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10 great start-up business ideas to launch in weeks: Starting a business

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10 great start-up business ideas to launch in weeks

Take a look around you this morning as you drive or catch the train to work.

From the window cleaner who arrives on your street as you close the front door behind you to the coffee cart serving cappuccinos and lattes at the station, the world is full of thriving and profitable small businesses that have been set up for relatively little initial outlay.

These are not ‘clever’ businesses trading on the strength of innovative new products and nor do they require the backing of deep-pocketed investors to get them off the ground. They succeed because their owners are responding to genuine demand for tried and trusted services.

And with a low initial outlay and overheads, many of these small-scale ventures can be profitable within weeks or months and over time provide their owners with a good income.

So how do you get started? Well, to give you an idea of how it’s done, here are 10 great businesses ideas I’ve come across that you can get up and running within weeks.

1. Mopping up – household cleaning

The lower your outlay, the faster you turn a profit and that’s one of the big attractions of launching a domestic cleaning business. For instance Millie Dark, founder of Sussex cleaners, Mrs Muscle started her company with no real investment. “My customers supply all the equipment and cleaning products,” explains Millie.

Millie worked part-time for a few months before advertising in the local press and word-of mouth generated enough work to go full time. Today she employs 12 part-timers. “It’s taken me a couple of years to get that stage,” she says.

2. On cloud K9 – dog walking

A dog walking and pet sitting service can also be set up with minimal investment. For instance, when Catherine Cleaver started her business – Catherine’s Pet Services – all she needed was £500 for a couple of garden kennels.

Catherine placed a few ads in shop windows. Over time – and with the help of word of mouth recommendation and ads in the local magazine – what started as a part-time activity became a full time job.

“I was earning enough to live on after about three months,” she says “and after about a year I felt I had a sustainable business.” She succeeds by offering a range of services, including dog walking, pet visits and boarding.

3. Cutting it – home hairdressing

Many hairdressers dream of starting their own businesses but are deterred by the cost of renting a salon. Setting up a home visit service can be an ideal way forward.

There is a significant outlay on brushes, tongs, dryers, mirrors and products. “You’re talking several thousands rather than hundreds,” says Ela Lapus, founder of Home Hair and Make Up.

“And customers expect to see the same products they find in a salon. Customers will also expect evidence of recognised skills. I have Level 2 and Level 3.”

The key to profitable success is effective marketing. Hairdressers can use local ads and web directories to publicise their services. Social Media can also be effective. “About 50% of my work comes through Facebook,” says Ela.

Once the initial investment had been made Ela was able to start earning immediately but the present business, operating across several counties has taken a number of years to build.

4. A caffeine hit – mobile coffee bar

We’re a coffee hungry nation and beyond Starbucks and Costa there are thousands of small mobile barista carts selling lattes on the go.

“A coffee maker will cost about £5,000,” says Beth Baxter, co-founder of Camper Cafe. “And then you have to pay for the cart or a van to put it in.”

Prices vary but carts or trailers can cost anything between £5,000 and £10,000. The founders of Camper Cafe were given a Volkswagen van which they kitted out to become their visual signature. Training is an additional cost. Courses for coffee making can be had for between £50 and £200.

Finding pitches is the most challenging aspect as you are often in competition with other vendors. “It took us a year to find out about the market,” says Beth. “After that we took off.”

5. Juiced perfect – mobile juice bar

The rise of coffee carts has been matched by the emergence of juice bars in markets, shopping malls, public thoroughfares and events. The set-up costs are similar to coffee in terms of equipment and training.

6. Bright idea – window cleaning

If you have a car with a roof rack you can start a window cleaning business for a few hundred pounds (bucket, ladder, clothes, etc).

Alternatively you might invest in high pressure pure water sprays, water tanks (around £2,000) and a van to carry them (say £15,000). This is increasingly common.

The challenge then is to build a customer base and that tends to be up close and personal. “Initially the most effective way to do it is to knock on doors and ask,” says Guy Lupton, co-founder of Khameleon Window Cleaning Ltd.

Building a solid base can take time. “We spent about three years of trial and error to get it right,” says Guy. “We’ve been going about five.”

