An Idea for a Small Business You Can Start

Start-up costs range $50 to $500,000+, earnings $5,000 to $2,000,000++, skills from knowing nothing to running an airline. Bon appetit!


Start-up cost: $4,500 (PC, printer, marketing, advertising, specialty hardware)

Potential earnings: $5,000 to $120,000+

How to Find Clients: Advertise in family and adult newsletters, newspapers, and directories. Network in community and social organizations where you can talk about your services and products. Write and send press releases that might generate feature stories about your business.

Equipment needed: Typical home personal computer as advertised in Sunday retail inserts. Database software, digital camera or camera & scanner.

Consider selling gently used items and collectibles via Online Auction Services. The service gets a small fee and does all the hosting. Or setup your own Web site. Do you have bags and boxes of baby clothes in near perfect condition? Sort them by gender, size and season and sell them in wardrobe bundles.

If you collect magazines, newspapers, Super Bowl Programs, Angel figurines, antique books, albums, rock group paraphernalia or other such items, identify the niche and market to it. Keep inventory by shopping estate sales and scouting thrift stores, neighborhood garage sales, warehouse auctions, and police auctions.

Photograph your inventory and post pictures on your site (when buying used wares, customers will want to ensure condition of items are acceptable.)

Site Luring Freebies: Offer free downloadable tips & tricks on how to find great deals at Yard Sales.

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