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Fabric Shop

Add some texture to your business side with a shop that’s made of good material.

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Fabric Shop

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

Business Overview

A fabric shop retailing numerous styles and types of fabrics can beopened in a fixed storefront location. Fabric shops have traditionallybeen very profitable specialty retail operations as the markups appliedto fabrics for retail sales can exceed 100 percent or more.

Thebusiness needs little in the way of specialized equipment, thus keepingthe operating overheads to a minimum. To get started, you’ll need tosecure supply arrangements with fabric manufacturers, many of which arelocated outside of North America, so this business will require a bitof research and planning.

In addition to fabrics, sewing patterns,buttons, zippers, curtain rods, sewing machines, other sewing notionsand craft items can be sold as a method to increase the selection ofgoods available to consumers as well as increasing revenues.

The Market

People who need sewing supplies and other arts and crafts items

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Used Children’s Clothing

Help parents out of financial hardship by selling used children’s clothing.

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Used Children’s Clothing
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

All parents want the best clothes for their children, but unfortunately, financial budgets don’t always allow for the purchase of children’s designer clothing. Not to mention the fact that kids can grow out of their clothes as quick as you buy them.

The solution to these problems is to open a secondhand clothing store or flea market booth featuring apparent for children. In both cases, you can purchase good quality secondhand children’s clothing at bargain basement prices–from parents whose children have outgrown them and want to trade them in for credit at your store–and then resell the clothes for a profit.

Accepting consignment clothing is another way to reduce business startup costs. You can also accept used toys and books to add additional merchandise to your offerings.

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Filing Systems

Keep businesses organized with helpful filing systems.

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Filing Systems

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

Business Overview

Environmentalists once envisioned thecomputer and its electronic information storage capacities as theabsolute final solution for a world that would no longer need toconsume paper products. However, as long as an original signaturestands as the most binding and unchallenged legal identification for aperson, there will always be a need for paper, files and filingsystems.

Operating a business that sells and installs filing systems isa great home based enterprise to set in motion. Not only can you make aprofit on the initial sale of the system, but as your client’s businessgrows and expands you’ll receive repeat sales of filing supplies.

Customers can include businesses and professionals whose business orservice is document-reliant such as lawyers, doctors, advertisingfirms, financial institutions, schools and government agencies. Aim foryearly sales of $200,000 while maintaining a product markup of 50percent. The results will be a terrific home based business generatingrevenues of 70,000 per year.

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Silk Scarves

People will pay hundreds of dollars for a Ferragamo or Hermes silk scarf. It’s a trend you can cash in on, too.

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Silk Scarves

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

Genuine silk scarves can retail for as muchas $100 each, yet can be purchased in bulk and on a wholesale basis foras little as $10 each from foreign manufacturers. Herein lies thebusiness opportunity.

Simply secure an exclusive import anddistribution contract with a foreign manufacturer of silk scarves andset about marketing the product.

The scarves can be resold in smallerquantities to clothing retailers on a wholesale basis or directly toconsumers via fashion shows, sales kiosks and the internet. Thousandsof importing opportunities are available for the enterprisingentrepreneur to capitalize on. All it takes is some initiative and adesire to become a successful business owner.

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