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Business Name / Description

Antique Furniture Refinishing

Bring antique furniture back from the brink by refinishing it.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Antique Radios

iPods may be convenient, but they can't compete with the nostalgia of antique radios.
Category: Retail Businesses
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Antique Sideboard Vanities

Convert antique sideboard cabinets into vanities to give homeowners an out-of-the ordinary washroom option.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Art Headboards

Customers will be sure to dream about your unique headboards featuring paintings or photographs.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Basket Weaving

With people always on the look-out for homemade decorations, this business could make your interest in crafting profitable.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Bookends

Bookends offer a great opportunity to be creative with low startup cost.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Bottled Water

With a focus on health, the bottled water market continues to be strong.
Category: Food
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Candle Making

Provide a little light in people's lives with handmade candles.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Canoe Paddles

There's nothing worse than getting stuck up a creek without them.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Cardboard Playhouses

Create an engaging setup for make-believe with cardboard playhouses.
Category: Children's Businesses
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Cartridge Refiller

Help businesses save money and recycle by refilling inkjet and toner cartridges.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Cedar Blanket Boxes

Moth-hole-free blankets can be a huge selling point for your cedar boxes.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Christmas Decorations

While you'll likely only sell your products during fall and winter, it's a business you can work on all year.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Christmas Ornaments

Bring holiday cheer to people's homes with creative Christmas ornaments.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Clocks

It's always the perfect time to start a clock business.
Category: Retail Businesses
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Closet Organizers

You can never have too many shoes, right? Well if that's your attitude, you'll need to help others stay organized.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Concrete Cutting

Do you know how to work with building materials? Try concrete cutting.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Custom Countertops

With all the new appliances and affinities for new looks, custom countertops are something you can rest your future on.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Custom Doorsteps

If you love making the first impression, it doesn't get any better in the home industry than custom doorsteps.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Custom Fireplace Mantels

Put your artistic woodworking skills to good use and give others a place to show off their pictures.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Custom French Doors

A mix of artist and handyman is a perfect match to create custom French doors.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Custom Furniture Covers

Give furniture a new life with custom covers.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Custom Play Sets

Get paid to make children's playground dreams come true.
Category: Children's Businesses
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Deck Building

Allow homeowners to spend more time outdoors by building decks for them.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Decorative Partition Screen Manufacturing

Separation can be a beautiful thing when you put your carpentry and artistic skills to use.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Designer Pillows

A couch isn't a couch without a decorative pillow. Create pillows that help decorators differentiate themselves.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Distribution Warehouse

Homebased and e-businesses provide products that need warehousing and distribution. Starting this service requires planning, organization and an entrepreneur looking to help other businesses.
Category: Import/Export
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Dollhouse Manufacturing and Sales

If you enjoy small-scale construction, you can make kids' dreams come true by building and selling dollhouses.
Category: Children's Businesses
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Drapery Studio

Provide homeowners with everything they need to install drapes.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Fence Panels

Add the finishing touch to any yard or field by offering fence panels.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Futons

Is it a couch or a bed? No matter, to you it's a great business opportunity.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Garage Organizers

For some, the garage has become the holding place for all their junk. If you like organizing, there's a lot of garages that need your help.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Garden Arbors

Garden arbors offer the perfect match for the gardener who seeks a little whimsy.
Category: Plants/Agriculture
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Greenhouses

If love plants and flowers but lack the green thumb, greenhouses may be for you.
Category: Plants/Agriculture
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Hand-Painted Pots

Give plants a pretty home and watch profits bloom.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Hand-Painted Storage Boxes

Organizing can be more enjoyable with attractive storage boxes.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Handbag Design and Manufacturing

Sell your unique handbags to boutiques or directly to customers.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Iron Sculptures

If you're creative and know how to weld, start looking for metal.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Junkyard Furniture Creations

Creating functional furniture from junkyard items doesn't have to be trashy. Just get creative.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Kite Building and Sales

Build and sell beautiful hand-crafted kites for others to enjoy.
Category: Children's Businesses
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Lamp Shades

Create unique lampshades and watch customers' faces shine.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Lattice Manufacturing

Your business success will be covered in green--literally--with a lattice manufacturing business.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Magazine Rack Manufacturing

