49 DIY Business Ideas

The realm of artisanal craft and handmade goods is one that is rapidly growing in response to a marketplace fatigued by highly processed, commercial, and lower quality goods. With overwhelming freedom of choice, consumers are gravitating more and more towards investing in products that are personable, unique, and that are the result of intentional techniques utilized by specialty creators. This rising appreciation for quality goods has set-up businesses in the craft and handmade sector for sustainable success and is associated with a plethora of viable business options.

Additionally, consumers are constantly seeking to invest in products that they are proud to present as an extension of their personal identities. To that extent, individuals are much more likely to invest more in products that they feel connected to. As a business owner within this realm, you can easily find a niche for your personal passion to manifest as a sought-after good or service due to your business reflecting your personality and in a sense, marketable humanity. Customers are more likely to support a business that represents not only a good but the values and genuine expression of those responsible for it.

If you are someone who possesses a vested interest in a particular good or service, or who has a personal passion that they’d like to see flourish into a lifelong profession, this industry may be exactly right for you. If you are a creator, a doer, an artist, or an artisan, there is an abundance of ways for you to access a market ripe with potential for success.

Whatever your motivation, rationale, or inspiration for wanting to venture out on an entrepreneurial journey, we have a great list of options to help you get started.

1. Bakery

Baked treats are a specialty of cultural cuisine throughout the world. Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh-baked bread? A bakery business typically operates out of a storefront in the commercial section of a city or town. However, many entrepreneurs have successfully run bakeries out of their homes, attracting customers via word of mouth and small-scale advertising. Still others rent space in a commercial kitchen and distribute their baked goods wholesale to local cafes, restaurants, and convenience stores.

Retail bakeries prepare their items in-house and sell their baked goods directly to customers, with some locations offering seating for their clientele.

Commercial bakeries operate without a physical storefront, acting as suppliers for businesses that wish to sell baked goods, but don’t have the capacity to produce them in-house.

A good baker has mastered the art of baking. It takes dedication over a long period of time to become successful in this business, as there is a lot of competition. As such, the baking business is ideal for people who love baking, who don’t mind working odd hours (for example, early mornings), and who have an artistic side. The best-selling bakeries not only have items that taste great, but also look so appealing that customers simply cannot resist buying them.

2. Barrel Making Business

A barrel making business, or cooperage, as traditionally named, is a business which specializes in the crafting and construction of wooden barrels and casks.

Experienced or knowledgeable woodworkers and carpenters are excellent fits for a barrel making business. Since most barrels are used in the packaging of different beers, wines and liquors, beverage industry experience would also be a bonus for a barrel making business.

3. Bead Store

A bead business sells beads, tools, and craft supplies to professional crafters and hobbyists. Inventory can be sold online or in a brick and mortar establishment, with some business owners working out of their home. Business owners have several market opportunities and revenue streams to choose from, including retail and wholesale sales.

Owning and managing a retail business requires hard work, dedication, and long hours. Entrepreneurs who love the craft and enjoy learning and educating others about various beads will find fulfillment and success in this business venture.

4. Bonsai Tree Business

As a result of urban growth, and more people moving to the city where their yards are small (frequently only a balcony), the bonsai tree business has boomed.  There is a great appeal in owning tiny bonsai trees, which might be only 18" high instead of 60' high. Business owners can be very successful since both local sales and Internet sales are becoming extremely popular.

This is a wonderful business for gardeners, tree aficionados, stay-at-home workers, and lovers of miniature objects. Business owners can start off selling starter plants to earn a living while they grow two to five-year-old trained bonsai trees for a larger income. It's a great opportunity for someone who doesn't have a lot of space to work with. This is also a great opportunity for someone to combine their growing skills with their Internet sales skills.

5. Bookbinding Business

A bookbinding business (or bookbindery) binds books together. Rates are generally based on the size of the book. Even though physical book sales have been a little uneven for the past several years, there’s no reason to fear they're going away anytime soon. Bookbinders have a unique opportunity to create more book buyers by using their creative visions to keep the public interested in having books on more than just their phone or e-reader.

