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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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Embroidery Service

Using embroidery equipment, you can personalize everything from dog collars to T-shirts.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Recent technology changes in the multibillion dollar embroideryindustry have made it very easy for even a novice to start anembroidery service.

Embroidery machines are now available in single ormultihead units enabling the operator to embroider six items at a timeor more. Additionally, modern embroidery equipment is computerassisted, meaning that the designs can be created using specialtysoftware and a computer and then automatically transferred to theembroidery machine to complete the stitching of the design.

Thebusiness can easily be operated from a homebased location. However,there should still be a small showroom established, even if it’s in thehome, to display items that can be embroidered as well as samples ofembroidery options.

Marketing the service can be as easy as creating acatalog and marketing brochure and distributing the package topotential clients such as sports associations, charities, corporationsand clubs. Furthermore, consider hiring a commissioned salesperson tosolicit or cold-call for business as this can be a very effective andprofitable marketing option.

Needed Equipment

An embroidery machine, necessary fixtures for your shop (or homestudio), an inventory of items (T-shirts, hats, jackets, etc.) toembroider

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Mirror Art

Create cool works of art with mirror pieces that you can get for free.

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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? Yes

Business Overview

Mirror art is simply small pieces of mirror in varying colors and shapes that have been assembled together to resemble a picture, landscape or even abstract design. In most cases a trip to your local glass shop will result in all the mirror you will need for this new venture, and usually at no cost.

Why? Most glass shops dispose of mirror cutoff pieces that are too small to sell, but these same pieces of mirror are perfectly sized to create mirror art.

The equipment needed to create the art is inexpensive and includes a few hand tools and a glass grinder. Also, patterns are available to make the mirror art or you can create your own. Once completed, the art can be sold via flea market booths, online or by renting a sales kiosk in malls.

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Pottery

Churn out your pottery creations and watch your business take shape.

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Business At A Glance

  • Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
  • Home Based: Can be operated from home.
  • Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Starting a business that designs, producesand sells pottery items is definitely best suited for the entrepreneurwith a creative flair who is seeking a unique home based businessopportunity. Some of the aspects of this business to be considered are:

  • Ability. Anyone considering this business venture willdefinitely need the ability to not only create pottery items, but tocreate interesting and unique pottery items.
  • Equipment andsupplies. All equipment and supplies required for starting andoperating a pottery making business are readily available in almostevery community through craft supply stores that stock the items ororder the items on an as-needed basis.
  • Marketing. Potteryitems can be sold by renting a table at craft shows, by selling thepottery to retailers on a wholesale basis, and by placing the potteryitems in retail stores on a consignment basis.
  • Businesslocation. A pottery business is ideally suited to being operated from ahome based studio location. Additionally, if zoning permits, the studiocan also act as a retail outlet or factory direct sales outlet for thepottery products.

In addition to creating and selling potteryitems, you can also generate additional revenue by holdinginstructional classes on pottery making and pottery glazing techniques.

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