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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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Small Engine Repair

Use engineering experience to rev-up a plan for this small business idea.

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Small Engine Repair

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

Mechanically inclined entrepreneurs have theopportunity to make fantastic full- or part-time cash repairing outdoorpower equipment and small engines, right from a fully equippedhomebased workshop, or from a small commercial storefront. Even if youdo not have previous small-engine repair experience, there are numerousschools offering in-class and correspondence small-engine repairtraining, such as the one listed below.

The list of equipment you canrepair is almost unlimited: lawn mowers, outboard motors, gas trimmers,lawn tractors, snowmobiles, snow blowers, leaf blowers, and chainsawsare only the tip of the iceberg. There are additional revenue sourcesas well. The first is to establish a certified-warranty repair depotfor outdoor power-equipment manufacturers. The second is to buysecondhand outdoor power equipment in need of repairs at dirt-cheapprices, fix it, and sell it for a profit right from your shop. And thethird additional revenue source is to rent outdoor power equipment andtools to local homeowners and contractors. Combine the three with therepair side of the business and you could easily generate in excess of$100,000 per year in sales.

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Door Installations

As soon as you close one door, you’ll be ready to install another.

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Door 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

Like windows, doors also rank number six as the most frequently completed home improvement renovation. Once again, modern manufacturing methods and materials have helped to fuel the desire for this type of home improvement.
 
Newly installed doors not only have better safety and insulation features, these doors are also highly attractive and can improve the appearance of the home for a relatively small investment. Due to the fact that this is a competitive industry, you may want to consider specializing in one particular type of door or become an exclusive agent or representative for one door manufacturer. Specialization in any industry will generally result in lower wholesale product costs and higher returns, in terms of both product and service demand. Do not overlook the apartment or condominium market for this product. Many of these buildings were constructed during the early 80s, while the construction industry was booming, and the quality of the doors at that time was very inferior to today’s doors.

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Handyman Service

If you’re good at fixing things, there’s always a need for a good handyman or handywoman.

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Handyman 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

Handyman services have been around for hundreds of years, and will continue to be around for hundreds more, simply because there is a demand for the service and this type of business venture can make money.
 
The business requires very little in terms of explanation. The main requirement for starting a handyman service is, of course, the fact that you have to be handy and a jack-of-all-trades. Currently, handyman billing rates are in the range of $20 to $35 per hour, plus materials and a markup on materials cost. The service can be promoted and marketed to both residential and commercial customers through all traditional advertising mediums, such as the yellow pages, home maintenance clubs, newspaper advertisements, and flier distribution.

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