An Idea for a Small Business You Can Start

Start-up costs range $50 to $500,000+, earnings $5,000 to $2,000,000++, skills from knowing nothing to running an airline. Bon appetit!


Start-up cost: $300 - $500

Potential earnings: $15,000 - $50,000+ a year part-time; $40,000 - $125,000+ a year full-time in heavily grassed areas.

Advertising: Send letters to local organizations offering your safe, effective service. Run small classified ads. Any area of the world having manicured lawns is an excellent candidate for this service.

Equipment needed: While your dog is not "equipment," he/she is a key part of your business! Also a desk, phone, typewriter or PC with printer, fax machine.

Use your dog(s) to chase birds, ducks, geese, and other unwanted creatures from parks, school yards, golf courses, suburban corporate headquarters' lawns, and similar properties. This is an environmentally acceptable way of controlling undesirable winged visitors who make life unpleasant for humans seeking to enjoy the outdoors. Meanwhile, your dog(s) has great fun scaring the undesirables away. Bring your dog to the agreed-on location one or more times a day to rid the area of the unwanted winged pests. You are paid a monthly fee for each location you service with your dog(s).

Excerpted with permission from "199 Great Home Businesses You Can Start (and Succeed In) for Under $1,000" by Tyler G. Hicks. Published by Prima Publishing. For more on this and 198 other great businesses you can start, Buy the book now or ask for it at your favorite bookstore. You can also call (800) 632-8676

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