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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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Costume Rentals

Dress up your business with a costume rental shop.

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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

A costume rental business is a fun opportunity, and the additionalyearly income it can generate is outstanding.

Once the item has paidfor itself with five or six rentals, the revenue generated by therental item from that point on is almost all profit The best way tomarket a costume rental business is to create a marketing brochuredescribing the costumes in stock and distribute the marketing brochureand rental rate sheet to organizations within the community, such assports organizations, community theater groups, charity associations,and colleges and universities. Halloween will be a huge time of yearfor you, so be sure to ramp up your marketing efforts in September andOctober.

Once established, this type of rental business will easily besupported by word-of-mouth advertising and repeat customers.

The Market

You will have single consumers during Halloween, but a big chunk ofyour business may be to organizations like schools and theater groups,so you’ll want to establish contacts within those organizations quickly.

Needed Equipment

While you could ostensibly run this business from home if you have aloyal following (like local playhouses or schools and colleges), aretail store is a more likely venue. So you’ll need a location, storefixtures, a cash register and credit equipment, and a healthy stock ofcostumes. You may also want to stock items such as theatrical makeupand wigs that people will purchase outright.

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Wine Rack Manufacturing

Cash in on the wine trend by manufacturing wine racks.

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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

Are you searching for an inexpensivebusiness startup that can be operated part-time from home? If so youmay want to consider activating a business that focuses onmanufacturing and wholesaling custom-made wine racks. The business iseasy to establish and only requires basic woodworking skills andwoodworking equipment.

In addition to constructing the wine racks fromwood, you could also build the racks from a metal, or even better, allrecycled material, such as scrap metal and used building material thatcan usually be acquired for free with a little bit of detective work.

Once you have designed and constructed a few wine racks, they can bewholesaled or consigned to wine stores, furniture stores, liquorstores, u-brew-it wine shops and even restaurants. The key to successin wine rack manufacturing is to have a unique product that consumersare compelled to purchase for themselves or as a gift for others.

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Hand-Painted Pots

Give plants a pretty home and watch profits bloom.

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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

Gardening is one of the fastest growingpastimes in North America. For the entrepreneur seeking to capitalizeon the huge demand for garden-related products, look no further thanstarting a business that creates and sells one-of-a-kind, hand-paintedclay gardening pots.

More and more people are searching for unique andinteresting ways in which to display their flowers and shrubs, so whynot create extraordinary planting pots for these consumers and startmaking money.

Simply purchase clay planting pots from a local wholesalecompany and paint and decorate the pots with unique, interesting andcolorful themes and designs. Once completed, the flowerpots can be soldin various ways, including directly to specialty retailers and gardencenters on a wholesale basis and to residential and commercial interiordecorators and garden planners.

You can also sell them by renting asales table at a local craft show or flea market, or by putting the onthe internet.

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