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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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Lingerie Shop

Put a swagger in women’s steps by providing them with attractive lingerie.

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Lingerie Shop

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

Business Overview

Heading into the new millennium, specialization is the buzzword forretail ‘bricks and mortar’ businesses, and opening a lingerie shop fitsthe bill perfectly. Get started by selecting a highly visible storelocation for your business.

Malls and strip malls are a good choice(though you’ll want to make sure there’s no “big name” competitors) andyou will only require less than 1,000 square feet, so the rent shouldbe reasonable. Next you will want to establish accounts with lingeriemanufacturers and distributors. Harness the power of the Internet tolocate these companies. The rest is pretty straightforward; you stockyour store and sell your products.

In addition to selling lingerie fromthe storefront location, also consider hiring sales consultants to hostin-home lingerie parties as a way to bolster sales and profits. Adirect mail campaign and mail-order catalog can also be used toincrease revenues. You can also specialize by stocking hard-to-findplus sizes, maternity lingerie and specialty items.

The Market

Your customers are women looking for lingerie and men looking to buytheir wives and girlfriends lingerie. (Though don’t leave the menout–you can also stock silk boxers and similar items.)

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Vintage Clothing

They’re so old, they’re trendy again. A vintage clothing shop is a classic way to bring back old styles.

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Vintage Clothing
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

The value and popularity of collectible clothing has been on a steady increase for the past decade and this demand for outfits from the ’40s to the ’80s shows no signs of diminishing.

Starting a business that sells vintage duds from a retail storefront or online is a fantastic venture. If you’re choosing to go online with this idea, there are various money-making options available.

You can charge people a fee to list items for sale, sell banner advertising space, participate in online auctions or, the most obvious choice, scout out collectible clothing yourself in thrift stores, yard sales, online auctions or directly from sellers, and sell it online for a profit.

The Market

You will have a lot of young people looking for hot retro fashions, but you can also do good business in costumes. Halloween will be a busy time for you, and you might want to send fliers to local theatre groups and schools.

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Lawn Ornament Sales

Will it be a tortoise or a hare? Why not provide both to decorate homeowners’ lawns?

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Lawn Ornament 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

Not only are lawn decorations easy to make,they’re also easy products to sell. Combining these two facts creates awonderful opportunity to start a business that manufactures and sellslawn ornaments.

The first step will be to purchase or make the moldsrequired for manufacturing the ornaments. The rest is verystraightforward: Simply practice making and painting lawn ornamentsuntil you’re satisfied with the finished product.

Next, you’ll be readyto start making money. Lawn ornaments are currently retailing in therange of $25 to $100 each, depending on the size and style of the item,and the profit potential is excellent as it only costs about $5 inmaterial to produce the average sized precast lawn ornament. The lawndecorations can be sold on a wholesale basis to retailers, or you cansell them directly to consumers right from your own front yard.

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