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Wine Shop

Drink to your health and to your business.

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

Business Overview

Retailing wine can be extremely profitable, and this type of business can even be operated from a well-positioned kiosk located in a mall or market. In the right location, walk-in customers will keep you busy selling lots of wine.

But as a method to bolster sales and profits, also be sure to establish alliances with event and wedding planners, catering companies, and business clubs and associations as they can become a great source of repeat business.

Like any retail business, seek a competitive advantage, meaning offer your customers something the competition does not. Perhaps phone-in orders with free delivery or maybe a weekly wine tasting night. The ability to separate your business from the competitions’ often is the difference between business success or business failure.

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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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Newsstand

Outdated, you say? In spite of online media convergence, classic print newspapers will never grow old.

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Newsstand

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

Business Overview

In spite of the popularity of Internetnewsgroups and news Web sites, the good old-fashioned corner newsstandis here to stay. In fact, the arrival of the Internet has onlyincreased the public’s desire for information’electronic or print.

Starting a newsstand retail business requires getting in touch with oneof the many distributors that carry just about every kind of magazine,publication, and newspaper you can imagine, and so building allianceswith hundreds of publishers is not required.

Additionally, mostdistributors of publications in every form have a buy-back policy,meaning that once the publication is out of date it is returned andthere is no charge levied for it. The key to a successful andprofitable newsstand business is diversification; the business shouldalso provide customers with product selections such as lottery tickets,cigars, and snack items.

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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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