This business is good for someone who has connections in the publishing world, and who has experience in what it takes to provide quality bookbinding services. Anyone thinking of trying bookbinding should be good with their hands, as it can end up being a very manual process.

6. Bronzing Business

In an era when everything seems to be digital, physical keepsakes still have a special place in people’s hearts. Preserved baby items, in particular, are tangible mementos that stand out from many of the gifts that are available today. Bronzing businesses preserve cherished keepsakes in bronze and other platings, offering people a way to keep hold of cherished items from their children’s and grandchildren’s youngest years.

The bronzing business is far from an up-and-coming industry. One of the two largest companies in the industry, American Bronzing Co., has closed its doors, and so have many other established bronzing businesses. As larger businesses close, however, new opportunities open for small businesses that can operate in this industry while maintaining a lower overhead.

A bronzing business is suitable for anyone who enjoys working with their hands, for bronzing is a hands-on process. This is also a possible business for people who have day jobs, as the bronzing work can be done any time. There’s no need to work traditional office or retail hours.

7. Cabinet Making Business

Almost every building with a kitchen or bathroom has cabinets, which are made by cabinet making businesses.

With new buildings constantly being constructed and existing ones regularly being remodeled, there is a strong and steady demand for these businesses. According to IBISWorld, the cabinet and manufacturing industry has been growing at 5.2 percent annually over the past five years and brings in more than $16 billion each year in revenue.

Anyone who enjoys woodworking and has an eye for detail may enjoy running a cabinet making business. Making cabinets involves working hands-on with wood, but all measurements and cuts must be precise.

8. Calligraphy Business

Many people primarily rely on calligraphy businesses to create unforgettable wedding invitations or other special event stationery that they want to have a personal touch. However, others want to be able to write in calligraphy themselves, and they will look to your business to teach them.

Obviously, this business is best for someone that is highly skilled in calligraphy. Since much of the business comes from designing things like wedding invitations, this job is also good for artists or those with an artistic vision. For both the event-planning and instructional aspects of the business, being a “people person” is very helpful.

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Candlemakers are artisans who pay critical attention to the sensory aesthetics of their product line and pragmatic business people adept at enticing buyers through smart marketing strategies.

The ideal candlemaker should love the craft of candle making and have skills involved in sales and marketing. Candlemakers can begin modestly—in the kitchen and storage space of your home or apartment, and with a limited budget and inventory. Since candles are often thought to be commodity products, you must constantly seek ways of branding your line to differentiate yourself from competitors. Showcase your product line attractively through excellent image photography, a strong online presence, and savvy sales skills.

Why we like this business:

Candle making is a great business to start if you are looking for a low-cost business idea. Candle making materials can be purchased at a low cost, and you can easily run this business out of your home. Candle making also gives you the opportunity to be creative in crafting new and unique candle scents that will keep customers coming back.

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10. Craft Store

Craft store businesses provide the necessary supplies for creating unique handmade items for shoppers who prefer originality over mass production. A craft store business can exist online, in a physical location, or both. Some craft store businesses sell a wide range of various types of arts and crafts supplies, while others cater to specialized niche markets.

This type of business is ideal for people who enjoy providing supplies for people to participate in creating various types of arts and crafts.

11. Cupcake Business

Cupcake shops can be structured in a number of different ways, depending upon the goals and business plan of the entrepreneur. They may involve a brick-and-mortar storefront, a delivery service, selling directly to other businesses like restaurants and shops, or a combination of all three. Retail and delivery businesses are currently leading the cupcake trend. What they all have in common, is the ability to bring a smile to their customer’s faces by way of the delectable baked treats they provide.

Are you consistently assigned the task of bringing cupcakes to every family and friends event? Does everyone praise your baking skills? Have you ever thought about how wonderful it would be to be your own boss? If you answered “yes” to these questions, and genuinely enjoy the art of baking, starting a cupcake business might be your path to personal and professional freedom.

