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Antique Radios

iPods may be convenient, but they can’t compete with the nostalgia of antique radios.

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Antique Radios
Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Franchises Available? No
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Purchasing, refinishing and selling antique radios is a home based business that can be started by just about anyone on a full- or part-time basis. Antique radios are highly sought-after pieces of furniture, especially if they’re in working order and the cabinets have been restored to their former glory.

Many collectors of antique radios are prepared to pay as much as $2,000 for the perfect specimen. The main requirement needed to make this business successful, beyond the ability to refinish and repair the radios, will be time.

It’ll take a substantial amount of time to scour flea markets, garage sales and auctions to locate the antique radios to be refinished and sold. Marketing the finished products can be by way of the internet, antiques and craft shows and antiques auctions, not to mention word-of-mouth.

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Sportsmen Vests

Cater to sportsmen, from hunters to boaters, by making vests that fit their specific needs.

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Sportsmen Vests

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Manufacturing custom-made sportsmen’s vestsfor hunting, fishing and boating activities is an outstanding homebased business venture to get rolling, especially for the entrepreneurwith sewing skills and experience.

The key to success in this type ofspecialty clothing manufacturing business is to ensure that thesportsmen’s vests serve many functions related to the activity they’vebeen created for–as well as ensuring that the materials andworkmanship used in creating the product are of the highest quality.

Once completed, the sportsmen’s vest can be sold to national sportinggoods retailers on a wholesale basis or the sportsmen’s vest can besold directly to consumers via mail-order catalogs, recreation tradeshows and the internet.

Furthermore, the business can be started on apart-time basis and expanded to full-time from the profits earned. Besure to seek exporting opportunities for the vests, as American andCanadian sporting goods and sportswear is extremely popular overseas,especially in Japan and Germany.

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Western Apparel

You’ll say “Yee-haw” when customers flock to your specialty Western store.

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Western Apparel
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Like country and western music, country and western apparel is currently enjoying a rebound in terms of consumer demand and popularity. Starting a business that retails western apparel is a sensational new business venture to put into action. In the spirit of being unique, consider opening a retail business selling the apparel in a nontraditional retail environment.

Try locating the business within an established country and western theme restaurant or club, or establishing the business within a music retailer that specializes in country music sales.

Forming this type of joint venture with an established retail business often facilitates a lower capital investment and reduced monthly operating overheads, not to mention the fact that the business can capitalize on the existing customer base to drive sales.

The Market

Your customers will be young and old, male and female. What’s most important is that there’s a large group of people who are interested in this type of music and style in your community, and there aren’t stores already catering to them. Does your community support a country-music venue, a line-dancing club or a radio station? Those are good clues that there will be interest in your business.

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Glass Shop

A glass shop could be the window to your entrepreneurial future.

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Glass Shop

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Windows, tabletops and mirrors’-the need forglass is everywhere. That’s why a glass shop in your community is agood business to start. Operating this kind of specialty businessrequires experience in glass cutting and glass installation techniques,which is called glazing; or a person with these skills is called aglazier.

Providing you or your staff possess this sort of workexperience and ability, then opening a glass shop can be a veryprofitable business to own. There are a great many types of glassinstallations the business could focus on.

Or you may want tospecialize in one or two specific areas, such as custom glass tabletops or only installing construction equipment glass, such aswindshields. This business venture can be costly to establish. However,once you have identified the market that you will be catering to, thebusiness can easily generate profits that can exceed $75,000 per year.

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