Scarves

Income $75,000       $150,000

The range of income for the first year will be dependent upon how many shows you participate in and how many retail locations you serve. You could also design a website and sell your products directly to people from all over the world.

Description

One should have a knack for sewing in order to make this a viable business. You could make a variety of scarves with materials such as silk, polyester, rayon, knitted wool, and my favorite is lame foils. It will be easier if you stick to one or two types of materials otherwise, the inventory you would need would become too costly.

If you haven’t  made scarves before, it’s a good idea to attend craft shows to find out what appeals to you. It will be easier to make scarves that you find attractive. Chances are if other crafters are making this specific type of scarf, it will sell. You might also want to take a class from an adult education center.

I was much more successful at selling to high-end women’s apparel stores than I was at craft shows. I was also successful at creating business relationships with women who sold women’s apparel independently.

Clients

Your clients will consist of upscale designer-type women’s clothing stores. You could also sell to which were the most helpful.

Acquiring a website name for $8.95/yr:

http://www.godaddy.com/gdshop/default.asp

Web hosting: www.fastnext.com

http://www.artscraftsshowbusiness.com/

http://www.how-to-tie-a-nectie-know.com/6-knots/2-scarves/19-learn-to-tie-a-and scarf/

www.taunton.com/store/pages/070378_intpg.asp

http://www.firemountaingems.com/

http://www.genbead.com/home2.htm

http://wire-sculpture.com/findings.php

Personality Type: Expressive, Amiable

Total Start Up Costs:            Less than $2,500

(includes business cards, tools, display units, a phone and advertising)

 

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