12. Custom Doll Business

The demand for dolls has fluctuated over time, but they do continue to withstand the test of time. A custom doll maker will handcraft dolls for clients based on either public demand or personalized requests. For example, they may create dolls that reflect current pop culture or political icons, or they may handcraft dolls that resemble the client who ordered it.

Doll makers typically start off as hobbyists who make dolls for their friends, families, or even just for themselves. But a doll maker should also be creative enough to put clever spins on the general dolls they sell or custom requests.

13. Custom Phone Case Business

If trends hold steady, there will be an estimated 6 billion smartphones in the world by 2020. This is an incredible opportunity for those who want to break into this market, as there will be increased demand for products to protect these expensive investments from dents, scratches, and breaks. The majority of phone cases are sold online to decrease overhead costs. However, retail storefronts can be a good investment for entrepreneurs depending on the target customers.

This business is good for people who are both creative and practical. There are an infinite amount of design options for phone cases, but some will be more popular (and profitable) than others. A good business owner can both narrow down the choices, and predict trends to gain a market edge. Owners will also need some customer service and advertising experience as well.

14. Custom Portrait Business

A custom portrait business specializes in creating portraits in a variety of styles and mediums for a diverse array of clients. Your custom portrait business may specialize in mediums such as pencil, paint, or even crochet. You may run a business where customers order a portrait in advance, or you may offer to create a custom portrait on the spot for them.

Obviously, this is a business designed for an artist. However, not just any artist: you must be comfortable doing a lot of interaction with many kinds of customers (especially if you are doing portraits on the spot), and you must be able to work quickly, both to achieve customer satisfaction and to increase your margin of time and profit.

15. Distillery

Most people in this business sell the liquor created from their distillery through various vendors. Additionally, some people sell their liquor directly to customers via an attached store or restaurant. Certain distilleries also offer features such as tours or tastings in order to build community engagement and brand awareness.

Obviously, this business is great for those who love alcohol. It is also good for those who are patient, as the process of making liquor can be lengthy. It is also good for those who like to work alone or in small groups, as most small distilleries start with the owner as one of the handful of workers.

16. Dried Flower Business

A dried flower business will sell dried flowers to hobbyists or craft stores. A flower preservation business will save important flowers, like wedding bouquets, for interested parties. Owners may do one or both of these services, but they are separate. Dried flowers do have a demand amongst a variety of people who use them to finish their craft projects. Flower preservation is perfect for those who want to scrapbook their memories, or fill boxes and chests with important mementos. Demand has increased for dried flowers over the past few years, as more people discover easy and fun DIY challenges.

This business is excellent for someone who loves to spend time in their garden, and who understands how plants react to a variety of different circumstances. You don’t need to have formal education in botany, but you should be willing to experiment with different types of techniques and plants.

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Even in today’s modern age, people still seek out vintage and handmade goods. Often, they do so through online platforms like Etsy, Zazzle or CafePress. These platforms are dedicated to artsy goods.

An Etsy entrepreneur business sells vintage or handmade goods on Etsy or these other platforms. By selling through an established platform, businesses are often able to reach more customers than they could through their own website or storefront.

Anyone who enjoys making handmade goods or finding vintage items might enjoy running an Etsy entrepreneur business. This is a great outlet for artists looking to sell their works.

Why we like this business:

Starting a business as an Etsy entrepreneur is a great way to make money by selling your crafts. Etsy offers a wonderful platform for advertising and selling your products. All you will have to do is make your crafts and get them ready to sell. If your crafts are small enough, you can run this business out of your home, and you can also run the business part time if you have other obligations. Flexibility and accessibility make being an Etsy entrepreneur great.

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18. Furniture Upcycling Business

Part of upcycling can be simple refurbishment, and part of it is re-styling it. New covers, new coats of paint, and other new changes can make something old and worn down into something chic and modern. The business also scales nicely, letting you grow from a solo operation to a team, if necessary.

This business is great for veterans of yard sales and thrift shops—basically, anyone with a good eye for finding surprising items at low prices. It's also good for those with an eye for style and design, so you are able to see not just what the worn down furniture is but what it could be after some modifications. Finally, it's good for those with sales experience, as the job may involve a lot of individual interaction with a variety of customers.

