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Home Renovation Classes

If you’re a handyman, you might want to build a vault for all the money you can make teaching other aspiring do-it-yourself-ers.

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Home Renovation Classes

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

Business Overview

Home renovations can no longer be classified as a method to improve a home in terms of function or livability. Home renovations have become a national craze and a hobby practiced and enjoyed by millions of American homeowners annually. There are various approaches that can be taken when considering starting a business that teaches homeowners home renovation skills and techniques.
 
The first is to establish an independent school and charge students a fee to learn a specific home renovation trade such as ‘how to paint.’ The second approach is to build an alliance or joint venture with a local building or home improvement center and hold the classes at the building center. The classes can be free, which are then supported by the retailer, or there can be a fee charged to the students for the class. In both cases this is a truly win-win-win situation. The students receive practical and helpful training to improve their homes and save money by not having to enlist the services of a contractor to complete the renovation. The retailers where the training classes are conducted receive fantastic exposure and a lot of long-term future clients. The innovative entrepreneur that establishes the home-renovation training program can capitalize on the building center’s existing client base as a quick-start method to attract students, as well as utilize the building center’s infrastructure and resources to reduce start-up investment and overheads.

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Furniture Delivery and Assembly

Put your muscle and handyman skills to use by delivering and assembling furniture.

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Furniture Delivery and Assembly

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

Starting a furniture delivery and assembly service is the perfect new venture for the handyperson with a truck and basic tools to get rolling. The business can be managed from a home based office and the fixed operating overheads are minimal.
 
Get started by contacting local furniture and office supply stores in your community to see if they are currently providing their customers with a delivery and assembly option. If not, strike a deal to provide their customers with the service and you’re in business. Moving companies are also a good source of work, as there is a lot of furniture assembly to be done after a move. Outside of a suitable delivery vehicle and moving carts, the only other requirement is liability insurance.

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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.

Needed Equipment

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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