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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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Deck Building

Allow homeowners to spend more time outdoors by building decks for them.

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Deck Building

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

Business Overview

One of the fastest growing segments of the home improvement industry is designing, building, and installing custom sundecks. Many of the sundecks that are now being installed retail for as much as $15,000 and include features such as built-in planters, areas for sunk-in hot tubs, glass or cast iron handrails, and custom manufactured wood furniture to match the sundeck’s design.
 
The most profitable way to operate the business is to sell the sundecks directly to the end consumers. However, this method of operating is also the most expensive to launch and establish. Additional ways to get rolling in your own sundeck installation business also include subcontracting for established building and renovation companies, establishing alliances with designers and architects, and marketing the sundeck sales and installation service directly to consumers via a showroom or trade show displays. Requirements: In most areas of the country, the installation of a sundeck requires a building permit, which must be issued prior to installation. There are building codes in place for the construction specifications of sundecks that have to be closely adhered to. Starting this sort of venture requires a great deal of construction experience and knowledge. In terms of equipment, power tools such as table saws, handsaws, and posthole diggers will be required. To keep initial investment costs down, all the required tools and equipment for building sundecks can be rented on an as needed basis. Be sure to find out if a builder’s license is required in your local area for this type of construction business.

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Laminate Floor Installations

Lay down a path to success with a laminate floor installation business.

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Laminate Floor 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

Laminate flooring that is manufactured to resemble hardwood flooring is an incredibly popular alternative to the high cost of installing real hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring is available in a wide range of finishes and is virtually impossible to damage or destroy. Best of all, laminate flooring is extremely easy to install even if your knowledge of flooring installation is limited.
 
To set this business in motion, first check to see if the home improvement centers in your area provide an installation service of this product. If they don’t, then it’s a marriage made in heaven. They sell it, and you install it. You can talk to interior decorators and designers to promote your service and establish a client base. The fastest way to market this business if you intend to concentrate on commercial applications will simply be to knock on doors and sell your product and service on the many benefits this type of flooring finish can provide to their business establishments. requirements: a few basic tools including a jig saw, cordless drill, portable table saw, tape measure, chalk line, transportation, and most importantly, a good set of knee pads.
 
Though it is not required, you will probably want to familiarize yourself with local building codes and safety regulations. start-up costs: total business start-up costs, including tools, sales samples, and brochures will be well less than $2,000 providing that you already have suitable transportation, such as a truck, van, or station wagon. profit potential: the profit potential is excellent. Laminate flooring is currently retailing for $4 to $6 per square foot, while the wholesale cost of materials is in the $1.50 to $2 range. Typically, for this type of installation service you can expect to earn $35 to $40 per hour after expenses. Selling and installing new baseboard moldings while you are on the job site can earn additional business revenues and profits.

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Bathtub Reglazing

Soak in the success of a bathtub reglazing business.

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Bathtub Reglazing

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 popular colors for bathtubs in the‘70s were pink and blue; brown in the ‘80s; white in the‘90s; and now black, as we head in the new millennium. Not allhomeowners can afford to replace their bathtubs just to keep up withnew and popular remodeling trends.

However, many of these samehomeowners can certainly afford to have their bathtubs reglazed as amethod of inexpensively updating their bathrooms’ appearance. Startinga bathtub reglazing service requires very little working experience,and the equipment is readily available through paint and industrialsupply stores. The service is best marketed by establishing allianceswith industry-related businesses, such as construction companies andproperty maintenance companies who can utilize the serve for theirclients. The bathtub reglazing can also be marketed to end consumersvia a display and demonstration booth that can be setup at home andgarden trade shows to collect sales leads. The potential to profit willvary greatly in this business and be determined by factors such asmaterial cost markup, number of bathtubs reglazed , and operatingoverhead. However, once established, the business can easily generatean income in the range of $40 to $40 per hour.

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