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Wholesaler

Be the middle person between a manufacturer and the retailer. With any product or service included, this is a business that will always be needed.

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Wholesaler
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

A wholesaler is the link between a manufacturer or producer of a product or service and the retailer or reseller of the product or service. There are many different types of products and services that can be sold on a wholesale basis including food items, computers and software, telecommunications services, and even public utilities.

Starting a wholesale business is somewhat more difficult than starting a traditional retailing business. Not only do you have to source companies to buy products and services from, you also have to source companies to sell the same products and services to.
 
As competitive as the wholesaling business currently is, the future does look bright, especially when you consider homebased and cyberbased business start-ups are increasing at a record pace. Many of these new business enterprises lack the space required to get their products to market, which means they need the services of a wholesaler with distribution channels, warehousing space, and transportation capabilities.

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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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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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