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Gazebos

Enjoy time outside while you help create an oasis for others.

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Gazebos

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

Sales and installations of garden gazebos is a wonderfully inexpensive way to start your own business enterprise. The demand for custom-built gazebos has never been higher, and the demand continues to grow, especially for gazebos used to house hot tubs. The business can be started for a very modest investment, and has the potential to return big profits. You can design your own line of gazebos to sell and install, or you can purchase plans for gazebo construction and use these designs to get started. You may want to build an alliance with an existing gazebo manufacturer that specializes only in sales. This would allow you to carry out the manufacturer’s installations and capitalize on their customer base.

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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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