August 8, 2009
Weekend Business Idea --Starting an Aquarium Installation and Maintenance Business
Starting your own fish tank installation and maintenance service--something to brainstorm this weekend! Setting up and maintaining fish aquariums for people that want an aquarium but not the upkeep of one could be a business to start from home. And imagine all the fish tanks needing attention when people go on vacations!
You would first need to research and read everything you can about fish and aquariums. Decide if your business will focus on salt water tanks, freshwater tanks, or both. You will need to acquire as much knowledge as possible about all the specific things to test and clean before trying to market yourself as an expert at fish tank and aquarium keeping. Talk to experts, visit pet stores, read,research, set up and maintain your own aquarium, and get as much knowledge and hands on experience as you can before launching your business.
Think about the potential clients you would want to reach: Aside from residential clients, you have the professional clients to advertise to such as: doctor's offices, dentists,beauty salons, bookstores, daycare businesses, small cafes, etc. There is truly many businesses out there that could be interested in having a tropical fish tank installed and serviced weekly.
You will need to have a rate sheet available for different maintenance costs for your fish and aquarium business. These charges may vary based on difficulty of the task or size of the fish tank. For example, a simple weekly vacuuming and topping up the treated water can be one price, while entire thorough cleaning can be another. Smaller fish tanks will earn you less than larger ones.
Think about having release forms and contracts for exactly what your responsibilities are. Look into some general business insurance and professional liability cover to protect yourself against any possible damage claims or performance issues.
Think about the potential clients you would want to reach: Aside from residential clients, you have the professional clients to advertise to such as: doctor's offices, dentists,beauty salons, bookstores, daycare businesses, small cafes, etc. There is truly many businesses out there that could be interested in having a tropical fish tank installed and serviced weekly.You could also offer pet stores a small referral fee for each client they send your way. You might also consider displaying your cards at veterinary offices and local zoos in your area. Have a website website describing your services and fees. Drive traffic to your website by writing articles about caring for aquariums. If you can start your business by having friends and family as clients, have them write referrals and recommendations that you can post on your website as well to help provide credibility to your expertise.
Have fun brainstorming about Starting a Fish Tank Business if this sounds interesting, and don't forget to check out this week's TGIF WAHM drink recipe!