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Hand-Painted Pots

Give plants a pretty home and watch profits bloom.

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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

Gardening is one of the fastest growingpastimes in North America. For the entrepreneur seeking to capitalizeon the huge demand for garden-related products, look no further thanstarting a business that creates and sells one-of-a-kind, hand-paintedclay gardening pots.

More and more people are searching for unique andinteresting ways in which to display their flowers and shrubs, so whynot create extraordinary planting pots for these consumers and startmaking money.

Simply purchase clay planting pots from a local wholesalecompany and paint and decorate the pots with unique, interesting andcolorful themes and designs. Once completed, the flowerpots can be soldin various ways, including directly to specialty retailers and gardencenters on a wholesale basis and to residential and commercial interiordecorators and garden planners.

You can also sell them by renting asales table at a local craft show or flea market, or by putting the onthe internet.

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Online Craft Shows

Location doesn’t matter when you showcase crafters’ wares online.

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  • Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Take craft shows high-tech by starting your own craft show website. The concept is straightforward. Many people producing crafts on a full- or part-time basis need a marketing and distribution outlet for their products beyond a few ‘bricks and mortar’ craft shows each year. Additionally, many of these same crafters can’t afford to develop their own websites, and even if they could, there’s still the cost of marketing and maintenance to consider.

Here is the solution: Develop a website that is a virtual craft show or e-crafts mall.

The site can be indexed into various craft categories and visitors would simply choose the section they wished to visit. Crafters would receive a listing with a link to a page that would give details about their particular products as well as show photographs of their products.

Consumers wishing to purchase a product would simply click on their selection and be linked to the central e-crafts store to enter payment and shipping information.

Revenue would be earned by charging a listing fee to be featured on the site, as well as retaining a percentage of each sale for providing the e-craft store and service. Crafters would be notified electronically of each sale, including shipping details, so they could send consumers their purchases directly.

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Plaster Casts

Inexpensive-to-make plaster casts of people, animals and objects can serve as unique home décor.

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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

Now a few of you reading this may bewondering how you can start a profitable business that creates andsells plaster casts.

Probably many more of you are wondering whysomeone would purchase a plaster cast.

Amazingly enough, there arebusinesses that not only survive producing plaster casts, but also earnvery substantial profits for doing so. Annually, millions of plastercasts depicting people, animals and objects are sold as homedecorations.

The materials needed to make plaster casts are inexpensiveand readily available at most craft supply stores. Many of these samestores also carry information, books and videos about how to makeplaster casts and, in some cases, even conduct classes on the subject.

The potential to earn an income or generate a profit from this uniquebusiness enterprise will obviously vary based on a number of factors.However, providing you can tap into the right marketing anddistribution mix, there’ll be no reason why you can’t only create anincome, but also a profit.

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Stained Glass

If you’re an artist who likes to work with glass, and wants to show others how to do it, this is the biz for you.

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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

Launching a business that focuses onteaching people how to make stained-glass items, such as lampshades andsun catchers, is a terrific low-investment business opportunity toinitiate.

The business and instruction classes can be operated from ahomebased workshop, or the classes can be provided for students andoperated in conjunction with a community institution, such as acollege, recreation center, or community center.

One of the mainrequirements for starting a business teaching others how to makestained-glass products is, of course, the ability to make and teachothers how to make stained-glass items. Beyond that, the business isvery simple to start.

Selling students the materials required to makethe stained-glass items, such as art glass, cutters, and glassgrinders, can earn additional income.

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