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Convenience Stores

Set up shop in a convenient location and you’ll have customers dropping in.

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Convenience Stores

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

Business Overview

In spite of the rising popularity of internet shopping combined withhome delivery of grocery and convenience items, starting and operatinga ‘mini convenience store’ is still a good business venture to activatethat has the potential to generate respectable profits. The namesuggests it all. In order to succeed in this segment of the highlycompetitive retail industry, the store must be convenient.

This meansan easily accessible and highly visible business location, well-stockedwith the most popular convenience products, and fast and friendlyservice. Remember, if a customer’s shopping experience at the store isnot convenient then there won’t be any repeat business.

In addition tothe usual supply of convenience products, such as milk, eggs, bread,snack items, and soda pop, be sure to add other products and servicesto attract customers to the store and keep them returning as repeatbusiness. These products and services can include lottery ticket sales,tobacco products, newspapers and magazines, a fax service,photocopying, calling cards, postal stamps, and even fresh-cut flowersfor sale on a daily basis.

Once again, business location is the key tosuccess. The business must be located with easy street access and goodparking, or alternately in an area of heavy foot traffic like a mall,transportation terminal, or office district.

The Market

People in a need of a convenient, one-stop place for one or more of their needs

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Musical Instrument Sales

Keep your business in tune with your passion for music.

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Musical Instrument Sales

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

Business Overview

Retailing musical instruments is a fantastic business venture for themusically inclined entrepreneur who’s seeking a way to capitalize ontheir skills and interests. Ideally, this type of specialty retailingis best suited to a retail storefront.

However, for the financiallychallenged entrepreneur, the business could begin on a part-time basisfrom home; as a joint venture with a like-minded retailer, such as a CDshop; or online.

In addition to selling musical instruments, you canincrease revenues and profits by providing instrument repairs, classes,rentals, and sales of related products such as sheet music. Also, besure to establish relationships with schools, music teachers,associations and clubs in the community. This can be a fantastic way topromote your business, products and services quickly as word-of-mouthadvertising and referrals really work.

The Market

Your customers are local musicians, parents who want their children tolearn an instrument, anyone who wants to take up an instrument, andorganizations that teach or play music and need a supply of instrumentson hand (say, a church that needs a piano or a local music school thatneeds a drum kit).

Needed Equipment

Regardless of where you start up, you’ll need a decent inventory andthe ability to accept credit card payments. For repairs, you may needspecialty equipment depending on your area of expertise.

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Inventory Liquidation

Every cloud has a silver lining. When other stores close shop, you can buy their products wholesale.

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Inventory Liquidation

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Every year thousands of retail merchants andcorporations across North America go out of business, move, reform, andamalgamate, and often this results in billions of dollars worth ofstock and inventory becoming available at bargain basement prices.Purchased right and this same inventory can sometimes be bought for aslittle as five cents on the dollar.

Later this can often be resold foras much as five times the purchase price on a wholesale basis, and asmuch as ten times on a direct-to-consumers retail basis. A goodstarting point for purchasing bargain inventory (at least until thebusiness builds a reputation and contact base as a liquidator) is toestablish alliances with trustees that deal in commercial bankruptcies.

Generally the trustee appointed will either arrange to auction off theinventory assets of clients, put out a tender, or offer to purchase theinventory, which usually goes to the highest bidder on a cash basis.Reselling the inventory can be accomplished in a few ways includingselling the inventory to retailers on a wholesale basis or selling theinventory in smaller quantities to other inventory liquidators.

On adirect-to-consumer retailing basis, the inventory can be sold through acompany-owned liquidation store or stores, or monthly inventoryliquidation sales can be advertised and held over a few days inshort-term rental premises. However, there is a down side to thisbusiness, which is purchasing inventory that is difficult to sellregardless of price.

This is a very common mistake for first timers inthis industry. Traditionally, the best type of products to purchaseunder inventory liquidation conditions are power and hand tools,nonperishable food items, books, music CDs, toys, building materials,and electronics. Always stay clear of products that have a limitedshelf life, or that have special warehousing and transportationrequirements.

Once again, this is the type of business where theability to profit will greatly depend on a number of factors such assales volumes, markups, and product costs. Having personally dabbled inthis industry in the past, I can assure you that it is possible to make$10,000 per month or more, providing a carefully planned andwell-researched approach to the business is executed.

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Vacuum Cleaner Sales

Here’s a business that sucks up profits.

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

Business Overview

A vacuum cleaner sales and repair business is a terrific small business venture to put into action, as the business and consumer demand for the product has been proven for many decades.

Like any new retail business venture, store location will top the list of special considerations for this new venture, as well as local competition, potential market growth, and local labor force for the vacuum repair aspect of the business.

If you do not possess this ability. It will be of great importance to the success of the business to establish an exclusive sales, service, and distribution agreement with a manufacturer of vacuum cleaners, as this is the only way to compete in a competitive market, keep wholesale product costs low, and build brand-name recognition.

Additionally, be sure to also provide built-in vacuum cleaner sales both to residential clients, as well as to commercial customers such as property developers and construction companies. Expanding the product line to include built-in vacuums can greatly increase business revenues and profits.

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