However, when you do get it right the business can grow rapidly. “We still knock on doors,” says Guy. “But we get a lot more business by word of mouth.”

7. Showing drive – ‘Man in a Van’ business

Advertisements for ‘Man in a Van’ and ‘Light Removals’ services are a common sight on shop window advertising boards.

The pre-requisite is a van, probably a Luton-style box van with a tail lift and that’s also the main expense. You’ll need public liability insurance (as is the case for all the businesses listed here). The ongoing costs include petrol, servicing, MOT, and repairs.

The main challenge is building a customer base and most operators use flyers, shop window ads and online directories. Man or woman in a van businesses can be quick to establish but work is required to build a market and perhaps the biggest challenge is getting the pricing right.

8. Highest bidder – an eBay business

Launching an eBay business allows you reach a national and occasionally an international market. You can auction goods or sell at a fixed price.

Most eBay businesses will pay at least £19.99 per month as a subscription fee (rising to £59.99 for a featured shop and £349 for an ‘Anchor Shop’) and on top of that you will pay fees for each auction or fixed price insertion and each sale.

To succeed on eBay you usually have to find goods that can’t be bought elsewhere or offer popular products at knock-down prices. For some it’s a part-time source of pin-money, for others a full-time business. Posters on eBay include Nasty Gal and six years after starting to sell vintage clothing on the auction site it’s now a £60m business .

9. A gem of a business – jewellery and crafts

Many small businesses are based around the skills of their founders. For instance, if you have training as a jeweller or sculptor, an obvious way to sell your work is to market direct to the public via web, craft fairs or through shops.

Tools can cost anything from a few hundred to many thousands of pounds but you can keep costs down by working from a home studio. Ongoing costs include materials, rental at craft fairs (from as little as £20 per day to more than a £1,000).

Jane Faulkner, a jeweller based in Sussex, sells via the web and craft fairs while also having shelf-space in a local co-operative (Billingshurst Creatives) where craftspeople and artists can display their goods in return for taking turns manning the store.

“Craft fairs are my biggest source of income while the shop provides a regular cheque every month,” says Jane. Teaching is also part of the business.

With these revenue streams Jane feels she has a sustainable business, but it has taken around eight years to establish.

10. Snappy work – photography

Photography is another skills-based business. Go to almost any event – from music gigs to vintage car rallies and weddings and you’ll find photographers hard at work.

As Art Hutchins, a freelancer photographer trading as Artseye points out, it’s a business that requires investment in time and money. “Being a serious pro photographer requires a high level of financial investment in good quality equipment and time to acquire the knowledge and skill to use it.”

Starting from scratch would mean buying pro-quality cameras (around £2,000) lenses (£100-£1,000), tripods and lights but many photographers who set up their own businesses will already have acquired some of the equipment over time.

According to Art Hutchins, the best approach is to decide on a target market – in his case small businesses, editorial and family portraits. “The best marketing is word of mouth,” he says.

Very different businesses but all can be started quickly and easily using readily available equipment or existing skills. Importantly most of these businesses take payment either at the point of sale or soon after and that’s great for cashflow.

Demand is there but the key is to market effectively and at the right price.

John Fagan is the head of RBS branch business, England Wales and direct banking. His team work with businesses to build a bigger support network inside the bank and beyond with partners and fellow customers. www.rbsbusinessconnections.co.uk

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How to start a dog walking business: 4 simple steps

With recent figures showing that Brits spent more than £4bn on their beloved pets in 2015, you’d be barking mad to think the recession has impacted on the UK’s pet spend.

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Marking a 10% increase on pooch spending from 2010, it’s not only large retailers benefitting, with many entrepreneurs realising there’s opportunities to be had in the pet industry.

The average dog walker now earns 20% more than the average UK salary. so it’s clearly a viable and potentially profitable business opportunity.

Of course you’ll need to have a genuine interest in dogs as well as a good knowledge of the various rules and regulations surrounding the industry – and it’s a fairly business marketplace.

However, with plenty of doting pet owners out there, finding a good niche can still present great opportunities.

