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Wall Murals

Use your artistic skills to create large, custom creations for clients.

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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

Many building and business owners are turning to having wall muralspainted on large areas of their buildings (interior and exterior) forpromotional and interior decoration purposes, and as a method to detergraffiti.

If you have the ability, or can form a group of people withthe ability to produce attractive wall murals, then you can make a lotof money operating your own custom wall mural painting service.

Paintyour first wall mural for free (with permission of course) and use thefinished product as your presentation. Approach businesses with photosof your work.

Additionally, have a few suggestions and rough drafts ofthe wall mural you are proposing. Another way to market your servicesis to partner up with local interior design or architecturefirms–they’ll know when the local Italian restaurant is renovating orwhen the library is adding a new wing. Or, you can also target high-endhomeowners who might want nursery rhyme images painted in their baby’sroom or a lush tropical scene added to a patio wall.

You could also addpainting services, such as faux finishes, to boost your business. Nextto your skill with a paintbrush, your imagination is your best tool forselling your service.

The Market

You can market your services to both businesses and individuals.Creating working relationships with interior designers is key.

Needed Equipment

Paints and brushes, of course, including rollers and other tools usedto cover large areas. You’ll also want an array of ladders and dropcloths, and a vehicle large enough to transport the tools of your trade.

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Craft Shows

Bringing vendors together can be a crafty part-time business that doesn’t require a lot of capital.

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  • Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Do you want to know how you can make anextra $25,000 per year by hosting only four annual craft shows? It isactually quite easy to host craft shows, and in the spirit of beingunique, let me suggest a way that you cannot only make an additional$25,000 per year part-time, but you can also have a lot of fun doingit.

The business concept is very direct. Simply, secure 100 craftvendors per craft show that you host, and charge each vendor $100 fortable rental. Holding a winter, spring, summer and fall show willgenerate total business revenues of $40,000 (4 shows x 100 vendors eachshow x $100 per table booth = $40,000).

The next trick is to keep asmuch of the gross revenues as possible, and seek out ways of promotingthe show so craft vendors will receive maximum exposure. Here is how itcan be accomplished:

  • Free location for the craft shows.Finding a location to hold the craft show without having to pay rent isvery easy. Simply negotiate with the landlord of the location thatshows’ admittance fees and concession snack revenue will be retained bythe location or landlord. One thousand people paying $1 each to attendand spending only $1 each on snacks will result in a two-day ‘same asrent’ fee of $2,000.
  • Free advertising for the craft shows.Advertising and promoting the craft show for free is also very easy.Start by negotiating with the craft vendors that 5 percent of theirtotal sales will go to a community charity.

The next step is to contacta local newspaper or TV station and negotiate a joint venture in termsof sponsoring the craft show and the local charity. Once again, it willnot be hard to find a newspaper or TV station that is willing to giveaway some free advertising in exchange for the goodwill benefits ofbeing a co-sponsor of a community event for charity.

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Woodturnings

If you’re an artist who likes to work with wood, 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

Fruit bowls, candlesticks, stair spindles orbaseball bats’there are literally hundreds of different products whichcan be manufactured simply by purchasing a wood-turning lathe andmastering the art of wood turning.

While the finished products can besold directly to consumers, a better choice in terms of merchandisingthe wood-turning products is to arrange accounts with retailers, suchas gift shops, to stock and sell the products. Some quick math willtell you that just a dozen or so accounts with retailers like this cangenerate a very comfortable living manufacturing and wholesaling woodenbowls.

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Hand-Painted Storage Boxes

Organizing can be more enjoyable with attractive storage boxes.

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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

With so many people looking for unique andinteresting ways to organize their personal belongings, home officedocuments and family keepsakes, hand-painted storage boxes are sure tofit the bill.

The options are endless–using materials such as wood,metal and cardboard, you can create designer storage boxes to suitevery decor. You will need to have some artistic talent, but with thatsaid, arts and crafts classes are available in almost every community.

Additionally, consider building the storage boxes out of recycledmaterials, as well as using organic paints to decorate the storageboxes. Not only will you be helping the environment by doing this, butyou’ll also be able to capitalize on an earth-friendly marketingapproach.

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