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Not afraid of heights? Help homeowners fix their roofs.

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Roof Repair

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

The prerequisite for selling roof-repair services is obvious; you needto know how to repair all or most types of roofing’asphalt, cedar,tile, steel, torch-on, and tar and gravel. Although this may sound likea major requirement, in fact it is not. Just about anyone with basiccarpentry and construction skills can quickly learn how to repairroofs.

You will, however, need proper equipment to ensure quality andeffective repairs as well as safety. The best way to spread the word toresidential homeowners about your roof-repair services is through printadvertisements, both in the classified section of your local newspaperunder Trades, and by placing ads in your local Yellow Pages directory.You can also join home-repair referral services if they are availablein your community. The best way to reach commercial customers is tocontact them directly by telephone, letter, personal visit, or allthree. These include landlords, property managers, roofing companiesthat only provide reroofing services and not repair services, and otherrenovation companies that do not repair roofs. It is also a good ideato establish alliances with businesses and individuals who can referyour service to their clients, including realtors, property inspectors,and painters.

The Market

Potential customers can be divided into two camps’residentialhomeowners, and commercial property owners, managers, and renters.

Needed Equipment

Tools and equipment include basic hand tools, an assortment ofextension ladders, roof jacks, safety harnesses, and reliabletransportation.

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Futons

Is it a couch or a bed? No matter, to you it’s a great business opportunity.

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Futons

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

Business Overview

Consumer demand for futons has been on a steady increase for the past decade and shows no signs of slowing down. Futons are a functional, yet inexpensive piece of furniture that can serve a multitude of uses.
 
A futon manufacturing business can be setup and managed from home. However, renting a small industrial location can serve not only for a manufacturing location, but also a ‘factory outlet’ for retail sales of the futons. Books that feature futon design plans and construction tips are readily available. These books can be used as a valuable guide for assisting in the design and construction process of the futons. Futon cushions and mattresses are also available from a number of wholesale suppliers, which can be found listed in various manufacturing print and online trade directories. Overall, this is a good choice for a manufacturing business start-up, especially if the factory outlet route is chosen.

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Online Home Repair Advice

Help homeowners help themselves when it comes to projects around the house.

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Online Home Repair Advice

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

A common term used by Web developers is ‘site stickiness’ basically meaning what level of unique and interesting content or user features can be incorporated in a Web site to increase visitor page views and entice visitors to return to the site regularly. Home repair tips and advice fits that bill perfectly. Utilizing your construction and renovation expertise you can develop a syndicated home repair advice column – syndicated mean you can pug the column into as many Web sites as possible. The benefit to the site operator is obvious: increasing site stickiness. Aim to have your column featured on 200 Web sites and you could earn an extra $2,000 every month by charging customers only $10 each.

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Art Headboards

Customers will be sure to dream about your unique headboards featuring paintings or photographs.

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Art Headboards

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

Headboards for beds featuring elaborate artor photographs are beginning to pop up in specialty retail storesacross the U.S., as well as being featured increasingly in interiordecorating magazines and publications.

This creates a terrificopportunity for the enterprising entrepreneur to capitalize on this newfurniture fashion trend by starting a business that designs,manufactures and sells art headboards for beds. The headboards canfeature original art paintings or enlarged photographs that are adheredto the headboard. The art headboards can be sold on a wholesale basisto furniture and decorating retailers or directly to consumers anddecorating professionals. Currently, art headboards are retailing for$250 for simple designs and paintings and can retail for as much as$1,000 for more elaborate pieces.

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