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Mirror Art

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

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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? 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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Calligraphy

Turn a hobby for calligraphy into a home based business.

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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

Turn your talent for exquisite handwritinginto a profitable business by providing customers with calligraphyservices. Even people with minimal artistic ability can easily learncalligraphy. There are numerous books and kits available that can helpyou master the craft, as well as training classes offered through theresources listed below.

Calligraphy can be used to create one-of-a-kindhandwritten wedding and event invitations, restaurant menus, giftbasket cards, high-end product labels, business cards, awardcertificates, greeting cards, thank-you cards, stationery and logodesigns.

Likewise, print shops and stationers are often asked forspecial designs requiring calligraphy and because the majority onlyoffer machine-printed calligraphy, there is a great opportunity tosubcontract your services to them to fill this void in the marketplace.Also be sure to create a portfolio of work that can be distributed towedding consultants, restaurants, banquet facilities, associations andclubs throughout your community, as well as print and stationery shops.

This is a low-cost business to get started, and rates are in the rangeof $25 to $50 per hour.

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Painter

Love painting? Turn your artistic passion into a business.

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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

Painting fine works of art definitelyrequires a great degree of talent, and if you posses this talent what awonderful way to make a living.

As an artist you can paint commissionedand noncommissioned pieces.

Commissioned painting for corporations is avery good way to stabilize your income. There are also many artgalleries who will accept and display your artwork for a commission onthe sale of the artwork.

Either way, there is nothing like beingself-employed in a business or profession that you enjoy and that youcan earn a living at.

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Custom Buttons

Who says buttons have to be boring? Create interesting buttons that will make people smile when they get dressed.

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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

Are you searching for a unique andinexpensive home based business opportunity that has little competitionand a real chance of succeeding? If so, consider starting a businessthat specializes in manufacturing and selling custom, one-of-a-kindbuttons for clothing. The buttons can be manufactured from just aboutevery type of raw material, including wood, metal, seashells and glass.The key to success in button manufacturing is twofold.

First, thebuttons must be unique in design and appearance.

Second, you need to bea good marketer. Consider the following:

  • Establish accounts with specialty retailers to purchase the buttonson a wholesale basis.
  • Sell the buttons to manufacturers anddesigners of custom clothing.
  • Sell the custom clothingbuttons directly to consumers via the internet.

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