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Christmas Ornaments

Bring holiday cheer to people’s homes with creative Christmas ornaments.

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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

Starting a business that manufacturesChristmas ornaments can provide you with a fabulous part-time seasonalincome just when you need it the most – Christmas time.

Christmasornaments such as tree decorations and door wreaths are very simple andinexpensive to make, and can be sold in various ways including toretailers on a wholesale basis or directly to consumers at a saleskiosk in a mall or at craft shows. The business is ideally operatedfrom home and the overheads are virtually nonexistent.

Whilemanufacturing and selling Christmas decorations on a part-time,seasonal basis may not make you rich; it can potentially generate anextra income of $5,000 to $10,000 per year.

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Caricatures

The profits this business can draw up is no laughing matter.

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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

Big, easily recognizable heads and faceswith small bodies is funny stuff, especially if the caricature is of aperson we know and do business with.

Hire a caricature artist who isprepared to work on a piece-work basis and start to market caricaturedrawings to local business owners. You will be amazed at the interestyou will receive right out of the blocks.

Restaurants will purchasecaricatures of their staff to adorn the front of menus, professionalswill purchase a caricature of themselves to send to clients in the formof a thank-you card and retail businesses will purchase caricatures ofvalued regular customers to hang above the cash register.

This is agreat business enterprise to put into action as it only requires alittle bit of creativity to ignite and about $1,000 to start.

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Seashell Jewelry

Cater to the fashion-minded who never want to leave the beach behind.

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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

Do you live near the ocean and take dailywalks on the beach? If so, you could be walking past thousands ofdollars in potential profits and not even realize it. Starting a homebased business that designs and sells seashell jewelry is not only aneasy and inexpensive business to set in motion, it also could prove tobe very fun and interesting.

Collect various sizes, shapes and colorsof seashells right from the beach, and create beautiful seashelljewelry. Once completed, the jewelry can be sold to local retailers ona wholesale basis or placed in retail stores on a consignment basis.

Aseashell jewelry manufacturing business is not only easy to start andrun, but it could also generate extra income of $10,000 per year ormore.

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Embroidery Service

Using embroidery equipment, you can personalize everything from dog collars to T-shirts.

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  • Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Recent technology changes in the multibillion dollar embroideryindustry have made it very easy for even a novice to start anembroidery service.

Embroidery machines are now available in single ormultihead units enabling the operator to embroider six items at a timeor more. Additionally, modern embroidery equipment is computerassisted, meaning that the designs can be created using specialtysoftware and a computer and then automatically transferred to theembroidery machine to complete the stitching of the design.

Thebusiness can easily be operated from a homebased location. However,there should still be a small showroom established, even if it’s in thehome, to display items that can be embroidered as well as samples ofembroidery options.

Marketing the service can be as easy as creating acatalog and marketing brochure and distributing the package topotential clients such as sports associations, charities, corporationsand clubs. Furthermore, consider hiring a commissioned salesperson tosolicit or cold-call for business as this can be a very effective andprofitable marketing option.

Needed Equipment

An embroidery machine, necessary fixtures for your shop (or homestudio), an inventory of items (T-shirts, hats, jackets, etc.) toembroider

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