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Do you have a love for fashion? If that love includes designing your own clothes or fashion accessories, like handbags, have you ever thought about making a living as a fashion designer? When it comes to being a fashion designer, many individuals feel that it is a dream of theirs that just isn’t destined to become a reality. While this is sometimes the case, it doesn’t always have to be. With the right willpower and the need to succeed, you can easily make money as a fashion designer.
When it comes to making money as a fashion designer, many individuals believe that they can only be successful if they see their designs on the runways in New York or Paris. While this would definitely help, you don’t have to be a famous, well-known fashion designer to make money as one. Did you know that you can make money as a fashion designer making your own clothes right from your own living room or home office? You can and if you would like to know more on how you can go about doing so, you will want to read on.
As you likely already know, many fashion designers start out with simple drawings on paper. Many have the dream of turning their drawings into real pieces of clothing or fashion accessories; therefore, many do so. What is nice about making a living as a fashion designer is that you have a number of different options. For instance, if you were just starting out small, to see how your designs would sell, you can not only be the designer, but the maker as well. If you would like to hire assistance, either right away or after your business took off, you could do as well.
If you are interested in starting your own fashion design business, you will want to think about having your own online website. In fact, many fashion designers sell their products exclusively on their own online websites, not in some big fancy fashion store. Of course, if your fashions take off, you could later choose to do so if you want. If you also want to sell your own fashions locally, you may want to think about renting some business space. If you carefully choose your space, you cannot only have a sales floor, but you may also be able to have a warehouse where you can make and store your fashions. This ideal if you are interested in running both an online fashion store and a storefront one.
If you have been interested in being a fashion designer for a while now, there is a good chance that already have some of the many supplies needed. For instance, you probably already have a large selection of drawing materials, a sewing machine, and likely even a collection of fabrics. If that is the case, you will find that the startup costs associated with getting your fashion design business up and running are minimal. For many, it is the cost of starting a business that poses the biggest problem, but it may not necessarily be a problem for you.
Of course, when it comes to running a business, even just a small one, you need to remember to abide by all local, state, and federal laws. For more information on running a small business, like a fashion design business, out of your home, you may want to think about speaking with your local government officials. If they cannot assist you, they should be able to point you in the direction of someone who can.
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Hopefully, you took my advice last week and you have a handy-dandy list now of what you want to do. We know you want to start your own business; hopefully you now know what it will be.
Being used to a steady paycheck from a regular job, with a family or other financial obligations, makes stepping out of your comfort zone a little risky. It doesn’t seem to matter how miserable you are in that job, the alternative scares the pants off many of us. There is a safer way of jumping off that cliff and it entails your current boss.
Your employer could be your ticket to a successful freelance business, if his business doesn’t conflict with your dreams. If you were thinking of starting a freelance copywriting business, you could negotiate a contract with your current employer for 50% of your time for the first year after you leave. This would give you a springboard for finding other clients while still covering your monthly expenses.
You’re probably wondering about now, why your employer would agree to sign a contract for half of your time? There are a number of reasons, and they can result in a “win-win” situation for both of you.
If you’re on good terms with your employer, chances are he doesn’t want to lose you. It takes time to train someone to fill your job and train them to the company’s way of being productive.
Even if he decides to replace you, it can take months to gather resumes, interview candidates, and hire the right person. During that time you can be performing job functions from your home office, perhaps even training your replacement and providing your boss with a smoother transition by minimizing the disruption to his business.
If you’re not on good terms with your boss and the company is downsizing, merging, or being bought out, you can help them avoid the unpleasantness and cost of firing you. You are actually doing them a favor by restructuring this in the form of a contract for services that can be “stretched out” for a period of time if needed.
Frankly, if an employer has to choose between letting you go and paying severance and benefits versus signing a contract for a time period, which do you think they’d prefer? Signing and getting tangible work and services in return without the costs associated with terminating you is a much better deal for him. The contract may even be allocated from a different budget category, making it more affordable for the company.
There’s another reason your boss may opt for a contract, and that is your knowledge. You are already familiar with the company, its clients and services. You’re able to provide the services they need and you understand what has to be done. Many creative people have used this logic in approaching their bosses to negotiate their first contract and go out on their own.
If you’re interested in starting your own business your current job can provide the security you need in your first year. What better way to get started on your dream?
