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Home-Based Business Idea 1 - Garage Organizing

Updated on November 11, 2008
A Super-Organized Garage!
A Super-Organized Garage!
Garages in Chaos
Garages in Chaos

Make Money Organizing Garages

Be your friendly neighborhood garage organizer! With this home-based business, you don't need big capital and special skills. If you have time and aren't afraid to get your hands dirty, go for this one. Get yourself an assistant as a temporary helper, and you might need one or two more helpers for those big projects.

Why a garage? There are so many places to organize! You can start pretty much anywhere. And this will give your first clients a sample of your working caliber.

Also, garages are always over-looked and taken for granted. For most of us, the garage is just a place to put our cars into when not in use; and, a large storeroom for our unclassified things (unclassified because we're not sure if we still need them or where to use them). Garages are often cluttered with old furniture, used appliances, half-full paint cans, boxes full of books and mementos, old clothes and fabric, assorted electronics, etc.

Organizing the Garage

(All Photos used in this Hub are from Flickr)
(All Photos used in this Hub are from Flickr)

List down these tips on garage organizing:

1. Always make a survey on your prospects' garages. Accessibility to roads is important for the transportation of large items disposed by the owner.

2. Make an inventory of every single thing you find inside the garage. Put these down in categories to make planning easier.

3. Create a plan with the client. Show the inventory list and ask him/her what things to discard, to retain, and to relocate. And what items to relegate to a garden shed or a separate storeroom. If these places are not available, suggest a donation website such as www.RestoringOrder.com.

4. Discuss additional expenses if the garage needs additional built-in cabinets, lighting fixtures or minor repairs on walls, floors, and roofs. The prices of storage boxes and bins (preferably durable plastic material) should be included in your service fee. Find out the on-going rate of local professional garage organizers and try to lower your asking price to be competitive. Showing detailed information on your pricing will always help the would-be customers to hire you.

5. After reaching a final plan of action with the client, measure the perimeter and height of the garage.

6. Always do your garage projects during sunny days, to avoid any water damage to the things that have to be piled outside.

7. First, move out the things to be relocated inside the house and have them cleaned by your helper/assistant. Second, relocate the tools and containers with chemicals (paints, thinner, etcetera) to the garden shed. Third, separate the still useful items from broken ones. Fourth, put all garbage inside black bags. If these are recyclable materials, have them delivered to the local drop-off bin. Fifth, categorize the items that should reside inside the garage. Put them inside suitable storage containers, which are labeled properly. (Books, newspapers, souvenirs, small tools, Christmas decorations, decorative lights, etcetera).

8. Always remember that garage organizing is a fast-paced job. Everything should be done very quickly, or you will ruin your reputation. After all things are pulled out of the garage, instruct your workers to do the cleaning, repairing, installing, and repainting of the garage. So the interior will be ready when you're finished with the categorizing task.

9. Order is an art itself. Always try to arrange all items with similar colors and sizes in one place. But do not sacrifice harmony; put a recyclable bin near the entrance to be accessible and hang tools and items frequently used.

10. Lastly, do not pretend that you already know everything in this kind of business. Never hesitate to hire a skilled worker when a project requires special attention.

Trash-Recyclable Bin Wall Hanger

How to Organize a Garage

Advertise Online by Sending Out Emails

Create a one-page newsletter with a catchy design and interesting images on it. Here's a suggestion for your newsletter photo: take a picture of your cluttered garage. The worse it looks, the better.

Then set aside the coming weekend to do your first project -- your own garage. And before starting, keep these 3 things in mind:

  1. Be emphatic. Think of yourself as a client.
  2. Be professional. Follow all the tips to the letter.
  3. Be generous yet practical. Splurge a little on sturdy but attractive cabinets, shelves, and containers. Also on wall paints, new flooring tiles, and a new roof, if necessary. This is a business investment, as well as home beautification.

Right after your garage has been transformed into something out of interior design magazine pages, grab your camera and take photos at all angles.

Exploding Closet...
Exploding Closet...
Closet Make-Over
Closet Make-Over

Run a Successful and Frugal Home Based Business

  1. Before buying anything used for the business, canvass your local stores for prices and quality. Take note of the brands and their performances.
  2. Consider buying these materials by the bulk and direct from factories, to take advantage of the lowered prices. Do this when your business has earned profits and good reputation though. Also, when you have enough storage space.
  3. Do not delegate important tasks to your helpers. You might be the owner and the manager of the business, but you're also the only one responsible for quality of performance.
  4. Don't be picky about the projects. If a customer requested you to organize a closet, an attic, a kitchen cupboard, or any part of the house, just do it.

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    • lucille12 profile image

      lucille12 

      3 years ago

      When planning your garage storage, knowing what things should to be stored that have limited use and the items that need to be available for daily use.

    • MopHolder profile image

      MopHolder 

      3 years ago

      It is best to start with a completely cleared out space. Then, install the right garage organizers into the space to provide you with the amount of space and storage necessary.

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      sifiso 

      6 years ago

      ya! My dady s garage will now look good because of you.thankx

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      Portable garage 

      7 years ago

      A lot of consumers have issues with keeping their garage organized. You have some great ideas above. A great amount keep your garage organized is persistence and setting a schedule. Also keeping things portable (trash cans) is also an excellent way.

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      Dawn 

      7 years ago

      A friend started out with a spring cleaning business and is not decluttering home all around the city, she got the origianl idea from this hub... just wanted to give some feedback

      thanks

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      Scott J 

      7 years ago

      Great ideas for garage organization here. It's nice to see you don't have to spend a fortune to create functional garage storage. Thanks for sharing!

    • BrainSpace profile image

      BrainSpace 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Great Idea!

    • Neil Ashworth profile image

      George Poe 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Nice work. Thanks for sharing..

    • BM Solutions profile image

      BM Solutions 

      9 years ago from England

      This is a great idea i can only just get into my own garage lol.

      This has given some good ideas as ive been meaning to sort it for a while.

      cheers

    • febriedethan profile image

      febriedethan 

      9 years ago from Indonesia

      I start to arrange my closet using your advice. Thank's great hub :)

    • Dan Stone profile image

      Dan Stone 

      9 years ago

      Wish my garage looked like this too!

      www.earningfromlearning.net

    • Live N Learn profile imageAUTHOR

      Live N Learn 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks for reading John and Jonathan:)

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      Jonathan M. 

      9 years ago

      I was looking for ideas and products to help solve some of my garage organizing problems. Then I stumbled on a website http://www.1stchoicegarage.com and was happy to see they have lots of solutions for your garage. Car lifts, overhead storage, wall organizing products, and the list goes on, and on. I recommend you take a look at this site, and see how they can help you.

      Jonathan

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      John Aguiar 

      9 years ago

      check out our garage at www.styleathome.com/contests.php and vote.

    • Live N Learn profile imageAUTHOR

      Live N Learn 

      10 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks! I'm glad you liked the hub.

    • cgull8m profile image

      cgull8m 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      Nice Garage and Home, I wish I were this orderly. Great Hub.

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