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Online Art Auctions

Connect artists with customers far and wide in online auctions.

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

Business Overview

Once again, millions of professional and amateur artists are seeking ways to sell their artwork and this fact creates a fantastic opportunity to start an online art auction service.

The challenge with operating this type of venture will not be securing works of art to be auctioned, but promoting the site in such a manor that it receives a lot of visitor hits and interest. In terms of marketing and promoting the site, consider building an alliance with a major player on the web like a brand name site.

Revenues and profits will be created when artwork has been successfully auctioned and I would suggest retaining a commission in the range of 10 to 25 percent of the total selling value for providing the service.

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Nursery Designer

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

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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

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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Quilt Sales

It won’t take people long to cozy up to this business idea.

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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

Quilting has been around for generations andcontinues to thrive.

Like many things today, everything old is onceagain new and popular, and starting a business that sells custom-made,one-of-a-kind quilts could be your opportunity to reap big financialbenefits. If you are already familiar with quilting, great. If not,simply research the different aspects of quilting, or a visit to yourlibrary should give you enough information to get started. For those ofyou not familiar with copyright laws, be sure not to infringe onsomeone else’s creation.

Selling the quilts could be as easy as rentinga table at local craft shows or selling the custom quilts via the webto a global audience. Additionally, look for opportunities inpurchasing antique quilts and reselling the quilts for a profit, as thecollectors’ market for antique quilts is hot.

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Christmas Ornaments

Bring holiday cheer to people’s homes with creative Christmas ornaments.

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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? No

Business Overview

Starting a business that manufacturesChristmas ornaments can provide you with a fabulous part-time seasonalincome just when you need it the most – Christmas time.

Christmasornaments such as tree decorations and door wreaths are very simple andinexpensive to make, and can be sold in various ways including toretailers on a wholesale basis or directly to consumers at a saleskiosk in a mall or at craft shows. The business is ideally operatedfrom home and the overheads are virtually nonexistent.

Whilemanufacturing and selling Christmas decorations on a part-time,seasonal basis may not make you rich; it can potentially generate anextra income of $5,000 to $10,000 per year.

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