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America is a throw-away society. We all know that. We all have a lot of junk that we do not need, and just about all of us have things piling up relentlessly in out attics, garages, basements, closets and even in the wide open of the back yard.
A lot of people try to ignore the problem until they can no longer get into their garage, or when they find it impossible to squeeze one more item into the attic. They have too much junk and they need to get rid of it. Often, they will pay someone to do just that. This means an opportunity for you. You can make a decent living by helping people get rid of their junk.
To get started, you need a strong back and something to haul with, such as a pick-up or a small trailer to pull behind your car. That's about it. If you don't have a pick-up, consider buying a used one cheap. You could easily find something for less than $1,000. An even less expensive alternative is a small trailer for your car. Trailers can be had for just a couple hundred bucks or less.
How To Get Started
This is generally a very community or neighborhood oriented business. Take out an ad in your community newspaper saying that you will haul away unwanted items or that you will clean garages, basements or attics for a fee. You can also print up a one-page flyer and place them on houses door-to-door, or on the windshields of cars.
What You Need to Know
You will need to find a place for all the junk you collect and remove. Find out where the local landfills are and what their policies are. They may charge you a fee for bring stuff is, but you can charge that fee back to you clients. You also may need dumping permits in some areas, so check with your local city or county offices.
It's also a good idea to learn about dumping regulation. Some items are more difficult to get rid of than others. For example, you can't just dump a refrigerator or an old stove anywhere. Old tires are another hard-to- dump item. There are specific places for specific things. Find out what goes where. Once you have it all down, however, you have it made.
You should be able to earn from $7 to $10 an hour. You will not be able to charge by the hour, however, because people may give you a problem about the pace at which you work, and how much time they feel you should take to get the job done. Instead, make an estimate based on your own judgment on how long it will take you to clean out that garage or attic. Once you have done a few, you will have a good idea about the time involved. Then give an upfront estimate. If it will take you a complete day, or eight hours, ask for $80 to $100.
Remember also that one man's trash is another man's treasure. You may find a market for some of the items many people just want to get rid off. So explore the option of sales to second hand stores, or the possibility of starting up a second-hand store of your own. Such stores can be lucrative like you would not believe. There's big money in junk - and in getting rid of it. It takes no special knowledge or education, and you can get started with a minimum investment. All that's left for you now it to get busy!
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People with money seem to be on a binge to prove their status and flaunt their wealth by staging large, catered parties. As a matter of fact, in some circle of affluence, a party or social get-together isn't considered an event of any significance unless it's a catered affair.
With the same kind of reasoning, businesses of all sizes are using catered lunches, cocktail parties and dinner meetings to build their images and increase company sales. It's a matter of keeping up with the competition in promoting a company and/or product.
On a smaller, but just as busy marketing scale, more and more working mothers are paying to have catered birthday and graduation parties, as well as wedding receptions handled by caterers. The reasons are simple to understand--if she's working outside the home, today's mother just doesn't have the time or the energy to do all the planning and staging of a memorable party.
Besides those reasons for turning everything over to a caterer, working mothers feel a little guilty about the time away from their children they lose because of their jobs. Thus, they're ready and willing to make it all to them by paying for a lavish party the child will remember for years to come.
Caterers handle everything from birthday parties for children, to breakfast in bed and intimate candlelight dinners for two, to company dinner parties for 50 and wedding receptions involving a thousand or more guests. This kind of entrepreneurial business is definitely growing and becoming more popular with people of all income levels.
An imaginative caterer in a large metropolitan area can easily gross $150,000 per year, while a small part-time caterer in a small town can count on at least $10,000 to $15,000 per year. One small, but very ambitious caterer is reported to have grossed $250,000 after only 2-years in the business!
You don't need special education or training to become a successful caterer. You do need a affinity for people and a kind of intuition as to what people enjoy in different environmental settings.
A quick survey of successful caterers across the nation shows that began with zero capital by working out of their homes. The basic starting up investment would appear to be around $500, with some big spenders capitalizing their idea with as much as $15,000 in order to get off to a fast start.
This seems to be an ideal business for an ambitious couple to start and operate with very little capital investment required. One person can spend his time hustling up business while the other would do the planning, organizing and actual catering.
