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Home Improvement and Organization -- Allan Young, ShelfGenie
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Home Improvement and Organization -- Allan Young, ShelfGenie

Those who are making money in the beleaguered housing industry these days are people like Allan Young, founder and CEO of ShelfGenie, a company that designs and installs custom-shelving units for the home. "A high percentage of our clients are people who are staying put in their homes but want to do an affordable upgrade," says Young, who recently began franchising the sales model in April. Because the shelving systems are customized for the client, there is no inventory for the franchisee, and appointments are handled through a call center, making it very feasible for the franchisees to get their business up-and-running and achieve positive cash flow quite quickly.