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Candy Store

Sweeten people’s lives with a candy store.

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Candy Store

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

Business Overview

Candy sales kiosks are popping up in every mall across North America,and why not? Starting a business that retails candy is verystraightforward and the biggest challenge to overcome is selecting theright operating location for the business.

Ideally, a candy shop shouldbe in a very busy area of a community so it can take advantage of foottraffic, as well as impulse buying by consumers. Also consider offeringcustomers a free delivery service to expand the potential market toinclude customers who want to send candies to relatives in thehospital, loved ones at holiday time, and business owners seeking toreward clients or employees with their favorite box of chocolates orcandies.

The Market

Your customers will be anyone with a sweet tooth or looking for a special gift for someone.

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Lighting Shop

It’s time to shine some light on your business startup.

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Lighting Shop

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

Business Overview

Upgrading or replacing interior lightfixtures has become a very popular home improvement project for manyhomeowners simply due to the fact that this type of improvement isrelatively inexpensive and can have a beneficial impact on theappearance of their homes.

Starting a business that sells interior andexterior lighting products is a wise choice for a new businessenterprise. This sort of retail operation does not require a lot offloor space and as a method to reduce start-up costs you may evenconsider forming a joint venture with an established retailer in yourcommunity.

Good matches for this type of retailing alliance wouldinclude a furniture store or paint and wallpaper store. Also be sure toinitiate a direct-mail marketing campaign aimed at architects,homebuilders, and interior designers, as they can also become customersor refer their customers to your store.

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Evening Gown Rentals

Turn women into Cinderellas for a night by renting them evening gowns.

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Evening Gown Rentals

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

Many designer evening gowns cost $1,000 ormore, placing them far outside the financial reach of many customers.This creates more than ample opportunity for the determinedentrepreneur to start an evening gown rental business, which can beeasily conducted from a home based location.

Marketing the business canbe as simple as creating a full-color catalog that features picturesand descriptions of the evening gowns for rent and distributing thecatalogs throughout the community where they’ll generate the mostinterest in the service.

Once established, an evening gown rentalbusiness should receive a vast amount of referrals from satisfiedcustomers, not to mention a lot of repeat business.

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Newsstand

Outdated, you say? In spite of online media convergence, classic print newspapers will never grow old.

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Newsstand

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

Business Overview

In spite of the popularity of Internetnewsgroups and news Web sites, the good old-fashioned corner newsstandis here to stay. In fact, the arrival of the Internet has onlyincreased the public’s desire for information’electronic or print.

Starting a newsstand retail business requires getting in touch with oneof the many distributors that carry just about every kind of magazine,publication, and newspaper you can imagine, and so building allianceswith hundreds of publishers is not required.

Additionally, mostdistributors of publications in every form have a buy-back policy,meaning that once the publication is out of date it is returned andthere is no charge levied for it. The key to a successful andprofitable newsstand business is diversification; the business shouldalso provide customers with product selections such as lottery tickets,cigars, and snack items.

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