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Hardwood Floor Refinishing

Don’t worry about heavy flooring supplies–refinish the hardwood floor that’s already there.

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Hardwood Floor Refinishing

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

Fifty or 60 years ago, if you had hardwood floors it meant that you couldn’t afford carpeting, and everyone who had the funds put heavy pile over those burnished boards.
Nowadays, hardwood floors are valued for the beauty and warmth they add to a room. Homebuyers who find an older house with original hardwood floors count themselves lucky, and owners of new homes often request that the builder install wood flooring. But after years of wear and tear–even when buried beneath carpeting–those gorgeous floors can look downright dingy. If you like working with wood, restoring ugly ducklings to their rightful titles of flooring beauties, then a hardwood floor refinishing business might be for you. The advantages to this business are that you can work from home, you can start part time with relatively low costs, and you get the deep-down glow that comes from giving new life to fine wood. Hardwood floor refinishing is an art–you should know how to read wood, whether it’s healthy or not, suffering from moisture or dryness, and how it lives in the home it’s in. You’ll need a good working knowledge and solid skills with your equipment and materials, including polyurethanes, varnishes and stains.

The Market

Your customers will be home and apartment owners, remodeling contractors and interior designers. You can generally figure that homes and apartments built prior to the late 1950s will have hardwood floors–target neighborhoods of these homes and leave fliers on doorsteps or as door hangers. Send fliers to interior designers and contractors, then follow up with phone calls to reinforce your company in their minds. Leave cards or fliers at neighborhood hardware or home improvement stores (larger warehouse-type centers don’t usually allow this). Get your company written up in the real estate or home section of your local newspaper. Network in your community.

Needed Equipment

You’ll need a drum floor sander, an edger, a buffer with steel wool pads, and a reliable vehicle like a pickup truck to get you and your equipment to jobs.

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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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Seamless Gutters

Find your flow with a seamless gutter business.

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Seamless Gutters

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

Business Overview

Seamless rain gutters are quickly becomingthe eavestroughing of choice for most contractors, architects, andhomeowners simply because it’s inexpensive, quick to install, andavailable in a wide range of designer colors. The best aspect aboutstarting a seamless gutter service is the fact that it requires littleexperience.

There are no portable roll form machines available thatwill form the gutters in the desired profile right on the customer’sjob site. In a nutshell a coil of aluminum metal in the chosen colorisloaded into one end of the machine and the finished rain gutter comesout the other end.  Currently, gutter installation contractors arecharging in the range of $2.50 to $3.50 per linear foot of gutterinstalled, $1.50 per linear foot of downpipe installed, plus a premiumfor jobs that require extensive ladder work or have numerous inside andoutside corners. As a way to increase the average selling price, manygutter contractors also quote to install aluminum fascia and soffitwhile on the job site. Promote the products and services by way oftraditional print advertising and by establishing alliances with newhome contractors, renovation companies, and siding roofing contractors.Many gutter installation contractors work exclusively on a subcontractbasis for the above-mentioned companies.

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