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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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Furniture Steam Cleaning

Keep furniture looking new with a steam cleaning service.

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Furniture Steam Cleaning

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

Are you searching for a business opportunity that can be started for peanuts, operated on a full- or part-time basis and has the potential to earn $30 per hour or more? If so, perhaps you should consider starting a furniture steam cleaning service.
 
A furniture steam cleaning service is very easy to get started, as the equipment needed is available in almost every community, and the business requires little experience or special skills.One of the best aspects of starting and operating this type of business is the fact that it can be operated on a part-time basis and expanded to a full-time business from the profits earned. Additionally, operating the business from home will enable you to keep monthly overheads to a minimum. This can be an advantage for undercutting steam-cleaning rates of the larger established services. As a quick start marketing promotion, print and distribute two-for-one furniture steam cleaning coupons.

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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.

The Market

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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Window Shutters and Blinds

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

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Window Shutters and Blinds

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

Manufacturing interior and exterior wood window shutters is a very simple manufacturing business to establish and run. Best of all, only a small homebased workshop is required for manufacturing space. The demand for wooden window shutters and blinds is enormous, especially with recent news that plastic miniblinds can give off toxic fumes into a home. The demand for exterior wooden window shutters used for home decoration and shutter replacements for heritage home renovations is also very large. The completed shutters can be sold to national home improvement center retailers on a wholesale basis, or the window shutters can be sold directly to homeowners on a custom order and installation basis. The profit margins can be terrific on this type of product, as there is not a lot of competition in the industry that focuses on manufacturing wooden window shutters and blinds exclusively.

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