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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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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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