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Clutter Consultant

Hate clutter? Help other people neaten up their lives as a clutter consultant.

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Clutter Consultant

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

For the majority of us, frantic and busy lifestyles leave little time to get ourselves organized, let alone our family, homes or businesses. Exploiting your own organizational and time management skills are the two main prerequisites for starting a clutter consulting business that helps clients get–and stay’-organized.
 
Aim your organizational efforts at two separate but equally important topics’-physical organization of space (better known as de-cluttering) and time management. On the physical side of the service, focus on issues such as clearing the clutter that is not needed, developing storage solutions, organizing office furniture and equipment for maximum attractiveness and productivity, rearranging closet space, and organizing items by use priority. On the time management side, assist clients in developing routines and schedules to eliminate overlap, streamline operations, and basically squeeze the most productivity out of each hour so they no longer have to work nights and weekends just to stay on top of their work at home and office. Without question, networking at business and social functions is the best way to get the word out about your service and to start building a valuable contact and referral base.

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Custom Countertops

With all the new appliances and affinities for new looks, custom countertops are something you can rest your future on.

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Custom Countertops

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

Laminates, stone, ceramic tile, concrete, or metal kitchen and bathroom countertops can and are being manufactured from a wide variety of raw materials to suit every interior décor and budget. Designing, manufacturing, and installing custom countertops are a relatively uncomplicated process that requires only basic tools and a homebased workshop.
 
Once again, kitchen and bath renovations rank as the two most common home improvement projects carried out by homeowners, and countertops are an important component of these renovations. Most manufacturers and installers of custom-made countertops work on a subcontract basis, mainly for interior designers, architects, homebuilders, and renovation contractors. However, custom countertops can be sold directly to homeowners by displaying samples at advertising campaign locally in the area you service. The key to success in this type of unique home improvement business is to provide clients with exciting designs, material selections, and top-notch installation services. Retail prices of custom countertops and materials used to construct. However, installation rates are standard in the industry and generally range from $30 to $50 per hour.

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Interior Landscaping Service

Use your green thumb to bring the outside in with an interior landscaping service.

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Interior Landscaping Service

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

If you’re a plant lover and you can’t be dragged away from the garden department of any store, then an interior plantscape (also called plant maintenance or interior landscape contractor) business is the one for you. You’ll feed, water, prune and doctor indoor plants on a weekly basis for residential and commercial customers–from small offices to major shopping malls.
You’ll also lease plants, caring for them along with your other green charges, replacing them at no extra cost if they become unhealthy, and provide seasonal plant décor from winter holiday poinsettias to spring tulips. You can also design hardscapes–indoor fountains, planters and other indoor garden-oriented amenities. This can be a growing field, especially if you educate your clients about indoor air quality (IAQ), one of the newest health trends around. Plants, especially some varieties, scrub the air of environmental pollutants, from formaldehyde in carpet fibers to smoke and smog in our air. The advantages to this business are that you can start part-time, your initial costs are minimal, and if you like helping things grow, then you’ll be in plant heaven every working day. Besides that green thumb, you’ll need a working knowledge of indoor plants, their care and feeding, including what blooms in what season and which plants grow best under what lighting and humidity conditions. And if you’ll be working on hardscapes, you’ll need a knowledge of interior design and architectural elements as well.

The Market

Your customers can be residential and commercial, but businesses will provide a greater income with less drive time, especially if you sign up large corporations or office parks, or buildings where you can service a lot of clients in one stop. You can also target restaurants, hotels and institutions. Hand-deliver brochures to prospective business customers. Place ads in local publications. Build up a referral network at garden centers and nurseries.

Needed Equipment

All you really need are soil probes (regular size and perhaps a 4-footer for those towering indoor palms), watering cans, a pair of plant-snippers, plant foods and chemical insect controls, and a reliable vehicle to take you on your rounds.

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Stair Lifts

If you’re looking for a niche market, selling chair lifts for stairs is a business worth considering.

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Stair Lifts

Startup Costs: $50,000 – $100,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Are you searching for a unique andinteresting business opportunity that has little competition and thepotential to make $100,000 per year or more in profits? If so, perhapsyou should consider starting a business that sells and installsspecialty stair lift chairs. There are many worldwide manufacturers ofstair lifts, so finding a wholesale source should not be difficult.Market the stair lifts using all traditional advertising mediums, aswell as by establishing alliances with custom homebuilders andrenovation contractors to act as sales agents for the product. Be sureto design a stair lift display that highlights the beneficial featuresof the product. The display can be set up and used as a sales andmarketing tool to collect sales leads from potential customers at homeand garden trade shows.

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