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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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Hide-a-Beds

Provide customers a versatile, convertible piece of furniture that can help maximize their space.

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Hide-a-Beds

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

Business Overview

In many urban areas of the country small apartments and condominiums are often the only affordable housing options for people living on a tight budget. These small residential living quarters always have one drawback: Where do overnight guests sleep?
 
The solution: a pull-down hide-a-bed. Starting a hide-a-bed manufacturing business will enable you to capitalize on the ever-increasing consumer demand for this functional furniture product. The beds can be sold directly to consumers by placing product advertisements in local newspapers and the yellow pages, as well as constructing a hide-a-bed display, which can be setup at furniture and home and garden trade shows to generate sales leads. A potentially huge market for this product that must not be overlooked, is new homebuilders, architects, and property development companies. Securing contracts, not only to manufacture the beds for these clients, but also to install the product, can put you on the path to future financial freedom and security.

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Dish out some profits with this company.

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Satellite Dish Sales And Installation

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Minisatellite dishes are in high demand byconsumers, as many of these systems can receive a few hundredtelevisions and radio stations for the cost of a basic television cableservice. There has never been a better time to start a business thatsells and installs minisatellite dishes, as the product and service isstill relatively new, yet well proven, and saturation of the marketplace is many years (if ever) away.

The first step to establishing thistype of business is to secure a sales and installation contract withone of the many manufacturers and subscription providers.The next stepis to effectively market the product and installation service, and thiscan be accomplished by building a direct sales team to represent theproducts and services, as well as utilizing all traditional advertisingmediums to gain consumer interest in the business. Additionally, besure not to overlook apartment and condominium buildings as potentialclients, as it is often easier to market to a captive audience once oneor two people are on board and have purchased the product and service.

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Window Shutters and Blinds

Your business future will be bright as you keep the light out with a shutter biz.

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Window Shutters and Blinds

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

Manufacturing interior and exterior wood window shutters is a very simple manufacturing business to establish and run. Best of all, only a small homebased workshop is required for manufacturing space. The demand for wooden window shutters and blinds is enormous, especially with recent news that plastic miniblinds can give off toxic fumes into a home. The demand for exterior wooden window shutters used for home decoration and shutter replacements for heritage home renovations is also very large. The completed shutters can be sold to national home improvement center retailers on a wholesale basis, or the window shutters can be sold directly to homeowners on a custom order and installation basis. The profit margins can be terrific on this type of product, as there is not a lot of competition in the industry that focuses on manufacturing wooden window shutters and blinds exclusively.

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