Bootstrap Business Ideas
The following are bootstrap business ideas readers came up with after reading articles in MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS’ article on “Fine Feathered Hatbands” helped me establish a rewarding home business in less than one week’s time!
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I set my rates at $1.00 a bird, but my canada goose uk size guide first customers were so pleased with my work that they paid me $30 a $12 bonus over the fee I’d requested. In addition, my clients left me the pheasants’ plumage, which I put to good use in my experiments with hatband designs. I invested $7.00 in a variety of suede canada goose outlet scraps at the local shoe repair shop, and promptly sold five handmade headwear adornments at $7.50 each… for a profit of $30.50!
Well, that was just six days after I’d first read MOTHER EARTH NEWS’ article, and already I’d established a pretty steady income. Word of my new service spread throughout the community, and before long I acquired a number of regular customers. I’ve come to count on a pheasant per day, for example, from one fellow who’s made a habit of hunting along the lengthy route from his home to his job here in town. And, on occasion, I dress out chickens and ducks in addition to the more exotic birds. (Recently, one load of barnyard fowl earned me my fee plus two ducks . and, while cleaning the birds’ gizzards, I found four tiny pieces of gold!)
Meanwhile, I’m saving up feathers for my hatband handiwork because Easter is on its way; since that holiday causes folks to look for fashion finery, I know I have a booming business to look forward to. Thanks, Mom… this sure beats sitting behind a desk!I recently put MOTHER EARTH NEWS’ “Sun Burned Art” canada goose outlet sale toronto idea into action and It’s been bringing in money ever since.
First I purchased a small, $4.00 magnifying glass and began to experiment with the art form on some lumber scraps that I had around the house. After a number of tries, when I felt I’d mastered the skill, I set out to find a way to peddle my wares. As luck would have it, an outdoor craft bazaar was soon scheduled to be held nearby. So I bought a $2.00 piece of 318″ x 4″ x 8′ cedar and set to work with my 3″ magnifying glass singeing wooden buttons.
By the time the festive day arrived, I’d completed enough art objects to set up a nice display. but I continued to make the sunburned buttons In order to demonstrate the process to potential customers, and soon folks began to request custom made slogan pins (many with anti nuclear and pro solar themes). I was able to fashion 21 buttons from one piece of cedar, and after all the accessories (Including glue, pins, and varnish) were accounted for I calculated that the wooden masterpieces had required just 30 (and only half an hour) apiece to make.
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My pyrographic art enterprise now has a steady flow of sales and orders.
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I’d mastered a number of useful glass cutting fundamentals while building my own version of that structure: I learned to  protect my blade from striking against hard surfaces,  clean each piece of glass before beginning to score it,  lubricate the line to be severed with motor oil mixed with an equal part of either kerosene or fuel oil,  position myself so that each incision could be made with one continuous sweep,  use a wooden straightedge as a guide in cutting,  apply firm but not excessive pressure on the carving implement (to keep the glass from “flaking,” which results in a coarse split), and  lightly rub the razor sharp edges of each glass break with sandpaper or emery cloth.
I had a cutter and plenty of extra scrap glass at home, so the only material I needed to purchase was a tube of silicone bathtub seal (at a cost of $1.98 . which provided me with enough for about four terrariums). Then I designed, laid out, and cut the pieces for a pyramid shaped plant holder… devised a jig to keep the glass in position. applied a neat bead of silicone bathtub caulk to each of the container’s joints. and let it set overnight. Next, l trimmed off the excess silicone seal with a single edge razor and cut the terrarium’s door. In addition, to provide added strength and waterproofing, I ran an extra bead of caulking along the joints on the inside of the terrarium and allowed canada goose outlet parka another day for curing. Finally, I took my finished demonstrator model around to the local flower and gift shops (florists, I discovered, usually prefer to arrange their own plants in the decorative holders). and I began to take orders.
To my surprise, almost every shopkeeper that I approached was interested in selling my handiwork. I was offered an average of $16 per unit for an investment uk canada goose of less than $1.00 and only two hours’ time… so Edith Kilgo’s article “it Pays to Be an Old Sew and Sew” was right up my alley.
However although I’d made lots of clothing, cushions, and stuffed animals over the years and had even worked a bit with leather the few occasions when I’d tried to sell my wares had been quite unpleasant for me (and I was often left with much more merchandise than I’d managed to vend). Consequently, when Ms. Kilgo’s story convinced me to turn my hobby Into a full time enterprise, I determined to sell only by order.
Coincidentally, our village seamstress was, when I was ready to “open shop”, on the verge of retiring after 20 years in business… and she was kind enough to take the time to show me a number of tricks of the trade. Then with my confidence canada goose parka uk sale bolstered I posted an ad in the window of a prominent grocery store and displayed a box of handmade business cards in a popular clothing shop.
My initial investment in the enterprise was only $44: $40 for a secondhand zig zag sewing machine and $4.00 for an invisible hem attachment (a real time saver!). I used Ms. Kilgo’s price list to determine fees for my sewing jobs… making an attempt to set the rates at approximately $3.00 per canada goose hat uk hour. (For example, I charge $7.00 to make an A line skirt, $4.00 for a child’s blouse with cut in sleeves, $3.50 to hem a pair of pants by hand, and $3.00 to replace a zipper.)
Within my first three months In business, I obtained 15 customers and was sewing an average of three days per week. And, as word of my enterprise spreads, I expect I’ll soon be cheap canada goose stitching full time. After all, sewing is a service that’s always In demand… and I can’t imagine a more satisfying and profitable venture for me!
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