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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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Gun Shop

Here’s a great market to shoot for.

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Gun Shop

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

Business Overview

In spite of the fact that gun ownership isbecoming increasingly restrictive due to government legislation in boththe United States and Canada, opening and operating a retail businessthat buys, sells, and trades guns still has the potential to beprofitable.

In addition to gun sales you can also sell ammunition andhunting-related products as well as offer a gun repair service. Promotethe business by establishing alliances with gun clubs and shootingranges as well as with firearm instructors, as these clubs andindividuals can refer your business to others.

Starting this type ofretail business will require a substantial investment and you will alsohave to clear a few legal hurdles before you can open. A well-promotedand operated gun shop could return the owner a six-figure yearly income.

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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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Linen Shop

This retail business requires an eye for detail and design.

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Linen Shop

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

Business Overview

Retailing towels, bedding accessories, andtable linens can be extremely profitable, especially when you considerthat these products are routinely marked up 100 percent or more forretail sales. However, like any retail operation, success comes tothose operators with an eye for detail and a habit for practicing soundbusiness judgment, and a linen shop is no exception to the rule.

Considerations prior to opening will include business location, localcompetition, methods of advertising and promotion, and all managementaspects including finances, employees, and inventory. On the positiveside start-up costs for this type of business are reasonable, as thereare few chattel and equipment requirements.

The bulk of availablestart-up capital can be used for purchasing moneymaking inventory. Forthe financially concerned entrepreneur, consider a store-within-a-storeapproach as a method to reduce start-up costs. Good matches includeexisting retailers of home furnishings and grocery stores.

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