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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Low-Cost Startups by Gail Margolies Reid

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Carpet-Cleaning Services

Estimated startup costs: $700-$800
Estimated first-year revenue: $60,000-$100,000
Carpet-cleaning equipment has come a long way over the last decade, and buying one machine can give you the capability to clean all types of floor surfaces in addition to rugs, wall-to-wall carpeting, and even upholstered furniture. Most residential customers only need their carpets cleaned once or twice a year. As a carpet cleaner, you will make more money from each customer per visit than you will make from regular housecleaning, but you will need to build a much larger base of customers and spend more time scheduling appointments.
At first blush, carpet cleaning may not seem seasonal, but demand for services is higher at holiday times, ...

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