82 Home Improvement Business Ideas

People take pride in their homes, spending a great deal of time and money decorating the interior and beautifying and maintaining their properties. Home and garden businesses provide all of the services needed to help people build a warm and welcoming home.

Whether it's designing and executing creative landscaping solutions or selling a piece of antique furniture to a collector looking for the perfect piece, getting into the home and garden industry guarantees eager clients in search of your products or services.

One of the best parts of owning a home and garden business is that you can choose to work in a field in which you already have experience and passion. If you’re an avid gardener, opening a plant nursery or community garden will allow you to earn money doing what you love. If you’ve spent years working on a flooring business or general contracting business, you can use your skills to become your own boss.

Home and garden businesses also offer much flexibility when it comes to start up costs, size, and scope. Many businesses can start right from your home and grow organically over time. You may begin by upcycling furniture or make candles and selling your products online. Once you develop a solid customer base, you have the option to open a storefront and expand your business. Likewise, there are many services like house cleaning, tree trimming, or home remodeling that can begin at any level you wish and grow as much or as little as you choose.

Whatever your reason for wanting to operate a home and garden business, we’ve got a great list of ideas for you to choose from.

 

1. Air Duct Cleaning Business

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians are especially qualified for starting an air duct cleaning business, as they already have the technical knowledge that’s necessary to clean air ducts. Anyone who is mechanically inclined, however, can learn what they need to know about HVAC systems.

It also helps to be self-motivated, as business owners often are working by themselves when cleaning air ducts.

Finally, this is a business that can be started while working another job, as cleanings can be scheduled around other obligations. A business owner who has a traditional day job, for example, can perform cleanings during the evenings and on weekends.

2. Airbnb Business

An Airbnb business supplies guests with a place to stay within a person’s home. Many travelers are looking for lodging which is a little more personal and unique. Airbnb rentals offer a home feel, versus that of a hotel or motel. Guests may stay as short as one or two days or extended stays up to two weeks.

An Airbnb is a great way to add some extra income, especially if you have unused rooms or lots of space in your house. You will have guests staying in your home, so you should be comfortable talking and interacting with guests. Some homeowners, who travel often, will also rent out their homes when they are out of town. This allows them to receive income and have someone watching their home when they’re not around.

3. Antique Store

Your antique store may sell items online, in a booth at an antique mall, at craft fairs or flea markets, or in your own stand alone store front--or in a combination of all of those places. You will constantly procure new items for your store and work to resell quickly and at a profit. Most antique dealers specialize in a specific segment of antiques such as furniture, vintage jewelry, printed media, or even commercial signs.

If you have a passion for a beautifully crafted table or marvel at the function of an old butter churn, you have the first requirement of a successful antiques dealer. You must also have a burning desire to turn a profit and be able to let go of your carefully selected inventory quickly and without any sense of loss. This is above all else a means to make money.

4. Architecture Firm

Architecture firms may work for local, state, or national governments or for private companies that want to build buildings. They are engineering as well as design-driven and must solve many complex problems related to building structure as well as aesthetics. This business is needed today as competition in the country drives the need for expansion of infrastructure, business and, ultimately, new buildings and structures.

This business is perfect for individuals who love to work with their mind and have good attention to detail. Long hours are part of the job and companies that put in proposals for major projects don’t always hear back right away so business owners need to be good at managing cash flow.

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A bed and breakfast business offers travelers an alternative to hotels and motels, by combining sleeping quarters with a full breakfast. Most bed and breakfasts also promise more unique, intimate settings than other lodging options.

Anyone who enjoys hosting others may be well-suited for owning a bed and breakfast business, because guests come to B&Bs for a level of hospitality that hotels and motels don’t provide. Business owners should like talking with people, cooking meals, and making guests feel comfortable.

Business owners should have a flexible schedule, so they can meet guests during the day, and take care of any issues that arise at night. Additionally, they should plan on working anytime the bed and breakfast is open, which for a typical B&B is every day. They don’t usually close down for holidays because these are busy travel times, but some bed and breakfast owners take several weeks, sometimes even a month or more, off during the slow season.

Why we like this business:

A bed and breakfast is a great pursuit because it allows the owner to build a lucrative business around their unique personality and interests. A bed and breakfast is truly a reflection of its owner, so if you love to decorate, cook, and meet new people this business can be extremely rewarding. Your property may draw on the history of your area, create a relaxing retreat, or reflect your personal quirks. No matter what direction you go, there will be guests eager to spend their vacations on your unique property. Unlike the hotel business, owning a bed and breakfast allows you to get to know your guests on a much more personal level. This makes it easier to attract repeat clients. If you put in the work, your bed and breakfast can become a staple for travelers for years to come.

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6. Bonsai Tree Business

As a result of urban growth, and more people moving to the city where their yards are small (frequently only a balcony), the bonsai tree business has boomed.  There is a great appeal in owning tiny bonsai trees, which might be only 18" high instead of 60' high. Business owners can be very successful since both local sales and Internet sales are becoming extremely popular.

This is a wonderful business for gardeners, tree aficionados, stay-at-home workers, and lovers of miniature objects. Business owners can start off selling starter plants to earn a living while they grow two to five-year-old trained bonsai trees for a larger income. It's a great opportunity for someone who doesn't have a lot of space to work with. This is also a great opportunity for someone to combine their growing skills with their Internet sales skills.

7. Cabinet Making Business

Almost every building with a kitchen or bathroom has cabinets, which are made by cabinet making businesses.

With new buildings constantly being constructed and existing ones regularly being remodeled, there is a strong and steady demand for these businesses. According to IBISWorld, the cabinet and manufacturing industry has been growing at 5.2 percent annually over the past five years and brings in more than $16 billion each year in revenue.

Anyone who enjoys woodworking and has an eye for detail may enjoy running a cabinet making business. Making cabinets involves working hands-on with wood, but all measurements and cuts must be precise.

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Candlemakers are artisans who pay critical attention to the sensory aesthetics of their product line and pragmatic business people adept at enticing buyers through smart marketing strategies.

The ideal candlemaker should love the craft of candle making and have skills involved with sales and marketing. Candlemakers can begin modestly—in the kitchen and storage space of your home or apartment, and with a limited budget and inventory. Since candles are often thought to be commodity products, you must constantly seek ways of branding your line to differentiate yourself from competitors. Showcase your product line attractively through excellent image photography, a strong online presence and savvy sales skills.

Why we like this business:

A candle making business is great because it requires little overhead, can be run right from your home, and combines artistry with necessity. When it comes to operating your business, candle making offers a great deal of flexibility. While you can open a brick and mortar store, many start by selling online or at various craft and trade shows. This allows you to build a name for your business without the larger risk of investing in a storefront. There are also endless options when it comes to the type of product you make and who you market to. Depending on your personal interests or where you live you may sell to homeowners, hotels, interior designers, churches, or make bulk sales to chain stores. You can produce standard candles or create your own unique designs and scents.

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9. Carpentry Business

Carpentry businesses build, maintain, repair, or renovate residential and commercial buildings. Structural carpentry, such as framework, contributes to community safety by ensuring the structural integrity of homes and businesses. Finish carpentry, such as restoration of historical buildings, contributes to the environmental beauty and increased real estate values of the community.

