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Futons

Is it a couch or a bed? No matter, to you it’s a great business opportunity.

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Futons

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

Business Overview

Consumer demand for futons has been on a steady increase for the past decade and shows no signs of slowing down. Futons are a functional, yet inexpensive piece of furniture that can serve a multitude of uses.
 
A futon manufacturing business can be setup and managed from home. However, renting a small industrial location can serve not only for a manufacturing location, but also a ‘factory outlet’ for retail sales of the futons. Books that feature futon design plans and construction tips are readily available. These books can be used as a valuable guide for assisting in the design and construction process of the futons. Futon cushions and mattresses are also available from a number of wholesale suppliers, which can be found listed in various manufacturing print and online trade directories. Overall, this is a good choice for a manufacturing business start-up, especially if the factory outlet route is chosen.

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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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Moving Service

Don’t mind heavy lifting? Help people move.

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Moving 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

Local residential or commercial moving rates are currently in the range of $60 to $90 per hour for two movers and a truck, making this service potentially very profitable, especially if you hire additional movers to handle more work and increase billable hours. Providing clients with additional services and products can also increase revenues and profits. These can include packing and unpacking services, and selling moving supplies such as cardboard boxes, garment boxes, tape, and bubble wrap. The downside to selling moving services is the investment; new trucks and equipment are very costly, and even secondhand trucks and equipment in good condition will set you back thousands. As a result, you need to carefully research the market and plan the business to minimize risk and maximize the potential for success. Additional concerns include liability insurance, workers’ insurance, and a moving and storage license because some municipalities require all moving companies, regardless of size, to be licensed.

The Market

Individuals or businesses who need to move from one location to another.

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