Manufacturing concrete blocks and garden ornaments is an excellent business opportunity. You can start this business part time in your garage at very low cost. Using hand made molds, and simple production methods, you can make a wide variety of concrete products. The concrete block, used in so many different types of building projects, is a basic commodity of the building trade. You can turn out 100 cement blocks per day easily with hand made molds.
The top selling garden ornament is concrete bird baths. There is a huge demand and they sell readily. You can make a variety of these easily with hand made molds and you can sell them to local building supply or garden stores. Transporting these heavy items from a distant supplier is expensive. These businesses will be happy to find a local supplier who has low costs and competitive prices. With no transportation costs you can make an excellent profit from your work.
You can also make many other types of concrete garden ornaments and garden furniture from available plans. Vases, large and small, including ‘Ali Baba’ style vases, are easy to make without molds. You can learn the simple production methods quickly and make a wide variety of these.
You can make many other types of garden ornaments from either hand made or commercial molds and you will find a ready sale for your products. By starting part time, in your garage, you eliminate all risk. Plywood and sheet metal are the only materials needed to make your cement block molds which makes starting cost low. The appropriate concrete mix is made from Portland cement, gravel, sand and water in the correct proportions. As your business builds you can decide to go full time when you are ready.
For volume production of concrete blocks you will need a concrete block making machine. Commercial models are available. They are quite expensive however. The other option is to build your own machine. Plans are available for an excellent machine made from sheet metal, used auto parts and a few odds and ends. You can build one of these at very low costand it can turn out all the blocks you will need very easily.
As business grows you will probably need to rent premises large enough for the racks needed to store your cement blocks for drying.