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Paving Consultant

The right step for your future may be to start a paving consultant business.

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Paving Consultant

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Starting a full-scale paving contractingbusiness is extremely investment capital-intensive. However, starting abusiness as an independent paving consultant is a very inexpensivebusiness to get rolling, and can generate an income in excess of$100,000 per year.

Simply put, market and sell paving services, andsubcontract the paving to a qualified and well-equipped pavingcontractor while retaining 10 to 20 percent of the contract value. Doorknocking, word-of-mouth, and distributing door-hanger fliers throughoutthe community will best accomplish marketing a paving service.Additional income can be earned by providing a driveway sealingservice, and driveway sealing work can be subcontracted to a qualifiedcontractor. Maintaining yearly gross sales of $400,000 will produce apretax income of $40,000 to $80,000 per year.

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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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Fence Panels

Add the finishing touch to any yard or field by offering fence panels.

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Fence Panels

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

Almost all new wooden fences that are being installed today are constructed from prebuilt fence panels in 4-, 5-, and 6-foot heights. Typically these prebuilt fence panels are constructed from pressure treated wood or from cedar wood, and are available in a wide range of styles.
 
To get started building and selling fence panels you will need a homebased workshop, basic power and hand tools, and some design plans, but that’s about it. The fence panels can be sold to fence installation companies, landscape contractors, to do-it-yourself building centers, or directly to homeowners by placing advertisements in your local newspaper.Once established, and the manufacturing bugs have been worked out, there should be no problem averaging $20 to $30 per hour for building the fence panels.

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Mirror Installations

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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