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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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Freelance Photography

Love to take photos? Freelance your expertise.

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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

There are two very good reasons why theinternet has breathed new life into the freelance photography industry.

First, using e-mail, it is now very easy to send pictures topublishers, editors, copywriters, marketers and designers all aroundthe globe in a matter of moments.

Second, billions of photographicimages are needed to fill the now more than four billion (and climbing)web pages.

In addition to the internet, there are millions of printpublications, media companies, retailers, marketers, organizations,government agencies and others who need new photographs every day toadd meaning to newspapers, newsletters, magazines, brochures, catalogsand presentations.

Needless to say, people with professionalphotographic skills have the opportunity to earn a great living takingand selling photographs. You can contract with publishers, or post yourphotos on any one of the many stock photography services online, wherepeople can browse the selection and purchase the images they need.

Youare paid a one-time fee, or a royalty each time the image isdownloaded, depending on your agreement with the image broker.

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Pottery

Churn out your pottery creations and watch your business take shape.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Starting a business that designs, producesand sells pottery items is definitely best suited for the entrepreneurwith a creative flair who is seeking a unique home based businessopportunity. Some of the aspects of this business to be considered are:

  • Ability. Anyone considering this business venture willdefinitely need the ability to not only create pottery items, but tocreate interesting and unique pottery items.
  • Equipment andsupplies. All equipment and supplies required for starting andoperating a pottery making business are readily available in almostevery community through craft supply stores that stock the items ororder the items on an as-needed basis.
  • Marketing. Potteryitems can be sold by renting a table at craft shows, by selling thepottery to retailers on a wholesale basis, and by placing the potteryitems in retail stores on a consignment basis.
  • Businesslocation. A pottery business is ideally suited to being operated from ahome based studio location. Additionally, if zoning permits, the studiocan also act as a retail outlet or factory direct sales outlet for thepottery products.

In addition to creating and selling potteryitems, you can also generate additional revenue by holdinginstructional classes on pottery making and pottery glazing techniques.

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Nursery Designer

Use your interior design talents to design fanciful and fun nurseries.

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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

Parents are an indulgent lot, and at no other time are they more indulgent than when their children are newborns. I recently visited a de

signer who works from her home and exclusively designs nurseries for expecting parents. During this meeting, I gained great insight into this business and how to market your services. First lesson is to throw away everything you know about marketing and promote your service solely on “goo goo ga ga” (as the designer puts it). What she means is that most of the decisions expecting parents make in terms of a baby nursery are made on an emotional basis.

Her secret to business success is to promote her design talents using elaborate displays at any trade show that is remotely associated with babies and children.

This method of marketing enabled her to build a solid client and referral base, with very little (if any) competition at these trade shows. Of course, there are additional marketing options that are open, including working with architects, interior designers, retail children’s stores and custom homebuilders.

The profits that can be earned as a nursery designer are excellent. The above-mentioned nursery designer is netting in excess of $80,000 per year after expenses.

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