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Awning Manufacturing

Start an awning manufacturing business, to help buildings look their best.

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Awning Manufacturing

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

Business Overview

A terrific full- or part-time opportunityexists in an awning manufacturing business for entrepreneurs with goodmarketing skills and design and mechanical abilities. Providing youhave the workshop space and zoning permits, you can even manufactureawnings right from a homebased location. There are basically two typesof awnings: residential and commercial.

Residential awnings aregenerally constructed from an aluminum or steel frame and covered witha canvas or vinyl fabric shell. Often residential awnings aremechanical, meaning that they can be manually or electrically extendedand retracted to suit weather conditions and the user’s needs.Commercial awnings are also constructed using an aluminum or steelframe and covered with a canvas or vinyl fabric shell. Most arestationary, and many also act as signage for the business or office andare often electrically backlit to illuminate the sign at night.

Skillsrequired for this business include welding of both aluminum and steelpipe, commercial sewing, basic electrical knowledge, and good designskills. Of course much of the manufacturing work can be completed byemployees or subcontractors. Equipment requirements will include asuitable workspace, transportation capable of moving large awnings, awelder and welding supplies, power hand tools, a chop-off saw, andpipe-bending machinery. In addition to sales and installations ofawnings, you can also increase revenues and profits by offering clientsadditional services, such as awning cleaning and repairs. web resource:www.thebluebook.com Directory service listing manufacturers anddistributors of awning manufacturing equipment and supplies.

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Carpet and Upholstery Service

This maintenance business is in constant demand.

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Carpet and Upholstery Service

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

Here’s how it happens–the kids get a little carried away with the Kool-Aid, dad tracks in dirt from the garden, and the dog doesn’t quite make it to the backyard for his morning romp. And all of a sudden, the battle of the dirt transforms that pretty beige carpet into one ugly mud puddle.
Those rentable carpet shampooers down at the supermarket don’t really do a professional job and the in-laws are coming to visit in a week. And now that you look, your sofas have somebody’s chocolate fingerprints on them plus a nice film of smoke from the time you burned the burgers under the kitchen broiler. If you like putting the spring back in a carpet’s fibers and making dingy upholstered furniture clean and bright, you can save the day–and clean up profits in the process–with a carpet and upholstery cleaning service. All you need to get started is some experience with carpet- and upholstery-cleaning machines and the basic skills to operate them safely and effectively, plus the marketing know-how to make your own spot in the field.

The Market

Your customers can come from both residential and commercial sectors. Apartment and rental property owners and managers make good target markets because people are always moving in and out, and even the tidiest tenant leaves carpeting in need of cleaning. You can also target real estate agents who may have vacant or lived-in properties that need a good shampoo to put their best feet forward. Visit these businesspeople and leave your card or brochure, call and introduce yourself and your services, or initiate a direct-mail campaign. Advertise to residences through coupon mailers, offering specials like a discount for one room if you do two or more.

Needed Equipment

As a carpet/upholstery cleaner, you’ll need a good steam, rotary or dry-cleaning system, a commercial-grade vacuum cleaner, and of course, lots of shampoos, stain removers and stain guards, along with a sturdy vehicle to cart it all around in. You can also invest in a polo or good-quality T-shirt with your company name on it to lend a professional image.

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Litter Pickup

Help keep your area clean with a litter pickup service.

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Litter Pickup

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

Business Overview

If you are looking for an easy service to sell that requires no specialskills or experience, yet still has excellent income potential and astart-up investment of only a few hundred dollars, then a litter pickupservice might be just what you’ve been searching for. Armed with only arake, shovel, garbage can, and a pair of gloves, you can be cleaning uplitter for paying customers in your community.

Ideally, these customerswill be retailers, professionals, and other business owners who need toproject a good business image. Having litter in and around theirbusinesses in parking lots, lawns, flowerbeds, and sidewalks isobviously not the image they want to project. Create a detailedpromotional flier outlining services and litter pickup fees anddistribute it to retailers, service providers and professionals withstorefronts and parking lots. In exchange for a flat monthly fee, visitcustomers’ business locations daily to pick up any litter lying inclose proximity to their shops’sidewalks, entranceways, flowerbeds,lawns and parking lots’and in no time you will be well on your way tobuilding a profitable business.

The Market

Retailers and other business owners who want to project a good business image.

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Kitchen Facelift Service

Liven up everyone’s favorite room with a kitchen facelift service.

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Kitchen Facelift Service

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

If you launch a kitchen facelift service, your most powerful salesargument could easily become, ‘Why spend $20,000 to replace yourkitchen, when we can give you an entirely new look for a fraction ofthe cost?’ The average cost of a complete kitchen replacement now tops$20,000–out of the reach of many homeowners.

Yet many of these samehomeowners have the financial resources to part with a few thousanddollars to get the next best thing’a professional kitchen facelift.Leaving the wall and floor cabinets in place, install new doors,countertops, hardware, tile backsplash, accent lighting and trim tomake even the dullest kitchen look new and exciting for a fraction ofthe cost of a total kitchen replacement. Exhibiting at home-and-gardenshows with the aid of a before-and-after kitchen facelift display willenable you to generate sales leads from people interested in havingtheir kitchens updated. Traditional forms of advertising in newspapers,on the radio, site signs and via direct mail will also get thetelephone ringing.

The Market

Homeowners looking to revamp their kitchens without the cost associatedwith completely replacing their kitchen. You can also target apartmentcomplexes who need to update kitchens in their units.

Needed Equipment

You will need carpentry skills, woodworking tools and equipment to successfully start and operate this service.

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