As with any business, your success will be directly related to the soundness of planning and the working of that plan. Understand exactly what your client wants, and give him what he wants in the way of service that reflects upon the client in a complimentary manner.
Basically, you can start with an advertisement in your local newspapers. This advertisement need not be much more than a simple announcement: Creative Catering-Specializing in personal service- We can handle any party or special event from start to finish-no idea to small or too large- Your satisfaction is always guaranteed! We can handle everything for you.. Call us, and let us make your parties worth remembering...
Naturally, the first thing you want from anyone calling to ask about your services, is that anyone calling to ask about your services, is that person's name, address and phone number. Then you want to know what kind of party or event they have in mind. As soon as you have this information, relax a little bit and inquire to find out about the person or the company--the people--sponsoring the party and their ultimate goals or reasons for the party.
If it's to celebrate birthday, graduation, anniversary or a wedding reception--finding out about the interests, background and ambitious of the guest of honor will be of value to you in your planning. Taking a few minutes to learn everything you can about whoever the party is for, and the people giving the party, will also make it much easier to close the sale than any sales pitch or special persuasive tactics.
People like to talk about themselves, and they especially like to tell everyone why they're honoring someone, even when they pretend to keep it a secret who initiated the idea. So, it's important that you be a good listener, that you have the ability to get people to talk about themselves, and that you take notes on the things they tell you.
This same principle applies to business people, regardless of who's talking to you or the purpose of the catered affair. The more polished and adept you can become in getting your prospects to talk about themselves, the more information relative to their background you can elicit, and the more you listen; the better your parties will be, and the greater success you'll attain in the catering business.
You take the information you glean from this first interview and plan/organize the event on paper. This means you're going to have to have contacts or at least working relationships with innumerable service businesses.
If your client wants to stage a birthday party for a 12-year old---he or she greets the guests as they arrive, makes sure everybody knows who he is---then what about party favors---a soft drink and a conversation leader until all the guests arrive--the opening of presents--ice-cream and cake--and games to play, a thank you gift for coming, and a reason to end the party at a pre-determined time...
Do you greet the guests, does the mother or father, or the little boy or girl? Where do you come up with the party favors at less than regular retail prices? Where are you going to get the soft drinks-your cost and the glasses or paper cups to serve them in? What about ice? What kind of games to play? Who'll be the conservation leader? Will there be a clown or someone special to keep everything moving according to plan? Where do you get the ice cream and cake? What games to play? How to get everyone involved? And finally, a feasible and polite reason for ending the party and sending everyone home...
All this takes planning, organization, and if you're going to make a profit, a definite awareness of cost control. Get it all down on paper as a proposal to the people who want to pay you to carry it off. Figure out your costs, the time involved in putting it all together, and then get back to your prospect.
Always leave room for changes in your proposal. In fact, expect them--invite input and suggestions from the client--and always have an alternate idea in your mind for each of those on your written proposals. Discuss your proposal with the client just as you would a script for a television show, make the suggested changes and ask for a 50-percent advance deposit. From there, it's just a matter of following your plan.
Regardless of size or type of party--whether your client is a working mother or a giant corporation--the format is always the same: initial inquiry, interview, your proposal, 2nd interview for any changes, agreement, deposit, staging the party itself, and your final payment. As mentioned earlier, success in this business comes from your planning--having a lot of contacts--and working your plan.
An important word of caution: Try not to get "boxed in" to setting or even revealing a tentative price until you've had a chance to listen to what the prospect wants, to study your own capabilities, and to make a formal written proposal. If a customer wants to know how much you charge--and if you feel it necessary in order to eventually close the sale--you can tell him 50 to 100 dollars per hour, plus expenses, and of course, depending on the type of event the customer wants.
As for how much the average party costs, again tell him that it varies anywhere from 50 to 5,000 dollars.
Always keep in mind that you are a professional, and that if the ordinary person had your knowledge, contacts and ambition to do it himself, he wouldn't be calling you on the phone. He needs your help for any number of reasons. You specialize in this kind of work or service just as a doctor specializes in medicine and a lawyer in legal matters. Therefore, you should, and do expect to be paid accordingly.
Something else--this business thrives on word-of-mouth advertising--referrals--and thus, is direct "freeway' to the kind of customers where money is of no concern. However, on order to gain access to this market, your business emphasis has to be on service.
