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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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Hand-Painted Storage Boxes

Organizing can be more enjoyable with attractive storage boxes.

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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

With so many people looking for unique andinteresting ways to organize their personal belongings, home officedocuments and family keepsakes, hand-painted storage boxes are sure tofit the bill.

The options are endless–using materials such as wood,metal and cardboard, you can create designer storage boxes to suitevery decor. You will need to have some artistic talent, but with thatsaid, arts and crafts classes are available in almost every community.

Additionally, consider building the storage boxes out of recycledmaterials, as well as using organic paints to decorate the storageboxes. Not only will you be helping the environment by doing this, butyou’ll also be able to capitalize on an earth-friendly marketingapproach.

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Jewelry Boxes

You’ve got to have a love for details, artistry and functionality to make this business sparkle.

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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

Jewelry boxes can retail for as much as 10 to 20 times of what it costs to build them, making this a potentially very profitable homebased manufacturing venture. This is the type of manufacturing business that will let you be very creative in design and in the materials selected for the construction process.

Or in other words, ‘think outside the jewelry box.’ Consider using materials that normally would not be used for building this product, like recycled items, seashells, glass, or plastic.

You can market the boxes by renting table space at crafts sales and flea markets, sell them to retailers on a wholesale basis, and even get the jewelry boxes featured for sale on numerous Web sites. The sky’s the limit.

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Online Fabric Shop

Add some texture to your business side with an online shop that’s made of good material.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Option One:

Develop a portal that brings fabric manufacturers and distributors together with fabric retailers via an online fabric directory website. Worldwide there are thousands of fabric manufacturers and fabric retailers, thus an exciting opportunity exists by bringing these two parties together to buy and sell fabric.

Revenue could be earned by charging both fabric manufacturers and retailers a fee for using the directory service. You could even create a password application that would enable both to have their own online warehouse, shipping center, inventory control, and tracking system. This type of website would be beneficial to both parties as it would enable them to do business online without the added expense of middlemen, sales consultants and costly marketing campaigns.

Option Two:

Focus on the direct-to-consumer market by creating a website that features fabric for sale.

Potential customers include hobby seamstresses, fashion designers, interior decorators and tailors. The site would be easy to create and could feature pictures and descriptions of the various fabrics you sell as well as a price list. Customers would select the fabric they wanted, add it to their shopping cart, make a payment and submit the order, all with a few easy clicks of a mouse button.

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