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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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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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Carpet Installations

Use your handiwork skills to lay down a new business.

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Carpet 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

Not unlike siding sales and installations, carpet sales andinstallations have been going strong for more than 50 years. The mainrequirement for this type of home improvement business startup is tohave the ability to properly install carpeting or have access toqualified installers. To be competitive in this industry and keep youroverheads low, your best bet may be to stay away from a traditionalcarpet and flooring showroom and stick to a mobile showroom via yourinstallation van. The business is very inexpensive to set in motion,and you can expect to make a comfortable living once you’ve establisheda client base and referral network.

The Market

Your customers will be people looking to replace old carpet or install new carpet.

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