A quiet revolution is occurring in the decorative use of concrete. You have seen the new uses for concrete in the shopping malls and commercial sites. Shops now feature walls of concrete wall cladding and attractive new style floors. Gone are the days of plain old boring grey concrete. It has always been our finest and strongest structural material, now it is becoming a prima donna of style.
The many new uses have not gone unnoticed by our architects and concrete is now finding many new functions in our homes and gardens. Already concrete is replacing laminates in the kitchen dressed up in many new names. Mosaic table tops are starting to appear as well as many faux stone wall cladding to bring life to home feature walls.
Early adopters overseas are already in the process of building up profitable businesses catering to this new market. They have found that one of the unexpected advantages is that this is one type of business that can be started with a mass of enthusiasm, hard work, low capital requirements and a garage.
In Australia concrete as a source of a second or primary income has largely been centred on making concrete garden ornaments for display and sale at local markets and fairs. Many are making a very welcome addition to their income by making latex moulds and casting concrete gnomes and other garden artifacts. The manufacturing costs are low with a few cents of material yielding many dollars of profit after simple additional decoration.
A few have started adding pavers and stepping stones and some of the new paver blocks and and are doing very well. These new additions to their market displays are attracting attention as they are a distinct breakaway from the traditional plain looking stepping stones sold by garden centres.
Our aim as a company is to provide all tools and instruction on how to manufacture and market these new product types as we have done for the past 25 years in the hobby ceramic industry. We are experienced in what is required to help beginners to set up a profitable small business- which many choose to do from their own homes.
Unlike many overseas companies offering start up packages costing up to $70,000 & over we continue to offer the chance for a raw beginner to put a low risk tentative toe in the water of business opportunity, with low priced simple to understand starter kits costing only a hundred dollars or so.
A good way of starting is to select a small project from around the home and see if concrete as a low cost base material lives up to your profit expectations. Potential solid businesses can be grown by being an early entrant into some aspect of this new field of decorative concrete.
All these items can now be made at home using low cost materials such as cement, sand and water and a good repeat business can be built up by simply displaying the finished products. No selling is involved the actual products do your selling for you. Many get involved through a DIY concrete project around the home and find it so easy they use it as a source of additional income through recommendations by friends.
Why are so many doing these jobs around the home themselves?
(1) It is a simple fun activity
(2) Tiles and faux stone can be made for a fraction of the store price
(3) Custom colours and designs are completely within your control
(4) Pride and satisfaction of doing it yourself
(5) Long lasting…..often 100 years plus
(6) Can be easily done by either men or women
(7) No special talent or experience is required
(8) It can be the beginning of a small but very profitable home based business
We suggest the ideal way to start in the field of decorative concrete is to purchase one of our kits. They contain all the materials necessary except the cement and sand which can be obtained locally to save freight costs.
This is all very new and it is difficult to predict what kits will ultimately be required as interest grows. However the first kit released will be a driveway and path stencil kit using the popular brick pattern. Watch for kits as they are released on our web site www.moulds4concrete.com.au
All moulds are made using natural stone as the original, perfectly replicating the beauty of the natural bush rock. Handcrafted stone can be made lighter, much less expensively and are easier to install. One of the bonuses is that using faux stone reduces the depredation of our natural bush rock. Our handmade stone products last and keep looking great for a lifetime.