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Craft Supply Store

Give fellow crafters a place to gather their supplies, from glue guns to yarn.

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  • Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Starting a craft supply retail store is afantastic new business enterprise to set in motion.

This is the kind ofretail business that will require a substantial initial startupinvestment, but the profit potential can easily justify the investment.Ideally, this type of business enterprise will be located in a highlyvisible and easily accessible location within the community.Furthermore, be sure to carry a wide variety of craft supplies.

The keyto successful retailing is to build repeat clientele, and the best wayto ensure this happens is to have the store well-stocked with productsand supplies that represent all areas of the craft industry. Marketingthis type of enterprise would be by way of traditional advertisingmedia like newspapers, fliers and radio.

An innovative approach togenerate more income would be to hold instructional seminars afterbusiness hours on different crafting techniques such as painting orsilk-flower arrangements.

Locating wholesalers and distributors forproducts won’t be difficult, and the profit potential is tremendous asproduct markups can be 100 percent or more.

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Hand-Painted Greeting Cards

Let your handwork add a sentimentality that printed cards can’t produce.

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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? Yes

Business Overview

There is large market demand forhand-painted greeting cards and post cards. If you have the ability toproduce the finished product yourself, that’s great. If not, there aremany artists who will be glad to assist you, for a fee.

The greetingand post cards can be wholesaled to retailers or sold directly tocompanies to give as corporate gifts to clients.

If you plan tospecialize in hand-painted post cards, you’ll want to sell them inhigh-traffic tourist areas like airports, tourist attractions andbeaches. Whichever you decide, this business can be both fun andprofitable, and best of all, it can be started for peanuts.

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Online Art Supplies

A 24-hour shop lets artists shop for what they need next at anytime of day.

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  • 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

Remote or small communities often do not have a store that stocks and sells art supplies, and these are the communities that you will want to target if your intentions are to establish a website that features art supplies for sale. In addition to mainstream art supplies like paint, brushes and canvas, also consider selling more exotic or hard-to-find art supplies.

The more varied the selection the better the chances of securing repeat visitors and customers to the site. Furthermore, to keep inventory purchases to a minimum seek to build alliances with manufacturers of art supplies who will ship directly to your customers.

Promote the site in print publications, through art schools and classes, and Internet marketing and advertising options.

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Rubber Stamps

Love crafts? Get into the rubber stamp business.

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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

In spite of the popularity of easy to makeand print computerized labels, there will always be a market for rubberstamps that are used for business purposes, as well as in the hobbycraft industry.

Starting a business that manufactures predesignedrubber stamps is as easy as 123.

  1. Research the industry,market, and business.
  2. Establish a manufacturing process, and secureretail accounts for the stamps.
  3. Manufacture the stamps and ship toretailers.

The key to success in manufacturing rubber stamps is to beunique and make the stamps interesting.

In addition to the traditionalbusiness rubber stamps, also manufacture stamps for use in crafts andfor personal use. Right now, animal stamps are very popular and featurejust about every kind of animal.

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