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Embroidery Service

Using embroidery equipment, you can personalize everything from dog collars to T-shirts.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Recent technology changes in the multibillion dollar embroideryindustry have made it very easy for even a novice to start anembroidery service.

Embroidery machines are now available in single ormultihead units enabling the operator to embroider six items at a timeor more. Additionally, modern embroidery equipment is computerassisted, meaning that the designs can be created using specialtysoftware and a computer and then automatically transferred to theembroidery machine to complete the stitching of the design.

Thebusiness can easily be operated from a homebased location. However,there should still be a small showroom established, even if it’s in thehome, to display items that can be embroidered as well as samples ofembroidery options.

Marketing the service can be as easy as creating acatalog and marketing brochure and distributing the package topotential clients such as sports associations, charities, corporationsand clubs. Furthermore, consider hiring a commissioned salesperson tosolicit or cold-call for business as this can be a very effective andprofitable marketing option.

Needed Equipment

An embroidery machine, necessary fixtures for your shop (or homestudio), an inventory of items (T-shirts, hats, jackets, etc.) toembroider

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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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Lamp Shades

Create unique lampshades and watch customers’ faces shine.

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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

Are you searching to start a part-time business that has virtually no competition? If the answer is yes, then consider starting a business that manufactures and markets custom-made lampshades.

The key to success in this very unusual manufacturing business is to ensure you create really unique lampshades, not only in appearance and design but also in your choice of raw materials used in the construction.

Market the lampshades by contacting local interior decorators and setting appointments with them to introduce them to your unique product. Additionally, aim to sell the lampshades to retailers on a wholesale basis or place the lampshades into retail stores on a consignment basis.

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Portrait Photography

Capture your clients’ perfect poses as a portrait photographer.

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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

Calling all hobby photographers! Why not profit from your skills bystarting a portrait photography service? As with pet photography, youcan work at it full-time or part-time and operate the service on amobile basis by going to your client’s home, office, or business, orfrom a homebased studio requiring clients to come to you.

Also, likepet photography, you can easily increase profits by simply offering toplace images on a wide variety of products including greeting cards,calendars, mugs, and T-shirts. Photo greeting cards and calendars areespecially popular. Promote the business by utilizing print media suchas fliers, newspaper ads, and Yellow Pages advertisements, as well asby working with local retailers who will allow you to set up a weekendportrait studio in their location on a revenue-splitting basis.

The Market

Families, schools and don’t overlook potential clients at sports clubs,charity organizations, social clubs, and corporations, as most puttogether an annual yearbook featuring photographs of employees,members, and volunteers.

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