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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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Custom Furniture Covers

Give furniture a new life with custom covers.

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Custom Furniture Covers

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

Calling all seamstresses, the time is now to put your sewing skills to work and start to earn a living from creating custom fabric furniture covers. There are many patterns available at fabric shops for creating standard-size furniture slips or covers, or the furniture covers can be custom made on a made-to-order basis. Successfully marketing the business can be accomplished in many ways, including the following:
  • Building alliances and joint ventures with interior decorators for referrals to your business
  • Selling the furniture covers and taking orders for custom-made furniture covers at craft and home and garden trade shows
  • Advertising for business in traditional print media and on the internet
  • Working on a subcontract basis for an established furniture upholstery service or retailer of fine home furnishings

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Property Manager

Lease apartments, make repairs and set your own schedule as a property manager.

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Property Manager

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

Residential and commercial property managers are busy people because they have lots of work to do on behalf of their clients. These duties often include preparing annual management plans; preparing budgets and monthly financial statements; maintaining good tenant-owner relations; organizing tradespeople to conduct repairs; negotiating, preparing, and executing leases; and managing deposit accounts, just for starters!
 
Running a property management service is ideal for people with a real estate background, project management experience, construction management experience, or a property administration background. However, anyone can start this venture on a small or part-time basis and gain valuable on-the-job experience, which can be leveraged to grow the business.You may want to look into property management training and certification programs, which can be a wise investment especially for people who want to make a career of property management. Fees vary depending on the property being managed and the services provided, but you can expect to earn in the range of $25 to $40 per hour.

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Clutter Consultant

Hate clutter? Help other people neaten up their lives as a clutter consultant.

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Clutter Consultant

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

For the majority of us, frantic and busy lifestyles leave little time to get ourselves organized, let alone our family, homes or businesses. Exploiting your own organizational and time management skills are the two main prerequisites for starting a clutter consulting business that helps clients get–and stay’-organized.
 
Aim your organizational efforts at two separate but equally important topics’-physical organization of space (better known as de-cluttering) and time management. On the physical side of the service, focus on issues such as clearing the clutter that is not needed, developing storage solutions, organizing office furniture and equipment for maximum attractiveness and productivity, rearranging closet space, and organizing items by use priority. On the time management side, assist clients in developing routines and schedules to eliminate overlap, streamline operations, and basically squeeze the most productivity out of each hour so they no longer have to work nights and weekends just to stay on top of their work at home and office. Without question, networking at business and social functions is the best way to get the word out about your service and to start building a valuable contact and referral base.

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