Overview

A vacuum cleaner, also known as a sweeper or hoover, is a device that uses an air pump (a centrifugal fan in all but some of the very oldest models), to create a partial vacuum to suck up dust and dirt, usually from floors, and from other surfaces such as upholstery and draperies.

The dirt is collected by either a dustbag or a cyclone for later disposal. Vacuum cleaners, which are used in homes as well as in industry, exist in a variety of sizes and models—small battery-powered hand-held devices, wheeled canister models for home use, domestic central vacuum cleaners, huge stationary industrial appliances that can handle several hundred litres of dust before being emptied, and self-propelled vacuum trucks for recovery of large spills or removal of contaminated soil. Specialized shop vacuums can be used to suck up both dust and liquids.

What You Will Be Doing

How many times has your beater bar been completely filled with animal hair to the point where it won’t move anymore? The fact is, we’ve all experienced difficulty with our trusty vacuums from time to time. You’ll have no shortage of customers. Every home has a vacuum cleaner, and all vacuum cleaners occasionally need service and parts. Market your business where most customers will look for you, such as the Yellow Pages or in coupon books. You could also offer a free six-month checkup for early problem diagnosis, and bring in instant business. Diversify as much as you can, too; by stocking replacement bags and commonly used parts you can make a tidy side profit. You’ll need to set up shop in a comfortable place with adequate lighting and a sturdy workbench. You can do this in your home or spend $300 or more per month renting shop space. Regardless of which you choose, you’ll need to advertise ($1,500–$3,000) and keep a fairly complete parts inventory. Charge at least $45 per job, plus parts, to be sure you’re covering overhead and expenses.   

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