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Work Uniforms

Millions of people have to wear uniforms to work. Target this demographic by selling work uniforms.

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Work Uniforms
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

There are a few options available when considering starting a business that retails work uniforms and work clothing. The first option is to establish a retail storefront location to stock and sell work uniforms. The second option is to establish a mobile business that sells work uniforms from a large van or delivery truck.

Both options have drawbacks and benefits in terms of the business. However, the second option of being a mobile retailer of work uniforms will be less costly to establish, as well as operate. The types of uniforms and work clothing that can be sold include work overalls, health-care uniforms and scrubs, fire and police service uniforms, and school uniforms.

Also stocking and selling specialized footwear, such as steel toe work boots, can earn additional revenues. Regardless if the business is operated from a fixed retail location or on a mobile basis, one of the main marketing tools required is a full-color catalog that features the work wear available for sale. You’ll want to distribute this catalog to any local businesses in need of your uniforms. You might also want to offer discounts on bulk purchases to influence businesses to choose you as their main uniform supplier.

The Market

Local businesses, people in the healthcare industry who must purchase their own scrubs, parents of children enrolled in schools requiring uniforms

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Glass Shop

A glass shop could be the window to your entrepreneurial future.

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Glass Shop

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

Business Overview

Windows, tabletops and mirrors’-the need forglass is everywhere. That’s why a glass shop in your community is agood business to start. Operating this kind of specialty businessrequires experience in glass cutting and glass installation techniques,which is called glazing; or a person with these skills is called aglazier.

Providing you or your staff possess this sort of workexperience and ability, then opening a glass shop can be a veryprofitable business to own. There are a great many types of glassinstallations the business could focus on.

Or you may want tospecialize in one or two specific areas, such as custom glass tabletops or only installing construction equipment glass, such aswindshields. This business venture can be costly to establish. However,once you have identified the market that you will be catering to, thebusiness can easily generate profits that can exceed $75,000 per year.

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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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Used Appliance Sales

Buying secondhand appliances for resale is a tidy way to clean up profits.

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Used Appliance Sales

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

A tidy profit can be earned by selling usedappliances, such as refrigerators, stoves, washers, and dryers, rightfrom a homebased location. Get started by building a resource libraryin terms of appliance models, manufacturers, and retail selling priceswhen new.

This type of resource library will prove invaluable whenbuying secondhand appliances for resale purposes. To secure a initialinventory of used appliances to sell, begin by attending auction sales,garage and estate sales, and scanning your local classified newspaperads for good used appliances at bargain basement prices.

Your targetmarket for resale will include people on a budget, owners of secondaryhomes, and owners of residential rental and apartment properties. Somebasic knowledge of home appliance repair will come in handy, as well asa good, heavy-duty moving dolly and a pickup truck or utility trailer.Aim to maintain a 50 percent markup on all appliances sold and togenerate gross annual sales of $50,000 and this simple part-timehomebased business will produce gross profits of $15,000 per year.

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