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Nursery Designer

Use your interior design talents to design fanciful and fun nurseries.

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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

Parents are an indulgent lot, and at no other time are they more indulgent than when their children are newborns. I recently visited a de

signer who works from her home and exclusively designs nurseries for expecting parents. During this meeting, I gained great insight into this business and how to market your services. First lesson is to throw away everything you know about marketing and promote your service solely on “goo goo ga ga” (as the designer puts it). What she means is that most of the decisions expecting parents make in terms of a baby nursery are made on an emotional basis.

Her secret to business success is to promote her design talents using elaborate displays at any trade show that is remotely associated with babies and children.

This method of marketing enabled her to build a solid client and referral base, with very little (if any) competition at these trade shows. Of course, there are additional marketing options that are open, including working with architects, interior designers, retail children’s stores and custom homebuilders.

The profits that can be earned as a nursery designer are excellent. The above-mentioned nursery designer is netting in excess of $80,000 per year after expenses.

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Designer Pillows

A couch isn’t a couch without a decorative pillow. Create pillows that help decorators differentiate themselves.

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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

Turn your sewing machine into a part-timeprofit center by creating custom designed pillows. The pillows can becompleted on a made-to-order basis, or you can develop standard designsand themes and sell the pillows on a wholesale basis.

Be sure toestablish alliances with interior decorators, as these decorators couldbecome your best customers for custom pillows.

Additional income canalso be earned by designing and manufacturing custom pillow and cushioncovers with elaborate themes. Stick with standard sizes or custom,made-to-order designs for this side of the business.

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Knitting

Do you know the difference between knitting and purling? Start making money from your creations.

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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

Do you currently knit sweaters, jackets and more? If so, perhaps you should consider turning your hobby craft into a profitable part-time business enterprise.

The business is to simply create beautiful and unique hand-knitted products, from sweaters to a clothing line for stuffed animals.

The opportunities are endless; all you need is a creative spirit, knitting needles, some yarn and you’re in business.

For the truly enterprising entrepreneur, develop a website that features knit clothing products for sale, as well as a custom made-to-order service where site visitors could simply fill out an order form for the size and style of knit products they want.

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Portrait Photography

Capture your clients’ perfect poses as a portrait photographer.

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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

Calling all hobby photographers! Why not profit from your skills bystarting a portrait photography service? As with pet photography, youcan work at it full-time or part-time and operate the service on amobile basis by going to your client’s home, office, or business, orfrom a homebased studio requiring clients to come to you.

Also, likepet photography, you can easily increase profits by simply offering toplace images on a wide variety of products including greeting cards,calendars, mugs, and T-shirts. Photo greeting cards and calendars areespecially popular. Promote the business by utilizing print media suchas fliers, newspaper ads, and Yellow Pages advertisements, as well asby working with local retailers who will allow you to set up a weekendportrait studio in their location on a revenue-splitting basis.

The Market

Families, schools and don’t overlook potential clients at sports clubs,charity organizations, social clubs, and corporations, as most puttogether an annual yearbook featuring photographs of employees,members, and volunteers.

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