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Jewelry Business

Love all things that sparkle? Start a jewelry 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? Yes

Business Overview

If you love the art of making jewelry, then you’ll have a ball as a professional jewelry and accessories designer.

Jewelry and accessories are always popular, especially today when all those ’60s-style beads are back in style in a big way.

You can work with beads, with traditional elements like gold and silver, with glass, fabrics, feathers, clays–whatever suits your talents and fancies. And you can specialize in earrings, rings, pins or pendants, or in handcrafted handbags or hats. The advantages to this business are that you get to be creative as a career, you meet lots of interesting people while selling your art, and you can start part-time if you like.

You’ll need the talent and skills to design and turn out jewelry or accessories others will want to be seen in. And in addition to all that artistic sensibility, you’ll need plenty of marketing creativity and drive–you’ll need to sell your products as well as make them.

The Market

You can host home parties à la Mary Kay or sell directly to local merchants, at flea markets, arts and crafts fairs, and through wholesalers and sales reps.

If you plan to go the wholesale route, hook up with reps at gift shows, which you can locate by calling local and regional chambers of commerce and convention centers, by reading gift industry publications or through the associations listed below.

Needed Equipment

Your equipment will depend on what jewelry and accessories you’ll design. Goldsmithing requires a different set of tools than beadwork, and leatherworking is not the same as quilting.

If you’re already working with your chosen medium, you probably have your tools at hand. But now that you’ll be designing professionally, take an equipment inventory and decide if newer or additional tools or equipment could make your work faster and easier–remember, the more pieces you turn out, the higher your income will be.

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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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Bronze Baby Shoes

Solidify your customer’s greatest memories.

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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

Preserving baby shoes, toys, keepsakes orsoothers, a bronzing service is a surefire winner.

Low investment, lowoverhead, and little competition means big profits for you. To getstarted in a bronzing service you will need to invest a small amount ofmoney into equipment and samples, but that’s about it.

Start by simplyproducing samples of your bronzing work and locate the sample items inevery baby or child-related store in your community.

Provide theretailers with order forms, bags, and name tags for the items to bebronzed. The retailers’ customers will simply drop off the items theywant bronzed and pick up the items from the same retailer a week later.In exchange for the retailer providing this service for you, give thema 35 percent commission of the total sale.

Of course, you will alsoneed to provide the retailer with a sales price list. There should beno problem in getting retailers onboard as they’re not required to buyor warehouse any inventory for you.

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Online Coloring Books

Take a favorite childhood pastime online with an online coloring book.

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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

Online coloring books for kids is a unique and interesting opportunity that could prove to be both fun and profitable.

This online business concept is very straightforward. Simply develop a website that enables kids to chose from a wide selection of images and pictures of animals, people, buildings and landscapes. These images are downloaded, printed from their desktop printer and colored using crayons.

Alternately you could design a color pallet and tools that would enable kids to color their pictures right on the website and print it when they’re finished. Kids could print multiple pages and even create their own coloring books to provide them with hours of fun.

To generate income to cover the cost for maintaining the site and providing you with a profit, you could license the rights to the website to other entrepreneurs to feature a link from their websites to yours.

In other words this unique interactive tool for kids would be an item that would draw visitors to their site thus increasing hits and the opportunity to create larger revenues.

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