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Mobile Art Gallery

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

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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

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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Craft Shows

Bringing vendors together can be a crafty part-time business that doesn’t require a lot of capital.

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  • Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Do you want to know how you can make anextra $25,000 per year by hosting only four annual craft shows? It isactually quite easy to host craft shows, and in the spirit of beingunique, let me suggest a way that you cannot only make an additional$25,000 per year part-time, but you can also have a lot of fun doingit.

The business concept is very direct. Simply, secure 100 craftvendors per craft show that you host, and charge each vendor $100 fortable rental. Holding a winter, spring, summer and fall show willgenerate total business revenues of $40,000 (4 shows x 100 vendors eachshow x $100 per table booth = $40,000).

The next trick is to keep asmuch of the gross revenues as possible, and seek out ways of promotingthe show so craft vendors will receive maximum exposure. Here is how itcan be accomplished:

  • Free location for the craft shows.Finding a location to hold the craft show without having to pay rent isvery easy. Simply negotiate with the landlord of the location thatshows’ admittance fees and concession snack revenue will be retained bythe location or landlord. One thousand people paying $1 each to attendand spending only $1 each on snacks will result in a two-day ‘same asrent’ fee of $2,000.
  • Free advertising for the craft shows.Advertising and promoting the craft show for free is also very easy.Start by negotiating with the craft vendors that 5 percent of theirtotal sales will go to a community charity.

The next step is to contacta local newspaper or TV station and negotiate a joint venture in termsof sponsoring the craft show and the local charity. Once again, it willnot be hard to find a newspaper or TV station that is willing to giveaway some free advertising in exchange for the goodwill benefits ofbeing a co-sponsor of a community event for charity.

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Woodcarving

Are you good with a knife? Let wood be your canvas.

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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

Do you wood carve for a hobby, and are thecarvings good? If so, consider starting a woodcarving business that notonly lets you work at what you like best, but also makes you some moneyat the same time. Original, interesting and unique woodcarvings selllike crazy in the right retail environment, such as arts and craftsshows and specialty retail shops.

Finding retailers to stock and sellthe woodcarvings is simple.

Why? Because the owners of these businessesknow how well woodcarvings sell and how much money can be made sellingwoodcarvings. Of course, if you want to keep the bulk of the profitsyourself, you can always sell your woodcarving creations directly toconsumers by renting a sales kiosk in a mall or even by advertising thewoodcarvings for sale, complete with a description and picture, on anonline auction site.

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Hand-Painted Storage Boxes

Organizing can be more enjoyable with attractive storage boxes.

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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

With so many people looking for unique andinteresting ways to organize their personal belongings, home officedocuments and family keepsakes, hand-painted storage boxes are sure tofit the bill.

The options are endless–using materials such as wood,metal and cardboard, you can create designer storage boxes to suitevery decor. You will need to have some artistic talent, but with thatsaid, arts and crafts classes are available in almost every community.

Additionally, consider building the storage boxes out of recycledmaterials, as well as using organic paints to decorate the storageboxes. Not only will you be helping the environment by doing this, butyou’ll also be able to capitalize on an earth-friendly marketingapproach.

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