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Potpourri Sales

Figure out a way to differentiate your potpourri and you’ll be surrounded by the sweet smell of success.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: Under $2,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Starting a business that makes andwholesales potpourri products is an excellent home based businessventure to set in motion.

The potpourri can be made from dried flowers,pine cones and bark mulch with fragrant essential oils added. Oncepackaged, the potpourri can be sold on a wholesale basis to specialtyretailers or directly to consumers via a sales kiosk or craft show.

Oneimportant aspect of the business not to overlook is packaging. Thepackaging for the potpourri should be unique to your business, as amethod to separate your product from the competition.

Additionally, besure to use recycled materials for the packaging of the products, asthis will not only help the environment, but it can also be used as afantastic marketing tool.

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Christmas Decorations

While you’ll likely only sell your products during fall and winter, it’s a business you can work on all year.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: Under $2,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Each year, billions of dollars are spent onChristmas decorations worldwide, and securing a portion of this verylucrative market is easy.

This new business enterprise is verystraightforward and can be initiated by anyone, as it doesn’t requireany special business experience or skills. Simply design, produce andsell custom one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations.

Go for the high end ofthe market where consumers are willing to pay $25 or more for oneChristmas decoration that’ll become a family heirloom. The decorationscan be made from almost any type of raw material, in any popularChristmas theme.

 The key to success is that the Christmas decorationsmust be unique and appealing. The decorations can be sold to specialtyretailers on a wholesale basis or directly to consumers via renting asales table at art and craft shows.

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Theme Toy Boxes

Design one-of-a-kind toy boxes that are both functional and visually appealing.

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Business At A Glance

  • 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

Manufacturing theme toy boxes is a wonderfulhome based business venture, and best of all the business can be kickedinto high gear for less than a $1,000 initial investment.

The key tosuccessfully manufacturing and selling the toy boxes is to ensure thatthe designs are original, the material used in the construction of thetoy boxes is unique, and the finished product is colorful and depictsan elaborate children’s theme such as horses, cowboys or dinosaurs.

Thetoy boxes can be sold to retailers on a wholesale basis or directly toconsumers via the internet, trade shows, a mall sales kiosk or mailorder. As an additional source of revenue and as a marketing tool, alsoconsider making wooden toys and including one wooden toy with each toybox as a surprise bonus gift.

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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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