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Home-based business idea: Antique restorer

Earn money with your restoration skills
By Entrepreneur Staff |


What will I be doing?
Maintaining the quality of antique pieces or stopping their deterioration.

What will I need to start?
Some knowledge of antiques and their worth—something you may learn from an expert. To restore a piece of antique, you’ll need bleach, paints, varnish, and simple carpentry tools such as carvers, hammers, measuring tape, and saws. Learn how to appraise the value of antiques and know how they’re supposed to look by visiting antique stores.

Who will my customers be?
Those who have recently bought a piece of antique or are about to sell one. Visit antique stores such as Heritage Antique Shop Inc. on 223 N. Garcia, Bel-Air Village, Makati. Call them at  (02) 890.1257. There is also Jo-Liza Antique Shop in Blumentritt, San Juan with telephone number (02) 726.7871 to establish contacts. You’ll also get a lot of work from architects and interior decorators

How much should I charge?
Prices start at P300 for small pieces such as picture frames and P200,000 to P300,000 for doors and furniture pieces. A good quote would include the cost of the materials you’ll need to buy plus 50 percent service charge. The more work you do on a piece, the higher your fee.

How much will I make?
The price you quote minus all expenses.

This article was originally published in the March 2006 issue of Entrepreneur Philippines.


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