I'm looking into opening an online shop with a few niche items, and I don't know how to go about packaging and labeling them. I'm very small time and this is a very small market, so I need to keep things on a budget. In theory I have a color inkjet printer and bw laser printer, but neither are cooperating at the moment, and I don't want really terrible hand made labels I've seen some people make on their printers. I can probably figure out why they're broken if there is a way to do nice looking labels on a home printer, I just haven't seen it. I can do design, but I've got little experience in the physical space. I'm also completely lost on the packaging side of things. Where can I find out about packaging and labeling cheaply for small (micro) businesses? [more inside]
Is there anyone in MeFi-land who runs a small--or not-so-small--online-based T-shirt/printed garment business who has experience in DTG/Screen print outsourcing through fulfillment companies? Looking for a company that is friendly to start-ups and/or carries higher quality print blanks… [more inside]
Asking this for the wife: She is an experienced piano and voice teacher in a mid-size city. Masters' Degree in Music/Education. 10+ years teaching K-5 music in public schools. Regular piano students (half-hour lessons) now, teaching from our home. Trouble is, her lesson slots are almost entirely filled, i.e. she's topped out. So... How might one take this kind of skill and experience and parlay it into a better income? Not looking for a job. Looking to build a business to dovetail with her current lessons, maybe even eventually surpass them. Really interested in something online, for example, that would expand her base beyond local. We've barely scratched the surface of things like video lessons, etc. But we want to hear ideas outside the box, especially if others are making it work. Eventual passive income would be a big bonus. But I've never heard of an MLM for piano lessons...
How can I earn at least $200 per month working at home? [more inside]
Any tips on incorporating a small business? [more inside]
I bake breads at home using an artisanal style (sourdough, handcrafting, small batches) and would like to eventually start a business. How can I get access to a decent space to bake these breads so I can sell them? [more inside]
I need to find a helpful book about starting home businesses for my friend. [more inside]
I have an idea for a small local business. However, I want honest feedback from a group of my peers about whether or not it's viable or marketable. That's where you come in... [more inside]
Help me find a insurance company that will cover my home-based ebay business. [more inside]
I am looking for free or very low cost online or print advertising opportunities in Rhode Island for my home-based Noah's Ark Workshop birthday party / group workshop business. I could also use some creative (and free!) promotional ideas to get the word out.
What's the best distribution strategy for selling a new product into the U.S. adult products market? [more inside]
I want to take a food product with a paste-like consistancy and put it in a tube. Is there any way to do this from home, on a small to medium scale? [more inside]