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Interior Landscaping Service

Use your green thumb to bring the outside in with an interior landscaping service.

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Interior Landscaping Service

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

Business Overview

If you’re a plant lover and you can’t be dragged away from the garden department of any store, then an interior plantscape (also called plant maintenance or interior landscape contractor) business is the one for you. You’ll feed, water, prune and doctor indoor plants on a weekly basis for residential and commercial customers–from small offices to major shopping malls.
You’ll also lease plants, caring for them along with your other green charges, replacing them at no extra cost if they become unhealthy, and provide seasonal plant décor from winter holiday poinsettias to spring tulips. You can also design hardscapes–indoor fountains, planters and other indoor garden-oriented amenities. This can be a growing field, especially if you educate your clients about indoor air quality (IAQ), one of the newest health trends around. Plants, especially some varieties, scrub the air of environmental pollutants, from formaldehyde in carpet fibers to smoke and smog in our air. The advantages to this business are that you can start part-time, your initial costs are minimal, and if you like helping things grow, then you’ll be in plant heaven every working day. Besides that green thumb, you’ll need a working knowledge of indoor plants, their care and feeding, including what blooms in what season and which plants grow best under what lighting and humidity conditions. And if you’ll be working on hardscapes, you’ll need a knowledge of interior design and architectural elements as well.

The Market

Your customers can be residential and commercial, but businesses will provide a greater income with less drive time, especially if you sign up large corporations or office parks, or buildings where you can service a lot of clients in one stop. You can also target restaurants, hotels and institutions. Hand-deliver brochures to prospective business customers. Place ads in local publications. Build up a referral network at garden centers and nurseries.

Needed Equipment

All you really need are soil probes (regular size and perhaps a 4-footer for those towering indoor palms), watering cans, a pair of plant-snippers, plant foods and chemical insect controls, and a reliable vehicle to take you on your rounds.

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Home Improvement Trade Shows

If you love chatting about home repairs and improvements read on.

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Home Improvement Trade Shows

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Why not organize and host your own semiannual home improvement trade shows. Now is the time to capitalize on the popularity of home improvement trade shows.
 
Construction and renovation companies do not hesitate in paying as much as $200 per day for a 10-foot x 10-foot display booth, and the attending public will gladly pay $10 to get inside to see all the latest home improvement products and services. Marketing tip: Find a major sponsor to co-host and promote the event, such as a radio station, TV station, local building center, newspaper, or construction association. Securing this type of sponsorship can help reduce your up-front capital outlay as well. You can utilize the resources that these sponsors already have in place. Profit potential range is $10,000+ per home improvement trade show that the business organizes.

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Specialty Rug Sales

Rugs may get walked all over, but that doesn’t mean customers don’t want them to look good.

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Specialty Rug Sales

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

Here are two options for starting a businessthat retails Oriental, Indian and Persian rugs and carpets. The firstoption is to locate and secure a foreign supplier for the carpets andnegotiate an exclusive sales and distribution contract to representtheir products in the U.S.
The second option is to purchase secondhand,high-quality carpets and resell them for a profit. The second option issubstantially less capital intensive to start and operate. However, theprofit potential for the business is also somewhat limited to theavailability of a plentiful product source. Regardless of the way thebusiness is approached and established, the fact remains, handmadeEastern rugs and carpets are in very high demand by consumers andprofessional decorators, and often one single carpet can retail for asmuch as $10,000.

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Wooden Sash Windows

Keep windows looking good in the Georgian, Victorian kind of way.

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Wooden Sash Windows

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

Many owners of Victorian and heritage homes will never make the change to new windows manufactured from aluminum or vinyl, regardless of how bad the condition of the original wood windows is. This fact is why starting a business that manufactures, sells, and installs wood sash windows is such a wise choice for a new enterprise.
 
As mentioned before, most owners of heritage homes would never even consider installing new windows manufactured from aluminum or vinyl. However, almost all would gladly replace the old wood windows in poor condition, with new wood windows that still retain and reflect the home’s original appearance and charm.The main qualification for launching this venture is to possess a good deal of carpentry experience and knowledge. The wood windows can be marketed directly to homeowners or to home renovation companies on a subcontract basis. A well-established wood window manufacturing business can easily generate profits in excess of $75,000 per year.

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