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Old 08-24-2012, 02:26 PM   #1
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I'm thinking of starting a DIY home improvement consulting business which would serve a regional customer base. Is anyone in the same or similar business? If so is it economically viable? Thanks

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Old 08-24-2012, 03:53 PM   #2
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Viable? No...

DIY = Do It Yourself.

Most DIY'ers are like me....cheap bastads who don't want to pay others what they 'think' they can do themselves.

Why pay you to help do a DIY project when I can come here and get answers for free?

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Old 08-24-2012, 08:57 PM   #3
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Many DIYer are to cheap to buy a book---so they come here and ask----for free.

Sorry but that doesn't sound like it will fly.

I will tell my customers how to do something if they wish to do it themselves---very often they wil just say," Well, Why don't you just give me a price and do the job."
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Thanks for the responses. I am an architect by profession (no profanity please) and while I would offer design support (in 2D & 3D), permit drawings, general material spec's, any other details/drawings or advice a customer might need that I'm capable of - they may very well just want construction help in addition or in lieu of. This is work that I would sub-contract. Is this making any more sense - yes/no?
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Now you have a service that is needed----

Drawings and permit work are a frightful mystery to most folks---

That service would have a market----but a rather limited one,I would think.

Worth looking into,though.
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You may be on to something. I suppose some guys may want to do a project themselves, but can't really envision a final product. It may make their project a bit less intimidating.

Its hard to imagine this being a full-time business right off the bat, but it could work into that after a few years of working nights.
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You may be on to something. I suppose some guys may want to do a project themselves, but can't really envision a final product. It may make their project a bit less intimidating.
I agree.... even though that market is likely a very thin slice of the pie I believe it does exist.

Whether or not op has what it takes to capture that slice is anybody's guess.
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I've been doing it for years. It's a small niche, but it adds to the income each year. Only a few hundred per year directly, but it does add a large segment to my client/referral base. Last week, I was involved on one for another contractor from CT which I don't visit anymore.
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