A carpentry business is ideal for those who enjoy working with their hands and building things. It’s ideal for those who enjoy preserving and restoring historic landmarks as well as creating new ones for future generations. Those who take pride in their work and a sense of satisfaction in helping customers utilize space more effectively will enjoy this type of business.

10. Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Business

Just about everybody with carpeting can require deep-cleaning services at one time or another. This includes private homes as well as commercial and public spaces. The same equipment used to clean carpets can also be used on upholstery and in cars, boats and anywhere else carpeted or fabric surfaces can be found. As the business owner, you’ll either make contact with customers directly or through a bevy of contractors who’ll bring you customers: caterers, restaurateurs, hotel culinary contacts, wedding planners and party and event planners.

Organization, sales ability and customer dedication are key. You must be able to promote your business and sell your services, supervise your people in the field and handle complaints. You should also have patience, since employee turnover can be high. That means you’ll need to regularly train new workers and supervise them in the field to make sure the job gets done right every time.

11. Carpet Store

A carpet store sells, repairs and sometimes cleans carpets. They may sell rugs and designer carpets as well. Carpets are either sold for a flat fee and installed by the business, or are priced by square foot / square yard. 

Those who have experience with flooring, home maintenance, and carpet installations are great carpet store owners. A carpet store owner should have a keen eye for quality carpets, and they should be good at gathering resources, talking to customers, and managing resources

Additionally, a carpet store owner should understand which carpets pair well with area rugs, hardwood, cork surfaces, bamboo surfaces, and wall solutions. A good owner will have a solid marketing strategy, be good at locating vendors and prioritize differentiation.

12. Chimney Sweep Business

A chimney sweep business is a business which makes money by sweeping and cleaning fireplaces and chimneys. Normally, several workers service homes, apartment complexes and businesses. Chimney sweeping is pretty cheap to conduct, and chimney sweep owners can generally make a large profit by charging healthy costs. Chimney sweeps are done on a job-to-job basis, and owners can adjust prices depending on a project’s length and difficulty.

The chimney sweeping business is great for any construction or industrial worker who can cope with danger. A chimney sweep needs to be educated on the art of sweeping, and they need to be knowledgeable about safety before performing duties.

The chimney sweep business is also great for anyone who loves servicing and cleaning homes. Commercial cleaners also make great chimney sweeps. A chimney sweep business can be self-run, so the owner doesn’t necessarily need management knowledge.

13. Cleaning Business

This business operates through individual cleaning service contracts between the company and an individual or business. Customers can be either residential, commercial, or both. A cleaning service exists to help ease the burden of cleaning and maintainenance for a client, whether it is an office, industrial building, or a home.

This is an ideal business for an individual with an eye for detail and a strong work ethic. Cleaners also should be comfortable performing manual labor for many hours, since this is a job that requires you be on your feet all day. Entrepreneurs who start this kind of business also tend to work long hours and interact with a lot of different personality types.

14. Clock Repair Business

Despite the recent influx of smartwatches, people have continued to show a strong preference for old-fashioned clocks. These are clocks that need regular maintenance and occasionally break down, requiring a professional to fix them.

Clock repair businesses service worn-out and malfunctioning clocks. The industry has traditionally been dominated by older men, who are now retiring and leaving opportunities for young business owners. Many established businesses report backlogs of six weeks up to one year, which shows that there is demand for this type of work.

Anyone who appreciates clocks and is mechanically gifted may like owning a clock repair service business. Having a passion for clocks helps business owners connect with customers and maintain enthusiasm for the work. A mechanical inclination is necessary because clocks that need to be serviced are intricate machines.

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A community garden is an area of land on which members of the community can grow and harvest plants. Today’s community garden businesses rent out small, pre-specified portions of the garden to interested parties. Gardeners can plant flowers, crops, and similar plants. A lot of community gardens are watched by volunteer employees. Many have dedicated members, too. Because a community garden is a “group effort,” they often have in-depth membership criteria while offering a variety of membership options.

Any individual who enjoys gardening, running a garden, planting or harvesting crops is perfect for a community garden. Individuals who live in urban areas, too, are a good fit. Because community gardens can exist in urban or rural areas, those who thrive in crowded areas may find a home in a community garden. A successful community garden owner loves exploring the many variations of seeds, plants, and gardening options. Additionally, community garden owners can become part of The American Community Garden Association.

Why we like this business:

A community garden is great because it allows garden lovers to make a living while providing a valuable service to their community. A community garden can also be almost anything you set out to create. You may build a simple vegetable garden where community members can browse for fresh produce, or you can create a whole ecosystem of plants, animals, and insects where people can spend the day learning about bee hives or different plant species. There is a demand for fresh food and green space almost everywhere, so no matter where you live you can find a room for a garden. While there is work involved in getting started, by nature a community garden is a group activity that attracts others interested in helping and learning.

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16. Compost Business

A composting business helps keep the community clean by composting leaves and recyclable organic materials. From this raw material, compost is created, which can then be sold to consumers or used on farms or in residential areas. Composting businesses typically operate out of a large facility where the composting takes place. They may pick up other people’s compost for a fee, or accept drop-offs for a fee.

This business is perfect for individuals who are passionate about the environment and want to do their part to recycle organic materials for future use. Business owners who get into this business should also have a passion for learning about how composting works.

17. Countertop Business

Countertops are difficult to install. More importantly: They’re heavy. It takes professional skill, planning, and tools to install, remove, or repair a countertop. Because the homeowner decides on a countertop’s style, materials, and installation needs, services geared towards custom schedules are incredibly valued. Normally, countertop business operators are incredibly skilled maintenance workers. They understand home repairs, style needs and safety requirements.

Skilled craftsmen flock to countertop businesses, and for good reason: They’re expressive, they hold many opportunities, and they give contractors the freedom they seek, work-wise. Independent workers who love stone-crafting, interior design, repair work, and hands-on work are fantastic marble and granite contractors. While countertops needn’t be made of fine materials, a lot of countertop contractors love the artistic aspects of installation.

18. Custom Treehouse Business

Since the beginning of time, trees have been used by humans as a form of shelter. In more modern times, treehouses have become fun places for children and even adults to spend their time. Tree house builders design and build treehouse structures in trees. This includes everything from a child’s tree house fort, complete with zip lines and rope bridges, all the way up to small family homes.

Individuals with a sound understanding of tree growth patterns, structural engineering, and a construction background are often a great fit for this type of business. Those who possess this knowledge and who enjoy being one with nature become the best candidates.

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A deck building business specializes in the construction of outdoor decks and patios for customers.

A deck building business requires knowledge in carpentry, electrical, and sometimes plumbing construction. Experience in creating customer estimates and communication skills are also necessary to become and stay successful. The individual who enjoys working with his/her hands and in natural elements would be best fit for this profession.

Why we like this business:

Deck building businesses are great because they offer a specialized service that appeals to a wide range of customers. Decks can be installed on homes of almost any style and size, so no matter where you start your business, there will be a good base of clients available. If you’re a contractor looking to break out on your own, deck building is a great option. Because of its narrow focus, the tools and materials needed will be limited and you can start with a small team. You may wish to remain small, but as you earn a positive reputation in your community there will be great potential for growth.

