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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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Costume Rentals

Dress up your business with a costume rental shop.

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Business At A Glance

  • 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

A costume rental business is a fun opportunity, and the additionalyearly income it can generate is outstanding.

Once the item has paidfor itself with five or six rentals, the revenue generated by therental item from that point on is almost all profit The best way tomarket a costume rental business is to create a marketing brochuredescribing the costumes in stock and distribute the marketing brochureand rental rate sheet to organizations within the community, such assports organizations, community theater groups, charity associations,and colleges and universities. Halloween will be a huge time of yearfor you, so be sure to ramp up your marketing efforts in September andOctober.

Once established, this type of rental business will easily besupported by word-of-mouth advertising and repeat customers.

The Market

You will have single consumers during Halloween, but a big chunk ofyour business may be to organizations like schools and theater groups,so you’ll want to establish contacts within those organizations quickly.

Needed Equipment

While you could ostensibly run this business from home if you have aloyal following (like local playhouses or schools and colleges), aretail store is a more likely venue. So you’ll need a location, storefixtures, a cash register and credit equipment, and a healthy stock ofcostumes. You may also want to stock items such as theatrical makeupand wigs that people will purchase outright.

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Wine Rack Manufacturing

Cash in on the wine trend by manufacturing wine racks.

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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

Are you searching for an inexpensivebusiness startup that can be operated part-time from home? If so youmay want to consider activating a business that focuses onmanufacturing and wholesaling custom-made wine racks. The business iseasy to establish and only requires basic woodworking skills andwoodworking equipment.

In addition to constructing the wine racks fromwood, you could also build the racks from a metal, or even better, allrecycled material, such as scrap metal and used building material thatcan usually be acquired for free with a little bit of detective work.

Once you have designed and constructed a few wine racks, they can bewholesaled or consigned to wine stores, furniture stores, liquorstores, u-brew-it wine shops and even restaurants. The key to successin wine rack manufacturing is to have a unique product that consumersare compelled to purchase for themselves or as a gift for others.

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Hand-Painted Pots

Give plants a pretty home and watch profits bloom.

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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

Gardening is one of the fastest growingpastimes in North America. For the entrepreneur seeking to capitalizeon the huge demand for garden-related products, look no further thanstarting a business that creates and sells one-of-a-kind, hand-paintedclay gardening pots.

More and more people are searching for unique andinteresting ways in which to display their flowers and shrubs, so whynot create extraordinary planting pots for these consumers and startmaking money.

Simply purchase clay planting pots from a local wholesalecompany and paint and decorate the pots with unique, interesting andcolorful themes and designs. Once completed, the flowerpots can be soldin various ways, including directly to specialty retailers and gardencenters on a wholesale basis and to residential and commercial interiordecorators and garden planners.

You can also sell them by renting asales table at a local craft show or flea market, or by putting the onthe internet.

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