regularly gather feedback from the marketplace and from customers. You can bridge the gap between the companies and the customers by being the middleman or information broker.

Top 10 Best Mobile Small Business Ideas to Start

With the increasing demand for freelance jobs and work at home opportunities, you can make money out of it. In fact, there are a lot of freelance services you can offer and some of them are writing services. SEO. tutoring, web design and development. database administration, data entry. etc. You can set up a team of freelance workers and manage job hunting for them.

However, the catchy fact about this business is that your team of freelance workers don’t have to work from a centralized location; they can work from their individual homes. All you have to do in this case is to set up your own site, act as a mediator between client companies and freelancers; and make your money.

Some companies are unwilling to put big money on a function that they may not be able to use or manage full time. They would rather outsource these services and such services include IT consulting, human resource projects, marketing and financial functions. You can make yourself and your team available for such services.

Yes, you can start a consulting business. With the advent of the internet and the web, the world is now a global village where you can do business with anyone without being limited by border. You can start a mobile consulting business armed with only your laptop and an internet connection and offer advice to anybody in the world.

You can also serve as a mobile consulting group depending on your particular expertise. All you need to do is to choose a communication platform that will be beneficial to you and your clients. Such communication platform can be mobile phone calls, Skype, GTalk, Facebook chat, 2Go, WhatsApp, Twitter. etc.

In conclusion, the above are some low capital, small business ideas that you can engage in today without needing an office space. So get down to work today and I will see you at the top.

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