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20. Electrician Business

Electrician businesses focus primarily on servicing electrical systems in homes and businesses. Because it is a trade business, it is highly specialized. Furthermore, local and state governments typically restrict non-tradesmen from working on electrical systems. Due to these factors, skilled electricians are typically in high demand.

This business is right for individuals who are good with their hands, have good people skills, are good at solving complex conceptual and mechanical problems, and can work in a variety of different environments. To own and operate an electrician business, you must also be a skilled electrician. Most business owners are master electricians who have studied for many years as an apprentice.

21. Estate Sale Company

Estate sale companies are also sometimes known as estate liquidation or tag sale companies. The purpose of the business is to undertake all responsibilities for finding buyers, in a single or multi-day event, for most of the possessions in a home or business. Clients typically deal with estate sale companies when they want to quickly dispose of the contents of an estate, possibly due to the death of loved ones, divorce or simply to expedite a quick relocation.

You should be able to ascertain the true value of furniture, art, antiques, collectibles, electronics, books, household appliances, office equipment and other paraphernalia of an estate in transition. Sometimes this will mean taking time to research sale items for hidden value or proper pricing. You should also be able to sell yourself and your company to three separate market segments:

  • The clients whose estates you’ll liquidate
  • Referrers such as real estate agents and probate attorneys, who can recommend you to their clients who might become your clients
  • The buyers who’ll attend your estate sales

These are three very different audiences, and all must be approached in very different ways. You might find buyers by placing ads in local media and in connecting with individuals who regularly buy estate items, whereas you could meet your referrers while networking in more professional settings.

And finally, you must have the organizational and crowd control skills to create and manage the sale, lead a team, and work well under pressure.

22. Fence Company

A fence installation company contracts with clients to perform a number of services. Contracts are negotiated based on the measurements of the area to be fenced, the materials used, the degree of difficulty, and the amount of time and labor required.

This business is ideal for people who enjoy working outdoors and helping people increase the security, beauty and functionality of their property.

23. Floor Installation Business

A floor installation businesses services homes and commercial property by installing, removing, and performing maintenance on the area’s flooring. Successful floor installation companies offer a wide range of flooring options, including linoleum, wood and tiles. Covering residential homes, apartments, small shops and—in some cases—large stores, a floor installation business possesses the many skills needed to cover any property’s needs.

Previous floor installation contractors are perfect fits for floor installation management. Someone with technical installation experience, maintenance experience, or electrical experience may find the job to be a good fit. That said, a successful floor installation business owner will have excellent management, financial, and marketing skills. Ideally, they’ll be similarly skilled in governing others, reaching out to potential customers, and handling ongoing projects.

24. Flower Shop

Owning a flower shop typically involves renting a space from which you will sell floral arrangements. Owners purchase these arrangements at wholesale price and resell them to consumers for a profit.

Florists provide cut flowers and floral arrangements for all these occasions. They not only offer people beautiful flowers, but they help arrange flowers so they look good and make recommendations if customers aren’t sure of what to get.

People who love flowers and have an eye for beauty are well-suited to open a flower shop business. The business involves a mixture of quiet hours, preparing flowers alone, and time meeting with customers. Because customers may come into a floral shop at any time of day, it’s difficult to run a floral business while working another day job.

25. Furniture Store

Your furniture store may focus on less expensive pieces created by massive factories or cater to an wealthier customer seeking unique designs built specifically for their home or business. Some stores include lighting fixtures, electronics, appliances, and outdoor furniture, and they may offer design services.

If you enjoy the ever changing landscape of home design, working with the public, and enjoy the challenge of building a profitable business, a furniture store may be the right option for you.

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Part of upcycling can be simple refurbishment, and part of it is re-styling it. New covers, new coats of paint, and other new changes can make something old and worn down into something chic and modern. The business also scales nicely, letting you grow from a solo operation to a team, if necessary.

This business is great for veterans of yard sales and thrift shops—basically, anyone with a good eye for finding surprising items at low prices. It's also good for those with an eye for style and design, so you are able to see not just what the worn down furniture is but what it could be after some modifications. Finally, it's good for those with sales experience, as the job may involve a lot of individual interaction with a variety of customers.

Why we like this business:

Furniture upcycling businesses are great because they are extremely low risk ventures with the potential for huge rewards. Starting a furniture upcycle business involves little more than purchasing an old piece of furniture and putting your talents to work refurbishing it. If this is something you love and excel at, investing some time and money in designing a great website and marketing yourself is all you need to get your business going. This is also an extremely flexible job since you choose when, where, and how much to work. You may want to devote your full attention to finding and turning out multiple pieces each week, or you may work on one or two items at a time during spare moments. While growth potential is limited, those with true talent and good marketing skills can make some impressive profits turning trash into treasures.

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27. Garage Door Installation and Repair Business

Garage door installation and repair businesses specialize in new garage door installations and replacement and/or repairs of existing systems.

Those individuals with experience in residential and commercial construction, retail sales of garage doors, or any combination of these attributes will find themselves at an advantage in this industry. Additionally, physical strength and agility are important, as well as the ability to talk to customers in a professional and personable manner.

28. Glass Blowing Business

Art comes in all forms. A glassblower uses techniques that have been around since the first century BC, shaping the glass into their creative vision. They sell their work in online stores and local galleries. Many also take on commissioned work.

Glassblowing is perfect for the individual who likes to work alone to turn their creative visions into works of art. It requires hard work, innovative instincts, and an entrepreneurial spirit. If you exhibit these qualities, glassblowing might be the career for you.

29. Greenhouse Business

Homeowners, business owners, and even some apartment tenants shop at greenhouses. These businesses typically sells plants, flowers, vegetables, seeds and items related to gardening/landscaping.

If you have a “green thumb”, this is the ideal business. You should have an in-depth knowledge of flowers, plants, vegetables, seeds, and gardening equipment. Furthermore, you should have a passion for cultivating everything green. The best greenhouse business owners understand the intricacies of growing plants, flowers, produce, and just about everything else that comes out of the ground.

30. Handyman Business

A handyman business offers a variety of home repair services, based on their skill set and the customer’s needs. This can include, but is not limited to, both interior and exterior trade skills, maintenance, and repair.

If you are in great physical condition and are ready to take on a career that allows you to set your own hours and be your own boss, starting a handyman business might be the perfect fit. In addition to having the knowledge and skills to repair and replace household items, a passion for helping others would help ensure your new career takes off.

31. Hardware Store

A hardware store typically sells hand and power tools, building materials, fasteners, keys, locks, hinges, chains,electrical supplies, plumbing supplies, cleaning products, housewares, utensils, and paint. They’re designed for DIY consumers and handymen (as well as tradesmen) who need a place to source supplies for projects.

This type of business is usually attractive to handymen, tradesmen, and those who enjoy home improvement activities. The owner should be able to advise customers on purchases and have experience with the products being sold in the store.

Long hours aren’t always necessary, but weekends might be. Having a flexible schedule helps, especially during the first few years of operation.

