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Custom Buttons

Who says buttons have to be boring? Create interesting buttons that will make people smile when they get dressed.

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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

Are you searching for a unique andinexpensive home based business opportunity that has little competitionand a real chance of succeeding? If so, consider starting a businessthat specializes in manufacturing and selling custom, one-of-a-kindbuttons for clothing. The buttons can be manufactured from just aboutevery type of raw material, including wood, metal, seashells and glass.The key to success in button manufacturing is twofold.

First, thebuttons must be unique in design and appearance.

Second, you need to bea good marketer. Consider the following:

  • Establish accounts with specialty retailers to purchase the buttonson a wholesale basis.
  • Sell the buttons to manufacturers anddesigners of custom clothing.
  • Sell the custom clothingbuttons directly to consumers via the internet.

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Online Coloring Books

Take a favorite childhood pastime online with an online coloring book.

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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

Online coloring books for kids is a unique and interesting opportunity that could prove to be both fun and profitable.

This online business concept is very straightforward. Simply develop a website that enables kids to chose from a wide selection of images and pictures of animals, people, buildings and landscapes. These images are downloaded, printed from their desktop printer and colored using crayons.

Alternately you could design a color pallet and tools that would enable kids to color their pictures right on the website and print it when they’re finished. Kids could print multiple pages and even create their own coloring books to provide them with hours of fun.

To generate income to cover the cost for maintaining the site and providing you with a profit, you could license the rights to the website to other entrepreneurs to feature a link from their websites to yours.

In other words this unique interactive tool for kids would be an item that would draw visitors to their site thus increasing hits and the opportunity to create larger revenues.

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Silk-Screened Mouse Pads

The mouse on your desk needs a surface to scamper on. May we recommend a cheese pattern?

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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

Purchasing silk-screening equipment and afew hundred blank mouse pads is all that is necessary for starting yourown business that produces mouse pads emblazoned with printed images,logos, and slogans.

The business can be operated from home and does notrequire a great deal of special skills or investment capital toestablish. The silk-screened mouse pads can feature generic images andslogans and be sold to retailers on a wholesale basis. Or, the mousepads can be sold to companies with corporate logos printed on them foruse in their own business or to give or sell to their clients.

Blankmouse pads can be purchased in bulk for about $1 each, and the cost ofink to silk-screen an image will also be less than $1.

Providing youcan sell 1,000 mouse pads each week at a wholesale price of $3, thebusiness could potentially generate profits in excess of $1,000 perweek, prior to overhead and taxes.

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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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