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Used Furniture Store

If you’re good at recognizing bargains, put your discerning eye to use with a used furniture store.

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Used Furniture Store

Startup Costs: $50,000 – $100,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Purchasing secondhand furniture at auction sales, garage sales and from classified advertisements and estate sales is the starting point for opening a used furniture store, or reselling secondhand furniture right from your home. There are a great number of benefits to starting a business that sells secondhand furniture:
  • No special skills or equipment requirements
  • Relatively low initial startup and monthly operating costs
  • Great profit potential, as used furniture can be marked up by 100 percent or more
  • Very little in the way of government regulations beyond a business license
  • Proven stable and profitable retail industry

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Hot Tub Installations

You’ll have more clients hot on your trail once they see your hot tub installations.

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Hot Tub 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

Hot tubs make a great addition to any home. However, the focus of this new business opportunity is not aimed at hot tub sales, but at the installation of hot tubs. In order for a hot tub to properly work and be safe for the occupants, it must be installed correctly, including the electrical hook-up and a solid foundation base. Starting your own business that specializes in the delivery and installation of hot tubs is a great little business venture to launch. You can charge a flat fee or hourly rate for the installation service. Potential customers for the service can include hot tub retailers who require additional installation contractors and homeowners who are moving and require their hot tubs to be relocated. Income potential range: $25 to $40 per hour plus delivery charges.

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Treehouse Kits

Create cool, treetop hideaways for kids.

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Treehouse Kits

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

Time to mix childhood memories, business, and profits. That is exactly what can be achieved by starting a business that manufactures treehouse kits for the do-it-yourself homeowner to purchase, assemble, and install. The treehouse kits can be packaged and sold to retail outlets on a wholesale basis or directly to consumers via advertising the treehouse kits for sale on the Internet, in newspapers and publications, and by establishing a display model that can be exhibited at trade shows. Seek to build a joint venture with companies that are already in the business of manufacturing and wholesaling children’s toys and playground equipment, as there will be the possibility to capitalize on their customer base, distribution channels, and business expertise and experience.

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Decorative Partition Screen Manufacturing

Separation can be a beautiful thing when you put your carpentry and artistic skills to use.

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Decorative Partition Screen Manufacturing

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

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and creative talent, starting a business that manufactures and sells decorative partition screens may be just the moneymaking opportunity you’ve been looking for. Partition screens are commonly used in homes, offices and even outdoors as an added decorative flair or to divide and partition the space.You’ll need basic knowledge of carpentry, artistic talent and the desire to succeed in this business. Once completed, there are numerous ways to market the screens, including:
  • Selling the screens to specialty retailers on a wholesale basis
  • Placing the decorative screens in retail stores on a consignment basis 
  • Selling the screens to residential and commercial interior decorators
This is truly a unique and inexpensive home based business opportunity to start that can be operated on a full- or part-time basis. In terms of product pricing, the first step is to check out the competition. A general pricing formula is to take your material and labor costs, which add up to the product cost. Then figure out your markup (anywhere from 50 to 100 percent) and multiply it by your product costs to equal the wholesale or retail selling price.

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