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Make Money Replacing Broken Window Glass

Owners or tenants pay you to replace broken window glass in their apartments or homes. This business idea can be either a part-time or a full-time way to make money, depending on the demand and your ambition. With the hard times we are having, people will be staying in their present homes longer, rather than trading up. This practice increases the demand for home repairs. (This is article #3 in a series of emergency handyman services.)
This business idea is best suited for people who are physically fit and enjoy working with their hands. You must be able to remove and replace broken window glass and repair damaged window dividers. This refers to window panes held in wooden sashes with glazers’ points and glazing compound (putty).
You should own a pickup truck or van to haul equipment, materials, supplies, and trash. You need to own or purchase the equipment and protective gear required for this activity. You should set up a home office with the basic office equipment and supplies.
Getting customers
Since this is an emergency type service, you should be able to make money without much trouble. Use a simple classified advertisement in the local newspaper or on to get customers. Also, advertise in any property owner’s newsletter.
Preliminary job activities
After arriving at the job site and greeting the customer, inspect the damaged window(s). Use a tape measure to find the approximate inside width and height of the wood frame to receive the new glass. The customer may be in a hurry and want you to work on a holiday, weekend, or at night to get the glass replaced. In addition, you may be asked to come back later and paint over the cured putty bead to make it weatherproof.
You can use standard job bid forms to estimate your labor and the costs of broken window glass and any damaged window dividers. This bid should include the fees for any extra services to be performed, such as painting or staining, and hauling away any trash. If the customer accepts your bid, you both can sign the bid form.
Main job activities
Before starting work, put on goggles and heavy work gloves. Then use a wide trowel or shovel to pick up any visible pieces of broken glass inside and outside the damaged window. Place these pieces in a sturdy cardboard box. Then lay down a plastic sheet to catch any more pieces that may fall down.
After heating the old putty, remove all remaining pieces of broken glass. Place them inside a sturdy cardboard box. Then use a chisel, putty knife, or utility knife to remove all the old putty from the window sash. Replace any damaged window dividers. Use a whiskbroom or small paintbrush to clean the wood where you removed the putty. Then apply linseed oil to all the bare wood.
Use a tape measure to find the actual inside width and height of the wood frame to receive the new glass. Then deduct 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch from each measurement to allow for clearance when replacing the glass pane. If the wood frame is straight and square, use the 1/16 of an inch deduction. Otherwise, use the 1/8 of an inch deduction.
Have the glass pane(s) cut to size at your local glass shop, hardware store, or building supplies store. (Be sure the glass is the correct size before you leave the store.)
Roll lumps of fresh putty between your hands. Use these rolls of putty to form a thin bed all around the wood frame that will receive the glass pane. (If the putty is cold, warm it up first.) Then gently press the new glass pane into the wood frame. This should force some putty out behind the glass.
Use a putty knife to insert new glaziers’ points every six inches or so along the wood frame. Force the point straight into the wood. Don’t put pressures against the glass, or it may break. The points should not be visible from inside the house. Use at least two points for each side of the glass pane. Don’t put a point closer than an inch from a corner of the glass.
Roll more lumps of fresh putty between your hands. Use these rolls of putty to form a triangular bead against the glass and the exposed wood frame. (If the putty is cold, warm it up first.) Then use a putty knife to flatten and strike off the surface of the putty bead. Shape this new putty bead to match any old putty beads near it. Also, the edge of the putty bead should not be visible from inside the house. Dip the putty knife in linseed oil if needed to smooth out the new putty bead. Use the putty knife to scrape off any excess putty around the glass pane and wood frame.
Follow the directions on the putty container as to curing and painting. When painting the cured putty bead, let the paint extend slightly beyond it (onto the glass and the wood frame) to protect the putty edges from the weather.
Final job activities
Inspect the premises to verify you have finished all required tasks. Remove all your equipment and supplies. Clean up inside and outside around the damaged window. Make sure you have placed all pieces of broken glass inside a sturdy cardboard box.
Collect your agreed upon fee from the customer. Haul the trash away, if part of your agreed upon services.

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Make Money Working From Home – From a Hobby?

You will want to consider a few things before you start your own business. With some application, you will be able to make profits by doing things that interest you.
The first step is to evaluate whether or not making money from your hobby or interest will be profitable.
Where your hobby involves making a product, such as pottery, you may be able to sell your creations directly.
Remember, do not limit yourself, you may well be able to sell the services associated with your hobby, as well as the product itself.
For example, if you like mushrooms, get some spores and grow them in your shed from home, and sell them to your local greengrocer, or directly online.
There are unlimited possibilities, if you use your imagination., write an e book on how to grow mushrooms, and sell it online, or if you want to take it to an extreme, open a restaurant that specializes in mushroom dishes.
The point I am trying to make is that the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
It is important to accept that you will need to provide resources to turn your hobby or Interest into a sustainable business.
Is your idea sustainable?
The best way to establish this, is market research, talk to local business people, family, friends, experts in the field, and do some online research.
After you establish that your idea is a good one, use the power of the internet as an efficient tool.
You will be able to source articles and e books, that cover everything from how to start and develop your business, right through to production and marketing.
The internet is a powerful marketing tool, opening your business to a worldwide market, many people have had excellent success with the likes of Amazon, or eBay.
The idea here is not to limit your thought process to the fact that although your hobby or interest is something you love to do, does not mean you can not turn it into a sustainable business.
It is also important to start off small, so that your growth does not use up all your available cash, and that your supply can keep up with the demand.
The first act of changing a hobby or interest into a sustainable business, is to write a business plan to ensure that important elements are not overlooked, and that you establish clear goals. This will enable you to measure progress and clearly identify results.

