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Basket Weaving

With people always on the look-out for homemade decorations, this business could make your interest in crafting profitable.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: Under $2,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Franchises Available? No
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Starting a business that manufactures andsells custom-made baskets is an incredible enterprise to get rolling,simply because people from every walk of life are always searching forthe perfect piece of functional home decoration.

Using a wide varietyof raw materials, ranging from rattan to wire, will provide you withnot only the material required to make the baskets but also results ina varied and interesting product line. If you don’t know how to basketweave, don’t worry; you can always take a few instructional classes orlocate other basket weavers and sell their finished products.

Marketingthe baskets can be accomplished by establishing accounts with retailersto stock and sell the baskets, as well as by hiring a direct salesforce to host home parties that feature the complete basket productline for sale.

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Iron Sculptures

If you’re creative and know how to weld, start looking for metal.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: Under $2,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Calling all talented artists with weldingskills and a home workshop. It’s time to start profiting from yourtalents by starting a business that produces iron art sculptures.

Theraw materials required for the sculptures can be purchased from metalrecycling facilities for low or no cost. Once completed, the sculpturescan be marketed directly to art-loving consumers and art collectors bysetting up a sales kiosk on weekends at malls and other communitygathering places.

Additionally, the iron sculptures can be featured andsold online and at local art galleries. Furthermore, be sure to craftiron sculptures that have functional value such as weather vanes, coatracks and room partitions.

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Mobile Art Gallery

Take art right to its ideal audience with a mobile gallery.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Art is big business, and starting a mobile art gallery can put you on the road to riches. Take a traditional art gallery; place wheels on it and you have this business opportunity in a nutshell. Maybe it is not that simple, but pretty close.

In this enterprise you will want to work with perhaps a hundred artists or more. This is a volume-based operation. Once you have selected the artists, begin to establish locations where the artworks will be featured.

Good locations include doctor office waiting rooms, office lobbies, restaurants, hospitals and all other high-traffic gathering places.

The art can be displayed in these locations with a small card on each piece, which reads, ‘this art is for sale, for further information call (your business name and a toll-free 1-800 number).’ When a potential customer calls to inquire about a particular piece of art for sale, you simply sell the art over the phone and arrange delivery to the purchaser. If a piece sells for $100 then you would give the artist $50, the host location $10 and keep $40 for yourself.

As you can see, on a volume basis there is enormous potential for profit. Imagine if you had 100 locations selling just two pieces of art per month at an average sale price of $150’you would stand to make more than $10,000 every month.

Requirements

Operating a mobile art gallery business requires excellent cold calling, presentation, organization and negotiation skills. You will also need reliable transportation and a computer system to track and maintain customer files and inventory lists.

Start-up costs

The investment to set this business enterprise in motion is minimal: $8,000 to $10,000 will be sufficient to purchase any required equipment and leave enough working capital to operate on for a few months while the business is being established.

Profit potential

Charging a flat commission of 40 percent for you, and generating gross sales of $250,000 per year will generate business revenues of $100,000. Once again, I stress that you must secure as many art installation locations or ‘silent salespeople’ as you possibly can.

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Candle Making

Provide a little light in people’s lives with handmade candles.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: Under $2,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

The popularity of specialty candles hasreally taken off in the past decade as more and more people arestarting to enjoy the relaxing effect that burning scented candles canhave. This popularity and consumer demand for specialty candles createsa tremendous business opportunity for the innovative entrepreneur tostart a business that manufactures and sells candles.

A good startingpoint for learning how to make candles would be to visit the locallibrary, as well as visiting the National Candle Association’s website(www.candles.org).

A home based candle making business is best suitedfor the entrepreneur seeking additional income on a part-time basiswith a long-term goal of establishing a full-time and profitablebusiness concern.

Selling the candles can be as easy as renting a tableat a local craft show, placing the candles in retail locations onconsignment basis, or even establishing wholesale accounts withnational specialty retailers. Furthermore, adding fragrance, coloringand creating artistic details on the candles will definitely increaseconsumer demand for the product and result in more profit for you.

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