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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 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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