Tuesday, 19 July 2016

My Review of Bounty Hunter BHJS Junior Metal Detector - Is It A Good Buy?

I bought the Bounty Hunter BHJS Junior Metal Detector after coming across a list of overwhelmingly positive reviews of it online. At first I was a bit skeptical because most of these tools end up falling short of expectations once you start using them – but I was really impressed when I received the package. First, the order was delivered very fast; it actually arrived earlier than I even expected. I ordered it on Tuesday and it arrived on Thursday evening.

The box was properly sealed safe for a few minor dents that didn’t pose any danger to the machine that was safely tucked inside. Straight out of the box, the metal detector was good to go. We followed a few basic instructions (provided in the guide book) and were able to set it up in a couple of minutes. 

How It Feels

BHJS feels sturdy and well-made although its length is a bit short for a mature adult to use comfortably. In my opinion, this metal detector is best suited for adventure loving kids aged from 9 years onwards to their teens. It’s strong enough to withstand normal-use impact and light in weight at about 1.5 pounds.

How It Looks

The design is very simplistic. It has two dials – one that controls power sensitivity and the other one for target elimination e.g. ruling out iron or other metallic items that may be hidden near the “hits”. There is also one needle gauge called the target indicator that beeps whenever you are near a target object. I realized you can detect roofing nails hidden as deep as 2 feet underground. 

Our Experience

So as I have already mentioned, we received this detector on a Thursday evening and went straight out to try it. We inserted two 9 volt batteries and after a few basic set-up guides we were good to go. I must admit my son had a difficult time mastering the instructions initially but I was able to guide him through it. 

Our first assignment was on the driveway. We placed a few coins at random spots and tested the metal detector to gauge its accuracy. Then after that we decided to complicate the task a little bit and so we went to the lawn around our house on a mission to find and clear all roofing nails and remnants that had been left behind after a re-roofing job a few weeks earlier. 

Once again, the detector did not disappoint. We collected a whole ton of nails and I even found my old picnic knife that had been deeply buried in clay among other items that I have lost over the years. 

On Day 2 I decided to let my son take over the control. We live on a few acres and so I was able to bury a couple of items here and there and let him find them. With a bit more training, he was all set to go and we spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the wonders of our little wonderful “wilderness”.

He now controls the Bounty Hunter BHJS Junior Metal Detector all by himself although I join him in his explorative ventures once in a while. I absolutely love the fact that this new “toy” keeps him busy outdoors which is healthier than spending the whole day watching TV. 

What I Like 

*Fast shipping – awesome shipping and timely delivery
*Ease of use – if you have any difficulties, a guide book is provided
*Sturdy form – it is well built and durable
*Efficiency – it has discrimination control for eliminating unwanted metals
*The fun – although it is best suited for kids, adults can also enjoy having it around
*Warranty – it is backed by a 1 year Bounty Hunter Warranty

What I did not like

I like everything else about this device and I honestly would not fault it for anything. It’s a good buy and I don’t regret buying it at all. However, I feel that they should have included a plug for earphones. This could come in handy when one wants to explore silently. 

Final Word

I would recommend this for adventure kids and even mature family members who would like to spend a few minutes outdoors. You can even carry it with you during your next picnic occasion – it’s lots of fun to have around plus its lightweight and easy to pack up. For its price, Bounty Hunter BHJS Junior Metal Detector is a good tool to have around. It gets you the best bang for your bucks.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

3 Simple Small Business Ideas For Nairobi People

Nairobi is a city full of opportunities for the hard working entrepreneur. However, not all those who launch their businesses succeed. The market is quite competitive either in Eastlands (areas like Umjoa, Imara Daima, Buruburu) or Westlands (Kilimani, Kileleshwa or Loresho).

