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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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House Safety Service

Help parents keep their kids safe while at home by serving as a safety consultant.

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House Safety Service

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, the greatest numbers of injury causing accidents involving children happen at home. This creates a fantastic opportunity to remedy this very real situation as well as start your own business as a professional house safety consultant. Your service can focus on all the household items that can potentially harm children and you can show parents how to secure these household items so accidents don’t happen.
 
Establishing the service will require a fair amount of research to educate yourself about harmful household chemicals, cabinet safety latches and overall proper procedures to making a home a safe and child-friendly environment. Begin to market your consulting services by designing and distributing brochures, building alliances with related businesses for referrals and, most important, offer your service for free. Wait, what do you mean free? Exactly that–provide no-charge in-home consultations to potential clients. Once in the client’s home, it’ll be your opportunity to blow them away with your knowledge (the old fear sale) on how to make their homes a child friendly environment. By the time you ‘free’ consulting visit is over, the chances are good that clients will have committed to hundreds of dollars worth of installed safety products and information manuals.

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Unfinished Furniture Store

Let customers have a hand in the final product by selling unfinished furniture.

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Unfinished Furniture Store

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

Business Overview

Selling ‘naked’ furniture may not be sexy, but it does have the potential to generate huge profits for you. Unfinished furniture appeals mainly to two types of consumers: people on a fixed furnishing budget looking to save a few dollars by staining or painting the furniture themselves, and the artisan seeking to create a custom-finished look that will match their interior decor. Target your marketing efforts on one or both of these types of consumers and you can’t lose selling unfinished furniture.
 
Unfinished furniture can be purchased on a wholesale basis from manufacturers, or even from local woodworkers and craftspeople. The selection can include tables, chairs, entertainment units, bed frames and more. In addition to a showroom or a factory-direct approach to displaying and retailing the furniture, also consider providing workspace to your customers for finishing the furniture. Not only will you overcome the ‘I don’t have a place to finish the furniture’ objection, but you can also generate additional income by charging a small hourly fee to use the furniture finishing workspace and by selling stains, paints and accessories, such as handles.

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Drapery Studio

Provide homeowners with everything they need to install drapes.

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Drapery Studio

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

Starting a drapery studio is a fantastic new business venture to put into action, and there are three excellent options for operating this home decoration business. He fist option is to run the business on a mobile basis wherein you travel to clients locations equipped with samples of fabric, rods, and accessories and conduct the presentation on site.
 
The second option is to open a small boutique where customers come to you; or a combination of in-home presentations. The boutique can even be operated from home providing yo have the space and zoning will permit. The third option is to partner the business with an existing interior designer or decorator within the community and utilize their office or showroom for display purposes. Of course all three options can be combined to make it as easy and convenient as possible for customers to do business with you. Once again, like many businesses where a product is manufactured on a custom basis, you can hire subcontract seamstresses and installers if you lack the ability to create and install the drapery products. Utilizing qualified subcontractors will enable you to concentrate on the sales and marketing aspects of the business. Also, be sure to harness the power of the Internet to seek out a wholesale source for curtain rods and drapery accessories. The profit potential is excellent in this business simply due to the custom aspect, and you should have no problem maintaining a 100 percent markup on all products sold and installed.

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