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Many occasions call for a gift, but people often struggle to find the right present. Even those who have an idea of what to get sometimes don’t have time to go shopping.

Gift basket services make purchasing and giving gifts easy. They provide both standard and customizable baskets that are appropriate for many different occasions. Many also make the actual giving of the gift simple by providing shipping or delivery options.

Anyone who likes giving presents and is creative may be well-suited to run a gift basket service. A gift basket service can be started as a part-time business and, by shipping baskets, be coordinated around other obligations.

Why we like this business:

Gift basket businesses are great to run part-time out of your own home. Especially at the beginning, doing business from home will keep your costs low and ensure that you are making money before you scale up your business. The other good thing about this business is that your business will have the potential to bloom into a successful full-time business or even a franchise.

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20. Gift Wrapping Business

Your gift wrapping business may be located inside a large department store, appear as a pop-up cart in a mall during the holidays, or offer personalized services for corporate clients and weddings. Unique wrapping paper designs can be sold in rolls in your pop-up store or retail location.

If you are always creating eye-popping packages by combining colorful and creative papers, ribbons, flowers, baskets, and bags, you may enjoy applying your gift wrapping skills to a business. It's a great add-on service for existing gift stores or as a seasonal service when everybody could use a little help making their holiday gifting easier.

21. Glass Blowing Business

Art comes in all forms. A glassblower uses techniques that have been around since the first century BC, shaping the glass into their creative vision. They sell their work in online stores and local galleries. Many also take on commissioned work.

Glassblowing is perfect for the individual who likes to work alone to turn their creative visions into works of art. It requires hard work, innovative instincts, and an entrepreneurial spirit. If you exhibit these qualities, glassblowing might be the career for you.

22. Graphic Design Business

Graphic design professionals create or maintain a visual look that might be carried out in signage, letterheads, ads, sales collateral material, website and digital content and virtually all other internal and external communications. This can involve logo design, fonts and typography, color and imagery selection and layout. The owner of a graphic design studio might work alone or have one or more employees to generate new business, work on existing projects and support the enterprise.

Ownership of a graphic design studio is ideal for artistically minded people who are adept at managing the aesthetics of the way their business and organizational clients address their various markets, communicating creative ideas and executing design decisions independently or through employees or vendors.

You should be able to work alone and in a collaborative environment as you grow or work alongside clients. And you must feel confident in both worlds—business and creative expression—because your work will span both.

23. Greeting Card Business

A greeting card business sells greeting cards to customers. These greeting cards can be for a number of occasions, including birthdays, holidays, reunions and even funerals. Cards can either be sold directly to customers or to retail dealers. If they’re sold to a retail dealer, the dealer then sells the cards to customers. Some greeting card businesses operate online, selling cards to shoppers and shipping them.

The greeting card business is great for those with a taste for design, poetry, celebratory occasions and creative expression. It’s also a fantastic business choice for those who want to become printing specialists.

Ideally, a greeting card business owner will be good at marketing different cards. From “everyday” cards to special occasion cards, each will need to be trendy, relevant and memorable. For this reason, a greeting card business owner needs to be culturally aware, have a knack for humor and be a decent marketer.

24. Ice Sculpture Business

Ice sculpture business owners are typically adept at sculpting, from clear ice, figures for weddings, parties and other social events. Their finished work might include animals, logos, abstract shapes—anything requested. There's also a market for creating larger-scale sculptures for winter outdoor events. The business owner might be a sole proprietor or could employ others, including salespeople, other sculptors and support staff to load and deliver ice figures and help operate the business.

Many owners of such businesses are artistically inclined, skilled sculptors or graduates of ice-sculpting classes. They should be able to work quickly (before the ice block melts) and fulfill the design intent of the client.

Many ice sculpture businesses today use CNC machines for computer-aided carving and more are getting into robotic carving. With these technologies, even individuals with less artistic ability can get into the business. However, using these technologies can become very expensive.

