10 Personal Service Businesses To Start Today

January 11th, 2021 by admin No comments »

In today’s time constraint environment, many people are looking for ways to do things better, faster and cheaper. They will turn to anyone who can help them get the job done. Here are some ideas for you to start your own Personal Service Business.

Mobile Pet Grooming

With a proper training and some experience, a vehicle and some grooming tools, you can start snipping your way to success. Pet owners will appreciate the convenience of a “doorstep” doggie-grooming service.

Collectibles Search

Collectibles searchers, who carefully sniff through swap meets, thrift stores and garage sales, can collect a bundle of collectibles for clients. Once you’ve found your niche–be it antique lunch boxes, dolls or grandfather clocks, you can advertise your services in hobbyist publications, at collectibles stores, in specialty forums on the internet, or on eBay.

Dry-Cleaning Pickup & Delivery

Are you into clothes? Then try on the dry-cleaning pickup-and-delivery business.
Provide pickup and drop-off at a place that’s convenient for busy professionals, then follow suit by arranging with a local dry cleaner to do the actual cleaning.

Mobile Locksmith

You hold the keys to success as a mobile locksmith. For best results, be ready for 24-hour action with a cell phone and van. With some training and basic equipment, you’ll have this business mastered

Golf-Club Cleaning

Not only will you be offering golfers a clean edge to improve their game, but you’ll be offering a way to protect their investment from the rusting, pitting and discoloration of dirty clubs.

Self-Defense Instructor

Get your business jump-started by training others in the disciplines you’ve learned. People of all ages and backgrounds can benefit from the self-defense skills you can teach them, be it Aikido, Karate, or basic self-defense techniques.

Adventure Tours

Like adventure? Whether it’s exploring South American caves or touring English teahouses, you’re sure to find a fanatic following . . . so long as you do all the footwork first. Put your service on the road to success by coordinating transportation, food and lodging. Your clients only need to worry about one thing and that is having fun.

Pet Sitting

When it comes to creature comforts, most canines would choose their own backyard over a kennel any day. Thanks to pet sitters–who take care of pets while their owners are out of town or busy– This business isn’t just for the dogs, however; gear your services toward all creatures’ great and small for maximum profits.

Mobile Massage

Success is close at hand for mobile massage providers. Advertise your stress-relieving services at local workout clubs, spas and physical therapists’ offices. Then bring your trained hands–and a portable massage table–to clients’ homes or places of work.

Cover Letter/Resume Service

Not everyone knows how to look good on paper. With your editing and basic layout skills, a laser printer, and some high-quality stationery, you’re set to show clients how to put their best foot forward in their resumes and cover letters–and how to get in the door of potential employers’ businesses for an interview.

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Serviced Apartments: Better and More Personalized Service

December 16th, 2020 by admin No comments »

If the level of service provided by an accommodation is important to you, a serviced apartment will typically provide you with much better and more personalized service than a hotel would for a number of reasons starting with the very nature of what serviced apartments are and who they cater too.

Serviced Apartment Staff Get to Know You Better

Unlike hotels, serviced apartments typically cater to guests who will be staying long term – such as for a week, a month or several months. This means the front desk receptionist and other staff have a better chance to get to know you and what you like or don’t like so that they can offer you more personalized service.

It should also be pointed out that serviced residences typically employ smaller staffs as there is less need for daily housekeeping services and usually fewer restaurant type eating amenities on the premises. This means you will be dealing with fewer staff members who are more likely to remember your name and vice versa.

Serviced Apartments Can Be Made to Feel Like Home

Since serviced apartments were originally intended to be used as long term accommodations for business travelers, units are usually much bigger than your typical hotel room as even the most basic serviced apartment will probably have separate living and sleeping areas that are intended to make you feel as though you are staying at a big city apartment and not in a cramped hotel room.

This home like feeling is especially important if you are going to be staying some place for weeks or months at a time because after spending a long day in the office or in meetings all over town, the last thing you want to do is come back to an impersonal hotel room that feels like a hotel room. Moreover and if you intend to stay for a long period of time, many service apartment operators will help you to personalize your unit to suit your needs or your family’s needs – an important consideration if you are traveling with young children.

