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Sports Team Uniform Service

Help inspire a sense of camaraderie by selling uniforms to sports teams.

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Sports Team Uniform Service

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

Schools, sports associations, and sportsclubs can all be potential customers for a business that specializes inretailing team uniforms. Millions of people across North Americaparticipate in amateur sporting events such as football, baseball,hockey and soccer on a weekly basis.

Almost all of these sports teamshave one thing in common: The members of the teams dress in a uniformthat represents the team. Selling team sportswear with logos, names andnumbers printed on the clothing items is a very easy business to getrolling.

You can purchase equipment required to silk-screen andembroider the athletic wear, or you can subcontract this element of thebusiness out to established silk-screen and embroidery companies andconcentrate on marketing. Gaining customers can be as easy as creatinga catalog of the team uniforms that you stock and setting appointmentswith decision makers representing the sports teams to solicit business.

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Used CD Shop

Share a love of cheap and legally-purchased music with your customers.

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Used CD Shop
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

If you love music, consider starting a used CD shop. The business can be established in a storefront location or alternately in a sales kiosk located within a busy mall or public market.

To initially establish an inventory of CDs for the business, place classified advertisements in the local community newspaper offering to purchase whole or partial CD collections.

Currently, secondhand music CDs are retailing for $5 to $12 each, and as rule of thumb, owners of secondhand CD shops mark up all products by 100 percent for retailing purposes.

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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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Patio Furniture Retailer

Attractive, comfortable furniture can turn a patio into another living space.

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Patio Furniture Retailer

Startup Costs: $50,000 – $100,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

All new decks and patios require one thingto complete them: patio furniture. A retail business that sells patiofurniture is a very easy business to initiate, as there are no specialskill requirements.

Patio furniture will pretty much sell itself,providing of course that the prices are fair and the quality isoutstanding. Worldwide, there are thousands of manufacturers of patiofurniture products, so securing a product line should not be difficult.

Additionally, consider stocking an inventory of locally made cedar orlog patio furniture, as traditionally wood patio chairs and tables havealways been excellent sellers. Marketing the business can beaccomplished by using all local print media, as well as by holding agrand opening sale to let potential customers know where you are andwhat products you stock.

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