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Calligraphy

Turn a hobby for calligraphy into a home based business.

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

Business Overview

Turn your talent for exquisite handwritinginto a profitable business by providing customers with calligraphyservices. Even people with minimal artistic ability can easily learncalligraphy. There are numerous books and kits available that can helpyou master the craft, as well as training classes offered through theresources listed below.

Calligraphy can be used to create one-of-a-kindhandwritten wedding and event invitations, restaurant menus, giftbasket cards, high-end product labels, business cards, awardcertificates, greeting cards, thank-you cards, stationery and logodesigns.

Likewise, print shops and stationers are often asked forspecial designs requiring calligraphy and because the majority onlyoffer machine-printed calligraphy, there is a great opportunity tosubcontract your services to them to fill this void in the marketplace.Also be sure to create a portfolio of work that can be distributed towedding consultants, restaurants, banquet facilities, associations andclubs throughout your community, as well as print and stationery shops.

This is a low-cost business to get started, and rates are in the rangeof $25 to $50 per hour.

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Hand-Painted Greeting Cards

Let your handwork add a sentimentality that printed cards can’t produce.

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  • Startup Costs: Under $2,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

There is large market demand forhand-painted greeting cards and post cards. If you have the ability toproduce the finished product yourself, that’s great. If not, there aremany artists who will be glad to assist you, for a fee.

The greetingand post cards can be wholesaled to retailers or sold directly tocompanies to give as corporate gifts to clients.

If you plan tospecialize in hand-painted post cards, you’ll want to sell them inhigh-traffic tourist areas like airports, tourist attractions andbeaches. Whichever you decide, this business can be both fun andprofitable, and best of all, it can be started for peanuts.

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Online Art Supplies

A 24-hour shop lets artists shop for what they need next at anytime of day.

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  • Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Remote or small communities often do not have a store that stocks and sells art supplies, and these are the communities that you will want to target if your intentions are to establish a website that features art supplies for sale. In addition to mainstream art supplies like paint, brushes and canvas, also consider selling more exotic or hard-to-find art supplies.

The more varied the selection the better the chances of securing repeat visitors and customers to the site. Furthermore, to keep inventory purchases to a minimum seek to build alliances with manufacturers of art supplies who will ship directly to your customers.

Promote the site in print publications, through art schools and classes, and Internet marketing and advertising options.

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Rubber Stamps

Love crafts? Get into the rubber stamp 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? No

Business Overview

In spite of the popularity of easy to makeand print computerized labels, there will always be a market for rubberstamps that are used for business purposes, as well as in the hobbycraft industry.

Starting a business that manufactures predesignedrubber stamps is as easy as 123.

  1. Research the industry,market, and business.
  2. Establish a manufacturing process, and secureretail accounts for the stamps.
  3. Manufacture the stamps and ship toretailers.

The key to success in manufacturing rubber stamps is to beunique and make the stamps interesting.

In addition to the traditionalbusiness rubber stamps, also manufacture stamps for use in crafts andfor personal use. Right now, animal stamps are very popular and featurejust about every kind of animal.

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