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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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Furniture Steam Cleaning

Keep furniture looking new with a steam cleaning service.

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Furniture Steam Cleaning

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

Are you searching for a business opportunity that can be started for peanuts, operated on a full- or part-time basis and has the potential to earn $30 per hour or more? If so, perhaps you should consider starting a furniture steam cleaning service.
 
A furniture steam cleaning service is very easy to get started, as the equipment needed is available in almost every community, and the business requires little experience or special skills.One of the best aspects of starting and operating this type of business is the fact that it can be operated on a part-time basis and expanded to a full-time business from the profits earned. Additionally, operating the business from home will enable you to keep monthly overheads to a minimum. This can be an advantage for undercutting steam-cleaning rates of the larger established services. As a quick start marketing promotion, print and distribute two-for-one furniture steam cleaning coupons.

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Residential Safety Consultant

Have an eye for hazards? Help clients feel safe at home.

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Residential Safety Consultant

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

Statistically speaking, the largest percentage of accidents causinginjuries do not happen on the job, on the roads, or on playing fields,but right at home. Falls, accidental poisonings, burns, cuts, brokenbones, and many other types of injuries take place in thousands ofhomes across the country every single day.

The vast majority of theseinjuries are preventable through education, and by taking proactivesteps to eliminate or reduce potential risks around the home. Workingas a residential safety consultant, you can conduct inspections of yourclients’ homes, noting all the potential hazards inside and outside.The next step is to write a report outlining these hazards, along withyour recommendations for removing, repairing, or reducing thesehazards. At this point, at your client’s request, you can carry out therecommended corrective measures, hire a handyperson to do the work, orrefer your client to people who can do the work. So what are thesepotential hazards around the house that can cause harm to kids, pets,seniors, and, in fact, anyone? A few include trip hazards on exteriorwalkways, window-blind cords, the lack of grab bars and anti-slipsurfaces in washrooms, the unsafe storage of cleaning solvents, and thelack of child-resistant latches on cabinets and cutlery drawers.

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Business owners and individuals. You may also want to target at-homechild care providers who need to ensure their homes are safe to carefor children.

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Window Shutters and Blinds

Your business future will be bright as you keep the light out with a shutter biz.

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Window Shutters and Blinds

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

Manufacturing interior and exterior wood window shutters is a very simple manufacturing business to establish and run. Best of all, only a small homebased workshop is required for manufacturing space. The demand for wooden window shutters and blinds is enormous, especially with recent news that plastic miniblinds can give off toxic fumes into a home. The demand for exterior wooden window shutters used for home decoration and shutter replacements for heritage home renovations is also very large. The completed shutters can be sold to national home improvement center retailers on a wholesale basis, or the window shutters can be sold directly to homeowners on a custom order and installation basis. The profit margins can be terrific on this type of product, as there is not a lot of competition in the industry that focuses on manufacturing wooden window shutters and blinds exclusively.

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