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How to Make Side Money Where You Live, And For A Long Time

How many ways are there to earn extra money at or near your home? There are a lot! This article will share with you the one and only way that you can earn side money around where you live, for a long time.
Are you SICK of the internet? They say you can start selling things on your own website. However, few can do it. Even if you succeed it’s hard, and boring.
They try to make you think affiliate marketing, drop shipping and auctions will “win the day.” All can work from home but not for long, unless you can “crown the monkey” when you first start. However it’s a tough learning curve. Some people learn quickly. Some learn slowly.
So what’s left? MLM – network marketing.
Network marketing has a lot to do with marketing. It is similar to affiliate marketing, YouTube marketing and other marketing on social websites. Network marketing gives options – it can help people like you and I. We can make side money at home by leveraging our efforts.
Network marketing or MLM has the advantage of giving you income as you get older, without having to work as hard as when you were young. I personally made an average of $18,000 a month for 2.5 years with network marketing – much of that time I didn’t have to lift a finger to get paid. Sadly, my income declined and today, I make $200 a month from my network marketing company.
The facts are: To build sustainable income, you must provide value, all the time. You have probably been pestered by someone you know, trying to get you to join a network marketing enterprise, business or scheme. How many of these people have made an income for a very long time with MLM or network marketing? I’m guessing: Very, very, few.
The main thing here is to realize this: A skill learned will earn for you, as long as you apply that skill.” Learn a valuable skill, and connect with your customers – you’ll get rich in the process.
If you find the right Mentor, you will be able to learn how to market that skill online and offline. You’ll also be taught to establish relationships with your customers, and how to generate referral business on your own – that’s when your current customer tells others they should buy your product, or use your service.
Why is learning a skill important? Well, you can make money cleaning trash cans (really) and there is nothing wrong with that. However, when you’re standing in a room with 99 or 999 other people, and someone says (for example) “My iPhone is broken, who can fix it?” – and you’re the only one who can fix it, who will get that job? Certainly not the guy who cleans trash cans, right? Now, take the same situation, and make the required skill trash can cleaning – how many people in the room can clean a trash can?
What else can a real and rare skill do for you? Your skill will get you recognition, admiration, and even a little jealousy from people who would like to have your skill. Oh yeah, a skill can make you money. For example, iPhone repair people make $50,000 to $100,000 a year. And I forgot this one – they (and most skilled trades people) don’t have a BOSS! (How is a boss like a diaper?)
As you can see, earning extra money at home in the long run by learning and marketing a proven, viable skill, can make you a lot of money. First – do your homework before starting out in any Home Based Business opportunity out there.

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Doing What You Want to Do to Make Money at Home

There are so many people who are looking for advice from all sorts on how to proceed when trying to make money at home with their own business ideas. It is too bad that so much of this advice is either ill willed, or just bad advice from someone who means well. Ultimately, the choices you make will only affect you and those you are responsible for, not your friends, business colleagues, or neighbors. Make the choice because it is what you want to do, not because others think you should do it.
How many horror stories have we all heard about people who listened to others, knowing what the right choice would have been, only to fail because they thought someone else had a better handle on a specific business idea or more experience. The fact is that if your heart is not in it, you will most likely fail at it. This rings true in all aspects of life whether it is trying to make money at home or in a marriage. So stay with your gut feeling if you believe you have a good idea to market a product or service, and stop listening to your neighbors, friends, and people at the local coffee shop.
We all know that venturing out into an unknown place is scary, but listening to those who haven’t been where you are about to go will not help you either. If you were walking in the darkness and had two people hollering at you, one from behind you and another in front of you about the dangers ahead, who would you listen to? My money would be on the person in front of you who has already been down the path, not the one still not as far up the path as you. So ultimately, if you are going to listen to anyone, listen to those who have been down the road you are about to travel.
In the world of business there are so many shades of gray that can all lead to success, or failure. Sometimes two people can have the same exact idea and one will fail and the other will succeed just due to slight differences in how they marketed their idea, where they allocated their resources, and how well they budgeted their costs. Subtle differences could set the tone for your business life, and be your ticket to success.

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Earn Extra Income – Where to Find Business Ideas That Make Easy Money

The intricate of coming up with a business idea and then turning it to become a successful venture has greatly contributed to many people settling for the easy way out, that is seeking for employment. But it is important to understand that for you to realize financial freedom you must push yourself beyond your normal limits. Research has proved that only one percent of people who are employed ever become millionaires. In short, business is the only way out.
I am addressing people who want to positively impact their own lives as well as those of other people. “Money makes the world go round”, someone once said. Therefore, making money is the key to positively influencing your life. It’s not that am against employment, but am seeking to make you realize that coming up with a business idea is the only way of becoming a millionaire unless you are thinking of illegitimate ways of achieving the same.
The internet is rich with wealth generation business ideas which if you choose to ignore, means you have attained financial freedom. When I first started doing online business, I didn’t think much of it until I meet a friend who was making real money from Google AdSense. This opened my eyes to other business opportunities, and here I am today ready and willing to share the secrets I’ve acquired in my six years in online business.
Your boss is not ready to loss your services just yet but it is time you start working for yourself. Start your small business on the internet and begin generating extra income that will supplement your salary. I assure you, within a year’s time you will be writing that resignation letter as make your way towards achieving financial freedom.