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Artificial Plants

Not everyone has a green thumb. Thankfully, artificial plants are pretty hard to kill.

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Artificial Plants

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

Designing, making and selling artificialplants is a terrific home based business venture to put into action, asthe demand for artificial plants is strong. Artificial plants are easyto make, and the raw materials required are available in almost everycraft supply store. Additionally, many of these same craft stores alsostock books and instruction videos on how to make artificial plants forprofit. Marketing the artificial plants can be accomplished in a numberof ways, including selling the plants to retailers on a wholesalebasis, placing the plants at retail locations on a consignment basisand selling the plants to interior designers and event planners atdiscounted prices.

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Drapery Studio

Provide homeowners with everything they need to install drapes.

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Drapery Studio

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

Business Overview

Starting a drapery studio is a fantastic new business venture to put into action, and there are three excellent options for operating this home decoration business. He fist option is to run the business on a mobile basis wherein you travel to clients locations equipped with samples of fabric, rods, and accessories and conduct the presentation on site.
 
The second option is to open a small boutique where customers come to you; or a combination of in-home presentations. The boutique can even be operated from home providing yo have the space and zoning will permit. The third option is to partner the business with an existing interior designer or decorator within the community and utilize their office or showroom for display purposes. Of course all three options can be combined to make it as easy and convenient as possible for customers to do business with you. Once again, like many businesses where a product is manufactured on a custom basis, you can hire subcontract seamstresses and installers if you lack the ability to create and install the drapery products. Utilizing qualified subcontractors will enable you to concentrate on the sales and marketing aspects of the business. Also, be sure to harness the power of the Internet to seek out a wholesale source for curtain rods and drapery accessories. The profit potential is excellent in this business simply due to the custom aspect, and you should have no problem maintaining a 100 percent markup on all products sold and installed.

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Moving Service

Don’t mind heavy lifting? Help people move.

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Moving Service

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

Business Overview

Local residential or commercial moving rates are currently in the range of $60 to $90 per hour for two movers and a truck, making this service potentially very profitable, especially if you hire additional movers to handle more work and increase billable hours. Providing clients with additional services and products can also increase revenues and profits. These can include packing and unpacking services, and selling moving supplies such as cardboard boxes, garment boxes, tape, and bubble wrap. The downside to selling moving services is the investment; new trucks and equipment are very costly, and even secondhand trucks and equipment in good condition will set you back thousands. As a result, you need to carefully research the market and plan the business to minimize risk and maximize the potential for success. Additional concerns include liability insurance, workers’ insurance, and a moving and storage license because some municipalities require all moving companies, regardless of size, to be licensed.

The Market

Individuals or businesses who need to move from one location to another.

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Cabinetmaking Service

Make the most of your skills by customizing cabinets for others.

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Cabinetmaking 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

Time devoted to learning the craft of fine cabinetmaking could be timevery well spent considering professional cabinetmakers routinely charge$40 to $70 per hour for their service. Get started learningcabinetmaking by enrolling in courses, purchasing books and how-tovideos, and by practicing constructing cabinets for your own home andfor family and friends. Many cabinetmakers work from a well-equippedhomebased workshop as a method to keep startup costs and operatingoverheads to a minimum.

The Market

Market your cabinetmaking service to contractors of luxury homes,architects, interior designers, and directly to home-owners by placingnewspaper advertisements and by displaying your products and skills athome improvement trade shows. Remember not to limit your marketingefforts only to residential prospects, since there’s also great demandfor custom cabinets and shelves in commercial applications for storefixtures and professional offices.

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