How to Be a Personal Concierge

Startup Costs

Startup costs for a personal concierge business are estimated to be between $2,000 and $4,000, if you already have a computer and other office basics. If not, the figure could be considerably higher, depending on what kind of computer system and other office supplies you choose to buy.

Since it's a service-based business rather than a product-based one that calls for inventory, starting a personal concierge business doesn't require a large financial investment. In fact, much of what you'll need to be a good concierge can't be bought--for instance, the contacts that come from long-term business relationships with the right people. You can't put a price tag on those contacts, but having them puts you well on the way to success.

You'll still need all the basics, though. Here's a rundown of what you'll need to get your business off to a roaring start:

  • A good computer system with a modem, Zip drive and printer
  • Software for accounting and contact management
  • Fax machine
  • Phone with two or three lines
  • Answering machine or voice mail
  • Pager
  • Cellular phone
  • Office supplies and stationery
  • Internet access
  • Website
  • Insurance
  • Legal and accounting services
  • Startup advertising

You need a special bank for your startup business needs. Search our Best Banks for Small Businessesdatabase to find one that best suits your business.

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