Whichever approach you take, you should be a good salesperson to develop business relationships with caterers, restaurateurs, wedding planners and other prospective customers and influencers.

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Illustrators provide their artistic talents to a range of clients, including advertising agencies, publishers, stock image services, web content providers, and other businesses.

As a freelance illustrator, you can take your skills in a number of directions. You might work for advertising agencies, stock image houses, magazine or book publishers, record labels, greeting card companies, digital properties, merchandisers, or other businesses. Some illustrators serve such narrow specialty niches as courtroom sketch artists, or niches in fashion, medicine, or technology. Or you might primarily work in fine art to be sold to customers directly or through galleries or agents.

You must have artistic talents and an entrepreneurial drive. This means that your skill set must encompass both the ability to continually find work, to complete it to your clients’ satisfaction, and to continually find new clients.

Why we like this business:

Illustration is a fantastic business venture due to the straightforward nature of its initiation and the diverse range of opportunities it offers. As an illustrator, your primary resources are also your marketable skills. Artistic talent, creative background, and vision are highly marketable and necessary within this industry and are the qualities that will largely determine your business’ success. Illustration also offers owners plenty of options as a generalist (focusing on a wide range of projects) or as a specialist (choosing to target one particular product).

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26. Jam Business

A jam business makes different flavors of jams and jellies, which are packaged into jars for distribution. Businesses may sell their jams to customers directly, or they might sell to retailers. These spreads are put on toast, used in cookies and cakes, and incorporated into many other foods. Jam businesses make different flavors of jams and jellies, which are sold to customers either directly or through retailers.

According to a report published by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food in Canada, the jam and preserve industry in the United States brings in over $1 billion annually. Most impressively, it’s grown steadily -- even through the Great Recession. The market for jams, jellies, and preserves is strong, growing, and has many opportunities for new start-ups.

Anyone who likes canning and jarring may enjoy running a jam business. Jams and jellies are frequently packaged in jars, and mot small jam businesses jar their jams by hand.

It’s also helpful to have good people skills. Being able to connect with people can, of course, help business owners develop relationships with individual customers and wholesale purchasers. It also can help establish relationships with local farmers, which may lead to unique opportunities to purchase local produce.

27. Laser Cutting Business

Laser cutting is a versatile business idea that can be taken in a number of different directions. While it’s historically been used in large-scale industrial applications, it’s recently gained popularity for smaller applications as the selection of tools and services widens. Entrepreneurs may use their lasers to either create their own objects or to engrave existing objects for either professional or personal use.

Owners should have the technical skills to work with the laser cutter, but they’ll also need to be creative. Even if you’re making relatively straightforward objects, it helps to have the element of imagination when it comes to improving upon or customizing your selection.

28. Leather Business

A leather business supplies leather goods and services to customers. Everything from high quality purses and handbags to leather repair may be available through a leather business.

A leather business, much like other specialty businesses, looks to offer customers leather products and services. Therefore, knowledge of leather products, leather crafting, sewing, and repairs is recommended, if not necessary. Talking to customers and communicating online are also critical skills for building this type of business. Finally, experience in retail sales or retail marketing and promoting, preferably leather related, are also great bonus tools to possess in your skill arsenal.

29. Longarm Quilting Business

Longarm quilting businesses offer a unique set of services, assisting hobbyist quilters with the parts of their quilts that require a special, larger machine, called a longarm machine and frame. Many longarm quilters will also sell their own artistic creations, accepting custom work when a customer comes to them with an inspiring piece.

Those who enter this industry truly enjoy the process of helping fulfill someone else’s vision. They enjoy working with their hands, adding the finishing touches to their clients’ artistic fabric pairings, which tell a story. Most quilters have spent years sewing quilts for family and friends and, at the encouragement of others, are ready to take their hobby to the next level.

30. Mural Painting Business

Mural painters are artists who specialize in painting works of art on such physical structures as the interior walls, ceilings or floors of private, corporate, nonprofit or governmental settings. Muralists can also work on the exterior sides of buildings, or on gates, roofs or other surfaces.

