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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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Iron Sculptures

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

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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

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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Mosaic Tile Creations

Make almost anything more colorful by covering it in trendy mosaic tiles.

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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

Creating home decoration items featuring mosaic tile designs is an exceptional business venture to set in motion. Not only can this enterprise be started and run from a home based location, but this business is also very inexpensive to initiate. Best of all, interesting home and office decoration products are always in high demand.

Create unique mosaic tile designs; everything from tabletops to mosaic tile picture frames. Your only limitations will be your imagination.

Mosaic tiles can be purchased ready to install or you can create your own simply by buying discontinued styles and colors as well as collecting broken tiles from local building and renovation companies. Of course, the latter options would be excellent choices, as most could be purchased at very low or no cost, not to mention the fact that you’ll be recycling an unwanted waste product.

Marketing the mosaic tile creations can be by way of traditional advertising media, as well as by renting a weekend sales kiosk in a market or mall. Additionally, be sure to contact interior decorators in your community to introduce them to your unique product line.

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Candle Making

Provide a little light in people’s lives with handmade candles.

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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

The popularity of specialty candles hasreally taken off in the past decade as more and more people arestarting to enjoy the relaxing effect that burning scented candles canhave. This popularity and consumer demand for specialty candles createsa tremendous business opportunity for the innovative entrepreneur tostart a business that manufactures and sells candles.

A good startingpoint for learning how to make candles would be to visit the locallibrary, as well as visiting the National Candle Association’s website(www.candles.org).

A home based candle making business is best suitedfor the entrepreneur seeking additional income on a part-time basiswith a long-term goal of establishing a full-time and profitablebusiness concern.

Selling the candles can be as easy as renting a tableat a local craft show, placing the candles in retail locations onconsignment basis, or even establishing wholesale accounts withnational specialty retailers. Furthermore, adding fragrance, coloringand creating artistic details on the candles will definitely increaseconsumer demand for the product and result in more profit for you.

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