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Online Craft Shows

Location doesn’t matter when you showcase crafters’ wares online.

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

Business Overview

Take craft shows high-tech by starting your own craft show website. The concept is straightforward. Many people producing crafts on a full- or part-time basis need a marketing and distribution outlet for their products beyond a few ‘bricks and mortar’ craft shows each year. Additionally, many of these same crafters can’t afford to develop their own websites, and even if they could, there’s still the cost of marketing and maintenance to consider.

Here is the solution: Develop a website that is a virtual craft show or e-crafts mall.

The site can be indexed into various craft categories and visitors would simply choose the section they wished to visit. Crafters would receive a listing with a link to a page that would give details about their particular products as well as show photographs of their products.

Consumers wishing to purchase a product would simply click on their selection and be linked to the central e-crafts store to enter payment and shipping information.

Revenue would be earned by charging a listing fee to be featured on the site, as well as retaining a percentage of each sale for providing the e-craft store and service. Crafters would be notified electronically of each sale, including shipping details, so they could send consumers their purchases directly.

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Online Coloring Books

Take a favorite childhood pastime online with an online coloring book.

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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

Online coloring books for kids is a unique and interesting opportunity that could prove to be both fun and profitable.

This online business concept is very straightforward. Simply develop a website that enables kids to chose from a wide selection of images and pictures of animals, people, buildings and landscapes. These images are downloaded, printed from their desktop printer and colored using crayons.

Alternately you could design a color pallet and tools that would enable kids to color their pictures right on the website and print it when they’re finished. Kids could print multiple pages and even create their own coloring books to provide them with hours of fun.

To generate income to cover the cost for maintaining the site and providing you with a profit, you could license the rights to the website to other entrepreneurs to feature a link from their websites to yours.

In other words this unique interactive tool for kids would be an item that would draw visitors to their site thus increasing hits and the opportunity to create larger revenues.

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Silk-Screened Mouse Pads

The mouse on your desk needs a surface to scamper on. May we recommend a cheese pattern?

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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

Purchasing silk-screening equipment and afew hundred blank mouse pads is all that is necessary for starting yourown business that produces mouse pads emblazoned with printed images,logos, and slogans.

The business can be operated from home and does notrequire a great deal of special skills or investment capital toestablish. The silk-screened mouse pads can feature generic images andslogans and be sold to retailers on a wholesale basis. Or, the mousepads can be sold to companies with corporate logos printed on them foruse in their own business or to give or sell to their clients.

Blankmouse pads can be purchased in bulk for about $1 each, and the cost ofink to silk-screen an image will also be less than $1.

Providing youcan sell 1,000 mouse pads each week at a wholesale price of $3, thebusiness could potentially generate profits in excess of $1,000 perweek, prior to overhead and taxes.

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Craft Shows

Bringing vendors together can be a crafty part-time business that doesn’t require a lot of capital.

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  • Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Do you want to know how you can make anextra $25,000 per year by hosting only four annual craft shows? It isactually quite easy to host craft shows, and in the spirit of beingunique, let me suggest a way that you cannot only make an additional$25,000 per year part-time, but you can also have a lot of fun doingit.

The business concept is very direct. Simply, secure 100 craftvendors per craft show that you host, and charge each vendor $100 fortable rental. Holding a winter, spring, summer and fall show willgenerate total business revenues of $40,000 (4 shows x 100 vendors eachshow x $100 per table booth = $40,000).

The next trick is to keep asmuch of the gross revenues as possible, and seek out ways of promotingthe show so craft vendors will receive maximum exposure. Here is how itcan be accomplished:

  • Free location for the craft shows.Finding a location to hold the craft show without having to pay rent isvery easy. Simply negotiate with the landlord of the location thatshows’ admittance fees and concession snack revenue will be retained bythe location or landlord. One thousand people paying $1 each to attendand spending only $1 each on snacks will result in a two-day ‘same asrent’ fee of $2,000.
  • Free advertising for the craft shows.Advertising and promoting the craft show for free is also very easy.Start by negotiating with the craft vendors that 5 percent of theirtotal sales will go to a community charity.

The next step is to contacta local newspaper or TV station and negotiate a joint venture in termsof sponsoring the craft show and the local charity. Once again, it willnot be hard to find a newspaper or TV station that is willing to giveaway some free advertising in exchange for the goodwill benefits ofbeing a co-sponsor of a community event for charity.

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