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Refurbishing Antique Appliances

Appeal to customers’ sense of nostalgia with antique appliances.

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Refurbishing Antique Appliances

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

The profits that can be made by turningdiscarded and abandoned antique appliances into refurbished andfunctional appliances for today’s custom designed residential kitchensare enormous. One of the best aspects of this business opportunity isthat you do not even have to know how to repair or refurbish theappliances yourself, as you can hire skilled employees for this part ofthe business.

The market for refurbished antique appliances isabsolutely gigantic. Some appliances sell for as much as $5,000 each tointerior decorators and homeowners seeking the ultimate designer touch.When you consider many of these same antique appliances can be found inless than perfect condition at garage sales, junkyards, and auctionsales for less than $100, that’s a very good return on investment; evenif it costs a thousand dollars or more to restore the appliance. Oncerefurbished, antique appliances can be sold directly to consumers anddesign professionals via a display booth at home and garden shows,advertisements in home improvement and antique trade publications, andof course through Internet malls and Web auction services.

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Hot Tub Installations

You’ll have more clients hot on your trail once they see your hot tub installations.

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Hot Tub Installations

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

Hot tubs make a great addition to any home. However, the focus of this new business opportunity is not aimed at hot tub sales, but at the installation of hot tubs. In order for a hot tub to properly work and be safe for the occupants, it must be installed correctly, including the electrical hook-up and a solid foundation base. Starting your own business that specializes in the delivery and installation of hot tubs is a great little business venture to launch. You can charge a flat fee or hourly rate for the installation service. Potential customers for the service can include hot tub retailers who require additional installation contractors and homeowners who are moving and require their hot tubs to be relocated. Income potential range: $25 to $40 per hour plus delivery charges.

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Unfinished Furniture Store

Let customers have a hand in the final product by selling unfinished furniture.

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Unfinished Furniture Store

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

Business Overview

Selling ‘naked’ furniture may not be sexy, but it does have the potential to generate huge profits for you. Unfinished furniture appeals mainly to two types of consumers: people on a fixed furnishing budget looking to save a few dollars by staining or painting the furniture themselves, and the artisan seeking to create a custom-finished look that will match their interior decor. Target your marketing efforts on one or both of these types of consumers and you can’t lose selling unfinished furniture.
 
Unfinished furniture can be purchased on a wholesale basis from manufacturers, or even from local woodworkers and craftspeople. The selection can include tables, chairs, entertainment units, bed frames and more. In addition to a showroom or a factory-direct approach to displaying and retailing the furniture, also consider providing workspace to your customers for finishing the furniture. Not only will you overcome the ‘I don’t have a place to finish the furniture’ objection, but you can also generate additional income by charging a small hourly fee to use the furniture finishing workspace and by selling stains, paints and accessories, such as handles.

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Decorative Partition Screen Manufacturing

Separation can be a beautiful thing when you put your carpentry and artistic skills to use.

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Decorative Partition Screen Manufacturing

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

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and creative talent, starting a business that manufactures and sells decorative partition screens may be just the moneymaking opportunity you’ve been looking for. Partition screens are commonly used in homes, offices and even outdoors as an added decorative flair or to divide and partition the space.You’ll need basic knowledge of carpentry, artistic talent and the desire to succeed in this business. Once completed, there are numerous ways to market the screens, including:
  • Selling the screens to specialty retailers on a wholesale basis
  • Placing the decorative screens in retail stores on a consignment basis 
  • Selling the screens to residential and commercial interior decorators
This is truly a unique and inexpensive home based business opportunity to start that can be operated on a full- or part-time basis. In terms of product pricing, the first step is to check out the competition. A general pricing formula is to take your material and labor costs, which add up to the product cost. Then figure out your markup (anywhere from 50 to 100 percent) and multiply it by your product costs to equal the wholesale or retail selling price.

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