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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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Craft Supply Store

Give fellow crafters a place to gather their supplies, from glue guns to yarn.

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  • Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Starting a craft supply retail store is afantastic new business enterprise to set in motion.

This is the kind ofretail business that will require a substantial initial startupinvestment, but the profit potential can easily justify the investment.Ideally, this type of business enterprise will be located in a highlyvisible and easily accessible location within the community.Furthermore, be sure to carry a wide variety of craft supplies.

The keyto successful retailing is to build repeat clientele, and the best wayto ensure this happens is to have the store well-stocked with productsand supplies that represent all areas of the craft industry. Marketingthis type of enterprise would be by way of traditional advertisingmedia like newspapers, fliers and radio.

An innovative approach togenerate more income would be to hold instructional seminars afterbusiness hours on different crafting techniques such as painting orsilk-flower arrangements.

Locating wholesalers and distributors forproducts won’t be difficult, and the profit potential is tremendous asproduct markups can be 100 percent or more.

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Woodturnings

If you’re an artist who likes to work with wood, this is the biz for you.

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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

Fruit bowls, candlesticks, stair spindles orbaseball bats’there are literally hundreds of different products whichcan be manufactured simply by purchasing a wood-turning lathe andmastering the art of wood turning.

While the finished products can besold directly to consumers, a better choice in terms of merchandisingthe wood-turning products is to arrange accounts with retailers, suchas gift shops, to stock and sell the products. Some quick math willtell you that just a dozen or so accounts with retailers like this cangenerate a very comfortable living manufacturing and wholesaling woodenbowls.

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Homebased Tailor

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

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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

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.

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