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Antique Furniture Refinishing

Bring antique furniture back from the brink by refinishing it.

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Antique Furniture Refinishing

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

Business Overview

Calling all handypeople with a home based workshop; the time has never been better than now to start an antique furniture refinishing and repair business, as consumer demand has skyrocketed for antiques in a good state of repair.
 
Once again, an antique furniture refinishing business can easily be operated right from a home based workshop. Finding customers for the service can be as easy as attending antique auctions and sales and handing out business cards to people who have just purchased an antique piece of furniture that requires repairs or refinishing. Additionally, the service can be marketed by establishing alliances with antique retailers who can either use your service or act as a referral for your service to their customers. Purchasing antiques in poor condition yourself, then refinishing and selling them for a profit can also generate additional income.

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Home Improvement Trade Shows

If you love chatting about home repairs and improvements read on.

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Home Improvement Trade Shows

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Why not organize and host your own semiannual home improvement trade shows. Now is the time to capitalize on the popularity of home improvement trade shows.
 
Construction and renovation companies do not hesitate in paying as much as $200 per day for a 10-foot x 10-foot display booth, and the attending public will gladly pay $10 to get inside to see all the latest home improvement products and services. Marketing tip: Find a major sponsor to co-host and promote the event, such as a radio station, TV station, local building center, newspaper, or construction association. Securing this type of sponsorship can help reduce your up-front capital outlay as well. You can utilize the resources that these sponsors already have in place. Profit potential range is $10,000+ per home improvement trade show that the business organizes.

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Skylight Installations

High-tech skylights bring a glow into your home. Aren’t you glad we shed some light on this business idea?

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Skylight Installations

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

The old plastic bubble style skylights areout, and demand is booming for the new high-tech skylights that are nowavailable. Some skylights not only open and close with the push of abutton, they also have sensors that will automatically close theskylight if it begins to rain. Some have additional features like smartheat reflective glass, custom shades, and availability in a multitudeof shapes and sizes.

I talked to one skylight installation company,aptly called ‘Skylights Only.’ The owner told me that demand was sogreat for skylight installations, his company was booked for the nextsix months straight, and demand showed no signs of slowing down. Thisbusiness opportunity gets four out of four stars, as not only is therehigh demand, but the entire venture can be set in motion for less than$5,000. Once again, the income and profit potential will vary. However,skylights have a good gross profit margin, and installation ratesaverage in the range of $35 to $50 per hour. Combined income andprofits for a business that sells and installs skylights could easilyreach $100,000 per year or more.

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Wood Clothes Hangers

Add a touch of class to closets everywhere with wood hangers.

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Wood Clothes Hangers

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

Business Overview

Designing and manufacturing custom wood clothes hangers for high-end, expensive men’s and women’s fashions is a terrific little business enterprise to set in motion. Typical clothes hangers can destroy expensive clothes, so the potential market for custom-made clothes hangers to specifically fit one particular item of clothing is huge. The coat hangers should be made from aromatic cedar wood and stainless steel for the curved hanger. Marketing the coat hangers should not be difficult, given there are thousands of retail clothing boutiques that specialize in high-end custom-made fashions.

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