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: $25

Potential earnings: $30 - $100 per boat per week; special work, like varnishing and painting, should be negotiated separately.

How to find clients: Leaflets distributed to marinas, yacht clubs, and dockside shops. Such ads can also be mailed to local boat owners, or posted on bulletin boards at local yacht clubs free of charge.

Equipment needed: Desk, phone, PC for records and ad preparation, mops, brushes, cloths, soap, wax.

Clean, wax, paint, and otherwise service pleasure boats in your area. You will work at yacht clubs, marinas, and docking facilities in your area. Your customers will be boat owners who don't have the time or the desire to clean, wax, or paint their vessels. You will clean their boats on a weekly basis and be paid weekly. If desired, you can follow the sun in this business, working in the North during the summer and moving South during the winter. Most of your work will be done outdoors in the sun.

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 nowor ask for it at your favorite bookstore. You can also call (800) 632-8676

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