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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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  • 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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Homebased Tailor

If you’re an experienced tailor, you can contract your work to retailers and then sew from home.

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  • 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

Retailers of men’s formal and business weargenerally don’t have an in-house tailor, and typically alteration workis subcontracted to outside tailors. This fact creates a more thanample opportunity for individuals with sewing experience to capitalizeby starting a tailoring service that operates right from a home basedlocation.

The fastest way to establish the service is to offer men’swear retailers your services on a subcontract basis, and you canarrange a certain time of the day to pick up garments to be altered andreturn the garments the following day. Additionally, to generate morerevenue for the business, consider purchasing tuxedos that can berented to clients via the men’s wear stores that currently don’tprovide their customers this service.

The potential income range is $25to $35 per hour.

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Jewelry Business

Love all things that sparkle? Start a jewelry business.

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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? Yes

Business Overview

If you love the art of making jewelry, then you’ll have a ball as a professional jewelry and accessories designer.

Jewelry and accessories are always popular, especially today when all those ’60s-style beads are back in style in a big way.

You can work with beads, with traditional elements like gold and silver, with glass, fabrics, feathers, clays–whatever suits your talents and fancies. And you can specialize in earrings, rings, pins or pendants, or in handcrafted handbags or hats. The advantages to this business are that you get to be creative as a career, you meet lots of interesting people while selling your art, and you can start part-time if you like.

You’ll need the talent and skills to design and turn out jewelry or accessories others will want to be seen in. And in addition to all that artistic sensibility, you’ll need plenty of marketing creativity and drive–you’ll need to sell your products as well as make them.

The Market

You can host home parties à la Mary Kay or sell directly to local merchants, at flea markets, arts and crafts fairs, and through wholesalers and sales reps.

If you plan to go the wholesale route, hook up with reps at gift shows, which you can locate by calling local and regional chambers of commerce and convention centers, by reading gift industry publications or through the associations listed below.

Needed Equipment

Your equipment will depend on what jewelry and accessories you’ll design. Goldsmithing requires a different set of tools than beadwork, and leatherworking is not the same as quilting.

If you’re already working with your chosen medium, you probably have your tools at hand. But now that you’ll be designing professionally, take an equipment inventory and decide if newer or additional tools or equipment could make your work faster and easier–remember, the more pieces you turn out, the higher your income will be.

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Bookbinding and Repairs

Don’t be bound to just one job–try bookbinding and repairs for another source of income.

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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

Working right from home you can bind books in small quantities andrepair antique books. Bookbinding equipment is very inexpensive topurchase and there are even construction plans available that willenable you to build your own bookbinding equipment.

Marketing theservice can be as easy as establishing alliances with secondhand bookretailers and book collector clubs. Likewise the ability to bind andrepair books can also pay off in terms of finding valuable collectorsbooks yourself, carrying out any needed repairs, and selling the booksfor a profit.

The Market

You’ll find steady work by establishing a working relationship with local secondhand book retailers and book collector clubs.

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