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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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Western Apparel

You’ll say “Yee-haw” when customers flock to your specialty Western store.

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Western Apparel
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

Like country and western music, country and western apparel is currently enjoying a rebound in terms of consumer demand and popularity. Starting a business that retails western apparel is a sensational new business venture to put into action. In the spirit of being unique, consider opening a retail business selling the apparel in a nontraditional retail environment.

Try locating the business within an established country and western theme restaurant or club, or establishing the business within a music retailer that specializes in country music sales.

Forming this type of joint venture with an established retail business often facilitates a lower capital investment and reduced monthly operating overheads, not to mention the fact that the business can capitalize on the existing customer base to drive sales.

The Market

Your customers will be young and old, male and female. What’s most important is that there’s a large group of people who are interested in this type of music and style in your community, and there aren’t stores already catering to them. Does your community support a country-music venue, a line-dancing club or a radio station? Those are good clues that there will be interest in your business.

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Framed Movie Posters

Picture this: A business surrounding movies.

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Framed Movie Posters

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

Movie posters can often be purchased forless than $1 each from video stores and movie theaters. Once framed,these valuable pieces of art can be resold at flea markets, mall kiosksand to interior designers for terrific profits.

Older movie posters arealso in high demand as collector items and this side of the business isbest suited for internet sales. You can develop your own website for asmall investment and start marketing collectible movie posters.

Thereare guides available that list the value of collectible movie postersdepending on condition. These guides will be an invaluable source ofinformation if you intend to offer collectible movie posters for sale.

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Used Baby Equipment

Make the best of expensive baby products the original owner no longer needs by reselling them.

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Used Baby Equipment
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

Baby equipment–such as strollers, bassinets, car seats, cribs, toddler beds, cradles and changing tables–can be very expensive and often out of the financial reach of many new parents. So why not start your own business that specializes in clean, good-quality secondhand equipment for babies.

The business can be started for less than $15,000 and can be operated from a small retail store location. You can purchase items from parents and mark them up by at least 100 percent for resale purposes.

Likewise, you can also take in items on a consignment basis to reduce business startup costs. This business is ideally suited for a person who has a number of contacts with parents within the community.

It’ll also be helpful if you’re handy–you can purchase a piece of furniture or equipment that isn’t in tip-top shape, fix it up and sell it for a lot more. You’ll also want to keep a very close eye on this market–you don’t want to sell outdated equipment or anything that’s been recalled for safety reasons.

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