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Unfinished Furniture Store

Let customers have a hand in the final product by selling unfinished furniture.

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Unfinished Furniture Store

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

Business Overview

Selling ‘naked’ furniture may not be sexy, but it does have the potential to generate huge profits for you. Unfinished furniture appeals mainly to two types of consumers: people on a fixed furnishing budget looking to save a few dollars by staining or painting the furniture themselves, and the artisan seeking to create a custom-finished look that will match their interior decor. Target your marketing efforts on one or both of these types of consumers and you can’t lose selling unfinished furniture.
 
Unfinished furniture can be purchased on a wholesale basis from manufacturers, or even from local woodworkers and craftspeople. The selection can include tables, chairs, entertainment units, bed frames and more. In addition to a showroom or a factory-direct approach to displaying and retailing the furniture, also consider providing workspace to your customers for finishing the furniture. Not only will you overcome the ‘I don’t have a place to finish the furniture’ objection, but you can also generate additional income by charging a small hourly fee to use the furniture finishing workspace and by selling stains, paints and accessories, such as handles.

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Fireplace Installations

Homeowners will cozy up to this installation service.

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Fireplace Installations

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Wood-burning, gas, and alternative fuels – you can sell and install all of these types of home fireplaces if you are considering starting a fireplace sales and installation business. The best way to operate and market this kind of new business venture is with the assistance of a fully operational fireplace showroom.
 
There are hundreds of fireplace options, mantel options and fireplace accessories options for homeowners to choose from, and a retail showroom is the best way to display these products and build customer interest. Consideration for this type of retail and installation business include business location, qualified installation staff, and liability insurance, just to mention a few. Be sure to utilize home and garden trade shows for exhibiting purposes, as they are wonderful forums for collecting qualified sales leads. The profit potential will greatly vary for a fireplace sales and installation business. However, there should be no problems maintaining profit margins of 25 to 35 percent on all retail sale. Fireplace installation rates are currently in the range of $35 to $60 per hour, all of which adds up to a potentially profitable business opportunity for the resourceful entrepreneur who is prepared to work hard

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Refurbishing Antique Appliances

Appeal to customers’ sense of nostalgia with antique appliances.

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Refurbishing Antique Appliances

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

The profits that can be made by turningdiscarded and abandoned antique appliances into refurbished andfunctional appliances for today’s custom designed residential kitchensare enormous. One of the best aspects of this business opportunity isthat you do not even have to know how to repair or refurbish theappliances yourself, as you can hire skilled employees for this part ofthe business.

The market for refurbished antique appliances isabsolutely gigantic. Some appliances sell for as much as $5,000 each tointerior decorators and homeowners seeking the ultimate designer touch.When you consider many of these same antique appliances can be found inless than perfect condition at garage sales, junkyards, and auctionsales for less than $100, that’s a very good return on investment; evenif it costs a thousand dollars or more to restore the appliance. Oncerefurbished, antique appliances can be sold directly to consumers anddesign professionals via a display booth at home and garden shows,advertisements in home improvement and antique trade publications, andof course through Internet malls and Web auction services.

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Roof Repair

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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