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Carts and Kiosks

Don’t have a ton of startup capital? Consider a cart or kiosk business.

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Carts and Kiosks

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

Business Overview

Carts and kiosks today are upscale–and highly lucrative–ventures. Thedifference between a cart and a kiosk is that a kiosk is larger,enclosed and has space for you to sit while you work.

You can purchaseyour own cart or kiosk and have it custom-built for your merchandise,or you can rent one from a mall. And you can sell just aboutanything–from sunglasses to sunflowers, hot dogs to dog figurines,perfumes, personalized coffee mugs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, chocolatechip cookies and cooked-to-order health foods.

You can operate yourshop at a wide variety of locations–in a mall, at sporting andentertainment events, at flea markets, on busy downtown streets, attourist promenades, or where workers convene for meals or snacks. Theadvantages to this business are that it’s much less expensive to getinto than a traditional retail location, you can start part time if youlike, the earning potential is excellent, and if business gets slow atone location you can pick up and move to another.

You’ll need thestamina to stick to your post for long hours (especially if you’ll beoutdoors), a good working knowledge of retail operations and a flairfor attention-grabbing displays. You should also have an extrovertedpersonality because a large part of cart and kiosk sales is interactingwith passersby–making eye contact and offering a smile and perhaps aninvitation to examine your wares or sample your treats.

The Market

Who your customers are will depend on your products and location, andthe best way to earn their business is by stocking a clean, trendy,eye-catching cart or kiosk; looking clean, enthusiastic and cheerfulyourself; and doing the market research to place yourself in the bestpossible location. Think about where you’ll find people who’ll wantyour goods, then case the site at different times over a two-weekperiod to get a feel for traffic flow and customer demographics.

Needed Equipment

You’ll need a resale license so you can purchase your productswholesale, and if you’ll be serving food, you’ll need a permit fromyour local health department. And if your cart or kiosk will followbehind your vehicle like a trailer, you’ll need a license for it.

Ifyou’ll set up shop in a mall or office building, you’ll need to getpermission from the mall or building manager. On a street corner, parkor event site, you’ll need an OK from city, county or eventauthorities.

Your minishop should be equipped with a cash register andadequate display or preparation space (if you’re making food) for yourproducts, plus any grills, refrigerators, freezers, steamers or ovensyou’ll require. You should also stock a stool to give your feet a rest;sales tickets and tags; and boxes, bags and papers for wrapping upmerchandise.

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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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Used Restaurant Equipment Sales

Sell used restaurant equipment to restaurateurs looking for a deal.

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Used Restaurant Equipment Sales
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Did you know that starting a restaurant is one of the most common new business ventures? But did you also know that more than 90 percent of new restaurants go out of business within the first five years? The combination of these two facts is the basis for starting a business that buys and sells secondhand restaurant equipment like grills, fryers and coffee machines.

Simply put, when one restaurant goes out of business, you purchase their equipment. Then, when another restaurant opens, you resell that same equipment for a profit. This type of business venture can be started and operated from home initially (if you have storage space) and moved to a larger location as the business expands.

Furthermore, you can offer general restaurant equipment but you can also specialize in one particular type of restaurant equipment, such as deli equipment or grills. The potential to earn large profits from selling secondhand restaurant equipment is outstanding, and this business opportunity definitely warrants further investigation.

The Market

Your customers are new or current restaurant owners looking to purchase equipment. You will also have to court former restaurant owners whose equipment you want to purchase.

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Used Appliance Sales

Buying secondhand appliances for resale is a tidy way to clean up profits.

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Used Appliance Sales

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

A tidy profit can be earned by selling usedappliances, such as refrigerators, stoves, washers, and dryers, rightfrom a homebased location. Get started by building a resource libraryin terms of appliance models, manufacturers, and retail selling priceswhen new.

This type of resource library will prove invaluable whenbuying secondhand appliances for resale purposes. To secure a initialinventory of used appliances to sell, begin by attending auction sales,garage and estate sales, and scanning your local classified newspaperads for good used appliances at bargain basement prices.

Your targetmarket for resale will include people on a budget, owners of secondaryhomes, and owners of residential rental and apartment properties. Somebasic knowledge of home appliance repair will come in handy, as well asa good, heavy-duty moving dolly and a pickup truck or utility trailer.Aim to maintain a 50 percent markup on all appliances sold and togenerate gross annual sales of $50,000 and this simple part-timehomebased business will produce gross profits of $15,000 per year.

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