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Wall Murals

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

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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

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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Online Art Supplies

A 24-hour shop lets artists shop for what they need next at anytime of day.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Remote or small communities often do not have a store that stocks and sells art supplies, and these are the communities that you will want to target if your intentions are to establish a website that features art supplies for sale. In addition to mainstream art supplies like paint, brushes and canvas, also consider selling more exotic or hard-to-find art supplies.

The more varied the selection the better the chances of securing repeat visitors and customers to the site. Furthermore, to keep inventory purchases to a minimum seek to build alliances with manufacturers of art supplies who will ship directly to your customers.

Promote the site in print publications, through art schools and classes, and Internet marketing and advertising options.

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Silk-Screened Mouse Pads

The mouse on your desk needs a surface to scamper on. May we recommend a cheese pattern?

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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

Purchasing silk-screening equipment and afew hundred blank mouse pads is all that is necessary for starting yourown business that produces mouse pads emblazoned with printed images,logos, and slogans.

The business can be operated from home and does notrequire a great deal of special skills or investment capital toestablish. The silk-screened mouse pads can feature generic images andslogans and be sold to retailers on a wholesale basis. Or, the mousepads can be sold to companies with corporate logos printed on them foruse in their own business or to give or sell to their clients.

Blankmouse pads can be purchased in bulk for about $1 each, and the cost ofink to silk-screen an image will also be less than $1.

Providing youcan sell 1,000 mouse pads each week at a wholesale price of $3, thebusiness could potentially generate profits in excess of $1,000 perweek, prior to overhead and taxes.

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Costume Rentals

Dress up your business with a costume rental shop.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
  • Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

A costume rental business is a fun opportunity, and the additionalyearly income it can generate is outstanding.

Once the item has paidfor itself with five or six rentals, the revenue generated by therental item from that point on is almost all profit The best way tomarket a costume rental business is to create a marketing brochuredescribing the costumes in stock and distribute the marketing brochureand rental rate sheet to organizations within the community, such assports organizations, community theater groups, charity associations,and colleges and universities. Halloween will be a huge time of yearfor you, so be sure to ramp up your marketing efforts in September andOctober.

Once established, this type of rental business will easily besupported by word-of-mouth advertising and repeat customers.

The Market

You will have single consumers during Halloween, but a big chunk ofyour business may be to organizations like schools and theater groups,so you’ll want to establish contacts within those organizations quickly.

Needed Equipment

While you could ostensibly run this business from home if you have aloyal following (like local playhouses or schools and colleges), aretail store is a more likely venue. So you’ll need a location, storefixtures, a cash register and credit equipment, and a healthy stock ofcostumes. You may also want to stock items such as theatrical makeupand wigs that people will purchase outright.

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