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Maternity Clothing

Moms-to-be don’t want to give up looking good. Cash in on this strong demographic.

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Maternity Clothing

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

Celebrity moms like Cindy Crawford and Kelly Ripa aren’t the only oneswho know that muumuu-style maternity clothes are so last century.

Today, pregnant women are all about celebrating their style and lookingsexy. From high-end maternity designers like Liz Lange and A Pea in thePod to midpriced maternity wear newcomers The Gap and Old Navy,clothing designers are on to the potential of this growing market.Withmore than 4 million babies born annually, it’s easy to see why thematernity clothing market is buzzing Assuming the average expectantmother purchases only five new maternity garments while pregnant addsup to a whopping 20 million maternity garments sold each year in theUnites States alone.

There are a few ways to cash in on this very largeand lucrative market. The first is to design, manufacture and sell thematernity clothing, and the second is to purchase maternity clothing ona wholesale basis and resell the clothing for a profit. While bothoptions are viable in terms of generating profits for the business, thefirst option has the potential to generate more sales and profits aswell as providing more options for the operator in terms of marketingmethods. Profit potential will vary, however, markups of 100 percentare not uncommon in this industry.

Needed Equipment

It depends on your focus. If you’re going to create the clothingyourself, you’ll need a sewing machine and other tools of the trade.Once the orders start pouring in, you may want to contract with amanufacturer. If you will just be selling them, you’ll need storage andtransportation. For both, you’ll need a computer to keep track oforders, accounts and contacts.

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Glass Shop

A glass shop could be the window to your entrepreneurial future.

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Glass Shop

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

Business Overview

Windows, tabletops and mirrors’-the need forglass is everywhere. That’s why a glass shop in your community is agood business to start. Operating this kind of specialty businessrequires experience in glass cutting and glass installation techniques,which is called glazing; or a person with these skills is called aglazier.

Providing you or your staff possess this sort of workexperience and ability, then opening a glass shop can be a veryprofitable business to own. There are a great many types of glassinstallations the business could focus on.

Or you may want tospecialize in one or two specific areas, such as custom glass tabletops or only installing construction equipment glass, such aswindshields. This business venture can be costly to establish. However,once you have identified the market that you will be catering to, thebusiness can easily generate profits that can exceed $75,000 per year.

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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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