Connect with us

Arts & Crafts

Online Art Auctions

Connect artists with customers far and wide in online auctions.

Entrepreneur

Published

on

Business At A Glance

  • 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.

Entrepreneur Magazine is South Africa's top read business publication with the highest readership per month according to AMPS. The title has won seven major publishing excellence awards since it's launch in 2006. Entrepreneur Magazine is the "how-to" handbook for growing companies. Find us on Google+ here.

Advertisement
Comments

Arts & Crafts

Homebased Tailor

If you’re an experienced tailor, you can contract your work to retailers and then sew from home.

Entrepreneur

Published

on

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

Retailers of men’s formal and business weargenerally don’t have an in-house tailor, and typically alteration workis subcontracted to outside tailors. This fact creates a more thanample opportunity for individuals with sewing experience to capitalizeby starting a tailoring service that operates right from a home basedlocation.

The fastest way to establish the service is to offer men’swear retailers your services on a subcontract basis, and you canarrange a certain time of the day to pick up garments to be altered andreturn the garments the following day. Additionally, to generate morerevenue for the business, consider purchasing tuxedos that can berented to clients via the men’s wear stores that currently don’tprovide their customers this service.

The potential income range is $25to $35 per hour.

Continue Reading

Arts & Crafts

Junkyard Sculptures

Turn trash into treasure with your artistic skills.

Entrepreneur

Published

on

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

There are two ways to make money in a junkyard sculpture business.

The first, create and sell art sculptures made from junkyard items.

The second, supply art schools and artists with interesting junkyard items. In both instances a little bit of innovation can make you a lot of money.

When my wife and I were first married, like most newlyweds money was tight. Out of 50 percent inspiration and 50 percent desperation my wife decided to try and remedy the situation by creating a part-time income to supplement our family income. Her choice was to go to auto recycling yards and purchase old car springs for about 25 cents apiece. Once home she sanded and painted the springs lively colors and placed silk flower arrangements inside.

The recycled car springs became known as “Spring’s Springs.” She sold “Spring’s Springs” to gift shops, garden centers, and interior designers on a wholesale basis, and it didn’t take long until it became a full-time and very profitable venture. There are a great deal of business opportunities available or that can be created.

Sometimes, it just requires us to open our minds to imaginative ideas.

Continue Reading

Arts & Crafts

Bookbinding and Repairs

Don’t be bound to just one job–try bookbinding and repairs for another source of income.

Entrepreneur

Published

on

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

Working right from home you can bind books in small quantities andrepair antique books. Bookbinding equipment is very inexpensive topurchase and there are even construction plans available that willenable you to build your own bookbinding equipment.

Marketing theservice can be as easy as establishing alliances with secondhand bookretailers and book collector clubs. Likewise the ability to bind andrepair books can also pay off in terms of finding valuable collectorsbooks yourself, carrying out any needed repairs, and selling the booksfor a profit.

The Market

You’ll find steady work by establishing a working relationship with local secondhand book retailers and book collector clubs.

Continue Reading

Trending

FREE E-BOOK: How to Build an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Sign up now for Entrepreneur's Daily Newsletters to Download​​