32. Herb Farm

In 2016, for the first time, Americans spent more money eating out than on groceries. During the same year, we paid more than a staggering 110 billion dollars for food in this country. Whether we are cooking at home or going out to eat, it is clear we love to eat and we are willing to pay for it. Entrepreneurs who are interested in farming can earn a good living by supplying fresh culinary herbs to restaurants, retail stores, and directly to consumers.

Starting an herb farm is a great business for anyone who is interested in farming. One of the great things about herb farming is owners do not need acres and acres of land or even operate their herb farm full-time to be profitable. A small herb farm makes a wonderful part-time business for stay-at-home persons, a retired couple, or even a dedicated high-school student.

33. Home Automation Business

Also known as a smart home business, a home automation business uses technologies like sensors, Internet and automation control to create a centralized, digital system for homes. Normally, this system helps homeowners control the lighting, home security and HVAC services. It can also power the dryer, dishwasher and entertainment electronics.

A home automation business can also offer consultations and services to homeowners, helping them pick the best automation system for their home. Often, the business installs the system for them.

The home automation business is great for any tech-minded individual who wants to create ongoing relationships with homeowners. A great job for computer gurus, smart-technology-lovers and even HVAC workers, the home automation business is a high-tech job for those who understand the ins and outs of home operation.

Having a background in electrical engineering, programming, design or mechanical engineering helps. Management skills, too, are important. A home automation business owner will need to be a good people person, so as to help clients pick the best system.

34. Home Health Care Business

Many people will, at some point in their life, need help with basic daily tasks. Simple things, like cooking, shopping, cleaning and going to appointments, can be challenging for elderly seniors, people with chronic medical conditions and patients recovering from surgery. A home care business helps people who need living assistance. In many cases, the services that a business provides are crucial to keeping clients in their homes.

While home care businesses help people of all ages, many of their clients are seniors. As the Baby Boomer generation ages, the industry is expected to grow significantly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 17 percent job growth for nursing assistants and 38 percent growth for home health aides through 2024, both of which are “much faster than average.” (Not all home care business owners have these certifications, but many people with these certifications work within the industry.)

Anyone who is interested in helping others may be well-suited for starting a home care business. Business owners often spend a lot of time with their clients, and being able to build relationships is important. Patience and compassion are also vital, as some clients may be difficult to work with at times.

Additionally, business owners should be self-disciplined and organized. They’re often expected to help with multiple tasks that have to be prioritized.

35. Home Inspection Business

A home inspector performs a thorough inspection of both the interior and exterior of homes and provides clients with detailed written reports of their findings as well as recommendations for any necessary repairs. Many times the inspector will suggest that the individual hire an expert to get a more qualified opinion if there are tell-tale signs of damage.

This business is ideal for those who want to increase home safety by educating homebuyers about any potential dangers or future expenses.

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In the rental property industry, entrepreneurs invest in one or more single family homes. These income-producing properties are either self-managed by the owner or by a property management company. Owners lease their rental units out to tenants in exchange for rental fees.

Many people are drawn to this business venture, as they recognize the short and long-term value of investing in real estate. Through their tenants’ rent payments, owners are able to successfully manage each property’s mortgage and expenses, while building equity and further expanding their portfolio. Those with discipline and a sound business plan are able to reach their passive income goals on schedule and under budget. This business is not right for everyone, however. Successful home rental business owners must be confident enough to take investment risks and disciplined in saving money, both for additional investments and to ensure their current investments are properly maintained.

Why we like this business:

While running a home rental business is not for the faint of heart, for those with the right personality, drive, and business savvy this can be an extremely profitable pursuit. One of the great things about owning a home rental business is the flexibility to determine the size and scope of your business. You may start out renting your own property after a move and find you enjoy the extra income enough to invest in an additional property. Many choose to stay small, renting just a few local properties. However, with a home rental business the sky's the limit. If you have the funds, investment know how, and commitment needed, you can grow your business across the country or even the world.

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37. Home Security Business

Home security companies install and maintain security systems. Some companies charge an hourly rate only, while others charge hourly and flat-fees based on whether they have to travel to the customer’s location. Most security companies hire a team of electricians to perform installations. Owners are either electricians themselves or have a deep understanding of the trade.

This business is ideal for people who want to work flexible hours but can also work odd hours. You must have a special interest in home and personal security, understand how various security systems can be defeated, and how to install systems so that they resist detection by criminals. This business can only be run by those with high ethical standards, as strict licensing is required, and for the obvious fact that the security business exposes a home or business’s vulnerabilities.

38. Home Staging Business

The real estate market is very competitive. Homeowners who want to sell their property for the highest price need to present it in the best possible way to potential buyers. That is where a home staging business can help. A home staging business helps homes appeal to ideal buyers by creating interior design which highlights the home's strengths and minimizes its flaws.

Owning a home staging business is an ideal full or part-time business for creative people looking for a business they can run from home or a small office. Due to the nature of the industry, owners of a home staging business need to have a flexible schedule. Late nights and working during the weekends is typical. Some of the work may involve moving heavy furniture and other physical activities.

39. Home Theater Installation Business

A home theater installation business specializes in setting up the assorted audio and video equipment for individual home theaters. Many such businesses branch out and offer their services to organizations such as schools, businesses, universities, and churches that may also need such specialized assistance. In this way, such a business can almost immediately assert itself as a vital component of the community.

Obviously, this business is great for individuals who have a love and an aptitude for setting up things like big screen TVs and surround sound theater systems. It's also good for a “people person,” as you will be working with members of every demographic within your community. Finally, it's good for those who often shop for these kinds of materials online: being able to make recommendations for where customers can buy equipment they want at competitive prices can really help set your business apart.

40. House Flipping Business

House flippers buy outdated homes at a heavy discount, fix them up, and then sell them for a profit. The buyer may choose to complete the work themselves, or hire a team to complete the job.

People with a passion for real estate and home improvement will do well in this business. Flippers need to understand how to make a home conform to what buyers in that area are looking for at any given time. They should also be highly organized, deadline-driven, and efficient.

41. House Painting Business

A house painting business owner has the opportunity to utilize a great many skills and perform a wide variety of duties. Responsibilities include estimating the cost of jobs, scheduling, creating contracts, advertising, and providing customer service. Depending on the terms of the contract, a painting contractor might also be expected to choose materials and mix colors. Depending on the size of the business, they may also either manage employees or engage the services of other independent contractors.

A house painting business is a good choice for people who enjoy home improvement projects and prefer a greater degree of physical activity than many jobs provide. Preserving and restoring buildings to their former beauty is a valuable and highly appreciated community service. Flexible hours, low overhead, and the opportunity to develop new skills while earning as much as your own energy level permits are all factors that make this a desirable business choice for many people.

42. House Sitting Business

House sitting is a service offered to customers who are out of town or otherwise away from the home. House sitters may look after pets, plants, or just the home itself. House sitters help the community in a number of ways. They can ward off criminals by simply being in the house, and they keep cats and dogs from having to be put into kennels.

This business is good for those who want to maintain people’s homes while they’re away. Ideally, house sitters should be animal lovers who know how to take care of a variety of different types of dogs and cats.

House sitting can also be excellent for those who travel a lot, and don’t want to pay for a place to stay. However, travelers need to be prepared to put in some real effort if they wish to make this their side business. To succeed in house sitting, a person also needs to spend a good amount of time in the house.

