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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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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

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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Coloring Books

Use your artistic creativity to develop custom coloring books children will love.

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Business At A Glance

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

Business Overview

The main focus of this business enterpriseis to personalize children’s coloring books.

The equipment requirementsand approach to marketing are very similar to that of the story timebook venture. However, an additional marketing technique that can beemployed is to design a retail sales kiosk and locate the kiosk in abusy community mall on weekends.

This kind of retail location willenable you to personalize and sell the coloring books right on site.Remember, do not limit your ability to generate revenue.

Withspecialized printing equipment you can also produce children’s’u-color-it posters,’ restaurant placemats, and even specialty greetingcards, all of which can also be sold via the sales kiosk to increaserevenues and profits.

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Wind Chimes

Harmonize for love for crafts and music by creating wind chimes.

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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

Seashells, glass, metal or bells’-windchimes can be manufactured from almost any kind of material. Starting abusiness that manufactures wind chimes can be a great way to turn sparetime into extra income.

The wind chimes can be sold to retail stores,garden centers and gift shops on a wholesale basis. Or, the wind chimescan be sold directly to the end consumers via a booth at a busy fleamarket, mall kiosk or an online mall. While there may not seem to be alot of potential for profit in this type of manufacturing business,consider the following: 50 retail accounts that sold only four windchimes each month would produce total unit sales of 200 wind chimes.

A$10 gross profit on each wind chime sold would produce gross profits of$2,000 each month for the business venture. Now imagine if there were500 retail accounts established across North America that achieved thesame sales volumes, this simple manufacturing and wholesaling businesswould then be generating gross profits of $20,000 per month.

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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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