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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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Intercom Installations

The sound of success is crystal clear with an intercom installation business.

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Intercom 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

Recent technology changes in intercom systems have made them extremely easy to install, as intercoms are now available in wireless form. Due to these recent changes in the product, starting a business that sells and installs wireless intercoms is a fantastic business opportunity for just about anyone, regardless of construction or business experience.
 
Intercom systems have wide range of uses including:
  • Installations in baby nurseries, residential and commercial.
  • Business applications for warehouse to office communications. 
  • Security applications for residential and commercial door entry use. Overall this is a very good choice for a new low-investment business start-up that has the potential to generate a very lucrative income for ht owner-operator of the business.

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Window Boxes And Shutters

Your business future will be bright as you keep the light out with a shutter biz.

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Window Boxes And Shutters

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Sales and installations of exterior window flower boxes and decorative window shutters is a fantastic little business to get going that can be started for peanuts and operated right from home on a full- or part-time basis. You can design and build your own products or purchase prebuilt window boxes and shutters. All that is required to install these items are a few basic tools and a ladder.
 
These windows boxes and shutters can be sold to homebuilders, architects, and homeowners. One interesting marketing method may be to pick a highly visible and attractive home in your community and offer these products to the homeowner for free in exchange for allowing you to use their home as a show home, ore reference home.This method will allow other potential customers to drive by to have a look at the dramatic difference that installing window flower boxes and shutters can have on the appearance of their homes. Giving away a few hundred dollars worth of installed products may return you a few thousand dollars in profits.

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Garage Organizers

For some, the garage has become the holding place for all their junk. If you like organizing, there’s a lot of garages that need your help.

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Garage Organizers

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

Millions of people can no longer fit the car into the garage because of the treasures (junk) that the garage seems to magically collect. This strange, but true force of nature can make you rich. To start your own garage organizer service requires no special skills or equipment other than some basic hand tools.
 
Ideally, you can start close to home by providing the service to family and friends, while building a sound referral base. Home improvement trade shows will also be a valuable source of leads, and a ‘before and after’ display can generate an enormous amount of interest in your products and services. The display can be designed and built for less than $1,000. The lack of competition in this industry should allow you to mark up your products such as shelving and storage cabinets by at least 40 to 50 percent, while maintaining an hourly rate for installations in the range of $25 to $30.

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