Muralists should be talented artists who can (usually, but not always) work in oversized imagery. You should also be able to sell yourself on the basis of your talent and portfolio.

31. Online T-Shirt Business

Online t-shirt businesses design, customize, print, sell, and ship t-shirts to paying customers. They display their designs on a website storefront where customers can view and purchase them. Some online t-shirt businesses own the equipment used to print the shirts, while others partner with a separate company for that service.

Those who enjoy keeping up with current trends do exceptionally well in this business. A single timely slogan or artistic design that becomes popular can generate substantial profits. The ever-popular smiley face is a good example.

32. Pet Bakery

Many dog and other pet owners are concerned about what’s in the food they feed their pets. Pet bakery businesses cater to these owners by providing specially formulated pet foods. The ingredients that pet bakeries use in their pet foods are usually healthy and natural, and they often come from known sources.

Anyone who is passionate about pets and nutrition may be interested in opening a pet bakery business. Pet bakeries usually start out selling through other retailers or online, rather than their own brick-and-mortar store. Because business owners don’t need to keep specific retail hours for customers, it’s possible to start this business up while maintaining another job.

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People love their pets, and many pet owners want to memorialize their non-human friends through artwork. Pet portraits businesses create custom portraits of pets for customers. Many businesses are run by a single artist, but businesses can also have several artists on staff. The mediums these artists create offer a different feel than photographs -- which pet owners can take themselves -- provide.

Anyone who is artistically inclined and enjoys animals may like running a pet portraits business. For those who like to draw, paint, or work with another medium, doing commissioned portraits is a great way to earn an income creating art. Loving animals helps business owners stay interested in their work even when they’re working on animal portraits several days in a row.

This is a business that can be started as a part-time business. It’s easy to schedule taking orders, working on portraits and shipping completed pieces around another work schedule or a class schedule. Ramsey Beyer, for instance, go into this line of work as a “side hustle.”

Why we like this business:

For many, their pets are much more than a pet. Often, pet owners view their furry or scaly friends as an extension of their close family. In a fashion similar to the immortalizing qualities of captured images of your loved ones, pet portrait shops are great businesses as they allow customers to capture the cherished bond between themselves and their animal in a way that is lasting.

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34. Picture Framing Business

Everyone that buys a painting or has a nice photograph or a portrait made of their family may also need to have that work framed. Framing requires a specialized skill set that includes having craft-person talents, the ability to do simple carpentry, to know how to safely run a table saw, and have a good eye for pleasing aesthetic designs. You will need to understand color combinations and how to make a painting or a photo nicely framed to fit in well with the intended surroundings.

People drawn to this business have a keen aesthetic eye for the details that make a framed item attractive. They also like to interface with the public and encourage their customers’ personal style and expression in how a customer wants something framed. A custom framing shop is all about serving others to help them make their decorative ideas come true.

35. Pottery Business

Many potters dream of turning their talents into a full-time business venture; of ditching the suit and corporate world to spend their days in the studio creating pieces that will bring joy to others for years to come. Such a business leaves the soul fulfilled and offers the opportunity to interact with other artists within the community.

Being able to craft a quality clay piece is only half the challenge. You must also possess the creativity and drive to continuously seek out new avenues for displaying and selling your work. An artist who has a knack for self promotion and networking amongst other artists and clients is an ideal match.

36. Print Shop

Printing shops offer a variety of print and copy services to the public. This includes online printing, direct mail, and business printing. Most printing stores offer additional services to the public, depending upon the specific needs within the community.

Industry leaders indicate that, due to the services offered, the individual with a background in printing is most suitable for this business venture. If you have the background, necessary capital, and are ready to work hard to insure a stable financial future for you and your family, now is the time to consider becoming your own boss.

37. Quilt Business

A quilting business translates customer’s ideas, fabrics, and other materials and transforms them into beautiful and functional pieces of art. Through the process of creating the quilt, the quilter and customer decide an overall pattern and color scheme and the quilter then completes the quilt by hand or on a consumer or “domestic” machine.

