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Who else is into home improvement?

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  1. christianbed

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    I'm finding that home improvement is really rewarding. To be clear, I'm talking about hands-on, fixing and improving stuff around the house, not about an IM niche.

    For me, it is a chance to escape the online world...I feel like so much of what I do is unreal. Yes, it is fun to rank websites, but I get a lot of enjoyment out of finishing a kitchen backsplash or building a table for my entryway. Those are things that I can touch and interact with in the real world.

    Anyone here have a similar experience?
     
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    Have you thought about opening your own company for home improvement.
     
  3. christianbed

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    Yes, actually. I've been toying with the idea for a couple months, but I would just sub-contract it out to others. With a good bit of SEO experience, I could rank well locally, make bids on projects, then contract it out and let others do the work. I'm still too much of an amateur, but something like hardscaping/landscaping would be a good place to start
     
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    Yeah, it's a good idea and a good business. Eventually, you can build your own resident buildings and sell the apartments. I would suggest finding a good team of workers, small for the beginning, and you should give them the work you receive.
     
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    I know a guy who is into helping people with home improvements.
    He breaks into peoples houses and helps them achieve the minimalist style that is all the rage these days.
    He leaves a turd on their bed to help with the feng shui.
     
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    Yeah, try specializing in Feng Shui, it's really good nowadays and people search for it and they can pay some extra bucks for it!
     
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    Hell yeh it's very rewarding and profitable.

    I work mostly online in 6 different home related industries. When we started 4 years ago (in 1 industry) I was out on a lot of jobs. I spent a lot of time those days learning marketing, getting certifications, going on leads and helping with work. The only part that wasn't fun was ripping out foundations or floors. Especially when they were wet. I can't count how many times I've put a sledgehammer through a wall and that shit opened up like a damn shooting water everywhere. Then we had to load the bad bricks into slushy wet buckets, tripping over mud & concrete just to drag that shit to the dumpster 1 bucket at a time.... hour after hour after hour. The $ was worth it though. I was generating all these leads so I'd get $300-$500 for 1 day manual work + $1000+ commission relative to what the job sold for.

    The problem is since we expanded I'll lose $ now if I spend too much time on jobs. But if things are slow (late Nov-early March), just to GTFO of the house I'll show up with my camera and record the crews working all day.

    At this point I'd say it's rewarding to do 2 days / month. The other 28 days or so I prefer being online as that's where the real money is at. ;)
     
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  8. christianbed

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    Cool man. Ok, so I have a question. So far I've done a backsplash, a bit of drywall, demoed a stone fireplace and built a sleek concrete fireplace in its place, installed lighting / ceiling fans, put in a new sink and hardware, fixed a deck, built a table, etc.

    Nothing too big, but it has taught me how to use a range of tools and materials.

    What I'd like to do is build a site in a really specific niche, like 'I build fences around in-ground pools', then go out, bid on a job, and pay a crew to do it. Any advice on getting started? My guess is that most guys start out working in a trade after high school, then just start their own thing. I don't have any training or experience, so I'm wondering if I need a certification of some sort first.
     
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    I am a content writer and I have written lots of articles about this. If you are located in America and you are a construction worker, you will be needing OSHA certification to work there. OSHA certificates are for safety.

    If you want to hire a crew to do your job, then maybe you will need to register a company on your name, create the website and talk to a local lawyer to make the documentation. I would suggest choosing a wider niche. If you want something small, think about remodelling - kitchen, bathroom or hardscaping/landscaping/Patio coverage.

    Think about the things that are needed the most in your city and choose from there. When I get richer, I'm going to start am investing company for buildings creation. *really profitable*
     
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    I think it would would be cool to be in the home improvement subniche of safety. It would be neat taking a normal home which is never really designed for safety other than some basic government mandates and making it more resistant to fire and burglary and then go up to levels such as tornado proofing and even bomb shelling resistant.
     
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    I've got a friend who does fire suppression systems for petroleum companies as well as larger homes...he is an engineer by trade, and designs the system, the outsources the work to contractors for 20% of the deal. I've no idea how much he makes, but I do know it is BIG TIME money.

    A smaller way to break into safety is as a home inspector...spend a whole day inspecting a house, have no personal liability for missing something, and deliver a report with photos...no overhead.
     
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    I know a guy... Tim Allen
     
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    My wife is into home improvement. She likes to find me jobs to do because I would hate to ever have any down time. I do find it rewarding at times, but some some jobs just suck the life away. Like paint stripping. Christ alive.