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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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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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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 Wedding Gowns

Help brides-to-be find beautiful, affordable gowns.

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Used Wedding Gowns
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

Sell secondhand wedding gowns from home as well as on the internet for a profit. In a nutshell, the main objective is to purchase secondhand wedding gowns and accessories at bargain basement prices and resell these same gowns for a profit.

The gowns can be sold from a home based location as well as on the internet by developing your own website. In addition to purchasing gowns, you can also accept consignment gowns and retain 25 to 40 percent of the sales value for providing the service.

Additionally, to boost profits you can enlist the services of a local seamstress to also provide clients with custom, made-to-order new wedding gowns. Advertise your business in your local newspaper and build alliances with wedding planners to promote the business.

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