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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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  • 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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Freelance Photography

Love to take photos? Freelance your expertise.

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  • 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

There are two very good reasons why theinternet has breathed new life into the freelance photography industry.

First, using e-mail, it is now very easy to send pictures topublishers, editors, copywriters, marketers and designers all aroundthe globe in a matter of moments.

Second, billions of photographicimages are needed to fill the now more than four billion (and climbing)web pages.

In addition to the internet, there are millions of printpublications, media companies, retailers, marketers, organizations,government agencies and others who need new photographs every day toadd meaning to newspapers, newsletters, magazines, brochures, catalogsand presentations.

Needless to say, people with professionalphotographic skills have the opportunity to earn a great living takingand selling photographs. You can contract with publishers, or post yourphotos on any one of the many stock photography services online, wherepeople can browse the selection and purchase the images they need.

Youare paid a one-time fee, or a royalty each time the image isdownloaded, depending on your agreement with the image broker.

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Pottery

Churn out your pottery creations and watch your business take shape.

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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

Starting a business that designs, producesand sells pottery items is definitely best suited for the entrepreneurwith a creative flair who is seeking a unique home based businessopportunity. Some of the aspects of this business to be considered are:

  • Ability. Anyone considering this business venture willdefinitely need the ability to not only create pottery items, but tocreate interesting and unique pottery items.
  • Equipment andsupplies. All equipment and supplies required for starting andoperating a pottery making business are readily available in almostevery community through craft supply stores that stock the items ororder the items on an as-needed basis.
  • Marketing. Potteryitems can be sold by renting a table at craft shows, by selling thepottery to retailers on a wholesale basis, and by placing the potteryitems in retail stores on a consignment basis.
  • Businesslocation. A pottery business is ideally suited to being operated from ahome based studio location. Additionally, if zoning permits, the studiocan also act as a retail outlet or factory direct sales outlet for thepottery products.

In addition to creating and selling potteryitems, you can also generate additional revenue by holdinginstructional classes on pottery making and pottery glazing techniques.

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Nursery Designer

Use your interior design talents to design fanciful and fun nurseries.

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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

Parents are an indulgent lot, and at no other time are they more indulgent than when their children are newborns. I recently visited a de

signer who works from her home and exclusively designs nurseries for expecting parents. During this meeting, I gained great insight into this business and how to market your services. First lesson is to throw away everything you know about marketing and promote your service solely on “goo goo ga ga” (as the designer puts it). What she means is that most of the decisions expecting parents make in terms of a baby nursery are made on an emotional basis.

Her secret to business success is to promote her design talents using elaborate displays at any trade show that is remotely associated with babies and children.

This method of marketing enabled her to build a solid client and referral base, with very little (if any) competition at these trade shows. Of course, there are additional marketing options that are open, including working with architects, interior designers, retail children’s stores and custom homebuilders.

The profits that can be earned as a nursery designer are excellent. The above-mentioned nursery designer is netting in excess of $80,000 per year after expenses.

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