For individuals who enjoy sewing or seamstress work, have some artistic talent, or have an eye for patterning and organizing ideas into a tangible object, quilting can be the perfect career. A background in sewing is preferable, although some quilters started because of a love or passion for creating and quickly found their niche in the quilting community.

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A standard quilt shop caters to the needs of crafters who enjoy the art of quilting. They stock a variety of quilting supplies and often offer additional related services. While quilting shops started out as small, local businesses, many now host online stores, expanding their client reach to all over the country.

Since this is a highly unique business, those entering this industry should be passionate and knowledgeable about their craft. The entrepreneur who enjoys educating others, but is not opposed to working on projects alone, is the ideal candidate.

Why we like this business:

Quilting is a practice that can be made into a fantastic business opportunity for those who have the desire to work with materials and content that are emotionally driven. For many, quilting is a practice that supersedes typical blanket making. Often, quilts are less of an accessory for your clients’ rooms and more of a memento. Quilts are typically used to tell a narrative; quilts describe a time, momentous event, or a story that is meaningful. For example, many new parents commission quilts to be made for their newborns, their first blanket becoming a family artifact to be treasured in the present and long term.

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39. School Supply Store

Students across the world require a wide array of school supplies. From binders to book covers, pens, pencils, and rulers, school supply store businesses provide students with the supplies they need to be academic superstars.

This business is ideal for an individual who has a passion for academics and youngsters. There is plenty of money to be made by selling school supplies. Yet this business also plays an important role in the community as it provides students with the materials they need to learn and grow.

40. Scrapbooking Business

Scrapbooking is a popular way to memorialize life events, but many people don’t have time to create scrapbooks. Those who would like a scrapbook but are too busy to assemble it themselves may hire a professional scrapbooking business to make one for them. Scrapbooking businesses use customers’ photos and other memorabilia to create scrapbooks for them.

Reports show that 29 percent of U.S. households have at least attempted scrapbooking, and the industry has brought in more than $4 billion in a single year. For the business owner who can transform customers’ visions into physical scrapbooks, there is plenty of opportunity.

Anyone who enjoys scrapbooking personally might like it doing it on a professional level. Scrapbooking for others isn’t the same as doing it for yourself, but many people enjoy getting paid for applying their creative skills.

41. Screenprinting Business

A screen printing business specializes in printing images on t-shirts or other items of clothing. There is flexibility to operate such a business completely online or via a traditional store. The store may also offer pre-set options for images and phrases as well as allowing customers to submit their own designs. The ability of such a store to create t-shirts for schools and businesses also provides a great way to build community spirit.

This business is great for artists, giving them a venue to create their own designs and sell them via t-shirts. It is also great for those with strong community ties, as it lets them build long-lasting relationships providing t-shirts for various high school clubs, small businesses, local churches, and other organizations. Finally, it's a good business for savvy social media users as they can leverage these skills to reach diverse audiences of customers online.

42. Sewing Business

In addition to making and altering clothes, sewing businesses also customize clothing through the use of embroidery and other decorative arts to create one-of-a-kind personalized fashions.

This business is ideal for people who enjoy creating fashion and helping people achieve the confidence that comes with looking their best. Many fashions are not ideal for all body types and sizes, and sewing businesses provide an alternative for people who do not conform to existing rigid size measurements.

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As a soapmaker, you'll formulate soaps and perhaps other personal cleansing and beauty products according to your own recipes. You will market your offerings along sales channels that might include e-commerce, farmers markets, arts festivals, wholesale placement in spas and boutiques, and even door-to-door sales. You'll explore a range of options to see where you can find a loyal customer base.

You should have an interest in crafting a handmade product, and a knack for discovering scent combinations that your customers will love. You must have strong sales and marketing instincts and a talent for finding and maintaining good customer relationships.

