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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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Christmas Decorations

While you’ll likely only sell your products during fall and winter, it’s a business you can work on all year.

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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

Each year, billions of dollars are spent onChristmas decorations worldwide, and securing a portion of this verylucrative market is easy.

This new business enterprise is verystraightforward and can be initiated by anyone, as it doesn’t requireany special business experience or skills. Simply design, produce andsell custom one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations.

Go for the high end ofthe market where consumers are willing to pay $25 or more for oneChristmas decoration that’ll become a family heirloom. The decorationscan be made from almost any type of raw material, in any popularChristmas theme.

 The key to success is that the Christmas decorationsmust be unique and appealing. The decorations can be sold to specialtyretailers on a wholesale basis or directly to consumers via renting asales table at art and craft shows.

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Wall Murals

Use your artistic skills to create large, custom creations for clients.

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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

Many building and business owners are turning to having wall muralspainted on large areas of their buildings (interior and exterior) forpromotional and interior decoration purposes, and as a method to detergraffiti.

If you have the ability, or can form a group of people withthe ability to produce attractive wall murals, then you can make a lotof money operating your own custom wall mural painting service.

Paintyour first wall mural for free (with permission of course) and use thefinished product as your presentation. Approach businesses with photosof your work.

Additionally, have a few suggestions and rough drafts ofthe wall mural you are proposing. Another way to market your servicesis to partner up with local interior design or architecturefirms–they’ll know when the local Italian restaurant is renovating orwhen the library is adding a new wing. Or, you can also target high-endhomeowners who might want nursery rhyme images painted in their baby’sroom or a lush tropical scene added to a patio wall.

You could also addpainting services, such as faux finishes, to boost your business. Nextto your skill with a paintbrush, your imagination is your best tool forselling your service.

The Market

You can market your services to both businesses and individuals.Creating working relationships with interior designers is key.

Needed Equipment

Paints and brushes, of course, including rollers and other tools usedto cover large areas. You’ll also want an array of ladders and dropcloths, and a vehicle large enough to transport the tools of your trade.

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Freelance Photography

Love to take photos? Freelance your expertise.

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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

There are two very good reasons why theinternet has breathed new life into the freelance photography industry.

First, using e-mail, it is now very easy to send pictures topublishers, editors, copywriters, marketers and designers all aroundthe globe in a matter of moments.

Second, billions of photographicimages are needed to fill the now more than four billion (and climbing)web pages.

In addition to the internet, there are millions of printpublications, media companies, retailers, marketers, organizations,government agencies and others who need new photographs every day toadd meaning to newspapers, newsletters, magazines, brochures, catalogsand presentations.

Needless to say, people with professionalphotographic skills have the opportunity to earn a great living takingand selling photographs. You can contract with publishers, or post yourphotos on any one of the many stock photography services online, wherepeople can browse the selection and purchase the images they need.

Youare paid a one-time fee, or a royalty each time the image isdownloaded, depending on your agreement with the image broker.

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