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Residential Safety Consultant

Have an eye for hazards? Help clients feel safe at home.

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Residential Safety Consultant

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

Statistically speaking, the largest percentage of accidents causinginjuries do not happen on the job, on the roads, or on playing fields,but right at home. Falls, accidental poisonings, burns, cuts, brokenbones, and many other types of injuries take place in thousands ofhomes across the country every single day.

The vast majority of theseinjuries are preventable through education, and by taking proactivesteps to eliminate or reduce potential risks around the home. Workingas a residential safety consultant, you can conduct inspections of yourclients’ homes, noting all the potential hazards inside and outside.The next step is to write a report outlining these hazards, along withyour recommendations for removing, repairing, or reducing thesehazards. At this point, at your client’s request, you can carry out therecommended corrective measures, hire a handyperson to do the work, orrefer your client to people who can do the work. So what are thesepotential hazards around the house that can cause harm to kids, pets,seniors, and, in fact, anyone? A few include trip hazards on exteriorwalkways, window-blind cords, the lack of grab bars and anti-slipsurfaces in washrooms, the unsafe storage of cleaning solvents, and thelack of child-resistant latches on cabinets and cutlery drawers.

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Business owners and individuals. You may also want to target at-homechild care providers who need to ensure their homes are safe to carefor children.

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Glass Block Installations

Specialize with your construction skills as a glass block installer.

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Glass Block Installations

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

Business Overview

Glass block is back in vogue for two reasons. The first: having glass block windows installed is a cost-effective way to beautify your home and add real designer flair. The second reason is that installing glass block into basement window areas is a great way to let the light shine in, and a the same time burglar proof windows. Starting your own glass block installation service does not require a lot in terms of investment or expertise. Almost all home improvement centers will now make up glass block on a custom order basis to fit any size opening. However, the installation techniques still do require some experience, but this can be self-taught starting with your home, or a friend or relative’s home. One thing is for sure; it does not appear as though glass block windows will be falling from popularity any time soon.

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Piano Tuning Service

Keep your business on perfect pitch by providing a piano tuning service.

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Piano Tuning Service

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

Pianos are everywhere and they all need to be tuned and maintained on a regular basis in order to work and sound perfect. The main requirement is you have to know how to tune and maintain various types of pianos. Providing you have this skill and a few hundred dollars, you’re in business as a professional piano tuner. A piano tuning service can be operated right from your vehicle with the aid of a cellular telephone. Operating a piano tuning service is perfect for the person seeking a good part-time income to supplement an existing one. Contacting local music stores and music schools to promote your service will be the fastest way to earn business via referral and word-of-mouth advertising.

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Chimney Repairs

A damaged chimney can be the source of unwanted fires or carbon monoxide intrusion. Keep people safe with a chimney repair service.

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Chimney Repairs

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

Business Overview

Providing you have basic masonry skills and experience, starting a chimney repair service can be a very profitable business to own and operate. Brick and stone chimneys all require maintenance in order to stay structurally sound and perform to their design specifications.
 
The best types of chimney repairs to focus on are repairing or replacing damaged rain pots, rebuilding crowns, installing new base and counter flashing, and repointing and sealing brick and stone chimneys. The tools and equipment necessary for repairing chimneys are also very basic and include ladders, roof jacks, stone chisels, and a few hand tools. Providing you already have a vehicle, the business can easily be started for less than $1,000. Chimney repair services can be marketed to homeowners by designing and distributing door hangers and fliers describing your service.

Or you can work as a subcontractor providing roofing companies and home renovation contractors with chimney repair services for their clients. The raw and manufactured materials required for chimney repairs are extremely inexpensive and available at most building centers. Visiting used building material yards can supply you with all the old and various colored bricks that will occasionally be required to replace broken or missing bricks while repairing profitable business to operate. There should be no problem in maintaining a billing rate of $50 per hour to provide chimney repairs, as well as a markup of at least 50 percent on all the material required for the chimney repair.

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