Having made such observations,  we were able to compile some three creative business ideas that can be done in this city with much ease. These include:

(1) Wine/Spirits
There is a lot of money to be made in this industry. All you need to do is to buy a stock of wines and spirits, hire a small room, get the right licenses and market vigorously. Target audience: Young students in colleges and Universities.
Budget: Ksh100,000 – Ksh500,000

(2)Social Media Consultancy
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin have taken the world quite literary. If you are an expert at social media matters you can start a consultancy firm and offer your services to other small business owners.
Budget: Ksh50,000 – Ksh500,000

(3)Careers Expo Business
Are you a motivational speaker? Can you inspire someone to make wise decisions in life? Well, then you’re sitting on a gold-mine. Think about starting your career/motivational expo business. You can even package your message in CDs and sell. Or even you can start a motivational blog. You can also visit schools and colleges to offer paid advice.
Budget: Ksh50,000 – Ksh500,000

We hope that this guide has inspired you to think outside the box. If you were looking for good business ideas in Nairobi, I hope this referral article has quenched your thirst for information.

5 Small Business Opportunities in Kenya's Home Improvement Industry

Everyone wants to live in a nice house in a nice place. However, not many people understand the whole process of building and maintaining a decent home. With so many construction projects taking place around Major cities in Kenya, it goes without saying that any small business idea in this industry is highly likely to flourish. Here are 5 such examples.

(1)Sell building plans online
If you know how to draw building plans then you can sell them in dozens online to people planning to build their homes.
Budget:Ksh200,000 – Ksh500,000

(2)Pest control services
Homes and offices will always suffer from one problem – pests. We’re talking about cockroaches, termites, rats etc. If you have the tools and know how to deal with rabbits then this can be good business.
Budget:Ksh500,000 – Ksh1,500,000

(3)Property management agency
All you need to do here is to market property to-let and property for-sale from different estates in the city. Also, you can talk to a few landlords to allow you to manage their property and tenants.
Budget:Ksh0 – Ksh500,000

(4)Satellite Dish Installation Service
If you make a trip to one of the upcoming estates, you will be surprised to see that there are no people who provide this much-needed service. If you are conversant with this field of life, then you are just steps away from starting a successful business.

Budget:Ksh5,000 – Ksh20,000

(5)Estate security services
There are many upcoming estates in the country and most of these face one common problem…insecurity. If you can start a small security firm that provides professional security services, then this is your business idea.
Budget:Ksh250,000 – Ksh1,000,000

We hope that this list of small business ideas in home improvement and construction services will help you make up your mind and get started soon. All the best.

5 Business Ideas In Kenya's Home Maintenance & Improvement Sector

You can never exhaust small business opportunities in the fast growing Kenya real estate and home construction industry. Here are 5 simple ones.

(1)Old furniture refinishing
There will always be some old furniture in some home somewhere…and the owner of that home would like to have them refinished and given a fresh new look.
Budget:Ksh20,000 – Ksh100,000

(2)Artificial plants
Everyone else seems to be focusing on natural flowers and home plants. Why don’t you take a whole different approach altogether and start dealing with artificial plants as a business?
Budget: Ksh5,000 – Ksh50,000

(3)Furniture steam cleaning and upholstery service
If you can keep furniture looking new with steam cleaning or upholstery services then this is definitely your go-to type of business.
Budget: Ksh200,000 – Ksh500,000

(4)Interior decorating service
What makes a good place to live is the details. If you have the gift and skills to make a room complete, you could be on the road to financial independence if you put this idea to good use.
Budget:Ksh160,000 – Ksh500,000

(5)Moving service
So you don’t mind carrying other people’s stuff around? Then why not start a moving company to help people move their homes or offices. You only need one good pickup truck and good marketing skills to get started.
Budget:Ksh0 – Ksh1,500,000

Business ideas in the home maintenance (real estate) and related sectors are like sand...they're everywhere. Identify one and start working on it...success awaits. 

2 Business Ideas in Health & Fitness Industry of Kenya

The health and fitness industry in Kenya is awash with opportunities. However, due to its strict nature a small business owner should be careful when making an investment in it. Here are two ideas that don't require you to have a medical degree or approval to get started.

