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Album Cover Art

Combine love for music and art by selling framed album covers.

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

Business Overview

Old LP records are not only collectible for the music, but also for the often very elaborate album covers. Once framed, album covers become fantastic pieces of art and are highly sought after home and office decorations.

The perfect place to market your music art is to CD music shops. This is a great retail distribution point as the match and fit is ideal. Establishing retail accounts is as simple as booking appointments with music shop managers and presenting finished and framed samples of your music artwork. At first you may even want to locate the artwork in the retail stores on a consignment basis.

This can be your way of reassuring retailers that this is a no-risk situation. Additional methods to market the product include sales to interior designers, flea markets, mall kiosks, and direct sales to businesses like clothing stores, restaurants and offices. Whichever marketing method you chose, there will be very little resistance to sales of the art, as there is virtually no competition in this business.

The best source for the album covers are garage sales, flea markets, and used record stores (covers must be in good condition). requirements: I suggest that you not only frame the album covers, but you also manufacture the frames yourself. In doing this you can better suit a frame to the art.

Create highly attractive frames from brushed metal, glass, and other interesting materials. You will need a few basic hand tools and framing supplies, but that is about all that is required to get this business rolling. profit potential: Once framed, you will have no problem commanding $30 to $40 for each piece wholesale and more than $60 retail.

The profit margins are great when you consider that you can purchase the albums covers for about 50 cents, spend another $5 on framing material and only have a half hour’s time into each finished piece. Providing you can tap into the right market to sell your music artwork, you can easily make $1,000 per month or more, and best of all, this can be accomplished with a part-time effort of only 10 to 12 hours per week.

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Lingerie Shop

Put a swagger in women’s steps by providing them with attractive lingerie.

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Lingerie Shop

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Heading into the new millennium, specialization is the buzzword forretail ‘bricks and mortar’ businesses, and opening a lingerie shop fitsthe bill perfectly. Get started by selecting a highly visible storelocation for your business.

Malls and strip malls are a good choice(though you’ll want to make sure there’s no “big name” competitors) andyou will only require less than 1,000 square feet, so the rent shouldbe reasonable. Next you will want to establish accounts with lingeriemanufacturers and distributors. Harness the power of the Internet tolocate these companies. The rest is pretty straightforward; you stockyour store and sell your products.

In addition to selling lingerie fromthe storefront location, also consider hiring sales consultants to hostin-home lingerie parties as a way to bolster sales and profits. Adirect mail campaign and mail-order catalog can also be used toincrease revenues. You can also specialize by stocking hard-to-findplus sizes, maternity lingerie and specialty items.

The Market

Your customers are women looking for lingerie and men looking to buytheir wives and girlfriends lingerie. (Though don’t leave the menout–you can also stock silk boxers and similar items.)

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Vintage Clothing

They’re so old, they’re trendy again. A vintage clothing shop is a classic way to bring back old styles.

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Vintage Clothing
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

The value and popularity of collectible clothing has been on a steady increase for the past decade and this demand for outfits from the ’40s to the ’80s shows no signs of diminishing.

Starting a business that sells vintage duds from a retail storefront or online is a fantastic venture. If you’re choosing to go online with this idea, there are various money-making options available.

You can charge people a fee to list items for sale, sell banner advertising space, participate in online auctions or, the most obvious choice, scout out collectible clothing yourself in thrift stores, yard sales, online auctions or directly from sellers, and sell it online for a profit.

The Market

You will have a lot of young people looking for hot retro fashions, but you can also do good business in costumes. Halloween will be a busy time for you, and you might want to send fliers to local theatre groups and schools.

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Lawn Ornament Sales

Will it be a tortoise or a hare? Why not provide both to decorate homeowners’ lawns?

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Lawn Ornament Sales

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

Not only are lawn decorations easy to make,they’re also easy products to sell. Combining these two facts creates awonderful opportunity to start a business that manufactures and sellslawn ornaments.

The first step will be to purchase or make the moldsrequired for manufacturing the ornaments. The rest is verystraightforward: Simply practice making and painting lawn ornamentsuntil you’re satisfied with the finished product.

Next, you’ll be readyto start making money. Lawn ornaments are currently retailing in therange of $25 to $100 each, depending on the size and style of the item,and the profit potential is excellent as it only costs about $5 inmaterial to produce the average sized precast lawn ornament. The lawndecorations can be sold on a wholesale basis to retailers, or you cansell them directly to consumers right from your own front yard.

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