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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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Calligraphy

Turn a hobby for calligraphy into a home based business.

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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 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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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

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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