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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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Satellite Dish Sales And Installation

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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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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