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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.

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

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Mirror Art

Create cool works of art with mirror pieces that you can get for free.

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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? Yes

Business Overview

Mirror art is simply small pieces of mirror in varying colors and shapes that have been assembled together to resemble a picture, landscape or even abstract design. In most cases a trip to your local glass shop will result in all the mirror you will need for this new venture, and usually at no cost.

Why? Most glass shops dispose of mirror cutoff pieces that are too small to sell, but these same pieces of mirror are perfectly sized to create mirror art.

The equipment needed to create the art is inexpensive and includes a few hand tools and a glass grinder. Also, patterns are available to make the mirror art or you can create your own. Once completed, the art can be sold via flea market booths, online or by renting a sales kiosk in malls.

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Potpourri Sales

Figure out a way to differentiate your potpourri and you’ll be surrounded by the sweet smell of success.

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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

Starting a business that makes andwholesales potpourri products is an excellent home based businessventure to set in motion.

The potpourri can be made from dried flowers,pine cones and bark mulch with fragrant essential oils added. Oncepackaged, the potpourri can be sold on a wholesale basis to specialtyretailers or directly to consumers via a sales kiosk or craft show.

Oneimportant aspect of the business not to overlook is packaging. Thepackaging for the potpourri should be unique to your business, as amethod to separate your product from the competition.

Additionally, besure to use recycled materials for the packaging of the products, asthis will not only help the environment, but it can also be used as afantastic marketing tool.

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Christmas Decorations

While you’ll likely only sell your products during fall and winter, it’s a business you can work on all year.

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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

Each year, billions of dollars are spent onChristmas decorations worldwide, and securing a portion of this verylucrative market is easy.

This new business enterprise is verystraightforward and can be initiated by anyone, as it doesn’t requireany special business experience or skills. Simply design, produce andsell custom one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations.

Go for the high end ofthe market where consumers are willing to pay $25 or more for oneChristmas decoration that’ll become a family heirloom. The decorationscan be made from almost any type of raw material, in any popularChristmas theme.

 The key to success is that the Christmas decorationsmust be unique and appealing. The decorations can be sold to specialtyretailers on a wholesale basis or directly to consumers via renting asales table at art and craft shows.

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