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Junkyard Sculptures

Turn trash into treasure with your artistic skills.

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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

There are two ways to make money in a junkyard sculpture business.

The first, create and sell art sculptures made from junkyard items.

The second, supply art schools and artists with interesting junkyard items. In both instances a little bit of innovation can make you a lot of money.

When my wife and I were first married, like most newlyweds money was tight. Out of 50 percent inspiration and 50 percent desperation my wife decided to try and remedy the situation by creating a part-time income to supplement our family income. Her choice was to go to auto recycling yards and purchase old car springs for about 25 cents apiece. Once home she sanded and painted the springs lively colors and placed silk flower arrangements inside.

The recycled car springs became known as “Spring’s Springs.” She sold “Spring’s Springs” to gift shops, garden centers, and interior designers on a wholesale basis, and it didn’t take long until it became a full-time and very profitable venture. There are a great deal of business opportunities available or that can be created.

Sometimes, it just requires us to open our minds to imaginative ideas.

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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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  • 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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