Attractively wrapped, delicious home made delicacies in a basket make a perfect gourmet gift for any occasion. It adds a personal touch to any gift giving circumstance, leaving a lasting impression on the receiving end. Personalized gift baskets full of home made goodies make unique Christmas gifts, thoughtful thanksgiving favors and wonderful charity handouts.
If you are looking for a creative home business to set up on your own, why not start a gift basket service? It can be a very rewarding part time venture, something you can carry out from your home as a base, with enough opportunity for succeeding into a satisfying full time career.
If you have an esthetic sense of creativity, with special skills in homemade sweets and baked goods, you can make the items of the baskets yourself, adding extra perks to the final effect. People will be delighted to purchase your special, personalized gift baskets, with the goods made by you at home. You can customize the items to suite the giver, making it even more personalized and special. But if your skills lie only in the creativity department and if you are not so great around the kitchen, you can purchase the goodies and focus only on adding the décor to the baskets, that makes the final effect of the gift most worthwhile. You can even set out on a joint venture, with a friend who is skilled in the culinary arts to provide you the items to be included in the baskets.
Use your entrepreneurial skills to the maximum by improvising various occasions for using your gift baskets. Market them in the corporate world, as special gift hampers for brand advertising, business promotions, celebrating special corporate achievements etc. Promote them as gift ideas for baby showers, christenings, Christmas parties, charity functions, thanksgiving treats, welcome packages, wedding favors etc. The limits are endless for the uses of your special gift baskets!
Strive to make your ‘gift baskets’ sound the best gift option, the ‘perfect’ solution to any gift giving occasion. Price it accordingly, so that people will be motivated to purchase it for various events. Use your artistic abilities to customize your creations, make them stand out from other similar products. Enjoy the challenge of creating lots of different, unique baskets to suite many diverse occasions. Your potential market is tremendous, from the corporate world to the home based mom, from the festive season to day to day life; your gift baskets will find a place in the hearts of many people thanks to their uniqueness and personalized touch.
It sure is a fun venture to have your own ‘gift basket service’. Shopping for cute, matching items to include in the basket to go with your baked goods and other treats, coming up with unique, delicious recipes for new items, matching the basket décor with the goodies within, creating special ‘theme’ baskets with matching food items, trying out different basket wrapping ideas and creating special, personalized wrappers for the items, creating charming presentation themes, hunting for attractive containers/baskets unique from what’s available at regular, all these tasks can be very rewarding and incredibly interesting.
Unless you decide to provide for orders only, you will need ‘selling’ space for your products. You needn’t have your own showroom for this purpose. You can get your local shops to sell your products for your. If you like, you can purchase shelf space at gift shops, where you can present your products in attractive, eye catching displays.
If you possess good customer service skills, it would be a good idea to start a boutique of your own for marketing your special goodie baskets. But this will require investment, so it is advisable to start small, initially. Maybe you can have a special corner in your house to present your goodies. After you start making good profits, you can expand and have your won showroom.
Advertise your products word of mouth and through local resources. Place attractive adverts at public places; hand out leaflets at fairs, offices, society meetings etc. Use all cost effective resources you can. Make your own adverts, letting your creative abilities to the maximum use. Promote your products at all times, amongst friends, family, neighbours and the corporate world. Utilize all your social resources to the utmost benefit. Your people skills alone should provide you with a good, well rounded market that will provide an attractive income for you with no extra costs. But try to pay extra attention to advertising during the festive season, spending extra money for placing adverts in newspapers, society magazines etc.
Profit potential in this venture is very rewarding. The more organized you are, the more value you will add to your business. Thoughtful planning, preparation and commitment fueled by a strong dose of excitement and enthusiasm will have you selling your wonderful gift ideas within many communities of various calibers. Make a name for your business, become an entrepreneurial gift maker of the new era!!!