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Used Furniture Retailer

Help others out of their financial hardships by picking out classic furniture to sell.

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Used Furniture Retailer
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Purchasing secondhand furniture at auction sales, garage sales, from classified advertisements, and estate sales is the starting point for opening a used furniture store, or reselling secondhand furniture right from your home.

There are a great number of benefits to starting a business that sells secondhand furniture:
  • No special skills or equipment requirements.
  • Relatively low initial start-up and monthly operating costs.
  • Great profit potential, as used furniture can be marked up by 100 percent or more.
  • Very little in the way of government regulations beyond a business license.
  • Proven stable and profitable retail industry.

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Filing Systems

Keep businesses organized with helpful filing systems.

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Filing Systems

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

Environmentalists once envisioned thecomputer and its electronic information storage capacities as theabsolute final solution for a world that would no longer need toconsume paper products. However, as long as an original signaturestands as the most binding and unchallenged legal identification for aperson, there will always be a need for paper, files and filingsystems.

Operating a business that sells and installs filing systems isa great home based enterprise to set in motion. Not only can you make aprofit on the initial sale of the system, but as your client’s businessgrows and expands you’ll receive repeat sales of filing supplies.

Customers can include businesses and professionals whose business orservice is document-reliant such as lawyers, doctors, advertisingfirms, financial institutions, schools and government agencies. Aim foryearly sales of $200,000 while maintaining a product markup of 50percent. The results will be a terrific home based business generatingrevenues of 70,000 per year.

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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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Sleepwear

This huge market is one you should be able to cozy up to.

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Sleepwear

Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

It’s a fact that more than six billionpeople inhabit this planet and the vast majority of people wear somesort of clothing to bed that was purposely designed for being slept in.That is one gigantic potential marketplace, thus creating an excitingbusiness opportunity.

There are various options available for startingthis business, so consider these options:

  • Purchase various styles of sleepwear on a wholesale basis and hostin-home sleepwear parties that generate orders for your products. Design and manufacture your own line of sleepwear and wholesale yourproducts to retailers.
  • Create a sleepwear website that enables visitors to create their ownsleepwear by selecting style, size and fabric.
  • Design and sell patterns used for creating sleepwear and let consumerssew their own from the patterns.
  • Secure the licensing rights to popular children’s program charactersor themes and incorporate them into sleepwear for kids.

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