Hot Home Business: Pool Maintenance

Want to work from home but not sure what you can do? The Hot Home Business Directory helps you find a business to run out of your home, lists the skills you need to do it and tells how to get started and where to get more information. Read on to find out if this Hot Home Biz is for you!

What you'll do:
Clean and maintain swimming pools; prepare them for seasonal opening/closing; repair pools.

Skills you'll need:
Understanding of the chemicals and equipment needed for pool cleaning and maintenance. The stamina to work long hours in the hot sun while breathing chlorine fumes.

Equipment you'll need:
Cleaning equipment, chemicals, a truck to put it all in.

Start-up costs:
$500 - $5,000 for supplies and equipment. If you don't already have a truck, add another $3,000 - $6,000 for a decent used one. Allocate a minimum of $2,000 to market yourself during your first season.

How much you can make:
Successful pool cleaners in communities with a year-round pool culture can make $50,000 a year or more if they have an active client base. In communities where pool usage is seasonal, half that amount is a more reasonable expectation for an aggressive marketer, though it's still possible to make more if you build up a large client base and also do seasonal treatments for pool openings/closings.

How to break in:
Yellow pages ads, brochures mailed to pool owners, co-marketing arrangements with pool supply stores. Members of the National Spa and Pool Institute can get listings on the Institute's home page.

For more information:

"The Pool Maintenance Manual," by Terry Tamminen. McGraw Hill, $27.95.

"The Complete Swimming Pool Reference," by Tom Griffiths. Mosby-Year Book, $16.00.

PoolCenter
http://www.poolcenter.com/
Everything you ever wanted to know about pools, complete with links to dozens of pool-related sites.

PoolNet
http://www.kreepy.com
This site, maintained by cleaning-supply company Kreepy Krauly, provides a wealth of information on everything from pool care to pool safety, along with information about the company's product line.

Specialty Pool Products
http://www.poolproducts.com
The online catalog from this cleaning-supply company features an email newsletter with articles about pool maintenance and discounts on equipment and supplies.


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