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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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Dried Flowers

Dried flowers’ longevity makes them an attractive alternative to the real thing.

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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

Growing, processing and selling driedflowers could put you on the path to self-employment, independence andfinancial freedom.

One of the best aspects about setting this businessin motion is the fact that it can easily be started right from yourhome, using your own garden as the initial source for the flowers to bedried and sold. Once the business is ready to be expanded, there are acouple of options.

The first is to lease vacant land to increase flowerproduction, and the second option is to purchase flowers. While thesecond option is easier, it may reduce your profit margin.

Once driedand packaged, the flowers can be sold to retailers on a wholesalebasis.

Profit potential range is $5,000 or more per year part-time.

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Lamp Shades

Create unique lampshades and watch customers’ faces shine.

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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 to start a part-time business that has virtually no competition? If the answer is yes, then consider starting a business that manufactures and markets custom-made lampshades.

The key to success in this very unusual manufacturing business is to ensure you create really unique lampshades, not only in appearance and design but also in your choice of raw materials used in the construction.

Market the lampshades by contacting local interior decorators and setting appointments with them to introduce them to your unique product. Additionally, aim to sell the lampshades to retailers on a wholesale basis or place the lampshades into retail stores on a consignment basis.

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Portrait Photography

Capture your clients’ perfect poses as a portrait photographer.

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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

Calling all hobby photographers! Why not profit from your skills bystarting a portrait photography service? As with pet photography, youcan work at it full-time or part-time and operate the service on amobile basis by going to your client’s home, office, or business, orfrom a homebased studio requiring clients to come to you.

Also, likepet photography, you can easily increase profits by simply offering toplace images on a wide variety of products including greeting cards,calendars, mugs, and T-shirts. Photo greeting cards and calendars areespecially popular. Promote the business by utilizing print media suchas fliers, newspaper ads, and Yellow Pages advertisements, as well asby working with local retailers who will allow you to set up a weekendportrait studio in their location on a revenue-splitting basis.

The Market

Families, schools and don’t overlook potential clients at sports clubs,charity organizations, social clubs, and corporations, as most puttogether an annual yearbook featuring photographs of employees,members, and volunteers.

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