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Bathtub Reglazing

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

The popular colors for bathtubs in the‘70s were pink and blue; brown in the ‘80s; white in the‘90s; and now black, as we head in the new millennium. Not allhomeowners can afford to replace their bathtubs just to keep up withnew and popular remodeling trends.

However, many of these samehomeowners can certainly afford to have their bathtubs reglazed as amethod of inexpensively updating their bathrooms’ appearance. Startinga bathtub reglazing service requires very little working experience,and the equipment is readily available through paint and industrialsupply stores. The service is best marketed by establishing allianceswith industry-related businesses, such as construction companies andproperty maintenance companies who can utilize the serve for theirclients. The bathtub reglazing can also be marketed to end consumersvia a display and demonstration booth that can be setup at home andgarden trade shows to collect sales leads. The potential to profit willvary greatly in this business and be determined by factors such asmaterial cost markup, number of bathtubs reglazed , and operatingoverhead. However, once established, the business can easily generatean income in the range of $40 to $40 per hour.

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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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Art Headboards

Customers will be sure to dream about your unique headboards featuring paintings or photographs.

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Art Headboards

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

Headboards for beds featuring elaborate artor photographs are beginning to pop up in specialty retail storesacross the U.S., as well as being featured increasingly in interiordecorating magazines and publications.

This creates a terrificopportunity for the enterprising entrepreneur to capitalize on this newfurniture fashion trend by starting a business that designs,manufactures and sells art headboards for beds. The headboards canfeature original art paintings or enlarged photographs that are adheredto the headboard. The art headboards can be sold on a wholesale basisto furniture and decorating retailers or directly to consumers anddecorating professionals. Currently, art headboards are retailing for$250 for simple designs and paintings and can retail for as much as$1,000 for more elaborate pieces.

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