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Nail down a business using your carpentry skills.

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Roof Repairs And Installation

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Did you know that there are an estimated75,000,000 building structures with roofs in the United States? And allof these building structures have one thing in common: at some pointthey all require the roofs to be repaired. This fact creates anextraordinary opportunity for the ambitious entrepreneur to start aresidential and commercial roof repair service. The main requirementneeded to operate a roof repair service is to have experience inroofing repairs, or to have an employee on staff that has experience inroof repairs. Secondary requirements include liability and workers’compensation insurance, and a few basic tools and roofing safetyequipment.

There are various approaches to marketing the business andsecuring customers, including the following:

  • The roof repair servicecan be marketed to residential homeowners via distributing promotionalfliers, or by using traditional advertising mediums, such as newspaperand Yellow Pages advertisements.
  • Subcontract your roof repairservices to home repair associations and clubs who already have anexisting membership base that can use this service.
  • Establishalliances with residential and commercial property management andmaintenance companies and provide these companies with 24-hour roofrepair services for their clients.
  • Establish working relationshipswith existing residential and commercial roofing companies that onlyspecialize in roofing replacements and not roofing repairs. Thisapproach is an excellent way to establish the business quickly, as mostof these roof replacement companies can act as an excellent source ofreferrals for the service.

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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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