Another important benefit from staying in a such apartment is that you can feel more like a local staying in an apartment rather than a tourist staying in a hotel room. After all and instead of eating your meals in a hotel restaurant, you can opt to do grocery shopping in a local neighborhood supermarket to cook at home or eat out in local neighborhood eateries.

Likewise and while staying in a hotel long-term makes it very to meet or get to know other guests (let alone anyone who lives in the neighborhood) as they are likely only going to be staying for a short period of time, staying in a apartment means you will inevitably be seeing familiar faces every day using the elevator or the facilities such as the gym or the pool.

Delivering World-Class Service – Personal Service Standards

December 8th, 2020 by admin No comments »

Escort guests rather than pointing out directions…Never say “it’s not my job”…Answer the phone with a smile…These are all examples of service standards. Companies use them to train their staff. For service to become truly a way of life, however, such standards must be embraced by each individual on the team. I must want to escort guests…I must want to answer the phone in 3 rings, and I must want to offer assistance if a customer appears lost. So in addition to your company-wide standards, challenge your individual employees to think of ways they intend to contribute to your company’s service mission. These “personal” service standards are unique to the individual, should reinforce their strengths, and permit them to address their opportunities for improvement.

A few that I’ve seen are, “I will always think of ways to exceed expectations, “I will follow up with all customers within 30 minutes”, “I will make each customer feel truly unique”, and “I will find out something interesting about every customer in order to personalize the service”. Like goals, it’s good to write these standards down, look at them daily, and share them. Communicate them with your co-workers and manager. They can help hold you accountable to meeting those standards and vice versa.

If you are a manager, I recommend you do the following:

1. Begin with yourself and write your own. This is a critical step. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. Plus it can seem hypocritical to ask your staff to do something that you are not doing.

2. Lead a meeting or training session on service excellence and why it is important for the team. Explain that providing engaging service is what each employee should commit to doing everyday.

3. Share your own personal service standards with your team, then ask them to help hold you accountable for meeting those standards. Explain that you will do the same for them. After all, service excellence is a team effort.

4. Instruct your team to write their own. Encourage them to write specific behaviors.

5. Key Step: Have your employees share their Personal Service Standards with you (their manager) or their immediate supervisor.

6. In daily interactions, ask individual employees to share their standards with you. Also ask them how they intend to use at least one of the standards that day.

7. During your routine one-on-one meetings (which you should have), review your employee’s against those standards.

A great hotel executive once told me that success is not something you do in the future…otherwise one would never get there. Success is what you do today, in this very moment, and everyday thereafter. Writing your personal service standards today will assist with your commitment to excellence, and your commitment to engage every customer with your service.

Business Branding for Personal Service Type Companies

November 23rd, 2020 by admin No comments »

Business branding for personal service type companies is not as simple as for other types of companies. If you look to slick and corporate you will actually lose customers and potential customer. Instead you must concentrate on the friendly atmosphere and you’ll need to create a logo little, which conveys this message.

Personal service companies are generally small businesses and small businesses still have to worry about business branding. Just because your businesses is small and only has a few employees or perhaps you have no employees; this does not alleviate you from your responsibility in building brand and setting your business apart in your local community.

It is imperative that you concentrate on building a brand, one which people recognize and respect as part of the community-based business. People trust brands and your business name, logo, brochures and signage must indeed make a statement and one, which people can indeed trust.

In any personal service business, whether it is a Massage Business or an auto detailing company that comes to the home. Your customers must be able to recognize you as trust worthy, responsible, on time and that you will indeed do what you say you are going to do. Will you? Does your business project that image? Consider this in 2006.

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Insolvent Personal Services Companies Who Can’t Pay Their Company Tax

November 3rd, 2020 by admin No comments »

Many people in the UK operate via a personal service limited company. Prime examples of this are computer engineers. These individuals get paid very high daily or wekly rates for short term contracts. They organise their tax via efficient limited companies. Now we have a down turn, work has dried up and many have used their tax savings to get by. Now there is nothing to pay the tax man, they will need help closing down their company as they cannot pay their due taxes.

