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Old 08-06-2012, 08:32 PM
Box Companion Box Companion is offline
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Window Box Business Idea Questions

Does Anyone do this?
I hope this is the right section for this. I've been thinking of a secondary business to operate in addition to my lawncare service that would help out during the winter months and slow periods. I want to start a general woodworking business where I make keepsake boxes and small children's furniture. But the main part of this business would be making, installing, and maintaining window boxes. I think they are such an attractive addition to a home, but I've noticed that barely any of the houses around here have them, not even the historical or well-kept mansions. My idea was to use time making the window boxes during the winter and selling them during the warmer months. But I would also offer to maintain the boxes for the clients, adding and removing the appropriate plants for each season. Here's my biggest thought: Could I also offer to maintain them during winter and plant winter blooming or evergreen plants so as to add a nice bit of greenery during the cold months? I've read about many flowers that will even bloom in the winter where I am in Zone 5. I don't really want to get into growing flowers myself so I'm wondering if there is a local supplier I could look to during the winter to provide me with plants to do this. Also I've read about some people placing the window boxes on the inside of a kitchen or living room window during the winter with flowers that will grow during that time. I was just wondering if anyone deals with window boxes as part of their business and what comments or advice you may have about my ideas. Thanks very much!
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:36 PM
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Intersting, wood working can be rewarding if your good at it. I have a million ideas for winter, right now Im working hard to cover winter lol
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:59 PM
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Your ideas are viable. Make up some displays, take pictures and post them on a company page on fb or your companies website.

How about adding grape arbors, trellises, adarondack chairs, patio floor planter boxes?

With the way the economy is effecting me this year, I may need a pine box for my business. I'll let you know.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:20 PM
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Thanks for the encouragement guys. Not very many people visit this do they?
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:14 AM
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All of the sites are slow this time of year.
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