Why we like this business:

Artisanal marketplaces are rapidly growing in popularity. Consumers have adopted a posture of purchasing with intention and sourcing their goods from establishments and artisans with values and missions that parallel their own world view. If you are someone who represents an especially vested care in your crafting process, businesses like soapmaking are great options to begin your entrepreneurial journey. Additionally, soapmaking is a timeless trade that has many applications, from those who are looking for ways to treat their skin with care to people seeking a unique gift for close friends and loved ones.

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44. Stained Glass Business

A stained glass business creates and sells original and commissioned pieces of stained glass in the form of windows, sun catchers, lamps, and jewelry. Depending upon the business owner’s skill level, they may offer repair and architectural installation as an additional service.

Have you always been enamored by stained glass? Do you enjoy working with your hands, creating one-of-a-kind art pieces that bring lasting joy to your customers? Are you passionate about continuously expanding your knowledge, technique, and artistic talents? If so, owning a stained glass business could be the perfect fit for you.

45. Stationery Business

A stationery business sells custom printed and designed paper products for event promotions and personal announcements, such as weddings or baby showers.

If you have an eye for style and a passion for graphic design, the stationery business could prove a lucrative opportunity for you. This business venture offers entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to get involved with the public on a more personal level, as your responsibility is to help clients announce some of their greatest moments.

46. Upholstery Business

Furniture wears out over time, and must eventually either be repaired or replaced. Many people who have nice pieces of furniture would prefer to get their furniture reupholstered rather than replace it. Upholstery businesses offer to reupholster furniture when it wears out.

According to IBISWorld, the United States’ furniture repair and upholstery industry has an annual revenue of $2 billion and is growing at a rate of 1.7 percent. Moreover, there are no businesses with a dominant market share. Thus, there’s plenty of opportunity for small business owners who want to start their own upholstery business.

Anyone who enjoys working with their hands may enjoy running an upholstery business. Reupholstering furniture is hands-on work that results in a tangible finished product.

Business owners don’t need to leave their current occupation to start an upholstery business. Furniture can be reupholstered and repaired during the evenings and weekends, which lets business owners start an upholstery business part-time while working another job.

47. Watch Business

Despite the prevalence of smartphones that easily display the time, watches continue to be popular. In particular, there remains a steady demand for high-end, luxury watches. Online watch and jewelry sales in the United States alone totaled $8 billion during 2017, and the segment has seen sustained annual growth of 12.3 percent over the past five years. Even smartphone makers (most notably Apple) can’t ignore the demand for watches and are producing smart versions of luxury watches.

A watch business sells watches to consumers who are interested in wearable timepieces. Thanks to sustained demand and a large market, this is an industry that’s ripe with opportunity.

Anyone who has a passion for chronometers may be well-suited for running a watch store. Successfully running a store requires understanding why people want watches. People who themselves love and want watches already have this knowledge, which is knowledge that can’t easily be learned.

48. Woodworking Business

Wood, being both beautiful and practical, has always been a popular material to make products from. Today, many people continue to seek out -- and pay good amounts for -- wood products. A woodworking business specializes in producing such products, carving furniture or other items from wood.

According to IBISWorld, the wood product manufacturing industry is a $6 billion industry that continues to grow. The top 50 companies in the sector command only about 30 percent of the market, leaving plenty of opportunities for new and smaller wood shops.

Anyone who is detail-oriented, decent at math and skilled with their hands may be well-suited for running a woodworking business. These skills are necessary when carving wood and building products.

49. Yarn Store

Also called a “knitting store,” a yarn store sells supplies related to the knitting craft. Normally, they sell yarn balls, crochet hooks, knitting needles, patterns, knitting accessories, and crocheting accessories. Yarn stores can sometimes supply other crafts, giving buyers the materials they need for a number of hobbies.

A yarn store should be owned by someone who truly enjoys knitting. Good yarn store owners like supplying knitting supplies at low prices. They also enjoy spreading the knitting craft with others. Normally, yarn store owners host retreats, giveaways, and fun activities for customers.

Yarn store owners should be people-oriented. They need to connect with customers, focus on developing relationships, and enjoy ongoing knitting projects.

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