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Wood Moldings

Put your woodworking skills to good (detailed) use with a wood molding business.

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Wood Moldings

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

One of the most popular and least expensive ways to upgrade a home’s interior appearance is to install new wood trims and moldings. Starting a business that manufactures custom wood moldings with standard profiles, as well as made-to-order wood moldings, is a terrific business start-up for the skilled and well-equipped carpenter to initiate.
 
Customers can include home renovation and construction companies or sell the moldings on a wholesale basis to local home improvement centers. Additionally, to capitalize on the heritage home renovation market, antique replica wood moldings can be manufactured from recycled wood and sold directly to do-it-yourself homeowners via product advertisements placed in newspapers and related trade magazines. To gain additional revenues and profits for the business, a wood molding installation service can also be offered to clients. Potential profits for a moldings manufacturing business will vary based on a number of factors, such as sales volumes, overheads, and product markup. However, a well-established wood molding manufacturing business can easily generate profits in excess of $100,000 per year for the business owner.

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Custom Furniture Covers

Give furniture a new life with custom covers.

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Custom Furniture Covers

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

Calling all seamstresses, the time is now to put your sewing skills to work and start to earn a living from creating custom fabric furniture covers. There are many patterns available at fabric shops for creating standard-size furniture slips or covers, or the furniture covers can be custom made on a made-to-order basis. Successfully marketing the business can be accomplished in many ways, including the following:
  • Building alliances and joint ventures with interior decorators for referrals to your business
  • Selling the furniture covers and taking orders for custom-made furniture covers at craft and home and garden trade shows
  • Advertising for business in traditional print media and on the internet
  • Working on a subcontract basis for an established furniture upholstery service or retailer of fine home furnishings

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Porch Columns

Sure a 4×4 can hold up a porch, but they can also be ugly. Be the person to see when prettying up the porch.

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Porch Columns

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

Business Overview

Manufacturing decorative porch columns can be a very profitable business once established, especially if the main focus of the manufacturing business is to design and build Victorian porch column replicas. The porch columns can be manufactured from fiberglass, wood, or compressed injection foam.
 
A good starting point in terms of manufacturing the antique replica porch columns is to purchase a few porch columns to be used as the template for designing and building the new columns. The antique porch columns can be purchased at used building materials yards. There are many different approaches that can be taken for marketing this type of unique specialty building product, including selling the porch columns to local and national building centers on a wholesale basis as well as construction and renovation firms. Or, the porch columns can be sold directly to do-it-yourself homeowners by advertising the columns for sale in newspapers and trade publications and displaying the columns at home and garden trade shows.

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Clutter Consultant

Hate clutter? Help other people neaten up their lives as a clutter consultant.

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Clutter Consultant

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

For the majority of us, frantic and busy lifestyles leave little time to get ourselves organized, let alone our family, homes or businesses. Exploiting your own organizational and time management skills are the two main prerequisites for starting a clutter consulting business that helps clients get–and stay’-organized.
 
Aim your organizational efforts at two separate but equally important topics’-physical organization of space (better known as de-cluttering) and time management. On the physical side of the service, focus on issues such as clearing the clutter that is not needed, developing storage solutions, organizing office furniture and equipment for maximum attractiveness and productivity, rearranging closet space, and organizing items by use priority. On the time management side, assist clients in developing routines and schedules to eliminate overlap, streamline operations, and basically squeeze the most productivity out of each hour so they no longer have to work nights and weekends just to stay on top of their work at home and office. Without question, networking at business and social functions is the best way to get the word out about your service and to start building a valuable contact and referral base.

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