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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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Home Renovation Classes

If you’re a handyman, you might want to build a vault for all the money you can make teaching other aspiring do-it-yourself-ers.

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Home Renovation Classes

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

Business Overview

Home renovations can no longer be classified as a method to improve a home in terms of function or livability. Home renovations have become a national craze and a hobby practiced and enjoyed by millions of American homeowners annually. There are various approaches that can be taken when considering starting a business that teaches homeowners home renovation skills and techniques.
 
The first is to establish an independent school and charge students a fee to learn a specific home renovation trade such as ‘how to paint.’ The second approach is to build an alliance or joint venture with a local building or home improvement center and hold the classes at the building center. The classes can be free, which are then supported by the retailer, or there can be a fee charged to the students for the class. In both cases this is a truly win-win-win situation. The students receive practical and helpful training to improve their homes and save money by not having to enlist the services of a contractor to complete the renovation. The retailers where the training classes are conducted receive fantastic exposure and a lot of long-term future clients. The innovative entrepreneur that establishes the home-renovation training program can capitalize on the building center’s existing client base as a quick-start method to attract students, as well as utilize the building center’s infrastructure and resources to reduce start-up investment and overheads.

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Staircases

You’ll always be a step above with a staircase business.

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Staircases

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Starting a business that manufactures andinstalls residential and commercial staircases not only has thepotential to generate enormous yearly profits, the business can also bestarted and operated from a homebased workshop. 

Providing you have thenecessary skills and equipment, you can build and install staircasesmade from various construction materials, such as hard and soft woods,steel, concrete, or any combination of these materials. The stairs canbe sold directly to homeowners building new homes or renovatingexisting homes. However, a more suitable marketing approach is toestablish alliances with contractors, architects, and renovationcompanies, and sell the stairs to these firms, as well as install thestairs on a subcontract basis. A staircase design and manufacturingbusiness can be operated as a company that manufactures staircases ingeneral, or the business can specialize and manufacture specific stylesof stairs, such as spiral, pull-down attic stairs, or rollingstaircases for warehouse applications.

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Custom Doorsteps

If you love making the first impression, it doesn’t get any better in the home industry than custom doorsteps.

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Custom Doorsteps

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

Business Overview

Now here is a unique and interesting business opportunity. Manufacturing custom designer doorstops is a very easy and straightforward business venture to set in motion. The key to success in this type of manufacturing venture is that the doorstops must be unique in design, and the marketing methods employed must be innovative and clever.
 
The demand for custom and one-of-a-kind home improvement and home-decorating items is gigantic, and this is the kind of product that has real potential to catch on in a big way. The doorstops could be fashioned after antique doorstops, or they could be manufactured from 100 percent recycled materials. The options for manufacturing doorstops are endless and only limited by imagination. Marketing methods that can be utilized are to establish wholesale accounts with national retailers, and the custom doorstops can also be sold directly to high-end homebuilders, architects, and interior designers.

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