If you have taken a look at Starscapes.com you already know Starscapes International has a unique product and business opportunity. You’re here because you’re trying to decide if this opportunity is right for you. Can you make money at it? In this article I will briefly discuss a few things you are going to want to consider. Like almost all legitimate business opportunities; success or failure is determined by whether the individual working the business has the right attitude and skill-set to effectively promote and deliver the product, service, or opportunity. This article will help you determine if the Star Biz business opportunity is right for you!
The business Overview
Joe Petrashek founded Startscapes International in 1991. Since 1994 it has been a division of Voyager Industries located in Arizona. This company specializes in creating the illusion of the night sky indoors. Many customers have this service installed in a residential bedroom or living room: however, there us a limited commercial demand for the product in restaurants etc.
They have some good examples of this products on the cooperate website. To do Startscape as a business you would be contracting with customers to install the Starscape product on their residential or commercial ceilings. This is expected to be done as a home based business so there is the possibility of fairly low overhead and a high profit margin; if you can keep your advertising costs low.
Start-Up and Production Costs
As with most home based businesses the costs to work with Starscapes International is low compared to most business startups. The company offers a kit to train entrepreneurs to create the various images. The initial investment is between $2000 and $3500 depending on the startup kit and equipment you choose to purchase. This will set you up as an affiliate installer and promoter of your own home based business! Most of that cost goes to the equipment you will need to run this business including a projector to project the images that will be painted for the customers.
I should mention a major consideration for the production of this product is the learning curve involved in hand painting the details of the Startscapes. You can find a number of reviews on this training on the web. Of course, opinions of the quality of the training vary. If you have experience with painting, that would certainly be an advantage.
The profit margin for the business is truly amazing at first glance. As an affiliate you will be able to charge as much as you want. Certainly the price for Starscapes varies widely depending on the area and size of the ceiling, but most installers charge between $500 and $800 per room. In some areas large rooms will go for as high as $1500! Many contract multiple rooms in one job making a few thousand dollars per customer. The materials to do a Starscapes project are very minimal. Most rooms are about $20! In America the average retail price is about $6 per square foot; however, it can go has high at three times that much depending on the project and area. The vast majority of your operational costs for this business will be in travel and the likely marketing costs discussed in the next section of this article.
As with almost any small business the major cost to successfully run a Starscapes business is going to be advertising. Many of the affiliates buy leads. This can be an expensive way to get jobs, but it does work. There are many traditional marketing strategies that would work for this business. They will all take time and money. The key to successfully running any business if good marketing. There is a fairly wide market for Starscapes, but I would encourage you to thoroughly develop a solid marketing plan before investing in any home based business.
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