Recent natural disasters and media attention have made both home and small business owners realize how important it is to document assets to maximize insurance coverage and simplify claims. Its unfortunate that it took an event such as Katrina to make people realize how important it is to have adequate insurance. In addition, with 1.6 million fires reported in the U.S. last year (according to the U.S. Fire Administration), property loss is an unfortunate reality. Even if a home or business owner has insurance, oftentimes there will be a dispute with the insurance company over the amount of compensation deserved which can result in delays and unfair compensation.
Insurance agents and financial planners recommend that their clients (for their own protection) keep a detailed inventory of everything in the home or small business. It serves a dual purpose: first to ensure that adequate coverage exists and second to ensure a fair, accurate and timely insurance claim disposition. Entrepreneurs across the U.S. and Canada have quickly realized the opportunity to offer this valuable and profitable service in their local communities.
The great thing about this business is that anyone can do it and become successful. All it takes is someone who is well organized, can manage a digital camera and laptop computer and likes to work with people. People of all backgrounds are being drawn to this business as they realize the huge market potential and flexible work schedule.
Many people ask if you need any special training or certification to operate this business. The answer is no. It is simply a documentation service that is being provided based on information from the client. No special certifications are required. If you are very organized and would like to make your own hours, then this business may be right for you.
As with any new business venture, people interested in this business opportunity can be a bit apprehensive because they are unfamiliar with starting a new business. The good news is that its really not very difficult. Most states have a small business office specifically set up to make it easy for entrepreneurs to start a new business. It is really no more complicated than performing a name search for your new business name to ensure it is not currently used and filing the necessary paperwork. In addition, if you start out as a sole proprietor you only need to file one additional tax form called a Schedule C at the end of the year. Once you are registered, you can meet with your local insurance agent to get the appropriate business insurance and many now bundle a homeowner policy with a home-based business to make it easy and cost effective.
In order to be successful at this business you’ll need to make some small investments in software and equipment. A core part of your business will be a comprehensive software package that allows you to easily manage your client’s home inventory and create professional looking reports. You probably won’t want to collect your client’s inventory data and produce reports manually because it would be too time consuming.
In addition to a core software package, some other productivity software such as Microsoft Office and Microsoft Money or Quicken would be very helpful to run your business.
In addition to software, you’ll also need a basic laptop computer, digital camera and color printer. You likely own some of these items already, or you can easily purchase or upgrade these items either online or at your local electronics store.
A large demand still exists in communities across the country for home inventory services. If you would like to be your own boss, make your own hours and enjoy excellent profits, then this business may be right for you.
Service prices typically range from $350 to $550 for a three to five hour inventory. As you can see, the profits can really add up, especially if you expand by adding additional staff to meet the demand of your community.
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