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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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Garage Organizers

For some, the garage has become the holding place for all their junk. If you like organizing, there’s a lot of garages that need your help.

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Garage Organizers

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

Millions of people can no longer fit the car into the garage because of the treasures (junk) that the garage seems to magically collect. This strange, but true force of nature can make you rich. To start your own garage organizer service requires no special skills or equipment other than some basic hand tools.
 
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Paint And Wallpaper Store

The quickest and easiest way to spruce up a space is to paint or wallpaper. Your store could be the go-to spot.

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Paint And Wallpaper Store

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 retail paint and wallpaper store is a relatively stable retail business venture to star, as there is no real threat from the Internet sales of these products. However, the big threat comes in the form of big box retailers, so business location is of critical importance to the success and survival of this kin of retailing venture.
 
To increase sales and profits beyond just selling paint and wallpaper, also provide customers with unique services, such as after-hours instruction classes in various home decorating mediums and other products and services, such as equipment rentals for do-it-yourself painters. Factoring in consideration such as competition, star-up investment, operating costs, and profit potential, a paint and wallpaper store is a good choice for a new business enterprise, but best left to those of you with retailing experience.

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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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