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Online Art Supplies

A 24-hour shop lets artists shop for what they need next at anytime of day.

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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

Remote or small communities often do not have a store that stocks and sells art supplies, and these are the communities that you will want to target if your intentions are to establish a website that features art supplies for sale. In addition to mainstream art supplies like paint, brushes and canvas, also consider selling more exotic or hard-to-find art supplies.

The more varied the selection the better the chances of securing repeat visitors and customers to the site. Furthermore, to keep inventory purchases to a minimum seek to build alliances with manufacturers of art supplies who will ship directly to your customers.

Promote the site in print publications, through art schools and classes, and Internet marketing and advertising options.

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Calligraphy

Turn a hobby for calligraphy into a home based business.

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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

Turn your talent for exquisite handwritinginto a profitable business by providing customers with calligraphyservices. Even people with minimal artistic ability can easily learncalligraphy. There are numerous books and kits available that can helpyou master the craft, as well as training classes offered through theresources listed below.

Calligraphy can be used to create one-of-a-kindhandwritten wedding and event invitations, restaurant menus, giftbasket cards, high-end product labels, business cards, awardcertificates, greeting cards, thank-you cards, stationery and logodesigns.

Likewise, print shops and stationers are often asked forspecial designs requiring calligraphy and because the majority onlyoffer machine-printed calligraphy, there is a great opportunity tosubcontract your services to them to fill this void in the marketplace.Also be sure to create a portfolio of work that can be distributed towedding consultants, restaurants, banquet facilities, associations andclubs throughout your community, as well as print and stationery shops.

This is a low-cost business to get started, and rates are in the rangeof $25 to $50 per hour.

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Painter

Love painting? Turn your artistic passion into a business.

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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

Painting fine works of art definitelyrequires a great degree of talent, and if you posses this talent what awonderful way to make a living.

As an artist you can paint commissionedand noncommissioned pieces.

Commissioned painting for corporations is avery good way to stabilize your income. There are also many artgalleries who will accept and display your artwork for a commission onthe sale of the artwork.

Either way, there is nothing like beingself-employed in a business or profession that you enjoy and that youcan earn a living at.

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Custom Buttons

Who says buttons have to be boring? Create interesting buttons that will make people smile when they get dressed.

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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

Are you searching for a unique andinexpensive home based business opportunity that has little competitionand a real chance of succeeding? If so, consider starting a businessthat specializes in manufacturing and selling custom, one-of-a-kindbuttons for clothing. The buttons can be manufactured from just aboutevery type of raw material, including wood, metal, seashells and glass.The key to success in button manufacturing is twofold.

First, thebuttons must be unique in design and appearance.

Second, you need to bea good marketer. Consider the following:

  • Establish accounts with specialty retailers to purchase the buttonson a wholesale basis.
  • Sell the buttons to manufacturers anddesigners of custom clothing.
  • Sell the custom clothingbuttons directly to consumers via the internet.

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