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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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Online Craft Shows

Location doesn’t matter when you showcase crafters’ wares online.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Take craft shows high-tech by starting your own craft show website. The concept is straightforward. Many people producing crafts on a full- or part-time basis need a marketing and distribution outlet for their products beyond a few ‘bricks and mortar’ craft shows each year. Additionally, many of these same crafters can’t afford to develop their own websites, and even if they could, there’s still the cost of marketing and maintenance to consider.

Here is the solution: Develop a website that is a virtual craft show or e-crafts mall.

The site can be indexed into various craft categories and visitors would simply choose the section they wished to visit. Crafters would receive a listing with a link to a page that would give details about their particular products as well as show photographs of their products.

Consumers wishing to purchase a product would simply click on their selection and be linked to the central e-crafts store to enter payment and shipping information.

Revenue would be earned by charging a listing fee to be featured on the site, as well as retaining a percentage of each sale for providing the e-craft store and service. Crafters would be notified electronically of each sale, including shipping details, so they could send consumers their purchases directly.

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Online Fabric Shop

Add some texture to your business side with an online shop that’s made of good material.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Option One:

Develop a portal that brings fabric manufacturers and distributors together with fabric retailers via an online fabric directory website. Worldwide there are thousands of fabric manufacturers and fabric retailers, thus an exciting opportunity exists by bringing these two parties together to buy and sell fabric.

Revenue could be earned by charging both fabric manufacturers and retailers a fee for using the directory service. You could even create a password application that would enable both to have their own online warehouse, shipping center, inventory control, and tracking system. This type of website would be beneficial to both parties as it would enable them to do business online without the added expense of middlemen, sales consultants and costly marketing campaigns.

Option Two:

Focus on the direct-to-consumer market by creating a website that features fabric for sale.

Potential customers include hobby seamstresses, fashion designers, interior decorators and tailors. The site would be easy to create and could feature pictures and descriptions of the various fabrics you sell as well as a price list. Customers would select the fabric they wanted, add it to their shopping cart, make a payment and submit the order, all with a few easy clicks of a mouse button.

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Stained Glass

If you’re an artist who likes to work with glass, and wants to show others how to do it, this is the biz for you.

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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

Launching a business that focuses onteaching people how to make stained-glass items, such as lampshades andsun catchers, is a terrific low-investment business opportunity toinitiate.

The business and instruction classes can be operated from ahomebased workshop, or the classes can be provided for students andoperated in conjunction with a community institution, such as acollege, recreation center, or community center.

One of the mainrequirements for starting a business teaching others how to makestained-glass products is, of course, the ability to make and teachothers how to make stained-glass items. Beyond that, the business isvery simple to start.

Selling students the materials required to makethe stained-glass items, such as art glass, cutters, and glassgrinders, can earn additional income.

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