As technology changes there are more opportunities for independent minded people to start their own business. Recent developments have created a new generation of inexpensive laser engravers, creating an exciting new opportunity for entrepreneurs.
The Resurgence of the Home Businesses
This history of this country is one of entrepreneurial spirit. From pioneers starting farms on the frontier to small companies blossoming overnight by cashing in on newfangled “railroad” technology, the independent contractor has been a backbone of the economy.
As things became more settled it became harder to find independent employment. Generations of workers had to be satisfied with working for someone else, nothing more than a meaningless cog in a corporate machine.
Internet and ecommerce has made the home business a practical reality again. Home workers support their families on businesses run out of their bedrooms, their only “store front” a well-designed web page.
Although the home business renaissance has been a great boon to the entrepreneur, to someone new to the scene it may seem the market is saturated. Although you have a global pool of customers you also have a global pool of competitors. The best way to get noticed is to find a service that few others have discovered.
Laser Engravers Create New Opportunities
Laser engraving is a method of etching intricate designs into almost metal laser engraver any surface. As the technology has advanced new possibilities have emerged such as transferring a photographic image onto the surface or even beneath the surface of an object. This has created a new industry that allows the creation of individual, customized souvenirs for a low production cost.
The early laser engravers were large, used huge amounts of power, and costs staggering amounts of money. They were used only by large companies and were out of the reach of the average consumer.
A new generation of laser engravers has brought this application into the hands of nearly anyone. Tabletop units cost a fraction of what their giant industrial ancestors did and yet are capable of a level of detail unimaginable a few years ago.
A Business of Limitless Potential
A skilled painter can paint anything on any surface: a portrait on a canvas, a logo on a wooden sign, or a landscape on a stone plaque. An artist can make a decent living creating personalized gifts. However not all of us have the creative talent nor can we spend the years honing our skill.
Laser engravers can be used by anyone. Fire up the software, select or import an image, put the material in the machine, and away you go. A $10 cutting board becomes a $50 personalized gourmet kitchen accessory. A $20 piece of acrylic becomes a $100 award plaque.