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Knife Sharpening, Sliding Door Fix, Screen Repair Combo

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If you had a simple knife sharpening machine, you learned how to operate and can turn out really long lasting sharpened knives, you have potential to earn immediate income because all most everyone has a drawer full of dull knives.

You also might have a drill bit sharpener, a chain saw sharpener and call your business Mr. Sharp. Starts with simple knife sharpening....get a pro to teach you.

Or....you can combine it with fixing sliding doors, (which you can learn how to do in one day) and screen repair which requires fewer than ten dollars worth of specialized tools and some screen. Read the instructions, web or at library etc.

many home owners will have all three of these, dull knives, a sliding door dragging and a busted screen or two.

We are writing up cracked or busted windows as a mobile business in itself.

You may find some landlord that has several rental houses and going back to storm windows for the winter season may hire you to pop down all the storm windows if he pays the heat and replace any cracked or busted windows. Now if you carry glass with you and cut and repair on the spot that puts you in a league all by yourself.

We do not know what may be hot as a seasonal service for landlords that have many homes. One of these is worth many home owners. He talks to other landlords and they constantly swap who is best for doing what, and you can get a lot of business if you do something right and reasonable.

As long as we are on the subject, if you can get a dozen landlords that have multiple homes each they can almost keep you busy on many things in season.

Getting rid of snow is good winter business with them. Another article

This multiple thing, knife sharpening is a great knock on doors. Or you can use our technique adopted from the paint the house numbers on the curb article.

Put out flyers explaining your service,maybe a link to your website page explaining your services, telling who you are.

If you had a long term job, I think it makes an interesting story building report with your customer to say

so, John Jones, 18 year Widget Manufacturing employees recently laid off has decided that with all the number of unemployed locally, concluded he had to find some other method to support his family and is now using a knife sharpening device inherited from his grandfather, to sharpen (name of town) area kitchen knives. Harold in his new role calls himself, Mr. Sharp and also sharpens drill bits axes and chain saws.

To make the stop even more helpful he repairs and lubricates, sliding glass doors and repairs popped window screens.

This is all on your flyer etc you distribute, on door knobs, on your web site and your press release to local media to pick up some customer getting publicity. (Laid off folks doing new things to make a living make very timely interesting storys and publicity gets you CUSTOMERS. All no charge or cost to you.)

John maintains a local web site with details and prices for his new (name of town) start up business.


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