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Interior Decorating Service

What makes a house a home is the details. If you have the gift to make a room complete, you could be on the road to financial independence.

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Interior Decorating Service

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 an interior decorating service is the perfect business enterprise for the person that has artistic abilities and a creative flair. Generally, certification from a recognized institution in the field of interior decoration and design is required. However, the service can be launched without the certificate, but it will be much better received by potential clients as a professional service with proper accreditation.
 
Not required is a lot of startup investment, as equipment purchases are minimal and the business can be operated from a home based or shared office location. Most interior decorators prefer to specialize in providing either a commercial or residential decorating service. Residential decorators establish alliances with new homebuilders and renovation contractors as a method to gain access to their clients.
 Commercial decorators generally build alliances with commercial property managers and commercial contractors and architects. Home and garden trade shows are also a fantastic forum to promote the service and collect sales leads. Starting this business will require a great deal of patience and time, but with good business and design skills utilized, the determined entrepreneur can establish a very rewarding and profitable business providing interior decorating services.

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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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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.

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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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