I have had quite a lot of calls in the last three weeks or so from personal services companies who now find that they cannot pay corporation tax bills built up over the last 15 months or so.

With our tax system and the requirement to produce accounts at one stage in time and account for the profits later in the year, it can and does cause problems when there is a downturn in business.

Many of the callers to our helpline are now facing demands for corporation tax from the Inland Revenue and are finding that the funds that they had set aside to pay this tax has been used up in the intervening months to live on, as work has dried up.

Many of our callers are worried that they will be come personally liable for the tax liability of these companies. We are able to assure them that the tax liability is lost when the company is wound up. We will be able to deal with the revenue and wind up the old company, leaving the individual free to set up a new company and trade again.

When dealing with the Inland Revenue it is always better to be pro-active and take steps early. As a company director, you have a duty to run your company so that it remains solvent. If it is insolvent then it is also a responsibility to close that limited company if it will not be able to pay its debts and to trade it will cause even more loses.

It is not a crime to trade a company with loses in the expectation that trade will pick up and that debts can be paid. However as soon as it is clear that debts can’t be paid through continued trading, steps need to be taken.

We are now helping very many labour only trading companies declare themselves insolvent. It is important and a legal obligation to cease to trade your company when it is insolvent. You must therefore take independent advice on whether you company is insolvent.

Comfortably Rich

October 27th, 2020 by admin No comments »

When a person has reached a comfortable financial position and is politely referred to as being comfortably rich, he will also have acquired more leisure time. With that additional leisure time, he can allow for some of it to be spent in personal service to charitable organizations, political projects, philanthropic overtures on a personally secret level, and an expanded agenda for community involvement. Although being wealthy is usually the prerequisite for much of those activities, being comfortably rich has extended itself in the United States to allow for overtures into those human activities.

Leisure time implies having the financial means of maintaining one’s lifestyle without spending all of one’s time working in a paid position. Some comfortably rich people and families might still be spending most if not all of their time in the family business but might have the desire to allocate some of their time for personal service. It has become almost acceptable to assume that only those individuals and families with personal wealth should be involved in the activities already mentioned. In many circumstances, if third party donations of money to individual and or groups who are involved in public activities are discovered, a cloud of collusion is cast on those activities.

There are, of course, classes in the United States that do not exist in other countries of the world. Certain exceptions are made and laws bent for certain public projects. But, if we were to isolate the answer to the question of whether a comfortably rich individual would have more time for personal service, the answer would be unquestionably, Yes. Just as he would be able to afford to pay for services in maintaining his property and his person, he would have more free time or leisure time to extend personal services to others in his community.

Becoming A Personal Service Company

October 15th, 2020 by admin No comments »

Working within a Personal Service Company (PSC) is something that many self-employed contractors consider, but it is very important that they are aware of all the facts before they take the plunge.

What is a PSC?
An exact definition of the term Personal Service Company does not feature in any HMRC guidelines but rather PSCs are explained through examples. According to HMRC, a PSC is an intermediary, or in other words, a business structure which contractors use to manage their finances tax efficiently and to create a professional image. The company sells work of the individual who owns and operates the company. This is how a limited company works and therefore, it is considered to be a PSC. However, HMRC does also suggest that any other intermediary that cannot be defined as a Managed Service Company (MSC) might be able to be defined as a PSC for IR35 purposes.

MSCs are companies which were designed to minimise tax payments for contractors but instead of each individual forming their own company and taking on all associated responsibilities of doing so, the business was managed by the MSC, a third party. An MSC would take on a group of contractors as shareholders who would receive minimum wage salaries and the rest of the income as dividends. All administrative, tax and secretarial duties would be fulfilled by the service provider which would charge a fee for these services. Quite simply, these companies allowed contractors to avoid tax via PAYE and therefore have higher take home earnings while not having to undertake corporate responsibilities. Legislation passed in 2007 prevented such companies from functioning in the same way, forcing MSCs to either withdraw their services altogether or switch to PAYE operations. It is therefore vital that contractors limit the corporate work done by third parties and are fully aware of the legislation to ensure they are not guilty of tax avoidance.

