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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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Lamp Shades

Create unique lampshades and watch customers’ faces shine.

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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

Are you searching to start a part-time business that has virtually no competition? If the answer is yes, then consider starting a business that manufactures and markets custom-made lampshades.

The key to success in this very unusual manufacturing business is to ensure you create really unique lampshades, not only in appearance and design but also in your choice of raw materials used in the construction.

Market the lampshades by contacting local interior decorators and setting appointments with them to introduce them to your unique product. Additionally, aim to sell the lampshades to retailers on a wholesale basis or place the lampshades into retail stores on a consignment basis.

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Potpourri Sales

Figure out a way to differentiate your potpourri and you’ll be surrounded by the sweet smell of success.

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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

Starting a business that makes andwholesales potpourri products is an excellent home based businessventure to set in motion.

The potpourri can be made from dried flowers,pine cones and bark mulch with fragrant essential oils added. Oncepackaged, the potpourri can be sold on a wholesale basis to specialtyretailers or directly to consumers via a sales kiosk or craft show.

Oneimportant aspect of the business not to overlook is packaging. Thepackaging for the potpourri should be unique to your business, as amethod to separate your product from the competition.

Additionally, besure to use recycled materials for the packaging of the products, asthis will not only help the environment, but it can also be used as afantastic marketing tool.

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Charcoal Portraits

Use your charcoal drawing expertise to create quick portraits.

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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

Can you produce attractive charcoalportraits of people in a very short time frame? If not, you may want totake some courses so you can, as people portraits created from charcoaldrawings is one of the greatest all time ‘cash’ art business that canbe started. We have all seen street artists who produce quick charcoalportraits of people.

These portraits usually cost $20 and the artist ispaid in cash. I live close to a tourist area, and in the summer I havewatched street artists draw as many as five portraits in an hour’stime. Your math skills do not have to be good to know that adds up to$100 an hour for about $2 or $3 worth of art supplies.

Perhapstraveling to foreign destinations is your dream. If so, this is theperfect business opportunity for you. With little more than a passport,suitcase, and a few art supplies, you could easily work your way aroundthe world producing charcoal portraits in every tourist mecca.

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