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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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Custom Airbrushing

Combine your artistic and business sides with a custom airbrushing company.

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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

Paint airbrushing is very popular and hasmany uses including customizing vehicles, creating murals, decoratingclothing, and creating a one-of-a-kind paint finish on almost anyproduct.

The equipment necessary for this business is inexpensive andcan be ordered through art supply or paint supply stores. I contactedtwo businesses that offered custom airbrushing services; one advertisedin the Yellow Pages and the other was referred to me by an automotivebody shop. In both instances, the charge to create custom airbrushedimages was $60 per hour (plus materials) with no guarantees on how longit would take to finish the job.

Working a mere 25 hours a week atthese rates could earn you as much as $70,000 per year.

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Iron Sculptures

If you’re creative and know how to weld, start looking for metal.

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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

Calling all talented artists with weldingskills and a home workshop. It’s time to start profiting from yourtalents by starting a business that produces iron art sculptures.

Theraw materials required for the sculptures can be purchased from metalrecycling facilities for low or no cost. Once completed, the sculpturescan be marketed directly to art-loving consumers and art collectors bysetting up a sales kiosk on weekends at malls and other communitygathering places.

Additionally, the iron sculptures can be featured andsold online and at local art galleries. Furthermore, be sure to craftiron sculptures that have functional value such as weather vanes, coatracks and room partitions.

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Mobile Art Gallery

Take art right to its ideal audience with a mobile gallery.

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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

Art is big business, and starting a mobile art gallery can put you on the road to riches. Take a traditional art gallery; place wheels on it and you have this business opportunity in a nutshell. Maybe it is not that simple, but pretty close.

In this enterprise you will want to work with perhaps a hundred artists or more. This is a volume-based operation. Once you have selected the artists, begin to establish locations where the artworks will be featured.

Good locations include doctor office waiting rooms, office lobbies, restaurants, hospitals and all other high-traffic gathering places.

The art can be displayed in these locations with a small card on each piece, which reads, ‘this art is for sale, for further information call (your business name and a toll-free 1-800 number).’ When a potential customer calls to inquire about a particular piece of art for sale, you simply sell the art over the phone and arrange delivery to the purchaser. If a piece sells for $100 then you would give the artist $50, the host location $10 and keep $40 for yourself.

As you can see, on a volume basis there is enormous potential for profit. Imagine if you had 100 locations selling just two pieces of art per month at an average sale price of $150’you would stand to make more than $10,000 every month.

Requirements

Operating a mobile art gallery business requires excellent cold calling, presentation, organization and negotiation skills. You will also need reliable transportation and a computer system to track and maintain customer files and inventory lists.

Start-up costs

The investment to set this business enterprise in motion is minimal: $8,000 to $10,000 will be sufficient to purchase any required equipment and leave enough working capital to operate on for a few months while the business is being established.

Profit potential

Charging a flat commission of 40 percent for you, and generating gross sales of $250,000 per year will generate business revenues of $100,000. Once again, I stress that you must secure as many art installation locations or ‘silent salespeople’ as you possibly can.

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