43. Hydroponic Farm Business

A hydroponic farm business grows and sells plants, vegetables, grass, and other forms of greenery to businesses and individuals. Examples of such businesses include grocery stores and restaurants. The twist to this style of business is water solvent is used to grow the plants rather than soil. Hydroponic farm businesses are usually located indoors. In many instances, these indoor environments are greenhouses. This business is an excellent way to give back to the community. Hydroponic farm business owners provide people with high-quality, nutritious, and tasty produce. These businesses also grow lovely flowers and other forms of greenery that beautify the local community. Furthermore, hydroponic farm businesses benefit the local environment as they are environmentally-friendly compared to conventional methods of farming.

If you are looking for a way to improve the health and well-being of your community, starting a hydroponic farm business is worth your time, effort and money. Local buyers will certainly appreciate the opportunity to buy produce, flowers, and other aesthetically pleasing forms of greenery from a hydroponic farm that doesn't damage the local environment. If you have any sort of interest in growing food or plants and would like to do so in a manner that is environmentally-friendly, a hydroponic farm is perfect for you.

44. Hydroponics Store

Growing plants hydroponically eliminates the need for soil, so it can be done anywhere. Many gardeners are getting into this form of gardening to grow plants they otherwise wouldn’t be able to. In order to grow plants hydroponically, gardeners need specialized equipment and supplies. Hydroponics stores sell the specialized equipment and supplies that hydroponic gardeners need.

According to IBISWorld, the hydroponics growing equipment stores industry has an annual revenue of $654 million and has been growing hat a rate of over 8 percent. There aren’t any companies with a dominant market share, leaving plenty of opportunities for new businesses.

Anyone who enjoys growing plants and talking with people may enjoy running a hydroponics store business. Having a passion for gardening makes selling hydroponics equipment more rewarding. Customers often are looking for advice on or have questions about hydroponics, which is why being a good people person is important.

45. Interior Design Business

Interior designers have a deep understanding of human psychology, especially as it relates to how people react with a specific interpretation of interior design and physical space. An interior design firm may work on many different types of environments that can be created inside a building. Examples are office spaces in a corporate skyscraper, luxury hotels, fine homes, museums, and even churches. Typically, designers will specialize in either commercial or residential interior design, though some firms do both.

The people who work as interior designers have an in-depth understanding of color usage, textures, furniture styles, artwork, lighting, fashion trends, eco-materials, indoor plants, and a whole range of other things that can be used as design elements for interior spaces. They need to be very good at dealing with people, including clients that can be quite difficult and workers that make mistakes on occasion. Their main talent is aligning their own view of what the interior space will be made to look like with the client’s preferences and needs, so that both are very satisfied with the results.

46. Kitchen Supplies Store

Kitchen supplies stores sell cooking-related items like silverware, dishes, and cookware to everyday people, restaurant owners, culinary institutes, and others.

This business is ideal for people who have a passion for food and cooking. If you have worked in a restaurant, are an excellent cook, or simply desire to be involved in a food-related business, opening a kitchen supplies store is an excellent idea. After all, people will always need to eat, and the vast majority of food requires preparation of some sort. Kitchen supplies are necessary for that preparation.

47. Landscape Design Business

Like landscaping, landscape architecture is a seasonal business; however, there is an important different between the two. Most landscapers provide clients with basic lawn services that help keep the property well-groomed. On the other hand, landscape architects are primarily concered with the design and layout of a lawn, such as where to place ponds, flower-beds, patios, and stone walkways. A good landscape architect can dramatically increase the value of a property.

This is very much a hands-on business. Business owners who start a landscape architect business should be very good with math and comfortable working around computers. A lot of the designer's job is spent at a desk. However, many architects make it out into the field with the contractors and so they must be comfortable working with their hands and getting dirty.

48. Landscape Supply Business

A landscape supply business offers landscaping materials, tools, and plants for commercial and residential applications.

Individuals with experience in residential or commercial landscaping may find this a logical career move. Backgrounds in horticulture or business management will also prove beneficial. This type of business requires you to also be able to work physical labor, sometimes in less than favorable outside conditions.

49. Lawn Care Business

A lawn care business offers the services of cutting grass lawns, trimming around the edges, removal of debris, and maintenance of turf, which includes fertilization, weed control, and pest control. Most lawn care businesses offer regular service on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly schedule depending on the maintenance needs of the customers. Services may be offered to residential customers, commercial customers, or both.

The people who succeed in this business enjoy working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. The temperature varies depending on the seasons. At times during the summer, it may be very hot in certain locations. This work requires enough physical strength and stamina to be able to lift heavy equipment in and out of a pickup truck and to push the lawn cutting equipment around the yard.

People who are friendly and like to talk with people usually are more likely to get customers. It helps to have a good eye for details and to be meticulous in the maintenance work in order to do a good job that customers appreciate.

50. Lumber Yard

A lumber yard sells construction materials to building contractors and property owners for renovations or new building structures. As the owner of a lumber yard you will stock a wide variety of wood cut down into popular sizes. Other materials you may stock include wallboard, hardware, roofing materials, and fencing. You will likely offer services to cut wood down to required lengths for your customers and make deliveries to job sites.

An individual with solid business knowledge and skills will do well managing a lumber yard business. Knowledge and experience of building materials, procedures, and operations will allow you to anticipate the needs of your target customer base.

51. Mortgage Brokerage Business

Buying a home or owning a business is a dream many people have. But, getting a loan to buy that home, a piece of land, or an office building can be difficult. Lenders don't always want to talk to a small business owner or even a renter looking for a home. A mortgage brokerage business acts as a middleman between the borrower and the lender and can often negotiate deals with lenders that the borrower couldn't do on his or her own.

Owning a mortgage brokerage business is not for everyone. You need to have a special affinity for numbers and finance. It also helps to have at least a basic understanding of the banking industry, and specifically the mortgage industry. You should be detail oriented and good with numbers. You also should have a passion for helping people. The mortgage business is highly commoditized. The most successful brokerages are those that build relationships with their clientele.

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There are few businesses that will always be in demand. A moving company falls under that category. Whether it’s across town or across the country, consumers hire moving services for packing and transporting their household items on a daily basis.

If your entrepreneurial spirit is looking for an industry that is stable in any market, starting a moving company is a sound choice. While you’ll need a few things to get started, the overall start-up costs are fairly low. And, since almost 80% of moves are in-town, the overhead costs are even lower. The job does require some heavy lifting, but the interaction with clients and personnel ensure no two days are alike.

Why we like this business:

Moving companies are great because they have a low start up cost and offer a service with extremely broad appeal. No matter where you start your business, people will be moving and looking for ways to make their moves easier. A trustworthy moving company that can save customers much of the hassle involved in moving can be a life saver. This business can easily start small, with little overhead, and grow over time as you establish a good reputation in your area. Many people avoid moving companies because they fear their belongings will be lost, stolen, or damaged. Simply making an effort to get the job done right and earn people’s trust can give you a huge leg up against your competition. Because the overhead is low, you can work as much or as little as you like, building a schedule that fits your lifestyle and goals.

