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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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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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