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Makeup Artist

Wow clients with glam looks as a makeup artist.

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Makeup Artist

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

Business Overview

If you’ve got a way with makeup–you know how to create magic withpowders, lipsticks and shadows and you like transforming Cinderellasinto princesses–then this could be the business for you. As a makeupartist, you’ll help clients look their best for weddings or otherspecial events, give beauty makeovers to people who want to updatetheir everyday images, or you might specialize in helping peopledisfigured by accident or illness look and feel good again.

If you livein an area with a viable film industry, you can also become a makeupartist to the stars (or star-hopefuls) by working on TV or movieprojects. The advantages to this business are that you can startpart-time and on a shoestring, and you get the rewards of helpingpeople feel good about themselves. As a makeup artist, you’ll need theskills and talent to turn a plain Prudence into a dazzling Diana aswell as the teaching skills to send your clients home with tips on howto achieve everyday glamour results for themselves.

The Market

Your clients can be just about anybody who wants to look good, althoughthey’ll likely be female. You can target brides by establishingrelationships (be sure to leave brochures and business cards) withwedding-oriented businesses like bridal consultants, bridal shops andcaterers. Work up referral networks with event and party planners, too,along with public relations agents.

Nab clients who want a beautymakeover by placing ads in local Yellow Pages and newspapers andleaving brochures at hair salons, trendy boutiques and dress shops.Give workshops for women’s groups or experiment with home parties à laMary Kay–but keep in mind that if you sell your beauty products,you’ll need a resale license. If you plan to work with disfiguredclients, introduce yourself and leave brochures with plastic surgeonsand oncologists.

Needed Equipment

In some states, you need a cosmetology license to work on clients’skin, so be sure to check with your state board of cosmetology. Otherthan that, all you need is makeup, brushes and sponges, and your owninnate talents.

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Senior Citizen Clothing

Make shopping more convenient for seniors by taking the clothing to them.

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Senior Citizen Clothing

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

Are you searching for a unique clothingretail business that can be operated on a mobile basis and managed froma home office? If so, consider starting a business that retailsclothing to residents living in retirement and senior citizen homes.Simply build alliances with clothing manufacturers and makearrangements with operators of retirement homes to put on a monthlyfashion show for the residents.

Additionally, models for the fashionshows can be the residents of the homes, and at the end of the show youcan take orders for clothing purchases with delivery to follow within afew days. This could prove to be not only a profitable business tooperate, but also a very fun business that provides clients with theconvenience of easy shopping as well as a little bit of entertainmentat the same time.

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Wigs

Hospitals and medicals centers are among the growing consumer opportunities for wig businesses.

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Wigs

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 surgical procedures and medicaltreatment result in patients losing or having their hair removed. Whilethe hair loss is generally short term, many people still turn to wigsas a way to provide a solution to the problem.

The first step inestablishing the business is to secure a wholesale or product supplysource for the wig, and this should not be difficult as there arethousands of wig manufacturers worldwide. Marketing the wigs can be aseasy as establishing alliances with hospitals and medical centers toact as a referral source for the business.

The wigs can also be solddirectly to consumers via the Internet. Once established, this uniquebusiness can generate a very substantial profit.

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Massage Oils

Help people work out the kinks by providing them with massage oils.

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Massage Oils

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Like developing your own perfume line,developing your own massage oil line also has great potential. In fact,the two products could be developed together and wholesaled to the sameretailers. Given the current popularity of all-natural products it’d bea wise decision to develop the massage oils from all-natural andorganic ingredients. Seek out joint venture business opportunities withestablished companies that can assist in the development, marketing anddistribution of your products.

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