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Framing Service

Preserve memories for your clients with a framing service.

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Framing Service

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

What must you have and know in order to sell framing and matting services? Framing and matting experience is helpful, but with a little bit of practice and trial and error, framing and matting can be mastered by just about everyone. Tools and equipment are also necessities. If you are purchasing standard-size frames from wholesalers, only basic tools will be needed. If you plan on building custom frames, you will need a power miter saw, glass cutters, clamps and other hand tools, along with suitable workshop and storage space. You can set up your workshop at home, or rent appropriate space. Set up at home and work part-time to keep overhead low until the business is self-supporting; then you can move to a larger space if required.

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In addition to customers looking to have only one or two photographs or paintings framed, you can also market your services to higher-volume customers, including photographers, artists, retailers of prints and posters, schools (for framing diplomas and awards) and interior designers.

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Garage Workbenches

Every tool needs its place. Be creative and utilitarian by creating garage workbenches.

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Garage Workbenches

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 business that manufactures and sells garage workbenches requires very little investment capital and only basic carpentry skills. The business can be operated form home utilizing a basement or garage workshop for manufacturing and assembling the workbenches.
 
The key to success in this type of manufacturing venture is to include as many custom design features as possible in the workbenches, such as tool racks, clam-on vices, and locking casters that allow the workbenches to be easily moved. The workbenches can be pre0buildt and sold through retail accounts, or they can be manufactured on special order basis. Make sure to approach new homebuilders in your community, as they can offer the workbenches to their customers as an upgrade option.

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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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