Buttons provide inexpensive, wearable souvenirs for cultural and political events. For the cost of a button maker and supplies, you can start a home-based business making and selling buttons to enthusiasts of all ages. Over time, your part-time business could grow into a full-time income, depending on the type and quality of the buttons you sell.
Things You'll Need
- Pin button maker
- Pin buttons
Purchase a pin button maker. Online retailers sell button makers that range in price from about $30 for a low-end model and up to $350 for a more advanced model, as of 2011. You also need to purchase pins. Pins are sold in bulk and priced by size. Prices vary among retailers.
Select button images and messages. Popular button themes include music, bands, movies and politics. Such button themes appeal to all age groups.
Print a button image on a color printer. Cut the image to the same size as the button. Place the image on the button. Place the image and button on the button maker with the backing and plastic cover and pull down the lever. Repeat the process until you have enough to sell.
Open accounts on arts and crafts retail websites. Examples of such websites include, but are not limited to, eBay, Etsy and Artfire. You can also sell buttons to friends, family and community organizations. Price your inventory to sell. Compare prices of other button retailers taking into account your cost of materials and labor.