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Antique Sideboard Vanities

Convert antique sideboard cabinets into vanities to give homeowners an out-of-the ordinary washroom option.

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Antique Sideboard Vanities

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

Antique sideboard cabinets make fantastic washroom sink vanities, especially when used in heritage and Victorian homes. Converting antique sideboard cabinets into washroom vanities is an excellent and potentially very profitable new enterprise to set in motion. The main requirements for successfully establishing and operating this type of business include:
  • A well-equipped workshop
  • Carpentry and construction skills and experience
  • Excellent marketing and promotion skills
Patience will be required, as obtaining the antique sideboards to be used for bathroom vanities could mean spending a fair amount of time scouring garage sales, flea markets and auction sales. Potential customers or buyers can include custom homebuilders, interior designers and decorators, and contracting and renovation companies. The vanities can also be marketed directly to homeowners by way of home and garden trade shows, print advertising and the internet. To minimize startup costs to get the business rolling as well as the skills required to operate the business, consider subcontracting out the installation and transportation aspects of the business to local qualified plumbers and transportation firms.

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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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