Tax compliance within a PSC
It was the introduction of IR35 legislation that saw the creation of MSCs and it is still a difficult tax issue for contractors today. Being IR35 compliant is essential for contractors, especially as they are closely watched by HMRC to ensure that they are. To be considered as a PSC in the eyes of HMRC, every contract must be considered as IR35 compliant. The Revenue considers limited companies to be a risk in terms of tax avoidance so every contract must demonstrate that the relationship between the parties is not one of employer/employee. If it does appear this way, then the contractor is considered to be employed directly by the client and not through the intermediary PSC or limited company. They would then have to pay PAYE tax as normal. All contracts therefore must demonstrate a client/contractor relationship.

Tax advantages within a PSC
An average self-employed professional might find themselves earning an amount of money that puts them into a higher income tax bracket. To get around paying the larger amount, contractors can form their own limited company. Within it, they can pay themselves a very small salary, from which PAYE tax would be deducted and then they can take the rest of the money as dividends. Paying corporation tax and minimal PAYE tends to work out as less than the high amount of income tax many contractors would have to pay as self-employed workers. Contractors within their own limited company can also claim all expenses against their income whereas self-employed contractors can only claim some.

Working within a personal service company can be extremely beneficial but it is important to account for the extra costs of running a business. It is also vital that contractors fully understand their tax obligations in every circumstance and that they are careful to work within the PSC definition.

The Potential of Drones in Personal Services

September 25th, 2020 by admin No comments »

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was once just a dream has now become a reality. The concepts related to this technology are becoming clearer with each passing day. Very soon, we will see drones and UAVs become a part of our everyday lives. One concept associated with drones is their use in the domain of personal services. Efforts are being made to make this a reality and it is only a matter of time.

Different researchers as well as companies are trying to search for new avenues where drones can be utilized and personal service is one of those areas. People need assistants in order to smoothly carry out their everyday work. Usually, a human is hired for such work but what if a drone could be used in place of an assistant?

There are many who have even conceptualized the use of drones for providing personal services like taking aerial selfies and making family videos. Keeping a parking space secured for you, ensuring that the street that you are walking down is safe for you as well as providing you personal protection are some of the other personal services for which drones can be utilized.

There are many who are trying to develop drones to provide specialized services but the only problem that is coming in the way of this highly ambitious project is safety. The safety of the people and their property cannot be ensured because of the unpredictability of drones. They can stop working at any time and fall to the ground. This may be a great hazard for the people going about their businesses on the roads and streets. Moreover, if the drone causes any kind of damage to the property then its owner will be held liable for it.

There is always a danger of the use of drones by anti-social and anti-national elements. Rules and regulations regarding the use and ownership of drones need to be put in place before these aerial vehicles can be used for personal services.

The FAA is fully aware of the misuse drones can be subjected to. This is why it delayed the process of bringing drones into the commercial sector until this year and is very selective when it comes to giving airworthiness licenses to businesses.

Though these concerns are genuine but these have always been there whenever a new technology has been launched into the market. When TVs were introduced for the first time, people used to be issued license for keeping and using TVs in their houses. Similarly, there were many other things that were seen with suspicion but when they became prevalent, their use became indispensable.

Probably, it is the same with drones as far as the personal services are concerned. As soon as the FAA gives its approval there would be drones all over the place. There are companies that already have everything ready for the launch of the drones in various sectors of the market. In the not too distant future, we will see on-call drones hovering in the sky waiting to be deployed for personal services.

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Get Your Personal Service Website Up Now

September 2nd, 2020 by admin No comments »

With the growing unemployment rate in the US job market, more and more independent workers and personal service providers are looking into going solo in the workforce environment. Mainly due to the an ever increasing job loss and unemployment, job hunters are finding it more difficult than ever to land on a good paying job. We are so populated with highly skilled individuals who some have more than one service to offer but cannot find a decent gig. So since there are more competitions, applicants get lost into the growing pool of job hunters and the chances of getting noticed are getting slimmer by the second. I know. It’s old news. However, we just can’t help hearing this old news.

