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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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Evening Gown Rentals

Turn women into Cinderellas for a night by renting them evening gowns.

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Evening Gown Rentals

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

Many designer evening gowns cost $1,000 ormore, placing them far outside the financial reach of many customers.This creates more than ample opportunity for the determinedentrepreneur to start an evening gown rental business, which can beeasily conducted from a home based location.

Marketing the business canbe as simple as creating a full-color catalog that features picturesand descriptions of the evening gowns for rent and distributing thecatalogs throughout the community where they’ll generate the mostinterest in the service.

Once established, an evening gown rentalbusiness should receive a vast amount of referrals from satisfiedcustomers, not to mention a lot of repeat business.

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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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Safety Clothing Sales

Help employers keep their workers safe with boots, neon vests and other apparel.

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Safety Clothing Sales

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

Selling safety clothing and footwear on amobile basis to customers working in factories, at construction sitesand in warehouses is a great business to get rolling. The business canbe operated on a full- or part-time basis and managed right from a homebased location.

In North America, millions of dollars are spent everyyear by workers, companies and organizations to purchase safetyclothing such as vests, coveralls and work boots. Securing a smallportion of this very lucrative market can be as easy as securingwholesale accounts with manufacturers of these items, purchasing adelivery vehicle and creating a catalog featuring the items for saleand distributing it to potential clients.

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