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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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Sportsmen Vests

Cater to sportsmen, from hunters to boaters, by making vests that fit their specific needs.

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Sportsmen Vests

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Manufacturing custom-made sportsmen’s vestsfor hunting, fishing and boating activities is an outstanding homebased business venture to get rolling, especially for the entrepreneurwith sewing skills and experience.

The key to success in this type ofspecialty clothing manufacturing business is to ensure that thesportsmen’s vests serve many functions related to the activity they’vebeen created for–as well as ensuring that the materials andworkmanship used in creating the product are of the highest quality.

Once completed, the sportsmen’s vest can be sold to national sportinggoods retailers on a wholesale basis or the sportsmen’s vest can besold directly to consumers via mail-order catalogs, recreation tradeshows and the internet.

Furthermore, the business can be started on apart-time basis and expanded to full-time from the profits earned. Besure to seek exporting opportunities for the vests, as American andCanadian sporting goods and sportswear is extremely popular overseas,especially in Japan and Germany.

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Western Apparel

You’ll say “Yee-haw” when customers flock to your specialty Western store.

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Western Apparel
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 country and western music, country and western apparel is currently enjoying a rebound in terms of consumer demand and popularity. Starting a business that retails western apparel is a sensational new business venture to put into action. In the spirit of being unique, consider opening a retail business selling the apparel in a nontraditional retail environment.

Try locating the business within an established country and western theme restaurant or club, or establishing the business within a music retailer that specializes in country music sales.

Forming this type of joint venture with an established retail business often facilitates a lower capital investment and reduced monthly operating overheads, not to mention the fact that the business can capitalize on the existing customer base to drive sales.

The Market

Your customers will be young and old, male and female. What’s most important is that there’s a large group of people who are interested in this type of music and style in your community, and there aren’t stores already catering to them. Does your community support a country-music venue, a line-dancing club or a radio station? Those are good clues that there will be interest in your business.

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Glass Shop

A glass shop could be the window to your entrepreneurial future.

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Glass Shop

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

Business Overview

Windows, tabletops and mirrors’-the need forglass is everywhere. That’s why a glass shop in your community is agood business to start. Operating this kind of specialty businessrequires experience in glass cutting and glass installation techniques,which is called glazing; or a person with these skills is called aglazier.

Providing you or your staff possess this sort of workexperience and ability, then opening a glass shop can be a veryprofitable business to own. There are a great many types of glassinstallations the business could focus on.

Or you may want tospecialize in one or two specific areas, such as custom glass tabletops or only installing construction equipment glass, such aswindshields. This business venture can be costly to establish. However,once you have identified the market that you will be catering to, thebusiness can easily generate profits that can exceed $75,000 per year.

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