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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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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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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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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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