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Consignment Clothing Store

The low-cost way to start a clothing store–sell items on consignment.

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Consignment Clothing Store

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

The resale field is hot these days, with over 15,000 shops across thecountry and an industry association growth rate of 15 percent per year.So if you’ve got an eye for fashion, design and quality, and great buysmake your heart soar, then a consignment clothing shop or kids’consignment shop could be the business for you.

If you go thechildren’s route, you can specialize in toys or clothing, or both.You’ll take clean, well-cared-for garments or toys and display andmerchandise them for their owners, splitting the profits when you makea sale. Clothing consignors sell mostly women’s garments–along withaccessories like costume jewelry, belts and handbags–but men’sclothing is becoming increasingly popular as a resale item as well.

Because you’re taking the items on consignment, you don’t pay anythingfor your inventory until it’s sold, which makes this business ideal forthe startup entrepreneur. You price garments and other goodies, thenhave the owner pick them up if they don’t sell within a given period oftime. The advantages to this business are that it’s creative, yourstartup costs are small compared to most retail operations, and you getthe satisfaction of helping your customers get great buys for littlemoney.

The key to a successful consignment shop is an atmosphere that’sclean, fresh and fashionable, so you’ll need a flair for display andmerchandising. You should also have a good eye for current fashions andquality and the ability to properly price your merchandise so thatshoppers get the discount they expect and you and your consignees makea profit. To complement all this, you’ll need excellent people skills.

The Market

Your customers will be people interested in the type of merchandiseyou’ve got for sale–basically the same people who shop at regularretail outlets. The trick is to attract their attention and sell themon the benefits of shopping with you.

Besides routine advertisingmethods like local radio and newspaper ads, you can host fashion showsfor local women’s groups and hand out fliers in front of your shop. Ifyou’re located near a business district, you can also deliver yourfliers to offices in the area. And don’t forget ads–perhaps withget-acquainted coupons–in your local Pennysaver-type publication.

Needed Equipment

You’ll need a shop and the display furnishings to put in it–glasscases for jewelry, clothes racks, hangers and tables or shelves. You’llalso need sales tickets and tags, shopping bags and a cash register. Acomputer with an inkjet printer and retail operation software will be abig help but aren’t necessary for starters if you can’t afford them.

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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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