This is a great seasonal business that specializes in providing the labor for holiday decorations. Once a year an opportunity to make excellent extra money arrives–installing and then later removing decorative outdoor Christmas lights for people who just don’t have the time or the energy to do it for themselves.
Start looking for customers in mid-November, perhaps even placing fliers on the windshields of cars in the parking lots of stores advertising Thanksgiving Day special prices! Do ask for permission from the store or mall managers, lest you get started off on the wrong foot with an important ally. It’s best to strike while the holidays are fresh in your potential customers’ minds.
Targeting high-end neighborhoods is another way to go, as many of these homeowners feel the pressure to put up their decorations early to match their neighbors, yet don’t have the extra time to get out there and get it done.
In addition to offering a service putting up holiday lights, you could also provide removal service for the lights you installed. For an extra charge you could haul away the Christmas trees and take them to a mulcher!
How much should you charge for this once-a-year service? A college student charges $40 for a simple, one-story house job that takes a little over an hour, and up to $75 for larger houses. For these prices, you are using the lights that the homeowner already owns, not supplying the decorations yourself like the fancy design firms. Make sure your clients understand that before you agree to a job.
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