Sound interesting? Then read our four simple steps to help you become top dog in the industry.

1. Experience is essential

While it’s not imperative to have a career background with animals, you should at least be confident around dogs and at the very least have experience in walking a family or friend’s pet.

The Kennel Club’s guidelines for people working with dogs advises “strong interpersonal and communication skills”, as well as “a high level of fitness” and, naturally, “an affinity with, and understanding of dogs” for anyone wishing to pursue a career with man’s best friend.

If you’re in need of experience in handling dogs, you might want to consider volunteering at your local kennels or rescue centre. They’ll often house a good range of dogs of various sizes, age and temperament, so you’ll be fit to face whatever comes your way.

Consider attending courses in animal first aid, pet medication or even animal psychology as gaining a diploma or certificate in any of these would showcase your commitment to the dog’s welfare and impress clients.

2. Remember, it’s a business

While any animal lover might feel like they’ve died and gone to doggy heaven, remind yourself that your dog walking business is just that – a business. As such, you’ll need to possess all the regular entrepreneurial skills required for founding and running a successful company.

Having a basic understanding of bookkeeping is important as you’ll need to be able to balance your own books and fill in your self-assessment tax return. Remember that this is your livelihood and not a hobby, your income should reflect this.

Similarly, a good understanding of marketing and self-promotion will be needed to get your business off the ground.

Finally, an ability to network and negotiate with both your customers and local animal industry is key. Never underestimate the potential for clients to try and negotiate price or you could find yourself working for substantially less than you might have hoped.

3. Be aware of the rules and regulations

Although there are relatively few regulations specifically targeted at dog walkers, businesses providing a service must get public liability insurance.

If this is the start-up business idea for you, be aware you may have to deal with dogs injuring other dogs or people while in your charge.

It’s vital to have the right insurance cover to deal with legal claims, should they arise.

They can help provide you with support and advice on dog walkers insurance and training, plus your membership will give your clients confidence.

To ensure you abide by key regulations, Narps suggest you should:

  • Meet owners prior to the first booking
  • Restrict the number of dogs walked to no more than four at a time
  • Keep records of all work undertaken
  • Protect clients’ personal information

All dogs in public must wear a collar with the owners name and address on it and you could be fined up to £1,000 if you fail to clean up its faeces.

While not the most exciting element of running your own business, it’s crucial you keep abreast of the latest rules and regulations to ensure you’re not jeopardising the safety of others or the reputation of your business.

4. Find a niche in the market

Given the popularity of setting up a dog walking business, it’s very probable you’ll have to find a niche to distinguish yourself from the crowd.

Above all else, carry out market research and see if there’s actually room in your area for another dog walker.

A simple google search or contacting NarpsUK will help a lot in this regard.

Consider offering pet sitting as well as dog walking. Much like babysitting, you’ll mind your client’s pets at their home while they are away, as well as feeding them and attending to any medical needs such as medication or fulfilling dietary requirements.

Having a diploma in pet medication would be advantageous in this instance as it would allow you to cater to a specific group of dogs.

Provided you are properly trained, you could also offer grooming services such as hair cutting or washing.

Offering one-to-one intense sessions with larger dogs could also widen your appeal.

Some dogs simply won’t be satisfied by a trip around the block and will require a more strenuous workout.

For more information on starting a dog walking business, take a look atour in-depth guide to help you prepare for the launch of your start-up.

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10 steps to starting a business

Starting a small business is easy using our step-by-step guides. The 10 steps below will teach you how to start a business, taking you through each of the key stages of the start-up process – from evaluating your business idea and choosing a company name through to designing your business cards, developing a website and, finally, getting ready to launch.

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    Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. These 10 easy steps can help you plan, prepare and manage your business. Click on the links to learn more.

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    How to start a vending machine franchise

    Vending machines are pretty much part of our everyday lives. Drinks, snacks and all manner of personal goods are dispensed into our waiting grasp at the push of a button. But just because this process involves no human interaction doesn t mean the machine did it all by itself.

    A vending franchise is the means to this end and it often proves to be a surprisingly varied career opportunity.

    What is it?

