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Deck Building

Allow homeowners to spend more time outdoors by building decks for them.

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Deck Building

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

One of the fastest growing segments of the home improvement industry is designing, building, and installing custom sundecks. Many of the sundecks that are now being installed retail for as much as $15,000 and include features such as built-in planters, areas for sunk-in hot tubs, glass or cast iron handrails, and custom manufactured wood furniture to match the sundeck’s design.
 
The most profitable way to operate the business is to sell the sundecks directly to the end consumers. However, this method of operating is also the most expensive to launch and establish. Additional ways to get rolling in your own sundeck installation business also include subcontracting for established building and renovation companies, establishing alliances with designers and architects, and marketing the sundeck sales and installation service directly to consumers via a showroom or trade show displays. Requirements: In most areas of the country, the installation of a sundeck requires a building permit, which must be issued prior to installation. There are building codes in place for the construction specifications of sundecks that have to be closely adhered to. Starting this sort of venture requires a great deal of construction experience and knowledge. In terms of equipment, power tools such as table saws, handsaws, and posthole diggers will be required. To keep initial investment costs down, all the required tools and equipment for building sundecks can be rented on an as needed basis. Be sure to find out if a builder’s license is required in your local area for this type of construction business.

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Gazebos

Enjoy time outside while you help create an oasis for others.

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Gazebos

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

Sales and installations of garden gazebos is a wonderfully inexpensive way to start your own business enterprise. The demand for custom-built gazebos has never been higher, and the demand continues to grow, especially for gazebos used to house hot tubs. The business can be started for a very modest investment, and has the potential to return big profits. You can design your own line of gazebos to sell and install, or you can purchase plans for gazebo construction and use these designs to get started. You may want to build an alliance with an existing gazebo manufacturer that specializes only in sales. This would allow you to carry out the manufacturer’s installations and capitalize on their customer base.

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Pest Control

Keep homes free of pests with this invaluable service.

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Pest Control

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 pest control service does require some careful planning and a license in most areas of the country. However, for an enterprising entrepreneur, this can be a small sacrifice to make, as a pest control service can be extremely profitable to own and operate. There are various types of pest controls that can form the basis of the business, such as insect or rodent control, or the business can specialize in providing all pest control services. There are also various methods now being used to control pests, such as chemical-based sprays and organic-based sprays.This will also have to be a consideration in terms of the types of methods your business will utilize. Overall, a pest control service can be a very profitable business venture and can easily generate profits in excess of $75,000 per year.

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Carpentry

Take your woodworking skills to the masses with a carpentry business.

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Carpentry

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

Business Overview

A terrific opportunity exists for carpentersof every skill level to earn a substantial full- or part-time income bysetting up a fully equipped carpentry shop at home if space and zoningallows, or in a rental shop space.

Offer customers various woodworkingand carpentry services, including lumber milling, planing, joining,sawing and gluing, as well as custom work such as shaping and sashconstruction. Commercial-grade carpentry equipment such as a table saw,joiner, planner, radial arm saw, compound miter saw, shaper, bandsawand dust-collection system will be required.

Most if not all of theseitems can be purchased in good secondhand condition from auction sales,newspaper classified ads and shop closeouts for about half the cost ofnew. Potential customers include homeowners in need of custom-millingand woodworking, as well as commercial clients such as contractors andrenovators also in need of custom-milling and woodwork. Selling exoticwoods, related tools and supplies to hobbyist woodworkers andcraftspeople can also help to boost revenues and profits.

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