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From houses to sun decks, you can start a website that sells building plans to homeowners everywhere.

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Online Building Plans

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Houses, sundecks, woodworking projects and just about every other sort of building design plans can be sold online. You can develop a website that specializes in one particular type of building plan, like garden sheds. Or you could create an online directory format and list companies that sell building plans.
 
Income would be derived by selling the plans or by charging a fee to be listed on the site. There are millions of do-it-yourself homeowners worldwide and building and design plans are extremely popular. Remember the key to a successful website, beyond generating profits, is to attract visitors and keep them coming back.Be sure to use varied and interesting content to ensure as many page views per hit as possible. This is the type of online business venture that, once established, can easily be operated from home on a part-time basis.

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Garage Workbenches

Every tool needs its place. Be creative and utilitarian by creating garage workbenches.

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Garage Workbenches

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 business that manufactures and sells garage workbenches requires very little investment capital and only basic carpentry skills. The business can be operated form home utilizing a basement or garage workshop for manufacturing and assembling the workbenches.
 
The key to success in this type of manufacturing venture is to include as many custom design features as possible in the workbenches, such as tool racks, clam-on vices, and locking casters that allow the workbenches to be easily moved. The workbenches can be pre0buildt and sold through retail accounts, or they can be manufactured on special order basis. Make sure to approach new homebuilders in your community, as they can offer the workbenches to their customers as an upgrade option.

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Pest Control

Keep homes free of pests with this invaluable service.

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Pest Control

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

Starting a pest control service does require some careful planning and a license in most areas of the country. However, for an enterprising entrepreneur, this can be a small sacrifice to make, as a pest control service can be extremely profitable to own and operate. There are various types of pest controls that can form the basis of the business, such as insect or rodent control, or the business can specialize in providing all pest control services. There are also various methods now being used to control pests, such as chemical-based sprays and organic-based sprays.This will also have to be a consideration in terms of the types of methods your business will utilize. Overall, a pest control service can be a very profitable business venture and can easily generate profits in excess of $75,000 per year.

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Carpentry

Take your woodworking skills to the masses with a carpentry business.

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Carpentry

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

Business Overview

A terrific opportunity exists for carpentersof every skill level to earn a substantial full- or part-time income bysetting up a fully equipped carpentry shop at home if space and zoningallows, or in a rental shop space.

Offer customers various woodworkingand carpentry services, including lumber milling, planing, joining,sawing and gluing, as well as custom work such as shaping and sashconstruction. Commercial-grade carpentry equipment such as a table saw,joiner, planner, radial arm saw, compound miter saw, shaper, bandsawand dust-collection system will be required.

Most if not all of theseitems can be purchased in good secondhand condition from auction sales,newspaper classified ads and shop closeouts for about half the cost ofnew. Potential customers include homeowners in need of custom-millingand woodworking, as well as commercial clients such as contractors andrenovators also in need of custom-milling and woodwork. Selling exoticwoods, related tools and supplies to hobbyist woodworkers andcraftspeople can also help to boost revenues and profits.

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