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Business Name / Description

Above-Ground Pools

Here's a business that will keep customers cool and profits hot.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Adventure Clubs

Are you an adrenaline junkie? Help introduce others to your favorite extreme activities.
Category: Travel
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Aluminum Door and Window Manufacturing

What happens to all those recycled cans anyway? Start an aluminum door and window manufacturing business and you'll find out.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Awning Cleaning

Do you love cleaning, but hate being indoors? Try out an awning cleaning business.
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Awning Manufacturing

Start an awning manufacturing business, to help buildings look their best.
Category: Manufacturing
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Baseball Batting Cage

Swing away at a business with your passion for baseball.
Category: Sports
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Bench Advertising

Don't just sit around. Put your advertising sales skills to work.
Category: Advertising
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Bicycle Repair Service

Turn your love for cycling into a bike repair business.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Billboards

Take advertising to the great outdoors by renting space on highly visible billboards.
Category: Advertising
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Board-Up Service

If you're in an area prone to hurricanes or tornadoes, help your community with a board-up service.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Boat Broker

If you're all about fun in the sun, consider starting a boat broker business.
Category: Autos/Transportation
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Bulletin Board Service

Help spread the word about local businesses and events by posting fliers on bulletin boards.
Category: Advertising
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Campground

Rekindle campfire memories and fire up profits.
Category: Sports
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Camping Classes

More than ever it's important for people to get outside and take a breath of fresh air. You can show them how to make the most out of the great outdoors.
Category: Recreation
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Camps For Children

If you love kids, running a children's camp could be as sweet as as toasted marshmallow.
Category: Children's Businesses
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Canoe and Kayak Rentals

Paddle your passions into a canoe and kayak rental business.
Category: Sports
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Canoe and Kayak Tours

Here's a business that paddles around your town.
Category: Recreation
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Carport Conversions

Make carports more secure for storage by turning them into a garage.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Cedar Shake Restoration

The roof over your head can get a lot bigger after you start a successful cedar shake restoration business.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Community Delivery Service

Like cruising around your community? Why not start a local delivery service?
Category: Business Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Construction Cleanup Service

If you don't mind heavy lifting and like big machines, try starting a construction cleanup service.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
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

Dog Training Classes

Throw a bone to fellow dog lovers who need a little help keeping their pooches in line.
Category: Pet Businesses
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Doghouses

Stay connected to man's best friend with a doghouse business.
Category: Pet Businesses
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Dunk Tank Rentals

Helping make a splash at parties could be a slam-dunk idea.
Category: Recreation
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Farm Equipment Broker

Do you know the ins and outs of tractors? If so, a farm equipment broker job may be right for you.
Category: Plants/Agriculture
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

Fence Repairs

Help complete the perfect picture by fixing the white picket fence.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Flying School

For the first time in your life, it's okay to have your head in the clouds. Take to the sky with your own flying school.
Category: Education/Instruction
Startup Costs: $100,000 +
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

Gardening Classes

Share your greenthumb with others. It will add green to your pocket.
Category: Plants/Agriculture
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Gazebos

Enjoy time outside while you help create an oasis for others.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Glass Block Installations

Specialize with your construction skills as a glass block installer.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Golf Instruction

Do you have a little Tiger Woods in you? Help people perfect their stroke and you can just buy a green jacket.
Category: Sports
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Graffiti Removal

Love your neighborhood? Keep it spic and span with a graffiti removal service.
Category: Maintenance
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

Guest Ranch

Corral in customers with a guest ranch business.
Category: Recreation
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Hoarding Advertising Service

Sell advertising along the fencing that protects construction sites.
Category: Advertising
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Horseback Riding

Marry your passion and income with horseback riding lessons.
Category: Recreation
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Hot Dog Cart

Selling this concession food could be one juicy business.
Category: Food
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

House Numbers On Curbs

No need to curb your enthusiasm. Painting house numbers on curbs will get you outdoors and let your creative juices flow.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

House Painting

Get out your old painting jeans and ladder to start a house painting business.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Human Billboards

Make money off of this innovative advertising technique.
Category: Advertising
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Ice Cream Stand

Keep customers cool on hot summer days with an ice cream stand.
Category: Food
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Ice Sculpture Classes

It's very posh to see bars made of ice. If you have the skills, it's never been hotter to be surrounded by ice.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Illuminated House Numbers

It's frustrating when you can't find an address number in the dark, but you can help.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Indoor and Outdoor Specialty Advertising

Have an eye for great places to advertise? Hook clients up with great outdoor advertising.
Category: Advertising
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Interior and Exterior House Painting

Like the changing of the leaves, home owners are constantly wanting the latest color of the day.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Kayak Tours

If you love being outdoors and on the water, start a business giving kayak tours.
Category: Travel
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

Landscaping

Take your passion for plants to green spaces near you.
Category: Plants/Agriculture
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

Lawn Care Service

Know the secrets to making grass a little greener? Start a lawn care business.
Category: Plants/Agriculture
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Lawn Ornament Sales

Will it be a tortoise or a hare? Why not provide both to decorate homeowners' lawns?
Category: Retail Businesses
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Line Painting

It's a simple concept, but someone needs to do it--painting and repainting lines.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Litter Pickup

Help keep your area clean with a litter pickup service.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Masonry Repairs

