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Can you see yourself being successful? All you have to do is look into a mirror.

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Mirror 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

Mirrors are required for just about everyresidential and commercial washroom application, and a mirror sales andinstallation business can easily be operated from a home garage. Allthat is required is a truck with a basic glass rack, a few tools andthe ability to cut glass (or hire an assistant who can cut the glass).

The current rate to install bathroom mirrors is in the range of $5 to$7 per square foot, while the wholesale cost of the mirror is only $2per square foot. Your math skills do not have to be good to know thatleaves around $4 per square foot just for installing the mirror.
Forexample, if the average installation job is four mirrors with anaverage size of nine-square feet per mirror, then this would leave youand a helper $150 for installing the mirrors, which would take about anhour to do. Once you have established the business, you can begin tomarket the services to commercial and residential constructioncompanies, and it should not take long to build up a solid customerbase.

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Home Maintenance and Repair

Keep clients’ homes in tip-top shape with a home maintenance and repair business.

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Home Maintenance and Repair

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’re the type who can (and likes to) do just about anything around the house–mend a leaky faucet, nail down those sagging shingles, paint a wall, unstick a sticking door, repair a broken cabinet or build a garbage can enclosure, then this might be just the business for you.
You’ll be on-call in your neighborhood for all those jobs that aren’t quite big enough to hire an expensive contractor but are beyond the homeowner’s expertise or time constraints. This is a business with room for growth: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Americans spent nearly $43 million on home maintenance and repairs in a single recent year. The advantages to this business are that you can work from home, you can start on a shoestring, you’re always doing something different, and it’s gratifying. People are delighted when you can save them money by doing the job yourself and appreciative of skills that they don’t possess. You’ll need a variety of home-repairs skills–everything from minor plumbing to minor electrical to painting and carpentry. You’ll want people skills because you’ll be dealing with a variety of personalities on their home turf, and a good sense of logistics to help you determine which jobs to schedule in what order.

The Market

Your customers will be mostly homeowners, but you can also target owners or managers of small apartment buildings or condominium complexes who don’t have a maintenance person on staff, and small shopkeepers and real estate agents who may need help with a vacant property. Deliver fliers detailing your services to potential customers by tucking them under doormats or making them into door hangers. (Don’t place them in mailboxes–the U.S. Postal Service gets very upset about this.) Place ads in your local newspaper and in your neighborhood Yellow Pages. For small-business commercial customers, hand-deliver fliers or brochures and explain your services. You may not get any takers the first time you visit, but don’t get discouraged. A repeat visit or two can often seal a deal.

Needed Equipment

In some states, you’ll need a contractor’s license, so be sure to check with your local contractor’s board or commerce department before you start. You’ll want to be bonded. And you’ll need the handyperson’s stock-in-trade: hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, grip vises, flashlights, a cordless saw, a stepstool and ladder, and paint brushes and rollers. You should also have a pager so customers can reach you during the day and a pickup truck for making house calls.

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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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