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Photo Mugs and Plates

Preserve memories with photo mugs and plates while you take your photography skills to the next level.

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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

Starting a part-time business thatphotographs people and pets and places their image onto plates, mugs,or plaques is a terrific small business opportunity that does notrequire a great deal of photographic experience or investment start-upcapital to get rolling. Best of all, the business can easily create anincome of $25 to $30 per hour.

This type of business is best suited tobe operated from a small kiosk located in a busy area such as a mall onthe weekends, flea markets, trade shows, and outdoor community events.

The equipment needed to run the business is available to be purchasednew or used and can be located in most business opportunity magazines,or by special order through photographic equipment supply businesses.

If you are considering starting this type of business be sure to marketthe service and products to businesses, clubs, and organizations asphoto plaques make great achievement awards and corporate gifts.

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Online Craft Shows

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

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Business At A Glance

  • 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 Fabric Shop

Add some texture to your business side with an online shop that’s made of good material.

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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

Option One:

Develop a portal that brings fabric manufacturers and distributors together with fabric retailers via an online fabric directory website. Worldwide there are thousands of fabric manufacturers and fabric retailers, thus an exciting opportunity exists by bringing these two parties together to buy and sell fabric.

Revenue could be earned by charging both fabric manufacturers and retailers a fee for using the directory service. You could even create a password application that would enable both to have their own online warehouse, shipping center, inventory control, and tracking system. This type of website would be beneficial to both parties as it would enable them to do business online without the added expense of middlemen, sales consultants and costly marketing campaigns.

Option Two:

Focus on the direct-to-consumer market by creating a website that features fabric for sale.

Potential customers include hobby seamstresses, fashion designers, interior decorators and tailors. The site would be easy to create and could feature pictures and descriptions of the various fabrics you sell as well as a price list. Customers would select the fabric they wanted, add it to their shopping cart, make a payment and submit the order, all with a few easy clicks of a mouse button.

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Stained Glass

If you’re an artist who likes to work with glass, and wants to show others how to do it, 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

Launching a business that focuses onteaching people how to make stained-glass items, such as lampshades andsun catchers, is a terrific low-investment business opportunity toinitiate.

The business and instruction classes can be operated from ahomebased workshop, or the classes can be provided for students andoperated in conjunction with a community institution, such as acollege, recreation center, or community center.

One of the mainrequirements for starting a business teaching others how to makestained-glass products is, of course, the ability to make and teachothers how to make stained-glass items. Beyond that, the business isvery simple to start.

Selling students the materials required to makethe stained-glass items, such as art glass, cutters, and glassgrinders, can earn additional income.

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