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: $6,000 - $15,000 if you purchase a specialized machine. To keep initial costs down, rent cleaning equipment until you can purchase your own.

Potential earnings: $10 - $15 per blind; $720+ per day

Advertising: Place classified ads in local newspapers; post flyers on community bulletin boards; send direct mailings to businesses that have blinds; purchase a business telephone directory ad.

Equipment needed: Buckets, drop cloths, small stepladder, cleaning cloths, hand-held vacuum cleaner, cleaning solution (one that demagnetizes dirt so it is not just pushed around), tools for repair and installation, and a vehicle large enough to carry equipment.

Residences, shops, offices, companies, and corporations will always need their blinds cleaned, so demand for this service is high. You can purchase a special blind-cleaning machine or find the best method and formula that works for you. You also may want to learn how to install and/or repair blinds as an extra service.

Excerpted with permission from "101 Best Home-Based Businesses for Women" by Priscilla Y. Huff. Published by Prima Publishing. For more on this and 100 other great businesses you can start, Buy the book nowor ask for it at your favorite bookstore. You can also call (800) 632-8676

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