This means the capability of handling everything for the customer, from having the invitations printed and sent out to cleaning up after the last guest has left. Businesses and people in the upper income brackets, like to pick up the phone--tell someone they want a party on a certain date--and then forget about it, knowing everything will be taken care of without further worry or time involvement from them. Once you've developed your expertise and clientele to this level, you'll have a business in the $200,000 to $250,00 per year range.
Definitely arrange for a display ad in the yellow pages of your telephone directory. You'll probably get 40% of your inquires from this source alone. Generally speaking, radio and/or television advertising will be too expensive when compared with the immediate results. However, it is recommended that you consider these media prior to special holidays.
Working with restaurants, supper clubs, bridal shops and entertainment business in general. can bring in hundreds of referrals for you. Rubbing shoulders with, and circulating as a part of your area's civic and service clubs, should also result in more business for you.
Keep your eyes and ears on the alert. Where ever you go, and with whomever you associate, always be ready to promote and sell your services, if not on the spot, at least make a note to follow up when conditions are more in your favor. Promoting and selling your services will require at least half your time, and that's why two people operating catering services are so successful from the start.
The actual selling is quite simple so long as you emphasize the service and time-saving aspects. The more time-consuming work you can handle for the client, the easier it's going to be for you to close the sale.
Handing out business cards is one of the least expensive ways to advertise, promote and sell your services. One enterprising caterer makes arrangements with the sponsors of all his parties, to see that each of the guests gets one of his business cards.
Another gives each of his clients a stack of his business cards, and tells them he'll pay them $25 for each prospect they refer to him. He tells them to write their name on the backs of the cards, and to hand them out to their friends. And then, whenever a person tells him that John or Jane suggested he call, and he presents the card with John or Jane's name on the back, this very successful caterer sends John or Jane a $25 check.
Another very successful caterer pays commissions to a group of housewives and college students who solicit--via their home phones--interviews for him with brides-to-be. They get their leads from announcements, and pictures of brides-to-be in the local papers.
Many caterers pay sales people a commission for letting them know when they hear about a party or special event being planned by one of their business customers.
The possibilities go on and on, and are seemingly unlimited. Time is becoming more valuable to a lot more people every day, which means there are more and more opportunities for great wealth and personal independence as a professional caterer. In reality the success for just about any person entering this field, will be limited only by his or her own imagination and energy.
There is definite opportunity for great wealth within the catering field. Anyone with a sense of service to others can succeed. Very little "ready cash" is needed to begin. Therefore, the only thing standing between you and the realization of your dreams, is the action it takes on your part to get started...
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Today, with the average consumer now spending up to $26,400+ for a new car, consumers realize the importance on investing in lower priced used cars. With millions of buyers entering the used vehicle market every year, a wealth of opportunities exist for anyone looking for extra income, or a new and lucrative full-time career. They key to making a lot of money in this business is to buy low, and sell at a huge profit. This report will show you how to get started down the road to riches as a used car dealers.
Operating your own used car business
The goal of many people is just to make a little extra income. If you consider $1,000 to $3,000 or more for a single sale in one month to be "extra income" you could easily make that in your spare time without much effort.
On the other hand, you may be one of those people who want to be their own boss. While it's true that the risks are often greater than if you just worked for someone else, it's just as true that risks and rewards go hand in hand. If you're willing to take the plunge, the potential returns are also greater. If you have a bit of the adventuresome spirit and some confidence in your own skills and abilities, operating your own used car business may be the ideal way for you to make big, big money!
Advantages of owning your own business
The opportunity to express your own ideas and do things exactly as you want are among the primary advantages of operating your own business. The challenge and excitement of running your own operation also ranks high on the list. Another big advantage is that you will receive all the profits generated by your time and efforts. The potential exists to develop a part-time business into a full-time career that produces an income you never thought possible.
Skills and abilities needed
The same type of personal skills that are necessary to successfully work for someone else are also required to be successful in working for yourself. Personal skills involve being conscientious, dedicated, determined and persistent. Good human relation skills are also important.
There is also another type of skill that is necessary: It involves the ability to manage and organize your activities and possibly those of others if you hire salespeople to work for you. This skill should be taken very seriously because it organizational ability that can make the difference between huge success and total failure.
