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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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Knitting

Do you know the difference between knitting and purling? Start making money from your creations.

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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 currently knit sweaters, jackets and more? If so, perhaps you should consider turning your hobby craft into a profitable part-time business enterprise.

The business is to simply create beautiful and unique hand-knitted products, from sweaters to a clothing line for stuffed animals.

The opportunities are endless; all you need is a creative spirit, knitting needles, some yarn and you’re in business.

For the truly enterprising entrepreneur, develop a website that features knit clothing products for sale, as well as a custom made-to-order service where site visitors could simply fill out an order form for the size and style of knit products they want.

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Mosaic Tile Creations

Make almost anything more colorful by covering it in trendy mosaic tiles.

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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

Creating home decoration items featuring mosaic tile designs is an exceptional business venture to set in motion. Not only can this enterprise be started and run from a home based location, but this business is also very inexpensive to initiate. Best of all, interesting home and office decoration products are always in high demand.

Create unique mosaic tile designs; everything from tabletops to mosaic tile picture frames. Your only limitations will be your imagination.

Mosaic tiles can be purchased ready to install or you can create your own simply by buying discontinued styles and colors as well as collecting broken tiles from local building and renovation companies. Of course, the latter options would be excellent choices, as most could be purchased at very low or no cost, not to mention the fact that you’ll be recycling an unwanted waste product.

Marketing the mosaic tile creations can be by way of traditional advertising media, as well as by renting a weekend sales kiosk in a market or mall. Additionally, be sure to contact interior decorators in your community to introduce them to your unique product line.

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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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