10 Super-Small Home Service Businesses

Are you looking for a business that allows you to help people on a daily basis and see your impact on the lives of others. Check out this list of 10 super-simple home service businesses.

  1. Window Washer

  2. Chimney Sweep

  3. Landscaper/Lawn Care

  4. Personal Chef

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  5. Carpet Cleaner

  6. Handyman

  7. Painter

  8. Home OrganizerPlaceholder Image

  9. Tree Service

  10. House or Pet Sitter

Favorite Quote: Every Business is a Family Business

One of my favorite quotes from the book E-Myth by Michael Gerber is: Every Business is a Family Business. Whether a business officially employs individuals from the family or not, the business is a family business. At some point the family members, even the individuals outside the business or not directly influencing day-to-day operations, may depend on the family as a financial resource.

When disputes arise in family businesses things can get complicated. Personal opinions can cloud business decisions and business elements can impact personal feelings and emotions. Solving legal issues in a family business without going to court can save time and money as well as family relationships.

 

A great source for information about mediation can be found on http://www.mediate.com.
Check out a link to an article about family business mediation:
Family Business Mediation: Solving Legal Issues Without Going to Court by Stephen McDonough. January 2017.
http://www.mediate.com/articles/McDonoughS1.cfm.

 

 

3 Micro-Businesses for People That Like People

Today’s listing of super-small, super-simple business ideas is of 3 businesses for people that like people. If you enjoy getting out and working with others, these businesses may be for you. These businesses are very similar in their set-up, but can be very different in their application. The businesses are a beauty consultant, image, consultant, and a business or personal coach. Within these three unique opportunities, a created micro-entrepreneur could really carve out a niche.

Beauty Consultant

What the Business Does: A beauty consultant helps individuals with perfecting their image through the application of beauty products and makeup. This service entails applying cosmetics and establishing a beauty regimen. You take pictures of the process for the client to recreate for months to come.

Startup Costs: $500-$2000

Earning Potential: $20,000-$40,000

What to Charge: $25-$100 per hour

Equipment Needed: makeup samples; brushes, combs, etc.; digital camera

How you find clients: networking events; community bulletin boards

Skills Needed: great sense of beauty and makeup application; knowledge of up and coming trends

Time to Start Earning: 2 to 4 weeks

Home-based business: yes

Cons: You get only one chance to make a great impression; you must look good at all times because you never know when someone is looking at what you are wearing.

Additional Staff: no

Other Costs: insurance-cosmetic application

Setting Yourself Apart: Great ideas and making people look and feel fabulous. Working with important people; great referrals

Additional Services:  Hair stylist; wedding day makeup; image consulting

 

Image Consultant

What the Business Does: An image consultant helps individuals style their clothes and accessories for a particular look. This service may entail shopping with the client or going through their closet and putting together outfits. You can take pictures for the client to recreate for months to come.

Startup Costs: $1000-$2000

Earning Potential: $20,000-$40,000

What to Charge: $50-$200 per session

Equipment Needed: fabric samples, makeup samples; digital camera

How you find clients: networking events; community bulletin boards

Skills Needed: great sense of style; knowledge of up and coming trends

Time to Start Earning: 2 to 4 weeks

Home-based business: yes

Cons: Your most important asset is happy customers; you must look good at all times because you never know when someone is looking at what you are wearing.

Additional Staff: no

Other Costs: gas; personal clothing and accessories

Setting Yourself Apart: Great ideas and making people look and feel fabulous.

Additional Services: Beauty consultant; weight management/personal training services

 

Personal/Business Coach

 What the Business Does: As a business or personal coach you help individuals overcome obstacles. You focus on a person’s goals and put together step by step processes for them to achieve their goals.

Startup Costs: $1500-$4000

Earning Potential: $40,000-$75,000

What to Charge: $75-$150 per hour; $200-$300 for weekly sessions for 4-6 weeks

Equipment Needed: computer and printer, internet and cell phone service

How you find clients: networking; public speaking; website

Skills Needed: ability to listen; great communication skills; understand human behavior

Time to Start Earning: 4 to 6 weeks

Home-based business: yes

Cons: Stay focused; do not let the client get in your way of helping them. If they fail, they may say you didn’t do your job.

Additional Staff: no

Other Costs: coaching training (optional)

Setting Yourself Apart: create a niche market (business women, moms, technology, writers, etc.)

Additional Services: offer seminars or public speaking for small organizations in the community