Finally, you will need technical skills. These are the skills that include the knowledge to perform activities involved in the used car business. It is this combination of technical, personal and management skills that will make your operation successful.
Getting your used car business established
Whether you are operating your business on a part-time or full-time basis, people will expect you to provide the type of service any consumer expects. They will also associate the type of service they can expect with the image you create for your business. This image will be the impression you make on others.
For example: Will people perceive you as handling high-medium, or low-priced vehicles? Will your used cars appeal mostly to the rich, the poor, or the middle class? Do you sell something for everyone or do you specialize? (Just pick-ups, just vans, etc.)
Any positive image is fine as long as you are consistent in everything yu do within the scope of that image. The image you create will largely set the tone for all your business activities, including selection of a business location, types of vehicles handled, prices charged, etc.
Selecting a location
If you are going to buy one or two cars at a time for resale on a part-time basis, then working right from your home shouldn't pose a problem for you. However, if you intend to eventually have a large, full-time business operation, the most important ingredient in your success or failure could be your location. What constitutes a good location varies with the type of business. But in the used car business it means being highly visible in a high traffic area, and being situated so that driving customers can get to you. In many cases, the location yo consider ideal may not be available, or if it is, the cost may not be practical. In that event, you will simply have to select the next best location you can find and that is affordable. Then you will have to male a strong advertising and promotion work to make customers aware of who you are, and what you are selling, and where they can find you.
Whether you select a location at your home or in a business district, you must make certain you are operating within city and county zoning ordinances. Zoning ordinances are regulations specifying what each parcel of land within a community can be used for. In the location you decide on is not zoned for the type of business you want to start, you can appeal to the zoning commission to obtain a "zoning variance." If approved, you will be allowed to use the property for your business.
How to locate used car supplies
To get started in the "Buy low, Sell for Huge Profits" used car business, you will have to locate suppliers. In some cases you will be able to buy directly from individual car owners. At other times, you will go to independent auction houses or attend U.S. Government Auction Sales where you can often purchase vehicles for pennies on the dollar.
An independent auction offers vehicles of owners who want auctioneers to sell by getting buyers who are at the auction house to bid against one another. Generally, there is a minimum bid set. The person who offers the highest bid over the minimum set has the winning bid. The seller, however, also has the right to sell the vehicle below the minimum bid if he chooses. Incredible bargains can be found at independent auction houses.
Independent auction house sales take place throughout the U.S.A., many on a weekly schedule. For additional information on auction house locations refer to your telephone directory under "Auctions" or "Car Auctions," write to:
National Auto Research P.O. Box 758 Gainsville, GA 30503 (404) 532-4111 (800) 554-1026 (Except Georgia)
N.A.D.A. Used Car Guide Co. 8400 Westpark Drive McLean, VA 22102-9985 (703) 821-7193 (800) 544-6232 (800) 523-3110 (in Virginia)
U.S. Government Auctions
A wide variety of personal property either no longer needed, or seized by the Federal Government is periodically placed on public sale.
The Department of Defense and the General Services Administration are the principle government sales outlets for surplus property. As items become available for public sale. catalogs and other types of announcements are distributed to people who have expressed an interest in bidding on the types of property being offered.
Sales generally are on a competitive bid basis, with the property being sold to the highest bidder. Among the many thousands of items sold are automobiles and other vehicles of every imaginable make and model. In fact, tens of thousands of vehicles are sold by the government at public auctions throughout the country every year.
How can there be so many vehicles for sale? Because the government is so huge that it's difficult to even comprehend just how much property is amassed for resale. In fact, the government seizes, confiscates and forecloses on property that results in many millions of pieces of property every year, and that number continues to grow.
Incredibly, the government isn't a private business that is interested in making a profit on the items it sells. The government is mostly interested in eliminating enormous stockpiles of seized and surplus vehicles and other properties. As a result, many thousands of vehicles are offered to the public through government auctions at a fraction of their actual value. This is where you can buy just about any modelof vehicle you want at super-huge savings and make gigantic resale profits.
How to Get on the Government's Vehicle Auction Mailing List
Both the Government Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Defense maintain mailing lists on persons interested in seized and surplus property sales. People on these lists are sent catalogs and other sales announcements in advance of sales and give the opportunity to inspect the vehicles and submit bids.
