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Plaster Casts

Inexpensive-to-make plaster casts of people, animals and objects can serve as unique home décor.

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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

Now a few of you reading this may bewondering how you can start a profitable business that creates andsells plaster casts.

Probably many more of you are wondering whysomeone would purchase a plaster cast.

Amazingly enough, there arebusinesses that not only survive producing plaster casts, but also earnvery substantial profits for doing so. Annually, millions of plastercasts depicting people, animals and objects are sold as homedecorations.

The materials needed to make plaster casts are inexpensiveand readily available at most craft supply stores. Many of these samestores also carry information, books and videos about how to makeplaster casts and, in some cases, even conduct classes on the subject.

The potential to earn an income or generate a profit from this uniquebusiness enterprise will obviously vary based on a number of factors.However, providing you can tap into the right marketing anddistribution mix, there’ll be no reason why you can’t only create anincome, but also a profit.

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Caricatures

The profits this business can draw up is no laughing matter.

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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

Big, easily recognizable heads and faceswith small bodies is funny stuff, especially if the caricature is of aperson we know and do business with.

Hire a caricature artist who isprepared to work on a piece-work basis and start to market caricaturedrawings to local business owners. You will be amazed at the interestyou will receive right out of the blocks.

Restaurants will purchasecaricatures of their staff to adorn the front of menus, professionalswill purchase a caricature of themselves to send to clients in the formof a thank-you card and retail businesses will purchase caricatures ofvalued regular customers to hang above the cash register.

This is agreat business enterprise to put into action as it only requires alittle bit of creativity to ignite and about $1,000 to start.

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Seashell Jewelry

Cater to the fashion-minded who never want to leave the beach behind.

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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

Do you live near the ocean and take dailywalks on the beach? If so, you could be walking past thousands ofdollars in potential profits and not even realize it. Starting a homebased business that designs and sells seashell jewelry is not only aneasy and inexpensive business to set in motion, it also could prove tobe very fun and interesting.

Collect various sizes, shapes and colorsof seashells right from the beach, and create beautiful seashelljewelry. Once completed, the jewelry can be sold to local retailers ona wholesale basis or placed in retail stores on a consignment basis.

Aseashell jewelry manufacturing business is not only easy to start andrun, but it could also generate extra income of $10,000 per year ormore.

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Dried Flowers

Dried flowers’ longevity makes them an attractive alternative to the real thing.

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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

Growing, processing and selling driedflowers could put you on the path to self-employment, independence andfinancial freedom.

One of the best aspects about setting this businessin motion is the fact that it can easily be started right from yourhome, using your own garden as the initial source for the flowers to bedried and sold. Once the business is ready to be expanded, there are acouple of options.

The first is to lease vacant land to increase flowerproduction, and the second option is to purchase flowers. While thesecond option is easier, it may reduce your profit margin.

Once driedand packaged, the flowers can be sold to retailers on a wholesalebasis.

Profit potential range is $5,000 or more per year part-time.

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