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WAHM > Stay at Home Mom Work Ideas > Traditional Product > Start a Birdhouse Selling  Business

Start a Business Selling Birdhouses

Love birds and birdhouses? Why not start a business selling them?

If you're a wood worker or artist, you can make your own to sell or you can sell other people's creations.

Find other websites that target bird watchers and have them promote your products. You can also find other animal supply stores to sell your bird houses too.

Birdhouse Business

What you will be doing. If art is your passion and birdhouses in particular, sell them to make a profit. Birdhouses are a staple in most yard schemes. They attract birds of all types. Birdhouses can be simple or ornate depending on your tastes. People will spend more money for style as well as function. This business can be started in your home workshop or garage and go everywhere from there.

Create your birdhouse masterpieces for large and small birds. Varying styles give people more choices. Offering made to order birdhouses for special clients and an extra price can lead to an untapped area of profit.

How to start. Novelty items usually sell well in selected markets. Drawing up the plans for each birdhouse will give you a template that you could market later. With novelty items, it is important that they function the way that they are advertised to work. Making a few sample models allows for testing in different simulated weather conditions.

A durable product will result in fewer returns. Certain types of paints or wood may look better, but if they cannot withstand the conditions that they will be subjected to, then they are no good for your business. The weight of the birdhouses shouldn’t be too heavy for tree limbs and fall as a result.

Start up costs. Pricing your materials is important. This gives you a rough estimate of how much you will need to get the business off the ground.

For those who have seen your handiwork, advanced sales could defer some of the costs of starting the business. Creating and printing your own flyers at home cut the expense of having a print shop do it for you.

Starting costs for this business could be around $300-$500 depending on how many different birdhouses you want to showcase. This will include advertising costs. If you do not own the necessary equipment, the cost may go as high as $1,000.

A computer, telephone and a printer are necessary for advertising and bookkeeping purposes. Mechanical equipment will be needed to manufacture the birdhouses as well as art supplies for painting and decorating. Enough material to create your birdhouse “line” will get your business off to a decent start.

Skills needed. A birdhouse business requires knowledge of woodworking and carpentry. If you will be making products to order, you need to be able to create blueprints of the birdhouse to scale to satisfy the client. Creating such crafty items requires the creator to be able to brainstorm effectively when potential clients want something new and fresh. Attention to detail is essential with unique products like birdhouses.

Marketing. Placing several birdhouses in your yard is a good form of advertising that is inexpensive. Placing a customized sign in your yard lets people feel free to call or knock on the door if they see a birdhouse that they like. Renting space at a flea market or trade show gives you exposure to a wider audience.

Putting ads in the local newspaper and trade papers are not that expensive. Word of mouth from friends and neighbors is inexpensive as well and will get you noticed. Always carry at least a few birdhouses with you. If a situation sparks a conversation about your business, you want to be ready to show off your products.

Birdhouses are a jumping off point for a novelty business. Once the birdhouses become known for their durability and unique look, expansion will keep your businesses growing.

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