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53. Pest Control Service

Just about every building has bugs or rodents of some sort. Pest control businesses eliminate or significantly reduce the presence of these pests with chemicals and other treatments. Pest control businesses treat homes, businesses, schools, government buildings and structures of other varieties.

This business is ideal for those who are comfortable working in the vicinity of a considerable number of insects, rodents and other animals. It is also ideal for those who are comfortable using potentially harmful chemical treatments to eliminate pests. If you have a passion for cleanliness and pest removal, launching a pest control business is worth your consideration.

54. Pet Waste Removal Business

A pet waste removal business eliminates pet waste from customers' yards. This is an essential service that beautifies properties, improves cleanliness, and reduces the chances of illness. Though most pet waste removal business owners remove dog waste from yards, services can extend to emptying cat litter boxes and the waste spaces of other animals.

If you are looking to make a positive impact on the environment and animals, a pet waste removal business is for you. This is your chance to eliminate unsightly and potentially dangerous animal waste. Your services will add to the visual appeal and safety of local properties. If you have a passion for animals and cleanliness, this is the ideal business.

55. Pet-sitting Business

Pet sitting businesses offer pet owners a variety of animal care services, including exercising their pets while they are at work. They also provide an affordable alternative to boarding pets at a kennel during vacations or business trips. Being able to remain in their own home environment can reduce separation anxiety for both pets and their owners.

This illustrated Field Guide to Pet Sitting is a cute and humorous overview of what it takes to be a stellar pet sitter.

This is a great business for animal lovers who enjoy walking and staying active. It’s ideal for people who prefer lower stress levels, since spending time with pets has been shown to reduce stress. Those who are compassionate and responsible, yet prefer to work alone and be their own bosses as well as make their own schedules thrive in this type of business.

56. Piano Tuning Business

Piano tuners are generally mobile service technicians that complete simple repairs and routine tuning for a wide variety of pianos at the piano owner's home, business, or school. They are knowledgeable in the construction of pianos, and they can repair felt, keys, minor wood damage, and replace wire as needed to maintain action and sound.  Pianos used in a commercial or academic setting can be tuned after being moved or on a regular four month, six month, or yearly basis. It is a service that relies on the tuning technician’s expertise and experience.

If you are an individual with a great appreciation for the function, construction, and general maintenance of fine instruments, as well as a basic understanding of music, this business may be a good fit for you. Generally, piano tuning businesses are one-man operations, so you must enjoy working alone and you must be self-motivated.

57. Picture Framing Business

Everyone that buys a painting or has a nice photograph or a portrait made of their family may also need to have that work framed. Framing requires a specialized skill set that includes having craft-person talents, the ability to do simple carpentry, to know how to safely run a table saw, and have a good eye for pleasing aesthetic designs. You will need to understand color combinations and how to make a painting or a photo nicely framed to fit in well with the intended surroundings.

People drawn to this business have a keen aesthetic eye for the details that make a framed item attractive. They also like to interface with the public and encourage their customers’ personal style and expression in how a customer wants something framed. A custom framing shop is all about serving others to help them make their decorative ideas come true.

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A plant nursery grows plants from seeds or saplings to the size that most gardeners, landscapers, or larger retail distributors desire for installation into lawns, backyard gardens, floral borders, and other indoor or outdoor areas.

A successful nursery offers a wide variety of young plants to their customers who purchase the plants individually or in bulk quantities. The quality, selection, and size of the products produced by the nursery will be dictated by the demographics of their location. Often, a nursery’s selection is also influenced by business relationships the owner has established with major landscaping businesses. Some nurseries will specialize in trees, decorative growing art such as bonsai, or water features and associated plant life. Additional services often offered by some nurseries include garden design, hardscaping supplies, and mulch/soil delivery.

This business is best suited for someone who enjoys learning about and practicing the cultivation of plants. Nursery owners should also like sharing this knowledge with others. The right person for the job will also have solid business skills, an appreciation for the agricultural life, and a real interest in providing information and support for their local gardeners.

Why we like this business:

Plant nurseries are great because they can be built around your personal passion for gardening. A plant nursery takes a good amount of time and money to get started, but if you’re able to make the investment it can be an extremely rewarding business to run. You can shape your business around your customer base, appealing to residential homeowners, city dwellers, commercial clients, or professional landscapers depending on your location and what type of plants you want to cultivate. You may choose to operate a small specialized shop, a large garden center, or grow flowers in your home garden and greenhouse for sale at weekend markets. If you have a passion for plants and want to share beauty with the world, a plant nursery can be a rewarding endeavor.

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59. Plumbing Business

The plumbing business is a necessary business because consumers and businesses generally are incapable of maintaining their own plumbing systems. Plumbers ensure that potable and sewer water pipes are well-maintained and up to local building codes. Customers are usually living in residential properties. However, some plumbers obtain corporate or commercial contracts and work exclusively with businesses.

This business is ideal for individuals who enjoy working with their hands, aren’t afraid to get dirty, and have flexible work hours. Some plumbers are called into a job site on emergencies and must work late or even work on weekends. Plumbers, and a plumbing company, may also have to work on holidays.

60. Poison Ivy Removal Business

A poison ivy removal business charges clients to remove poison ivy and other poisonous plants from those customers' homes and yards. This service is valuable for keeping the community safe and the business can be run from home, making it attractive to many entrepreneurs.

This business is perfect for those with a lot of poison ivy or poisonous plant removal experience. This may include avid gardeners and even hikers who are familiar with the identification of, removal of, and treatment for various poisonous plants.

61. Pool Cleaning Business

People all over the United States like to go swimming, and many of them head to a swimming pool when they want to take a dip. Keeping the many swimming pools in the country clean and operating properly is major business. According to IBISWorld, the swimming pool cleaning services industry is a $3 billion industry. With no single company dominating the industry, there’s plenty of opportunity for new business owners who are interested starting up a business that cleans and services pools.

Anyone who enjoys working with their hands and being outside may enjoy running a pool service business. It also helps to be self-motivated, as business owners spend much of their time working alone while cleaning pools, and personable, because owners frequently see their customers when cleaning pools.

62. Pool Installation Business

A pool installation business builds pools for residential homes, commercial properties and living communities. Some also conduct pool repairs, check-ups and removals. Today’s pool installation businesses use a wealth of tools, skills and methods to install, repair and even remove pools. Primarily serving households, pool installation businesses also build pools for larger communities. They’re capable of creating custom pools while adhering to community and city guidelines to ensure the safety of those using the pool.

A pool installation business is ideal for any worker who enjoys working with their hands, conducting services outdoors or who loves swimming pools. Any hands-on contractor who’s had work as a pool technician may wish to take matters into their own hands, making money while installing high-demand luxury items in homes and communities alike.

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Many potters dream of turning their talents into a full-time business venture; of ditching the suit and corporate world to spend their days in the studio creating pieces that will bring joy to others for years to come. Such a business leaves the soul fulfilled and offers the opportunity to interact with other artists within the community.

Being able to craft a quality clay piece is only half the challenge. You must also possess the creativity and drive to continuously seek out new avenues for displaying and selling your work. An artist who has a knack for self promotion and networking amongst other artists and clients is an ideal match.

