An Idea for a Small Business You Can Start

Start-up costs range $50 to $500,000+, earnings $5,000 to $2,000,000++, skills from knowing nothing to running an airline. Bon appetit!


Start-up cost: $5,000 - $9,000

Potential earnings: $35,000+

Advertising: Your T-shirts themselves, ads in local papers, direct mail to community sports groups and businesses. Take samples to local retail clothing shops and Chamber of Commerce members.

Equipment needed: Screen-printing press; inks and spot dryer.

Qualifications: Knowledge of graphics and the ability to design custom labels.

The T-shirt is a fashion staple today along with athletic shoes, jeans, and baseball caps. Companies cashing in on this billion-dollar industry include one-person screen-printing companies to large-scale franchises, distributors, and sportswear licensers. For a modest investment, you can start this business in a home-based workroom and use your creative skills to design a profitable business in your community.

Excerpted with permission from "More 101 Best Home-Based Businesses for Women" by Priscilla Y. Huff. Published by Prima Publishing. For more on this and 100 other great businesses you can start, Buy the book now or ask for it at your favorite bookstore. You can also call (800) 632-8676

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