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Drywall Installations

For the builders out there who have found their niche. Drywall is a great, easy-to-use material that can offer a great business opportunity.

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Drywall Installations

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

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Drywall installation and finishing is messy work that not many people enjoy doing; which is great for you, if this is the type of new business you wish to start. The drywall trade does require some practice to master. However, if you are patient, you can master the drywall trade quickly.
 
The fastest way to establish and expand a drywall business is to market the service directly to homebuilders and renovators. Additionally, market the drywall service to home painters and fire and flood restoration companies, as these businesses can also provide you with plenty of work. Drywall repair is an essential part of their service. These companies typically subcontract this work to an outside drywall contractor. At the time this directory was written, drywall rates were $50 per hour plus material for repairs and $1 to $1.25 per square foot for new finished drywall installation. However, you will have to conduct your own market survey in your local area to establish drywall installation and finishing rates.

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Waterproofing Service

Help protect your clients’ property from the elements with a waterproofing service.

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Waterproofing Service

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

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Starting a waterproofing service forresidential homes means that you can specialize in one or twoparticular types of waterproofing, such as concrete foundations orsolariums. Or, the service can focus on waterproofing solutions ingeneral for residential homes.

Waterproofing services can be promotedand marketed to both residential homeowners and property managementcompanies by employing traditional advertising and marketing mediumsand methods. The service can also be offered to renovation andconstruction companies on a subcontract basis.

The key to success inthis type of repair business is to have a good working knowledge ofconstruction practices and the ability to properly assess water ingressproblems. As this type of repair business is highly specialized, trueprofessionals will have no problem in creating a business income thatcan easily surpass $100,000 per year. A great additional revenue sourcefor the service is to also become an exclusive agent representingmanufacturers” waterproofing products. Many of these types ofspecialized waterproofing products can be used in your business, aswell as sold to architects, contractors, and the general public.

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Fire and Flood Restoration

Sometimes bad things happen. You can help save the day with a fire and flood restoration business.

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Fire and Flood Restoration

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

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A small kitchen fire or a burst plumbing pipe can be common occurrences in the lives of homeowners. Starting a fire and flood restoration service means that you may soon be able to assist these homeowners in repairing the damage that can be caused in these unfortunate circumstances.
 
The main duty of a fire and flood restoration service is to initially go to the job site and carry out immediate, or sometimes temporary measures, to limit any further damage to the home. These measures can include boarding up broken windows, covering roofs that have been damaged, and removing water that may have accumulated inside the buildings. The secondary duties can include repairing the damage or hiring subcontractors to repair the damage. The largest requirement in successfully establishing a restoration service is to build contacts with insurance companies and brokers, as insurance companies and brokers will authorize the repair work in 90 percent or more of all fire and flood restoration situations.

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Fence Repairs

Help complete the perfect picture by fixing the white picket fence.

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Fence Repairs

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

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Fences are very easy to repair, and securing work for a fence repair service is even easier. Design a standard fence repair estimate form, leaving a blank area for the description of the repair to be completed.
 
Once you have printed 50 or so of these estimate forms, simply start driving around your community in search of fences that are in need of repairs. The completed fence repair estimate can be left attached to the homeowner’s mailbox with a business card and brief cover letter explaining your fence repair service. Aim to close 25 percent of the fence estimates that you complete, and I will guarantee that you can make more than $25,000 per year repairing fences, which is not bad for a business that can be started for less than $1,000.

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