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Glass Block Installations

Specialize with your construction skills as a glass block installer.

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Glass Block Installations

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

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Glass block is back in vogue for two reasons. The first: having glass block windows installed is a cost-effective way to beautify your home and add real designer flair. The second reason is that installing glass block into basement window areas is a great way to let the light shine in, and a the same time burglar proof windows. Starting your own glass block installation service does not require a lot in terms of investment or expertise. Almost all home improvement centers will now make up glass block on a custom order basis to fit any size opening. However, the installation techniques still do require some experience, but this can be self-taught starting with your home, or a friend or relative’s home. One thing is for sure; it does not appear as though glass block windows will be falling from popularity any time soon.

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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.

The Market

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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Reinvigorate people’s homes with a renovation service.

Reinvigorate people’s homes with a renovation service.

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Reinvigorate people’s homes with a renovation 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

Capitalize on your carpentry andconstruction skills and cash in on the ever growing multibillion-dollarhome improvement industry by starting your own renovation service.Small additions, basement remodels, carport conversions, painting anddrywall, fencing, siding, and general cosmetic changes all fall underthe umbrella of home renovations.

You can keep your start-up costs to aminimum by renting more expensive tools and equipment on an as-neededbasis, and buy these items from the profits you earn. You will need tobrush up on your estimating skills, so calling other renovationcontractors in you area and asking about costs for the variousimprovement service they offer is a good way to get handle on thecompetition’s pricing. Skills that you may lack can be contracted outto qualified tradespeople, especially the more specialized work liketile flooring, electrical and plumbing, and insulating. Qualityworkmanship and reliability are essential to prosper in this industry,as it is not uncommon for top renovation companies to do strictlyrepeat and referral business, without the aid of any advertising.

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Roof Repair

Not afraid of heights? Help homeowners fix their roofs.

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Roof Repair

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

The prerequisite for selling roof-repair services is obvious; you needto know how to repair all or most types of roofing’asphalt, cedar,tile, steel, torch-on, and tar and gravel. Although this may sound likea major requirement, in fact it is not. Just about anyone with basiccarpentry and construction skills can quickly learn how to repairroofs.

You will, however, need proper equipment to ensure quality andeffective repairs as well as safety. The best way to spread the word toresidential homeowners about your roof-repair services is through printadvertisements, both in the classified section of your local newspaperunder Trades, and by placing ads in your local Yellow Pages directory.You can also join home-repair referral services if they are availablein your community. The best way to reach commercial customers is tocontact them directly by telephone, letter, personal visit, or allthree. These include landlords, property managers, roofing companiesthat only provide reroofing services and not repair services, and otherrenovation companies that do not repair roofs. It is also a good ideato establish alliances with businesses and individuals who can referyour service to their clients, including realtors, property inspectors,and painters.

The Market

Potential customers can be divided into two camps’residentialhomeowners, and commercial property owners, managers, and renters.

Needed Equipment

Tools and equipment include basic hand tools, an assortment ofextension ladders, roof jacks, safety harnesses, and reliabletransportation.

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