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Above-Ground Pools

Here’s a business that will keep customers cool and profits hot.

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Above-Ground Pools

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Franchises Available? No
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Above-ground pools have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in the past few years. This is a business opportunity for the careful and innovative entrepreneurs who are prepared to invest both time and money into selling and installing above-ground pools. The first step that needs to be taken for this business start-up is to locate a manufacturer of above-ground pools and negotiate an exclusive distribution and installation agreement for a selected geographical area. Once that has been successfully achieved, the business can be advertised, promoted, and marketed utilizing all the traditional methods. Additional revenue can be gained by providing clients and above-ground pool owners with a pool maintenance service, as well as a pool dismantling and reinstallation service for customers relocating.

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Housing Tours

If you enjoy giving tours, this is the right business for you.

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Housing Tours

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Homes featured on the home tour can include historical interest, celebrity homes, homes that were once lived in by a famous personality, homes of heritage interest, technologically advanced homes, and homes that have had a checkered past, such as the location of a murder. Starting this type of tour business is very easy and inexpensive to do.
 
Clients can include local residents, tourists, organizations, and school students. Additionally, for the really innovative entrepreneur, the business could go virtual and offer clients a glimpse of these homes over the Internet via a specially designed Web site. Mainly this is the type of business that would really be of interest to tourists, so be sure to establish contacts and alliances with hotels, motels, and restaurants throughout your community. The profitability will greatly vary as to the popularity of the house tours and the frequencies the home tours are operated. However, a mere 200 clients per week paying an average of $10 for the tour each will create business revenues in excess of $100,000 per year.

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Used Furniture Store

If you’re good at recognizing bargains, put your discerning eye to use with a used furniture store.

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Used Furniture Store

Startup Costs: $50,000 – $100,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Purchasing secondhand furniture at auction sales, garage sales and from classified advertisements and estate sales is the starting point for opening a used furniture store, or reselling secondhand furniture right from your home. There are a great number of benefits to starting a business that sells secondhand furniture:
  • No special skills or equipment requirements
  • Relatively low initial startup and monthly operating costs
  • Great profit potential, as used furniture can be marked up by 100 percent or more
  • Very little in the way of government regulations beyond a business license
  • Proven stable and profitable retail industry

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Furniture Upholstery Service

Give furniture another chance by re-upholstering it.

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Furniture Upholstery Service

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

In spite of the fact that we live in a disposable society, furniture upholstery and recovering is not a dying art. Actually, the opposite is true, especially for the upholstery service that specializes in recovering antique furniture. The largest drawback for starting an upholstery service is experience.
 
Furniture upholstery isn’t an easy trade to learn and this business opportunity is best left tackled by an experienced upholsterer or seamstress. An upholstery service can be operated from a home based workshop or as a joint venture with an established business such as an antiques repair and refinishing service. Providing automotive, RV and boat upholstery services can generate additional income for a furniture upholstery business. Income potential is $40 per hour or more.

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