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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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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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Online Building Plans

From houses to sun decks, you can start a website that sells building plans to homeowners everywhere.

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Online Building Plans

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Houses, sundecks, woodworking projects and just about every other sort of building design plans can be sold online. You can develop a website that specializes in one particular type of building plan, like garden sheds. Or you could create an online directory format and list companies that sell building plans.
 
Income would be derived by selling the plans or by charging a fee to be listed on the site. There are millions of do-it-yourself homeowners worldwide and building and design plans are extremely popular. Remember the key to a successful website, beyond generating profits, is to attract visitors and keep them coming back.Be sure to use varied and interesting content to ensure as many page views per hit as possible. This is the type of online business venture that, once established, can easily be operated from home on a part-time basis.

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Ceramic Tile Sales and Installation

You’ll be floored by the profits you can make by selling and installing ceramic tile.

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Ceramic Tile Sales and Installation

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

Here’s a great little business venture you can start for a very small investment and manage from a homebased office. Ceramic tiles will always be a popular choice for a flooring finish, due to their low maintenance and high durability features. Ceramic tile flooring is also very attractive and adds value to any home. To be successful in this venture you’ll need experience and knowledge in the installation of ceramic tile flooring, or have access to qualified tradesmen to do the actual flooring installations. Operating as a subcontractor service for construction and renovation companies is the logical starting point for this business and as a method of keeping the initial business startup costs to a minimum.

The Market

Your customers will be homeowners looking to update or install new flooring.

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