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Charcoal Portraits

Use your charcoal drawing expertise to create quick portraits.

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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

Can you produce attractive charcoalportraits of people in a very short time frame? If not, you may want totake some courses so you can, as people portraits created from charcoaldrawings is one of the greatest all time ‘cash’ art business that canbe started. We have all seen street artists who produce quick charcoalportraits of people.

These portraits usually cost $20 and the artist ispaid in cash. I live close to a tourist area, and in the summer I havewatched street artists draw as many as five portraits in an hour’stime. Your math skills do not have to be good to know that adds up to$100 an hour for about $2 or $3 worth of art supplies.

Perhapstraveling to foreign destinations is your dream. If so, this is theperfect business opportunity for you. With little more than a passport,suitcase, and a few art supplies, you could easily work your way aroundthe world producing charcoal portraits in every tourist mecca.

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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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Painter

Love painting? Turn your artistic passion into a 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

Painting fine works of art definitelyrequires a great degree of talent, and if you posses this talent what awonderful way to make a living.

As an artist you can paint commissionedand noncommissioned pieces.

Commissioned painting for corporations is avery good way to stabilize your income. There are also many artgalleries who will accept and display your artwork for a commission onthe sale of the artwork.

Either way, there is nothing like beingself-employed in a business or profession that you enjoy and that youcan earn a living at.

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Designer Pillows

A couch isn’t a couch without a decorative pillow. Create pillows that help decorators differentiate themselves.

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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

Turn your sewing machine into a part-timeprofit center by creating custom designed pillows. The pillows can becompleted on a made-to-order basis, or you can develop standard designsand themes and sell the pillows on a wholesale basis.

Be sure toestablish alliances with interior decorators, as these decorators couldbecome your best customers for custom pillows.

Additional income canalso be earned by designing and manufacturing custom pillow and cushioncovers with elaborate themes. Stick with standard sizes or custom,made-to-order designs for this side of the business.

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