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Stenciling

Put designing know-how to good use when stenciling for clients.

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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

Specializing in custom stenciling is afantastic low-investment business you can start and manage right from ahome based office. In the past few years stenciling has once againbecome a popular interior decorating art medium.

The uses vary fromdecorative wall borders to creating beautiful patterns on cabinetdoors. To get started all you have to do is practice. There are manyhow-to books and videos available that will teach you specific secretsand methods about creative paint stenciling.

Basic materials that willbe required include paint, paintbrushes, additional paint applicators,and predesigned stenciling templates. Of course if you have creativeflair, you can design your own custom stenciling templates. A paintstenciling service is best marketed by way of referral or word-of-mouthadvertising. It may take a little longer to establish a client basethis way; however, the extra time will enable you to gain valuablestenciling practice and experience for your new service.

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Lamp Shades

Create unique lampshades and watch customers’ faces shine.

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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

Are you searching to start a part-time business that has virtually no competition? If the answer is yes, then consider starting a business that manufactures and markets custom-made lampshades.

The key to success in this very unusual manufacturing business is to ensure you create really unique lampshades, not only in appearance and design but also in your choice of raw materials used in the construction.

Market the lampshades by contacting local interior decorators and setting appointments with them to introduce them to your unique product. Additionally, aim to sell the lampshades to retailers on a wholesale basis or place the lampshades into retail stores on a consignment basis.

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Portrait Photography

Capture your clients’ perfect poses as a portrait photographer.

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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

Calling all hobby photographers! Why not profit from your skills bystarting a portrait photography service? As with pet photography, youcan work at it full-time or part-time and operate the service on amobile basis by going to your client’s home, office, or business, orfrom a homebased studio requiring clients to come to you.

Also, likepet photography, you can easily increase profits by simply offering toplace images on a wide variety of products including greeting cards,calendars, mugs, and T-shirts. Photo greeting cards and calendars areespecially popular. Promote the business by utilizing print media suchas fliers, newspaper ads, and Yellow Pages advertisements, as well asby working with local retailers who will allow you to set up a weekendportrait studio in their location on a revenue-splitting basis.

The Market

Families, schools and don’t overlook potential clients at sports clubs,charity organizations, social clubs, and corporations, as most puttogether an annual yearbook featuring photographs of employees,members, and volunteers.

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Charcoal Portraits

Use your charcoal drawing expertise to create quick portraits.

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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? Yes

Business Overview

Can you produce attractive charcoalportraits of people in a very short time frame? If not, you may want totake some courses so you can, as people portraits created from charcoaldrawings is one of the greatest all time ‘cash’ art business that canbe started. We have all seen street artists who produce quick charcoalportraits of people.

These portraits usually cost $20 and the artist ispaid in cash. I live close to a tourist area, and in the summer I havewatched street artists draw as many as five portraits in an hour’stime. Your math skills do not have to be good to know that adds up to$100 an hour for about $2 or $3 worth of art supplies.

Perhapstraveling to foreign destinations is your dream. If so, this is theperfect business opportunity for you. With little more than a passport,suitcase, and a few art supplies, you could easily work your way aroundthe world producing charcoal portraits in every tourist mecca.

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