The masonry profession has been around since the Roman Empire. It's safe to say that your masonry repair shop won't go out of style anytime soon.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Mobile Paint Spraying

Go ahead, paint the town whatever color you like. It'll be easy with a mobile paint spraying business.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Off Road Tours

Stay off the beaten track of 9 to 5 and start your business on a different path.
Category: Travel
Startup Costs: $50,000 - $100,000
Franchises Available? No

Paintball Games

Aim for clubs and associations looking to build camaraderie to paint this business front.
Category: Recreation
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Parasailing

The waves of clients that pour in will take this business smooth sailing.
Category: Recreation
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Parking Lot Power Sweeping

How do all those parking lots stay clean? Power sweeping businesses.
Category: Maintenance
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

Patio Furniture Retailer

Attractive, comfortable furniture can turn a patio into another living space.
Category: Retail Businesses
Startup Costs: $50,000 - $100,000
Franchises Available? No

Paving Consultant

The right step for your future may be to start a paving consultant business.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Pedal Boat Rentals

Pedal your way to success with this company.
Category: Recreation
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Pest and Critter Control

If you don't get grossed out by creepy crawlies, help people get rid of them.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Photography Courses

Now that just about everyone has a digital camera, they need someone to teach them how to take a great photo.
Category: Education/Instruction
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Pony Rides

Almost every child wants a pony. Give them the opportunity to ride one at fairs, carnivals, charity events and other locales.
Category: Children's Businesses
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Pool-Cleaning Service

Help keep pools sparkling clean with a pool-cleaning service.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Pooper-Scooper Service

Do the dirty work for your customers with a pet waste removal service.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Porch Columns

Sure a 4x4 can hold up a porch, but they can also be ugly. Be the person to see when prettying up the porch.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Power Tool Rentals

Start fixing up your business by buying quality power tools and setting up rental rates.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Real Estate Photo Service

Capture your passion for photography and architecture in a few snaps.
Category: Real Estate
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

River Rafting

This new business idea may be waiting just around the river bend.
Category: Recreation
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

River Rescue Instruction

If you have emergency skills training, river rescue instruction could keep you afloat.
Category: Education/Instruction
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Roadside Vegetable Stand

Offer an alternative to the usual grocery store experience.
Category: Food
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Roof Installations

Get a good roof over customers' heads with this business and you'll find yourself on top of the world.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Roof Repairs And Installation

Nail down a business using your carpentry skills.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
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

RV Rentals

Join the RV train and start a rental revolution.
Category: Autos/Transportation
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Sailing School

If you enjoy the open sea, this business could put the wind in your sails.
Category: Education/Instruction
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Sandblasting Service

Help erase the sands of time by blasting it with more sand.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Scuba Dive Charter Boat

Are you a dive master? Explore the realms of this business idea to bring profits to the surface.
Category: Recreation
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Scuba Diving Instruction

Dive into a business that makes the best of your aquatic knowledge.
Category: Education/Instruction
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

Siding Installations

Be a handyman with a niche. With low startup costs, this could be a great business opportunity.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Skateboard Park

With skateboarding and in-line skating being two of America's favorite pastimes, a skatepark can roll up some good profits.
Category: Recreation
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Skiing Instruction

Assuming you're in a location where it snows and has mountains, this business is all downhill.
Category: Sports
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Small-Spaces Landscaping

Looking for a niche landscaping business concept? Think small.
Category: Plants/Agriculture
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Snorkel Tours

Snorkel tours allow you to explore the underwater world of business.
Category: Recreation
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Snow and Ice Removal Service

Help people get around in the winter months with a snow and ice removal service.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
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

Sport Coach Training

More parents want their kids to succeed. And to do that they're willing to spend the extra bucks to hire a specialized coach.
Category: Sports
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Sports Camps

Keep your eye on the ball of this business--it can cater to kids or adults.
Category: Sports
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Stucco Repair Service

Time and weather can be a killer to outdoor surfaces. Make your living fixing damaged stucco.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Stump Removal Services

Spruce up lawns by removing unwanted tree stumps.
Category: Maintenance
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Survival and Outdoor Training

Create your own "Man vs. Wild"-type business as a survival and outdoor trainer.
Category: Recreation
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Survival Training

If you have past military or survival experience, this business offers an opportunity to share your skills.
Category: Education/Instruction
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Tree Planting Service

Plant beautiful green rows of shade for landscape lovers.
Category: Plants/Agriculture
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Tree Trimming And Removal Services

Help clients contour and control their landscapes.
Category: Plants/Agriculture
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Treehouse Kits

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

Trucking

If you like the wide open spaces, this might be the right business drive for you.
Category: Autos/Transportation
Startup Costs: $10,000 - $50,000
Franchises Available? No

Weather Vanes

Give homeowners a taste of country charm with weather vanes.
Category: Home Products/Services
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Wind Chimes

Harmonize for love for crafts and music by creating wind chimes.
Category: Arts & Crafts
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Franchises Available? No

Windsurfing School

If you're near a windy body of water and love the sport, this is a business that may seem more like play than work.
Category: Sports
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No

Yard Maintenance

Know the secret to keeping the perfect yard? Share it with the world.
Category: Plants/Agriculture
Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Franchises Available? No
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