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Embroidery Service

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

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  • 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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Hand-Painted Storage Boxes

Organizing can be more enjoyable with attractive storage boxes.

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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

With so many people looking for unique andinteresting ways to organize their personal belongings, home officedocuments and family keepsakes, hand-painted storage boxes are sure tofit the bill.

The options are endless–using materials such as wood,metal and cardboard, you can create designer storage boxes to suitevery decor. You will need to have some artistic talent, but with thatsaid, arts and crafts classes are available in almost every community.

Additionally, consider building the storage boxes out of recycledmaterials, as well as using organic paints to decorate the storageboxes. Not only will you be helping the environment by doing this, butyou’ll also be able to capitalize on an earth-friendly marketingapproach.

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Jewelry Boxes

You’ve got to have a love for details, artistry and functionality to make this business sparkle.

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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

Jewelry boxes can retail for as much as 10 to 20 times of what it costs to build them, making this a potentially very profitable homebased manufacturing venture. This is the type of manufacturing business that will let you be very creative in design and in the materials selected for the construction process.

Or in other words, ‘think outside the jewelry box.’ Consider using materials that normally would not be used for building this product, like recycled items, seashells, glass, or plastic.

You can market the boxes by renting table space at crafts sales and flea markets, sell them to retailers on a wholesale basis, and even get the jewelry boxes featured for sale on numerous Web sites. The sky’s the limit.

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Online Fabric Shop

Add some texture to your business side with an online shop that’s made of good material.

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  • Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Option One:

Develop a portal that brings fabric manufacturers and distributors together with fabric retailers via an online fabric directory website. Worldwide there are thousands of fabric manufacturers and fabric retailers, thus an exciting opportunity exists by bringing these two parties together to buy and sell fabric.

Revenue could be earned by charging both fabric manufacturers and retailers a fee for using the directory service. You could even create a password application that would enable both to have their own online warehouse, shipping center, inventory control, and tracking system. This type of website would be beneficial to both parties as it would enable them to do business online without the added expense of middlemen, sales consultants and costly marketing campaigns.

Option Two:

Focus on the direct-to-consumer market by creating a website that features fabric for sale.

Potential customers include hobby seamstresses, fashion designers, interior decorators and tailors. The site would be easy to create and could feature pictures and descriptions of the various fabrics you sell as well as a price list. Customers would select the fabric they wanted, add it to their shopping cart, make a payment and submit the order, all with a few easy clicks of a mouse button.

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