Rack up sales by giving customers a place to display their magazines.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Mailboxes

Turn this commonplace object into an adornment homeowners can show off.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Massage Oils

Help people work out the kinks by providing them with massage oils.
Category: Beauty/Personal Care
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Ministorage Center

With businesses popping up at a record rate, the ministorage industry is growing bigger everyday.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Mold Making

Help inventors and manufacturers bring their products to life by creating molds.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Mosaic Tile Creations

Make almost anything more colorful by covering it in trendy mosaic tiles.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Online Factory Direct

Don't like middlemen? Eliminate them with a factory direct business.
Category: Import/Export
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Outdoor Bicycle Racks

Popularity over greener modes of transportation increases the need for bike racks. What better place to advertise?
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Packing Crates

Love to build things? Help supply custom packing crates to the booming shipping industry.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Patio Covers

Factor in the installation and labor costs when figuring the price for this service.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Patio Furniture Manufacturing

The newest living space is outdoors. Now it's time to furnish it.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Perfume

Make the world a better-smelling place by making or selling perfume.
Category: Beauty/Personal Care
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Picnic Tables

If you enjoy the outdoors and have an appreciation for good furniture, picnic tables are a perfect business to settle on.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Pizza Boxes

Provide pizza places with the essentials.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Plant Stands

Give plants a place to grow without ruining floors.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Plaster Casts

Inexpensive-to-make plaster casts of people, animals and objects can serve as unique home décor.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Pottery

Churn out your pottery creations and watch your business take shape.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Prepackaged Energy Foods

Cater to the on-the-go, sporty consumer with prepackaged energy foods.
Category: Food
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Product Assembly Service

Put products together for businesses with a product assembly service.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Promotional Buttons

Use design and craft skills to make promotional buttons for clients.
Category: Advertising
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Promotional Products

Create cool promotional products for companies to give away.
Category: Advertising
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Prototype Design

Engineering, vision, artistic talent, this is what prototype design is all about.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Roof Trusses

Help homebuilders get their work done quickly by providing prefab roof trusses.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Sandbox Manufacturing

Use creative carpentry skills to perfect playgrounds.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Scratch Posts

Help save couch arms everywhere with scratch posts.
Category: Pet Businesses
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Seamless Gutters

Find your flow with a seamless gutter business.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Seashell Jewelry

Cater to the fashion-minded who never want to leave the beach behind.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Short-Run CD-Rom Production

Provide a service for clients that don't want to buy CDs in bulk.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Silk Screening Service

Cash in on the popularity of T-shirts by offering silk-screen printing.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Slate Tables

Provide home and business owners with a functional and eye-catching alternative to traditional tables and desks.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Snowboards

If the skateboard canvas is too small for your big artistic vision, look to snowboards.
Category: Sports
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Specialty Soaps

Clean up by producing specialty soaps.
Category: Beauty/Personal Care
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Staircases

You'll always be a step above with a staircase business.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Store Directory Boards

Love maps and floor plans? Create store directory boards.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Store Display Cases

Help clients make their products the center of attention with a store display case biz.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Stuffed Animals

Still remember your first stuffed animal? Kids may love technology, but a handheld game system isn't very cuddly.
Category: Children's Businesses
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Theme Bunk Beds

Kids seem to sleep better inside a racecar or firetruck. Go ahead, help them catch their Zs.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Treehouse Kits

Create cool, treetop hideaways for kids.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Trophies

Reward yourself--and someone else--with a business that makes trophies.
Category: Entertainment & Events
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Unfinished Furniture Store

Let customers have a hand in the final product by selling unfinished furniture.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Wine Rack Manufacturing

Cash in on the wine trend by manufacturing wine racks.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Wood Clothes Hangers

Add a touch of class to closets everywhere with wood hangers.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Wood Moldings

Put your woodworking skills to good (detailed) use with a wood molding business.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Wood Screen Door Manufacturing

Screen doors are too functional to go out of style. Low startup costs make this a great opportunity.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Wooden Signs

With all the neon in the world, a touch of old-school signage can really stand out.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Woooden Signs Manufacturing

Put creativity and woodwork skills to use in this biz.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No
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