Why we like this business:

Pottery businesses are great because they can be structured differently to suit how you want your business to be run. If you want to involve other people, you can open a pottery studio that allows people to come in and create their own works of pottery for a fee, or you can simply create and sell your own pottery if a more social business isn’t your thing. Pottery businesses also allow you to express your artistic talents by creating pottery for people who love to purchase and display your works of art.

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64. Pressure Washing Business

Pressure washing is more effective in removing dirt and grime than other methods of cleaning. This service is highly valued by customers who want to improve the appearance of the exterior of their home or building. Pressure washing helps extend the life of a building and its finishes.

Those who are comfortable using high-pressure washing equipment and enjoy helping their clients make things look sparkling clean and new are best suited to this type of business. Ideal owners are those who enjoy cleaning things for people and who have a nice personality that is friendly and attracts more clientele after a job is done well.

65. Property Management Business

Property management is exciting because there is always something that needs to be done. Normal maintenance can be scheduled; however, pipes may break in the middle of the night and emergencies can come up frequently. A property owner (landlord) can act as a property manager, or he or she can hire a professional property management company to take on full or partial responsibility for the management of a property or properties. The goal of a property management company is to reduce risks and maximize income for the property owners.

Your company will be on-call 24/7 and you must enjoy dealing with all kinds of people. The best property management companies treat the properties as if they are the owners, which they also might be. They have full or partial responsibility for the building(s) that they manage and are good at screening tenants to find good ones, without discriminating. They are problem solvers and take appropriate and prompt legal action to evict destructive and/or non-paying tenants. You will have to stay calm and manage emergencies without getting overly stressed about the problems because there will be a constant stream of new problems to deal with.

Real estate brokers are good candidates for starting a property management company as either a division or a subsidiary because they already have many contacts with property owners, as well as relevant experience in the industry.

66. Real Estate Agency

You must be licensed to start this business. The requirements are outlined in our section about legal requirements. This is a highly competitive business with many participants. In any major market such as a large metropolitan area, you will find yourself competing with hundreds of other companies for attention. There are locally focused companies, regionally focused companies, and major national real estate agency chains. All of those will be your competition. The good news is, while there may be hundreds of companies competing with you, there are also thousands of listings available. The key to success in this business is to find your niche.

If you find yourself driving through the neighborhoods, looking at the various properties, and thinking about how much they might sell for, then real estate might be the perfect business for you. You will spend a lot of time canvassing certain areas of town to get familiar with what is offered for sale and then more time in your car driving potential buyers around to take a look at these properties.

67. Real Estate Appraisal Business

A real estate appraisal company's specialty is appraising land and buildings. Real estate appraisals are used when people buy a home or business, apply for a new mortgage or to refinance an existing one, need information for insurance reasons, and settle estates after divorce or death.

Appraisers prepare a written description of the property, draw up diagrams, and then estimate the value. They also verify legal descriptions of property with city or county records. Fair value is determined by property condition, values of homes in close proximity to the home being valued (called a "comp"), building replacement costs, and valuations based on professional valuation manuals and cost estimators.

This business is ideal for individuals who are detail-oriented, good with numbers, like having a flexible work schedule and are highly motivated.

68. Real Estate Photography Business

This business consists of an individual, or a team, who are hired to take quality pictures of properties for sale. The purpose is to attract potential buyers who view the property online. Due to the competitive nature of the real estate industry, the demand for quality property photos is elevated and perpetual. Proper lighting and point of view helps a property stand out above the competition, driving potential buyers to view the property.

Ideally, individuals with photography experience and an eye for architectural detail will be the best fits. Contacts in the real estate industry are an added bonus. It is also beneficial for the person to enjoy working outside or away from an office setting. Being in the field requires reliable transportation and an ability to transport gear, sometimes on foot for extended amounts of time, as well.

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Your remodeling business might be a one person show where you personally complete kitchen, bathroom, bedroom remodels or additions to homes and businesses. In another business model, you could serve as a general contractor and hire employees or subcontractors to help complete jobs in a more efficient manner.

A remodeling business is a great investment for the person who has a passion for home improvement, with extensive knowledge of multiple construction skills and enjoys a background of business and accounting.  Dedication to completing work thoroughly with close attention to detail while providing superior customer service is also required.

Why we like this business:

Remodeling businesses are great because you can start small and expand how and when you choose. Many begin by working alone and taking on one project at a time. Your business is essentially you, your truck, and your tools, so depending on what you already own the start up costs can be manageable. This business offers a great deal of flexibility since you can choose what type and how many job you take. Staying small can still be very profitable, but remodeling businesses also offer excellent growth potential for those looking to work full time and bring on a team.

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70. Roof Cleaning Business

Many roof cleaning businesses serve a variety of clients. Serving large companies, small communities and individual homes, roof cleaning businesses conduct in-depth roof cleans to remove dirt, impurities, leaves, branches, stains and other materials. Roof cleaning businesses also clean drains, exterior walls and chimney exteriors. In some cases, a roof cleaning business may inform the building’s owner of damages, shingle weaknesses and weakened exteriors.

The roof cleaning business is great for any previous roofing contractor, cleaner or household maintenance worker. It has a high profit potential, and it’s great for eco-lovers, explorative types, and hard workers alike. Workers can be their own boss, control their own schedule, eliminate costly trial-and-error methods, and experience a rapid startup.

71. Roofing Company

Just about every structure requires a roof, whether it is a house, business, school, or government building. Roofers have a consistent flow of work as roofs do not last forever. In general, the typical roof lasts about 15 years. However, roofs require periodic inspections, maintenance and repairs after installation.

If you like to work with your hands, desire to be your own boss, and want a consistent flow of work, the roofing business is for you. Aside from making plenty of money, opening a roofing business will provide homeowners and business owners with a much-needed line of defense against the elements. The roofing business requires climbing ladders to access roofs. If you embrace the opportunity to work high in the air on angular surfaces, the roofing business is right up your alley. This business also requires overseeing a team of workers who perform the majority of the manual labor. The best roofing business owners and managers understand how to properly delegate duties, communicate with clarity and lead employees in an effective manner.

72. Sandblasting Business

When they’re exposed to harsh conditions, paint and other coatings frequently wear out before the materials they cover. Before reapplying a new paint or coating, all old paint must be removed. This is commonly done by sandblasting it off of the surface to be painted.

Sandblasting businesses efficiently remove paints and coatings from a variety of durable materials, including metal, brick and wood. Some businesses also etch designs into these materials, usually to create signs or gravestone markers.

The term “sandblasting” is still widely used, but it’s becoming slightly archaic. While sand has historically been used, most businesses today use other abrasive substrates. To reflect this shift, sandblasting is sometimes now referred to as “abrasive blasting.”

Anyone who enjoys manual labor and appreciates seeing the effect of their hard work may enjoy running a sandblasting business. Sandblasting equipment can be heavy, and the work requires a certain amount of physical strength. There’s the immediate payoff of seeing paint come off whatever object is being sandblasted, though.

This is a business that can be started part-time, and many business owners continue to operate part-time while working another job. It’s easy to schedule sandblasting appointments around other obligations.