Each GSA regional office maintains a mailing list for sales of property located in the geographical area it serves. For general information about sales conducted by GSA, or to be placed on the mailing list, write to any of the following addresses.
The Department of Defense maintains a centralized mailing list for the sales of its property located in the United States. The Defense Surplus Bidders Control Office, Defense Logistics Service Center, Battle Creek, Michigan 49016 maintains this list.
GSA Customer Service Bureaus
National Capital region
GSA Customer Service Bureau 7th and D Streets, SW Washington, DC 20407
Serves: District of Columbia, nearby Maryland, Virginia.
GSA Customer Service Bureau Post Office & Courthouse Boston, MA 02109
Serves: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, RHode Island, Vermont.
GSA Customer Service Bureau 26 Federal Plaza New York, NY 10278
Serves: Ne Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
GSA Customer Service Bureau Ninth and Markt Streets Philadelphia, PA 19107
Serves: Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia
GSA Customer Service Bureau 75 Spring St., SW Atlanta, GA 30303
Serves: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
GSA Customer Service Bureau 230 S. Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 60604
Serves: Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
GSA Customer Service Bureau 1500 E. Bannister Road Kansas City, MO 64131
Serves: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska
GSA Customer Service Bureau 819 Taylor Street Forth Worth, TX 76102
Serves: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
GSA Customer Service Bureau Bldg. 42-Denver Federal Center Denver, CO 80225
Serves: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming
GSA Customer Service Bureau 525 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94105
Serves: Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada
GSA Customer Services Bureau Auburn, WA 98002
Serves: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
How to Determine the Value of Used Vehicles
Whether you attend and auction or purchase a vehicle outright from a seller, you must know what it is worth. The best way to determine a vehicle's average market- trade-in or wholesale value, average loan or average retail value is to subscribe to N.A.D.A. Official Used Car Guide, published monthly by the National Automobile Dealer's Used Car Guide Co., 8400 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102-9985. Write for current subscription rates.
N.A.D.A. also publishes guides as follows: Official Older Used Car Guide ... Official Used Car Trade-In Guide ... Official Title & Registration Book ... Official Recreation Vehicle Guide ... Official Motorcycle/Snowmobile/ATV Personal Watercraft Appraisal Guide ... Smaller Boat Appraisal Guide ... Official Larger Boat Appraisal Guide ... Official Mobile Home Appraisal Guide and Mobile Home Appraisal System.
A weekly used car market guide is also available from: National Auto Research, P.O. Box 758, Gainsville, GA 30503. Write for current subscription rates.
The average values listed in the N.A.D.A. Official Used Car Guide are based upon reports of actual transactions by dealers and auction houses throughout each area for which a guide is published. A used car guide-book normally includes (1) Domestic Cars (2) Imported Cars and (3) Trucks. Manufacturer's names are listed alphabetically.
Securing Licenses and Permits
City, county, state and/or federal licenses or permits are often required before entering a particular business or service operation. Often these are issued solely as a fund-raising measure, and therefore, are easy to obtain by submitting a fee.
On the other hand, licensing is also used as a method of regulating the competency of those entering a particular field and to protect the public from shady operators. In some cases an exam is administered, and moral and financial requirements may need to be met as well.
In the used-car business, most states require that you obtain a dealer's license if you are buying and selling vehicles for the purpose of making a profit. However, you are not required to apply for a license if you only make an isolated or occasional sale. You are not considered to be in the business of selling motor vehicles in that event. "Isolated or occasional sales" in many states means the sale, purchase, or lease of not more than five motor vehicles in a 12-month period.
Once you began to sell more vehicles for profit that is allowed by your state law on an annual basis, you should apply for a Dealer's License by contacting your state department of public safety of department of motor vehicle.
Check with your attorney or other city officials to determine what licenses and permits are needed. Simply start up a business without having the proper authorizations can result in severe penalties, and you could be forced to discontinue operations.
Many states and some cities and counties require that sales taxes be collected. The state sales tax permit is available from the State Department of Revenue. City and county permits are available from the tax department in those jurisdictions.
Even though a certain amount of "red-tape" must be tolerated to obtain some licenses and permits, this is usually a one-time occurrence. Then, it's just a matter of submitting an annual renewal fee.