    The world of vending machine franchises is not large but considering the products on offer, it is significant. Unusually among franchises there are a number that can be run on a part time basis as well as full time so you can largely choose your hours. Although be aware this is not the case with all.

    Drinkmaster largely does what it says on the franchise. It provides machine dispensed coffee, tea, chocolate and soft drinks as well as soft drinks like orange, blackcurrant and so on.

    The franchisee s job is to promote the brand to potential customers throughout a designated territory, deliver products and provide customer care. And although it is their job to grow the territory, they have an existing client base from day one.

    SSL International is the parent company of Durex vending, which services mainly pubs with condom vending machines. Unlike the others this is only a fulltime franchise but you make your own appointments so is therefore still flexible in terms of hours.

    Some technical aptitude is required for the work as you are required to service machines as well as re-stock and collect money. But to really grow the business, you will also need to find new business so a good way with people is also a helpful attribute.

    A Vendor supplies bottled Evian and Volvic flavoured water to any public space that might provide a marketplace: schools, leisure centres and so on. This is really a part time franchise at least to start with 10 machines can be serviced in one day. It is ideally suited to people who want an extra income.

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    Starting YOUR OWN Professional Carpet Cleaning Business Can be Exciting, Rewarding, and Very Profitable

    Of all the start-up businesses out there restaurants, retail, real estate carpet cleaning is one of the fastest-growing and most secure. According to a recent study by IBISWorld, the cleaning services industry is expected to experience steady growth through 2018.

    • Carpet cleaning is recession-proof
    • The profit potential is HUGE
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    • Demand for professional cleaning services increases every year
    • Anyone can do it

    Jon-Don Can Help You Achieve Your Dream

    To get your new business started off on the right foot, begin your journey with Steps to Success. This three-day course is designed to take YEARS off your learning curve and provide you with the skills and tools to become profitable right away.

    After working with thousands upon thousands of professional carpet cleaners since 1978 from small home-based businesses to mega-corporations with multi-truck fleets we know every stage of this business inside and out. It all starts with the right training. Sure, you could just buy some equipment from us and head out on your own, but wouldn t you rather do it right (and FAST) from day one?

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    This 3-day training session is designed to give independent entrepreneurs hard working, go-getters like yourself who have the drive and desire to launch a new business the tools and knowledge they need to succeed right from the start. With STS, your business and every penny you earn is your own.

    This is the class the pro s wish they could have taken. Your instructors will guide you through the first few months of setting up your business. We ll show you profitable pricing strategies, so you won t fall into the ugly trap of setting your prices a bit lower than the going rate (only to discover later that you re not charging enough to make ends meet).

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    Jon-Don is successful only when YOUR success comes FIRST. That s why every year, thousands of professional carpet cleaners both new to the industry and veterans alike choose Jon-Don for their supply, service, and training needs.

    We have a dedicated staff focused on making you successful by providing answers to your questions and connecting you with the business-building resources you need.

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    Jon-Don offers a variety of start-up packages to choose from, and each one can be customized to meet your budget and business goals.

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    After all, what good is all your brand new equipment if you don t know how to use it? We want you to maximize your success right from the start.

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    30-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee even on truck mounts!

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    Huge, in-stock selection!

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    20 Original Ideas For Starting A Service-Based Business

    Your true calling is just a click away

    Technology has come a long way since the printing press. It seems like every day, a new innovation is revealed and each one is more mind-blowing than the next. But even with all of these amazing technological inventions and advancements, there are some things that simply can t replace your own two hands. Like for instance: an app that folds your laundry will [probably] never exist. There are many service-based niches that need to be filled, and there are lots of potential customers who are looking for the right person and not computer for the job.

    This is where people with specialized skills and talents can step in and take on the role of professional service provider, and make a profit. With a professional website, some self-promotion and some hard work, you can become that go-to person in your niche. Here are 20 potential service-based biz ideas that we love:

    Personal Chef Cooking up delicious gourmet food isn t just done in restaurants, there are lots of people who would love to be treated to a nice meal in the comfort of their own home. Busy families and people looking to make a special occasion extra special will flock to you.

