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

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Window Cleaning

Estimated startup costs: $750-$1,000
Estimated first-year revenue: $40,000-$60,000
The official definition on thefreedictionary.com of the term one-armed bandit describes what is commonly known as a basic slot machine, the one with fruits that roll around, with three-of-a-kind paying off the jackpot. In the window-cleaning industry, this term is used to characterize a one-person window-cleaning operation. Most people who are long timers in this business use an initial sole startup to eventually build up to a small- to medium-size company that has at least two teams of employees. The work is physically demanding, and is definitely not for those who are afraid of heights.

Equipment and Supplies

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