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A sauna installation company sells saunas to homeowners, hotel resorts, and fitness gyms and they provide services for every aspect of delivery and installation of the unit. Saunas are used by individuals who wish to enjoy a Finnish Sauna Bath experience, where they enjoy a heated room filled with steam generated by pouring water over rocks. Saunas include the heated sauna, a prep area, and are often connected to a shower room or pool. Installation services require electrical work, basic construction, sound system, lighting, and possibly plumbing. Referrals from customers will help your business grow, so it is essential to provide a positive customer service experience.

If you are passionate about the health benefits found after using a sauna, are a natural salesman, manager, and have some background in the construction industry, you may enjoy running a sauna installation business.

Why we like this business:

Sauna installation businesses are great because they tap into a niche market with solid growth potential. Saunas are a specialized market that appeal to a select group of people - mostly those installing saunas in gyms, hotels, or office buildings. This means that with the right marketing and quality service, there’s an excellent potential to earn corporate clients who offer repeat business across their multiple locations. Once you’ve established yourself as a reputable company, running a sauna installation business can be a solid, lucrative pursuit.

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74. Septic Tank Cleaning Service

This businesses is needed where there is no local municipal sewer system. Customers install and perform basic maintenance on their own private septic and waste system. Then, the company is called in to pump out the waste and dispose of it properly. The service can also include an actual cleansing of the tank as well.

This business is perfect for individuals who enjoy daily travel, don’t mind getting dirty, and are willing to work flexible hours. Business owners who start a septic tank cleaning service must also like being around and interacting with other people on job sites and customers as well. Cleaning septic tanks can be hard, dirty, and grueling work, so keep this in mind.

75. Stained Glass Business

A stained glass business creates and sells original and commissioned pieces of stained glass in the form of windows, sun catchers, lamps, and jewelry. Depending upon the business owner’s skill level, they may offer repair and architectural installation as an additional service.

Have you always been enamored by stained glass? Do you enjoy working with your hands, creating one-of-a-kind art pieces that bring lasting joy to your customers? Are you passionate about continuously expanding your knowledge, technique, and artistic talents? If so, owning a stained glass business could be the perfect fit for you.

76. Tile Business

A tile store sells, repairs, and sometimes installs tile. Tile comes in a variety of sizes and shapes and can be used as flooring, as counter tops, a wall surface, and in bathrooms. It is generally sold by the box, with square footage dimensions listed to assist in determining how much product is needed for a project.

Entrepreneurs with experience in home maintenance and repair, tile installation, and flooring are best suited to manage a tile store. Owners should have an eye for beautiful, quality tile and should understand what tile pairs best with other household surfaces.

77. Tiny House Business

Tiny houses are all the rage. These uber-small homes have just enough space for a minimalist individual or small family. A tiny house business builds, sells and/or rents tiny houses to those looking for a place to live or stay.

If you are interested in architecture, construction and/or real estate, this business is perfect for you. It is also quite appealing to those who pride themselves on staying up to date with the latest trends.

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Tree service providers are incredibly important to homeowners. Responsible for the installation and removal of trees, these businesses take care of households and businesses alike. They additionally help property owners with weekly, monthly and annual maintenance, including trimming and pruning. In the event of an emergency, a tree service business will remove roots, remove stumps, move fallen tree branches and remove entire trees. They’re knowledgeable about local codes and regulations, helping property owners maintain operations legally.

A tree care business is a great opportunity for any recent tree care company worker. If you’ve recognized the financial potential of growing your own business, and if you’re skilled in the technical aspects of tree care, you’ll thrive. A tree care business isn’t for everyone, however, as it requires a lot of financial planning, competitive analysis, equipment and effective marketing.

Why we like this business:

Tree service businesses are great because they offer an excellent career opportunity to those with tree care experience. Tree service is something almost every homeowner will need at some point. Since there are so many potential services to offer, a job well done means a high likelihood of repeat customers. You can also earn consistent business by taking on maintenance work for parks, country clubs, gated communities, or any other space that requires tree planting, trimming, or other services on a regular basis. A few regular jobs plus residential clients can make a tree service business extremely successful.

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79. Upholstery Business

Furniture wears out over time, and must eventually either be repaired or replaced. Many people who have nice pieces of furniture would prefer to get their furniture reupholstered rather than replace it. Upholstery businesses offer to reupholster furniture when it wears out.

According to IBISWorld, the United States’ furniture repair and upholstery industry has an annual revenue of $2 billion and is growing at a rate of 1.7 percent. Moreover, there are no businesses with a dominant market share. Thus, there’s plenty of opportunity for small business owners who want to start their own upholstery business.

Anyone who enjoys working with their hands may enjoy running an upholstery business. Reupholstering furniture is hands-on work that results in a tangible finished product.

Business owners don’t need to leave their current occupation to start an upholstery business. Furniture can be reupholstered and repaired during the evenings and weekends, which lets business owners start an upholstery business part-time while working another job.

80. Window Installation and Repair Business

Window installation and repair businesses outfit residential and commercial structures with new or replacement windows and related parts. Especially for today’s energy conservative and efficient world, new windows are essential to maintaining a low carbon footprint. Either as an independent business entity or as a sub-contractor for larger window retailers, the bulk of the business will revolve around new window installs and replacements.

If you have construction experience or have worked in window sales, you may be an ideal candidate to open a window install and replacement business. Having knowledge in the product, the installation process, and necessary carpentry skills, or all three, will help a new entrepreneur immensely. Good customer service and personability is also an important trait for a successful start up business owner.

81. Window Washing Business

A window washing business cleans residential, commercial, and institutional windows on a retained or per-assignment basis. As the owner of a window washing business, you’ll be responsible for recruiting clients and washing the windows—on a one-time or regularly contracted basis—of residences, apartment complexes, storefronts, colleges and universities, funeral homes, car dealerships, and other properties—potentially just about any structure that contains windows. You can start your business alone or buy into a franchise operation for its experience and support. Some window washing businesses specialize in high rise window cleaning, but this involves a much larger capital outlay for equipment, training, marketing, and insurance.

This is a service business, so you should have an instinct for salesmanship and a commitment to superior customer service. You should also be good at managing people, since you might have at least a few employees.

82. Woodworking Business

Wood, being both beautiful and practical, has always been a popular material to make products from. Today, many people continue to seek out -- and pay good amounts for -- wood products. A woodworking business specializes in producing such products, carving furniture or other items from wood.

According to IBISWorld, the wood product manufacturing industry is a $6 billion industry that continues to grow. The top 50 companies in the sector command only about 30 percent of the market, leaving plenty of opportunities for new and smaller wood shops.

Anyone who is detail-oriented, decent at math and skilled with their hands may be well-suited for running a woodworking business. These skills are necessary when carving wood and building products.

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Side Business
Ideas

Starting a side business while working a full-time job can be a great way to test out a new business idea and gain invaluable experience as an entrepreneur.

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Unique Business Ideas

One of the best parts of being an entrepreneur is the sense of adventure in taking a risk for the sake of a great idea. But don't think you'll make it big without working hard to achieve your goals.

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Summer Business Ideas

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, starting your own business can be fun, profitable, and a great learning experience. Being your own boss sure beats working at the local community pool or fast-food joint.

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Teen Business Ideas

Being an entrepreneur can be an incredibly valuable experience, in more ways then one. For teens who have an inclination for it, starting a business might be a great way to spend their time.