(1)Gym and wellness center
Think of it this way, people are always looking for ways to keep fit and live longer. For this reason, you can never go wrong when you start a gym or wellness center in a neighborhood that is full of office workers.
Budget: Ksh250,000 – Ksh1,000,000

(2)Natural home remedies
Most people hate hospital medicine and if you can find them a home remedy they would be very grateful. Best way to make it in this business is to focus on online as well as offline marketing. 
Budget: Ksh20,000 – Ksh100,000

If you are looking for small business ideas in the health and fitness industry, it's our hope that his guide will help you. 

Small Business Opportunities in Kenya's Food & Beverages Industry

Cakes and other snacks are always in high demand in urban centers. The only thing you need to do is buy the right equipment, attend cooking classes and then market your products to the right people.
Budget:Ksh80,000 – Ksh500,000

(2)Bottled Water
With focus on good health become a concern to majority of people nowadays, you can never go wrong by fighting for a position in the bottled water market. All you need is to get the right equipment, ensure good packaging and then make sure you have a good transport system to supply your products to the right market.
Budget: Ksh100,000 – Ksh1,000,000

(3)Outside catering services
Combine your love for cooking and event planning (or office supplies) to create this beautiful business. Deliver clean and decent food to workers near their places of work. You can even buy a food-cart and use it for this business.
Budget: Ksh50,000 – Ksh500,000

(4)Cooking classes
Are you such a good cook that you can’t wait to share your skills with the world? Well, believe you me, there are many people who would want to register for your cooking classes so that they can become as good as you. Start a cooking class business and you’ll never be disappointed.
Budget: Ksh10,000 – Ksh100,000

(5)Frozen yoghurt shop
The middle class will thank you big time for opening a shop that offers frozen yogurt. Of course, when the sun is hot people will always come to you looking for a cool treat that won’t bust their diets.
Budget:Ksh50,000 – Ksh150,000

(6)Grocery delivery service
Busy people across the country will appreciate not having to go to the stores for their groceries if you can arrange to drop them at their doorsteps. You only need a good motorbike for this job. Target the relatively rich people.
Budget: Ksh100,000 – Ksh250,000

(7)Juice bar
Turn your love for good health and wellness by selling fruit juice to your customers. With people gradually becoming more cautious about their health, you can never go wrong if you package yourself well in this business.

Budget: Ksh20,000 – Ksh150,000

(8)Sports bar
Football lovers love beer. Having said that, why don’t you start a nice bar that is customized for sports lovers in your area. This business can do well in a middle income estate with a large population of young individuals.
Budget: Ksh500,000 – 2,000,000

3 Small Business Opportunities in Kenya's Financial Sector

The Kenyan financial sector is a bee-hive of activities. From investments in stocks to investment in unit trusts lots of money changes hands every day. So what is in it for a small trader like you and me? Below I have discussed some business ideas in this sector.

(1)Forex Trading
Are you a real risk taker? Then why not invest in currency or stock trading and start making money from the comfort of your couch? Well, I must admit this can be risky business, but for sure it can be rewarding to those who are ready to learn.
Budget: Ksh50,000 – Ksh1,000,000

(2)Online Loans
There are many people (mostly the working class) who look for short-term loans. If you have the capital and the ability to take risks, you can make a shylocking website today and start making some good money from interest rate.
Budget: Ksh1,000,000 – Ksh10,000,000

(3)Venture Capital Broker
There are many upcoming entrepreneurs who would like to be connected with venture capitalists. If you know what that means, then you can make it your business to connect entrepreneurs to venture capital firms on a commission basis. This is good business especially in developing countries.
Budget: Ksh500,000 – Ksh2,000,000

Hope you've enjoyed the brief read. I'll be adding a few more business ideas in finance sector going forward as I discover them. Remember to drop a comment if you enjoyed it.

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