    Baby Proofer Are you especially cautious? Can you spot accidents before they happen? Your perfect business just might be to make potential baby hazards disappear in expecting parents homes.

    Tutor So long as there are things to learn, a good tutor will always be a highly sought-after commodity. So if you re a math genius or happen to be fluent in Xhosa and have a knack for teaching people, you could be in business.

    Professional Organizer For most people, taking the time to organize their home doesn t only not come naturally, it s painful. So if you have a talent for making sense of messes, you could be sitting on a [neatly stacked] gold mine.

    Computer Repairman Fact: today s world would barely function without computers. People are so attached to their own personal devices that they likely would be glad to have the phone number of a technically talented person on speed dial. Is that person you?

    Pool Service Technician This business not only has very low start up costs, it s also pretty easy to learn and master quickly. Some elbow grease is required but, if you re ready to do the work with a smile, you could be laughing by the time you get to the bank.

    House Sitter This niche is largely built on trust. While watching over peoples homes and keeping things running smoothly is a huge part of it, there are very few people that will hand you the keys without a good reference. Be sure to rack up the testimonials on your website for a good rep.

    Home Decorator Color swatches, fabrics and throw pillows, oh my! Your talented eye for interior design can translate into potential big bucks, and all from doing something you love.

    Personal Shopper For people who love to shop, this might come as a shock: there are a lot of people who would love to pay other people to buy their clothes. That keen fashion sense and ability to dress just about anyone really comes in handy here.

    Mobile Mechanic If you think about it, the time people need a mechanic most is when they re stranded somewhere. If you ve got mechanical skills, all you need is to go to your customers. Your business will not go unnoticed.

    Detective We know what you re thinking I don t live in a whodunnit mystery movie. But actually, being a PI is a real thing, and there are clients out there who will be more than willing to employ your sleuthy services.

    Graphic Designer Tried and true, this career path is booming right now. With more and more emphasis on online presence for businesses and freelancers, there are lots of jobs to be filled in this field.

    Packing Guru Moving can be a very trying time. Why not help people lighten the load by stepping in with your amazing packing powers?

    Staffing Expert Finding the right people to help around the house is a delicate business, and isn t easy for most people. Helping people fill the various positions they have open is a growing niche that also needs to be filled.

    Limo Driver With a fancypants car and some good insurance, you could [literally] be in the driver s seat of your very own business. Start small, and grow your fleet with other reliable and talented drivers such as yourself.

    Translator Here s where that semester abroad comes into play. If you re fluent in another language, you can offer your translating abilities to those interested

    Plant Maintenance Person Have you ever noticed that lots of nice offices are full of indoor plants? If you ve got a green thumb, with some basic (and inexpensive) supplies, you can maintain and care for these plants and earn yourself some more greenbacks in your bank account.

    Window washing It s a dirty business, which is why so many people are willing to pay someone else to do it. Is that person you?

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    Party Planner There s always one person at a party who has comments about how things could have been done better. If that s you, you might have found your calling. Make the perfect party happen for your clients, time and time again.

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    Starting a business is an exciting proposition, but it’s also an incredibly challenging undertaking. The resources in this section will help you learn about what it takes to start a business.

    A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success. This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues.

    The business structure you choose will have legal and tax implications. Learn about the different types of business structures and find the one best suited for your business.

    Choosing and registering your business name is a key step to legally operating your business and potentially obtaining financial aid from the government.

    These resources can help ensure your small business is compliant with leasing terms and zoning ordinances. It also provides information about buying or leasing equipment or buying government surplus.

    To run your business legally, there are certain federal and state licenses and permits you will need to obtain. These resources will help you understand the requirements for your small business

    As a small business owner, you are subject to some of the laws and regulations that apply to large corporations. These resources can help you understand which requirements do apply to your business.

    Improve your odds of business success by understanding your financing needs as well as the options that are available to help you start, manage and grow your business.

    You have a variety of options when it comes to financing your small business. Explore your opportunities that range from traditional loans to grants and bonds.

    Find out if your business needs to obtain a tax ID and what the benefits and requirements are.

    Ready to hire employees for your business? Learn about employment and labor laws to make sure your business is in compliance.