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Mirror Art

Create cool works of art with mirror pieces that you can get for free.

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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

Mirror art is simply small pieces of mirror in varying colors and shapes that have been assembled together to resemble a picture, landscape or even abstract design. In most cases a trip to your local glass shop will result in all the mirror you will need for this new venture, and usually at no cost.

Why? Most glass shops dispose of mirror cutoff pieces that are too small to sell, but these same pieces of mirror are perfectly sized to create mirror art.

The equipment needed to create the art is inexpensive and includes a few hand tools and a glass grinder. Also, patterns are available to make the mirror art or you can create your own. Once completed, the art can be sold via flea market booths, online or by renting a sales kiosk in malls.

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Custom Airbrushing

Combine your artistic and business sides with a custom airbrushing company.

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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

Paint airbrushing is very popular and hasmany uses including customizing vehicles, creating murals, decoratingclothing, and creating a one-of-a-kind paint finish on almost anyproduct.

The equipment necessary for this business is inexpensive andcan be ordered through art supply or paint supply stores. I contactedtwo businesses that offered custom airbrushing services; one advertisedin the Yellow Pages and the other was referred to me by an automotivebody shop. In both instances, the charge to create custom airbrushedimages was $60 per hour (plus materials) with no guarantees on how longit would take to finish the job.

Working a mere 25 hours a week atthese rates could earn you as much as $70,000 per year.

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Ice Sculpture Classes

It’s very posh to see bars made of ice. If you have the skills, it’s never been hotter to be surrounded by ice.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: Under $2,000
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Who would possibly want to learn how to makeice sculptures? The answer is thousands of chefs and caterers.

Providing you have the skills and abilities to produce ice sculpturesand can teach other people, then you have overcome the first hurdle inestablishing a new business venture that teaches students how to makeice sculptures.

Ice sculpture classes are best suited to being marketeddirectly to restaurant and catering company owners by arranging apresentation appointment to display and demonstrate your service. Thebusiness does not require an operating location, as you can travel toyour client’s business location and teach the ice sculpting classeson-site.

This is an inexpensive business to establish and there shouldbe no problems charging clients $40 to $50 per hour for the classes.

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Mobile Art Gallery

Take art right to its ideal audience with a mobile gallery.

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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

Art is big business, and starting a mobile art gallery can put you on the road to riches. Take a traditional art gallery; place wheels on it and you have this business opportunity in a nutshell. Maybe it is not that simple, but pretty close.

In this enterprise you will want to work with perhaps a hundred artists or more. This is a volume-based operation. Once you have selected the artists, begin to establish locations where the artworks will be featured.

Good locations include doctor office waiting rooms, office lobbies, restaurants, hospitals and all other high-traffic gathering places.

The art can be displayed in these locations with a small card on each piece, which reads, ‘this art is for sale, for further information call (your business name and a toll-free 1-800 number).’ When a potential customer calls to inquire about a particular piece of art for sale, you simply sell the art over the phone and arrange delivery to the purchaser. If a piece sells for $100 then you would give the artist $50, the host location $10 and keep $40 for yourself.

As you can see, on a volume basis there is enormous potential for profit. Imagine if you had 100 locations selling just two pieces of art per month at an average sale price of $150’you would stand to make more than $10,000 every month.

Requirements

Operating a mobile art gallery business requires excellent cold calling, presentation, organization and negotiation skills. You will also need reliable transportation and a computer system to track and maintain customer files and inventory lists.

Start-up costs

The investment to set this business enterprise in motion is minimal: $8,000 to $10,000 will be sufficient to purchase any required equipment and leave enough working capital to operate on for a few months while the business is being established.

Profit potential

Charging a flat commission of 40 percent for you, and generating gross sales of $250,000 per year will generate business revenues of $100,000. Once again, I stress that you must secure as many art installation locations or ‘silent salespeople’ as you possibly can.

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