Business Idea Center: Customer Service

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Business Name / Description

1-800 Telephone Call Center

Answer phones and provide customer service for companies with 800-numbers.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Advertising Broker

Use your sales skills to mediate between ad agencies and content providers.
Category: Advertising
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Advertising Clipping Service

Keep track of advertising competition for other businesses.
Category: Advertising
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Airport Shuttle Service

For those who don't mind the red eyes, an airport shuttle service is a practical business with an assured customer base.
Category: Travel
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Antique Furniture Refurbishing

Start a business giving antique furniture a new shine.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Children's Book and Software Store

Revisit those sweet reading days by opening up a children's bookstore.
Category: Children's Businesses
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Cigar Sales

This hot business is so specialized, it'll have you smokin' out profits in no time.
Category: Recreation
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Coins and Stamps

Feed your collecting soul with a store that buys, sells and trades collectible coins and stamps.
Category: Recreation
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Copy Sales

With the growing popularity of running businesses or working at home, a copy center can offer a range of services for people who lack office equipment.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Costume Rentals

Dress up your business with a costume rental shop.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Custom Airbrushing

Combine your artistic and business sides with a custom airbrushing company.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Customer Service Training

Have a knack for impeccable service? Teach companies' employees to deliver.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Demographic Data Broker

Provide businesses with the demographic data they need to better target their clients.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Developer Home Sales

Use your sales and marketing skills in a career for independent homes sales.
Category: Real Estate
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Distribution Warehouse

Homebased and e-businesses provide products that need warehousing and distribution. Starting this service requires planning, organization and an entrepreneur looking to help other businesses.
Category: Import/Export
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

E-Commerce Consultant

Use your web smarts to help others grow their online businesses.
Category: Online Businesses
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Elderly Employment Agency

Help skilled and experienced seniors find jobs that suit their talents.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Employee Trainer

Help whip a business into shape by becoming an employee trainer.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Errand Service

Help busy people get through the day by providing an errand service.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Extreme Adventure Trips

This business will keep you on the edges of life.
Category: Travel
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Fabric Shop

Add some texture to your business side with a shop that's made of good material.
Category: Retail Businesses
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Factory Tours

Are there lots of factories in your town? If so, you may be sitting on a tour business goldmine.
Category: Education/Instruction
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Farm Equipment Broker

Do you know the ins and outs of tractors? If so, a farm equipment broker job may be right for you.
Category: Plants/Agriculture
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Firearms Training

If you have past military experience or just have a passion for firearms, teach others how to use theirs.
Category: Security
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Freelance Sales Consultant

Have the secrets to improving sales? Teach others.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Furniture Delivery and Assembly

Put your muscle and handyman skills to use by delivering and assembling furniture.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Home Alarm Sales

If you're skilled in sales, many households will appreciate your expertise in home security. However, don't be alarmed when profits take off.
Category: Security
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Import/Export Specialist

Know a lot about the import/export world? Use that knowledge to help others.
Category: Import/Export
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Independent Listing Agent

If you have telemarketing skills, here's a low-cost business venture that calls prospective home buyers.
Category: Advertising
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Janitorial Supplies

You can clean up by selling janitorial supplies.
Category: Retail Businesses
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Lighting Shop

It's time to shine some light on your business startup.
Category: Retail Businesses
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Linen Shop

This retail business requires an eye for detail and design.
Category: Retail Businesses
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Mailbox Center

Find a convenient location and turn your business into a mailbox center.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Mailing Service

Save businesses valuable time by putting together their mailings for them.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Manicure/Pedicure Salon

Get your feet wet with a pedicure and manicure salon.
Category: Beauty/Personal Care
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Mobile Home Broker

Use your broker skills to get this low-cost startup idea on the go.
Category: Real Estate
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Mobile Oil-Change Service

Grease those startup gears and launch an oil-change service.
Category: Autos/Transportation
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Mobile Paper Shredding

Looking for a green business? Do your part in taking care of the environment by shredding mass amounts of papers to be recycled.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Moped Rentals

With mopeds growing in popularity, this startup is sure to zoom to success.
Category: Recreation
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Musical Instrument Sales

Keep your business in tune with your passion for music.
Category: Retail Businesses
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Mystery Shopper

Are you a stickler for quality customer service? Consider being a mystery shopper.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Network Marketing

Find a product you love and start selling to your friends and their network.
Category: Retail Businesses
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Newsstand

Outdated, you say? In spite of online media convergence, classic print newspapers will never grow old.
Category: Retail Businesses
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

One Hour Photo Lab

Do you enjoy seeing a finished product? Consider film development with a one hour photo lab.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Online Secretarial Service

Offer your secretarial skills to online clients.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Packing/Unpacking Service

Do the packing and unpacking work that clients don't have time to do themselves.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Pawnbroker

Use your negotiating skills by opening up a pawn shop and bringing in second-hand goods.
Category: Retail Businesses
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

PediCab

Peddle your way to profits with a PediCab service.
Category: Autos/Transportation
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Personal Concierge

Help your client with tasks they're too busy to do on their own.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Photo ID Service

Each year, millions of dollars worth of property are stolen out of homes and offices. With a photo ID service that burns proof of property onto a CD, this service really does take care of business.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Piano Tuning Service

Keep your business on perfect pitch by providing a piano tuning service.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Portable Storage Service

A portable storage service resonates with good things coming in small packages.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Power Tool Rentals

Start fixing up your business by buying quality power tools and setting up rental rates.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Proposal Writer

Here's a homebased business that may write you a big commission check.
Category: Entertainment & Events
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Referral Service

Help people find businesses that can help them out.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Rowboat Rentals

Row, row, row your biz gently down the cash flow stream.
Category: Recreation
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Sales Trainer

Use your superb sales smarts to help companies boost sales.shes
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Shared Office Center

Got office space? Monthly rent can be expensive for small businesses, but offering up a shared office center is a win-win situation for you and your small business tenants.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Telephone Answering Service

Give callers a live person to talk to with an answering service.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Used Appliance Sales

Buying secondhand appliances for resale is a tidy way to clean up profits.
Category: Retail Businesses
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Used Furniture Retailer

Help others out of their financial hardships by picking out classic furniture to sell.
Category: Retail Businesses
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Vacuum Cleaner Sales

Here's a business that sucks up profits.
Category: Retail Businesses
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Wholesaler

Be the middle person between a manufacturer and the retailer. With any product or service included, this is a business that will always be needed.
Category: Retail Businesses
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No
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