Thanks to hundreds of home improvement television shows and magazines dedicated to home renovations and decorating, the home improvement industry is exploding. So, if you’ve been thinking about breaking into a career in home improvement, now is a great time to do it.
There are a number of great career options in this fast-paced industry as well as entrepreneurial opportunities for those looking to start their own business. Keep reading for great ideas on new home improvement careers as well as how to get them going.
1. Tile/Bath Resurfacing
Tile and bathtub resurfacing is an easy skill to learn that can lead to significant rewards. With an easy learning curve and minimal up front costs, you can start a business refinishing tile and old bathtubs and showers.
2. Carpet Cleaning
Much like the tile and bath resurfacing business, carpet cleaning is easy to learn. Your up front costs will be your cleaning equipment, transportation and marketing costs. There are also many franchise opportunities, meaning you could purchase a carpet cleaning franchise and save yourself many of the marketing and advertising costs associated with running a business.
3. Home Organization
De-cluttering is the new buzz word in home decorating and home improvement. If you love to organize, put your skills to use by starting a home organization business. Think about all the cluttered garages desperate for some shelving units and a few well-placed labels or all the dusty attics in need of a good sorting. Your start up costs for this business will include some sector research, a minimal amount of equipment and a lot on advertising and marketing.
3. Instruction and Teaching
If you’re a home improvement buff or an expert at refinishing old pieces of furniture, you should consider teaching a class. You can teach online or apply to teach a course at your local community college or YMCA. There are many organizations that would love to host courses or workshops on everything from decorative painting to window treatments to building birdhouses.
4. Sew, Sew, Sew
Any whiz with a sewing machine can start a flourishing business in custom home draperies and upholstery. From window treatments to tablecloths, there is a large market for customized pieces that are sewn in your buyer’s chosen fabric and to her specified instructions. For a successful home sewing business to really take off, try marketing yourself directly to interior decorators and making your name familiar with local fabric shops.