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

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Pool and Hot-Tub Service

Estimated startup costs: $625-$700
Estimated first-year revenue: $35,000-$50,000
According to experienced pool and hot-tub professionals, this industry requires a level of skill and knowledge of chemical compounds and mechanical equipment not easily acquired on your own or as you go. Certification programs are available through the Association of Pool and Spas Professionals (APSP) that will give you a basic understanding of pool and hot-tub maintenance, but will not take the place of on-the-job training. There is also a great deal of information online. If this industry appeals to you, it’s worth it to hire on with a respected pool company for a season and learn the ropes before setting out on your own.
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