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Bicycle Courier Service

Peddle up profits with a bicycle courier service.

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Bicycle Courier Service

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

The first step in starting your own bicycle courier service is to checkand see if a courier license is required for your vicinity. If alicense is not required, or you can secure one easily, the second stepis to begin marketing your new bicycle courier service.

You can chargesimilar rates for envelopes and small parcels as the motorized courierscharge, with the benefit being your overheads will be a fraction oftheirs.

One person can easily operate a bicycle courier service with acellular phone for incoming delivery inquiries. The business can beexpanded to include multiple bike couriers with a central dispatchsystem. Either way, this low-cost business venture is a sure-fire wayto earn an excellent income and stay very fit.

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Ideal candidates include law firms and design companies. To attractclients simply set appointments with local companies who would requirefast, reliable and local delivery service.

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Secondhand Clothing Store

People love a bargain. Put your good taste to use by opening a used clothing store.

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Secondhand Clothing Store

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

There are a few options available to theentrepreneur considering a retail business that sells secondhandclothing. The first and most capital-intensive option is to open a usedclothing store from a fixed retail location or storefront.

The secondoption is to sell the secondhand clothing items via a flea-marketbooth. The third option is to develop a website and sell used clothingonline.

Of course, all three options could be combined into oneoperating format, and combining all three methods of marketing anddistribution would greatly increase potential business revenue. Thereare even a few companies that sell secondhand designer clothing by wayof home parties and independent sales consultants, which could also bea potential avenue worth investigating.

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Used Furniture Retailer

Help others out of their financial hardships by picking out classic furniture to sell.

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Used Furniture Retailer
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Purchasing secondhand furniture at auction sales, garage sales, from classified advertisements, and estate sales is the starting point for opening a used furniture store, or reselling secondhand furniture right from your home.

There are a great number of benefits to starting a business that sells secondhand furniture:
  • No special skills or equipment requirements.
  • Relatively low initial start-up and monthly operating costs.
  • Great profit potential, as used furniture can be marked up by 100 percent or more.
  • Very little in the way of government regulations beyond a business license.
  • Proven stable and profitable retail industry.

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Filing Systems

Keep businesses organized with helpful filing systems.

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Filing Systems

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

Business Overview

Environmentalists once envisioned thecomputer and its electronic information storage capacities as theabsolute final solution for a world that would no longer need toconsume paper products. However, as long as an original signaturestands as the most binding and unchallenged legal identification for aperson, there will always be a need for paper, files and filingsystems.

Operating a business that sells and installs filing systems isa great home based enterprise to set in motion. Not only can you make aprofit on the initial sale of the system, but as your client’s businessgrows and expands you’ll receive repeat sales of filing supplies.

Customers can include businesses and professionals whose business orservice is document-reliant such as lawyers, doctors, advertisingfirms, financial institutions, schools and government agencies. Aim foryearly sales of $200,000 while maintaining a product markup of 50percent. The results will be a terrific home based business generatingrevenues of 70,000 per year.

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