I notice that more independent workers, especially the ones with personal services to offer, are becoming savvier with their tactics and strategy when it comes to finding work. Some started their personal blogs, offering free information in exchange for opt-in emails, a subscription method to generate leads. Others sell packaged information in the form of ebooks and video tutorials valued at a very affordable cost which also opens up the door to invite prospects to hopefully purchase more of the other products and services in the near future.

Whatever the type of profession you are in or products and services you are offering, one thing you cannot live without, an online presence. You must have some sort of personal services or general business services webpage, a blog page, or at least a one page online info about who you are and what type of personal services you are offering.

There are tons of auto-create web apps that you can use, some are free and some will cost you your mortgage. Depending on how good you are in your research skill level, you can find yourself tinkering forever and a day on a free web application you downloaded because you don’t have the technical skills to manage it or someday wondering why you have been paying a lot of money for a service that has not got you farther than since you have installed the program. Well some of us just have to learn the hard way.

But in order to compete in this cut throat job environment, we must learn how to leverage our chances of becoming noticed. And having your own website is a tool that still many people do not take advantage of. I know that it is harder than it sounds, but what isn’t when it comes to earning a living.

You have to learn a new way of self-promotion online if you haven’t yet. It is by far the easiest method to learn. There are multitude of resources and tutorials, and most of them are free! Just take your own pace to not get frustrated (too soon).

Having your own web presence not only makes it easier for you to elaborate and present your personal services or general business services to your potential clients or customers, it also can be very affordable. Good and careful online research will be one of your most important time investments of your life….beginning today!

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Personal Services Growth Through Mobile Marketing

September 2nd, 2020 by admin No comments »

One of the most excellent methods of advertising today is mobile marketing. This potent platform allows especially the small and medium businesses an opportunity to connect to target audience in the most effective manner.

Mobile marketing is personal in nature. There is a huge difference between advertising on billboards waiting for passersby to turn around and see the ad and giving individuals personal attention by sending them messages, advertisements, updates and offers through mobile SMS.

On a mobile, your ad gets instantly and compulsorily viewed as compared to advertising on television channels where there are great chances of channels being changed during commercials. The most charming aspect of mobile marketing is the personal touch.

This is the reason why this unique and effective marketing platform is used by many small and medium business sectors including the personal services market.

Almost everyone is busy today and this has resulted in the emergence of a new market segment namely the personal services. Those who opt for personal services include busy working couples, the baby boomer market and overworked single parents.

There are many different personal services on offer to make life simpler for them. Wedding planners help people deal with one of the most romantic, emotional and stressful days of their lives. If you are a wedding planner looking to advertise your service, without doubt, mobile marketing is the best option for you. You can reach a huge audience base by just typing in your advertisement and sending out mobile SMS. You can also send periodic update messages and information on packages and discounts.

Another personal service market that can benefit from the low cost mobile advertising is professional organizers. These organizers help organize your office or home space by replacing chaos and clutter neat organization. Right from designing storage space for firms, professional organizers help organize just about anything including shoe closets.

The most cost effective method of advertising today for small and medium businesses such as professional organizers is mobile marketing. This is a platform that provides unimaginable reach to targeted audience. This cost effective method of marketing is ideal as you can send your advertisement through mobile SMS and also send periodical updates on discount offers and schemes.

If you run a day care centre, then market your service through the powerful mobile platform. Target every single residence in your area through SMS and let them know you are available to look after small children and provide quality day care service.

No matter what type of personal service you are offering including pet sitting service, in-home personal chef or nanny service, mobile is the most powerful and result oriented medium through which you can contact and advertise your service to a huge database of potential prospects in your area.

The audience you target comes to know of who you are, what you offer and how you can be contacted. They also come to know instantly of what discount schemes and plans you offer helping them make a decision and act on it. Mobile marketing has taken the world of advertising by storm and is fast becoming one of the most successful marketing options.