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Porch Columns

Sure a 4×4 can hold up a porch, but they can also be ugly. Be the person to see when prettying up the porch.

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Porch Columns

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

Business Overview

Manufacturing decorative porch columns can be a very profitable business once established, especially if the main focus of the manufacturing business is to design and build Victorian porch column replicas. The porch columns can be manufactured from fiberglass, wood, or compressed injection foam.
 
A good starting point in terms of manufacturing the antique replica porch columns is to purchase a few porch columns to be used as the template for designing and building the new columns. The antique porch columns can be purchased at used building materials yards. There are many different approaches that can be taken for marketing this type of unique specialty building product, including selling the porch columns to local and national building centers on a wholesale basis as well as construction and renovation firms. Or, the porch columns can be sold directly to do-it-yourself homeowners by advertising the columns for sale in newspapers and trade publications and displaying the columns at home and garden trade shows.

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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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Patio Covers

Factor in the installation and labor costs when figuring the price for this service.

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Patio 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

Patio covers are a great low cost, high value home improvement project, as not only can a patio cover be an attractive add-on to any home, more importantly it can provide protection and relief from the heat of the sun. The first step to marketing this type of home improvement business is to establish the target market for the product.
 
Potential customers will include residential homeowners with southern exposed yards and patios, and commercial businesses such as cafés. A display booth set up at a local mall or home and garden trade show that shows the benefits and value associated with the patio covers will be the best approach to attaining qualified sales leads. Requirements: Most manufacturers of aluminum patio covers ship the finished product as a kit including an instruction guide on how to install the product. Due to this kit format, there is not a lot of technical or construction experience required to assemble and install the patio covers. Additional requirements will be power tools, ladders, and a van or trailer to transport the patio covers to the installation site. Almost all areas of the country do not require a building permit to be issued for the purpose of installing a patio cover. Of course, you will always need to check regulations in your local community.

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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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