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Carpet Installations

Use your handiwork skills to lay down a new business.

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Carpet 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

Not unlike siding sales and installations, carpet sales andinstallations have been going strong for more than 50 years. The mainrequirement for this type of home improvement business startup is tohave the ability to properly install carpeting or have access toqualified installers. To be competitive in this industry and keep youroverheads low, your best bet may be to stay away from a traditionalcarpet and flooring showroom and stick to a mobile showroom via yourinstallation van. The business is very inexpensive to set in motion,and you can expect to make a comfortable living once you’ve establisheda client base and referral network.

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Your customers will be people looking to replace old carpet or install new carpet.

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Furniture Delivery and Assembly

Put your muscle and handyman skills to use by delivering and assembling furniture.

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Furniture Delivery and Assembly

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

Starting a furniture delivery and assembly service is the perfect new venture for the handyperson with a truck and basic tools to get rolling. The business can be managed from a home based office and the fixed operating overheads are minimal.
 
Get started by contacting local furniture and office supply stores in your community to see if they are currently providing their customers with a delivery and assembly option. If not, strike a deal to provide their customers with the service and you’re in business. Moving companies are also a good source of work, as there is a lot of furniture assembly to be done after a move. Outside of a suitable delivery vehicle and moving carts, the only other requirement is liability insurance.

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Remodeling Project Management

Coordinate all the different people and companies involved in a remodeling project to keep homeowners happy.

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Remodeling Project Management

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

Turn your knowledge of construction and homerenovation into big bucks by starting a remodeling project-managementservice focused on helping clients to manage their home, office, orstore renovations, but especially in the red-hot residential homeimprovement industry.

Regardless of whether a homeowner tackles his ownrenovation job, or if a renovation company is hired to perform thework, a nonbiased remodeling project-management service can savethousands of dollars, while ensuring that all work conforms to code andthat the highest-quality products and installations are used. This isespecially true for homeowners doing their own work: What permits dothey need and where do they get them? In what order is the jobcompleted? And the granddaddy of them all: How much will the entireproject cost, including possible extra charges to deal with unforeseencircumstances? These are common questions that project managers answer,along with attending to other duties such as contacting and screeningpotential trades, establishing budgets, signing off on materials andlabor, and keeping the project on-time and on-budget. Remuneration isby way of a flat pre-quoted fee to oversee the entire project orportions of the project, or by using a percentage, such as 12 percentof the total project value.

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Roof Trusses

Help homebuilders get their work done quickly by providing prefab roof trusses.

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Roof Trusses

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Most new home construction now utilizespre-engineered and built roof trusses, as opposed to traditional rafterframing to form the roof structure of the house. This type of framingconstruction is faster and generally costs less money than rafterframing, making it a popular construction choice for contractors. Thetarget market for this product is general contractors, home renovationcompanies, and architects. Setting introduction meetings with theowners of these firms is the best route to take in promoting andmarketing the business. Additional considerations in establishing abusiness that manufactures roof trusses will be business location,equipment requirements, and most importantly, learning local buildingcodes and regulations in terms of roof truss manufacturing.

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