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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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Furniture Repairs and Finishing

Make old furniture look like new again with a furniture repairs and finishing business.

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Furniture Repairs and Finishing

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

Big bucks can be earned repairing office and residential furniture, as well as refinishing antique furniture. The furniture-repair side of the business can be operated on a mobile basis at your customer’s location, using a fully equipped van.
 
Potential customers that commonly require furniture repair services include home and office movers, business owners, property managers, restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals, institutions, government offices and retailers of new and used furniture.The furniture-refinishing side of the business, namely antiques refinishing, can be conveniently operated from a well-equipped home workshop. Advertise this feature of the business by building alliances with antique dealers and interior designers who can refer their clients to your service. Additional money may be earned by attending auction sales and buying furniture and antiques in need of repair and refinishing. Once they have been repaired and refinished, they can be sold for a profit via classified ads in your local newspaper, on eBay and at collector’s shows.

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Residential Cleaning

Help get homes spic and span with a residential cleaning business.

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Residential Cleaning

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

Business Overview

Residential cleaning is a multibillion-dollar industry, and gettingyour piece of this very lucrative pie is very easy. Cleaning requiresno special skills, start-up investment and equipment costs are minimal,and there is no shortage of work.

Residential cleaners perform dutiessuch as dusting, vacuuming, washing surfaces, mopping floors, polishingmirrors and fixtures, and you may also choose to offer interior windowwashing. For the most part, residential cleaners supply all cleaningproducts and equipment needed to perform these services. Ideally, youwant to land customers who will be using the service on a regularbasis’daily, weekly, monthly, instead of only occasionally. Market yourservices with flier and coupon drops, as well as by running classifiedadvertisements in your local newspaper. Referrals will also make up alarge percentage of new business, so quality and excellent customerservice are musts. Expanding the business requires no more thansubcontracting cleaners with their own transportation to work on anhourly rate or an income-splitting basis. On average, most cleanerscharge in the vicinity of $15 to $25 per hour.

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You’ll need to invest in things like a vacuum cleaner, buckets,dusters, mops, rags, cleaning solvents, a stepladder, and reliabletransportation.

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Roof Trusses

Help homebuilders get their work done quickly by providing prefab roof trusses.

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Roof Trusses

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

Business Overview

Most new home construction now utilizespre-engineered and built roof trusses, as opposed to traditional rafterframing to form the roof structure of the house. This type of framingconstruction is faster and generally costs less money than rafterframing, making it a popular construction choice for contractors. Thetarget market for this product is general contractors, home renovationcompanies, and architects. Setting introduction meetings with theowners of these firms is the best route to take in promoting andmarketing the business. Additional considerations in establishing abusiness that manufactures roof trusses will be business location,equipment requirements, and most importantly, learning local buildingcodes and regulations in terms of roof truss manufacturing.

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