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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.

The Market

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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Lingerie Shop

Put a swagger in women’s steps by providing them with attractive lingerie.

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Lingerie Shop

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

Business Overview

Heading into the new millennium, specialization is the buzzword forretail ‘bricks and mortar’ businesses, and opening a lingerie shop fitsthe bill perfectly. Get started by selecting a highly visible storelocation for your business.

Malls and strip malls are a good choice(though you’ll want to make sure there’s no “big name” competitors) andyou will only require less than 1,000 square feet, so the rent shouldbe reasonable. Next you will want to establish accounts with lingeriemanufacturers and distributors. Harness the power of the Internet tolocate these companies. The rest is pretty straightforward; you stockyour store and sell your products.

In addition to selling lingerie fromthe storefront location, also consider hiring sales consultants to hostin-home lingerie parties as a way to bolster sales and profits. Adirect mail campaign and mail-order catalog can also be used toincrease revenues. You can also specialize by stocking hard-to-findplus sizes, maternity lingerie and specialty items.

The Market

Your customers are women looking for lingerie and men looking to buytheir wives and girlfriends lingerie. (Though don’t leave the menout–you can also stock silk boxers and similar items.)

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Wine Shop

Drink to your health and to your business.

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Wine Shop
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Retailing wine can be extremely profitable, and this type of business can even be operated from a well-positioned kiosk located in a mall or market. In the right location, walk-in customers will keep you busy selling lots of wine.

But as a method to bolster sales and profits, also be sure to establish alliances with event and wedding planners, catering companies, and business clubs and associations as they can become a great source of repeat business.

Like any retail business, seek a competitive advantage, meaning offer your customers something the competition does not. Perhaps phone-in orders with free delivery or maybe a weekly wine tasting night. The ability to separate your business from the competitions’ often is the difference between business success or business failure.

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Leather Fashions

Rope in customers by offering leather clothes and accessories with large profit potential.

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Leather Fashions

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

Selling leather fashions is another greatfashion retailing business to initiate. Worldwide there are thousandsof manufacturers of leather fashions and accessories, so securing awholesale source for products should not prove to be difficult.

In thespirit of being unique, consider retailing the leather fashions innontraditional methods including by ways of the Internet, home shoppingparties, and catalog sales. Like many clothing ventures, the profitpotential is excellent for a business that retails leather fashions, asmany items can retail for as much $1,000 each, and the same item canoften be purchased wholesale for less than $500.

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